Amanda Fristoe

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Amanda Fristoe

Ms. Fristoe is a Raleigh native. Graduating with honors from UNC-Greensboro with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in History, she has always had a passion for learning and teaching. She is so excited to be joining the Root family as a second grade teacher. Outside of teaching, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and going to the gym. Ms. Fristoe also loves the beach, dance, dogs, and coffee.

 Linda Griggs

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Linda Griggs

Ms. Griggs has been part of the Root family for 26 years!  She grew up in Alaska and attended Francis Marion University in South Carolina majoring in Early Childhood Education.  Before moving to Raleigh from Charleston, SC, she taught Kindergarten and AG. Ms. Griggs has taught second grade her entire time at Root!  During her free time she loves to read,  garden, and spend time with her grown children and granddaughter.

 Kendall Kelley

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Kendall Kelley

Ms. Kelley was born and raised right here in Raleigh, NC. She got her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She's so happy she was able to come back to her hometown to teach! When Ms. Kelley isn't teaching, she can be found kickboxing, cuddling with her kitties (Tinkerbell & Lily), baking, or binge watching tv shows on Netflix! Some of her favorites are Starbucks, Harry Potter, Target, and the Carolina Panthers!

 Jen Raschella

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Jen Raschella

Mrs. Raschella is originally from Upstate New York, and moved to Raleigh in 2013. She received her Master’s in Teaching at LeMoyne College, before deciding she had enough snow! Mrs. Raschella and her husband are active in the local “rescue community,” and often have foster dogs running around with their four big dogs. Their bulldog, Pearl, has become quite famous, and has been known to give celebrity appearances at Root. When not teaching or chasing dogs, Mrs. Raschella likes spending time with her nieces, going to Pure Barre classes, and eating carbs.