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Stephanie Albury, Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Albury was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. While obtaining her bachelor's degree at Thomas Edison State University, she also danced professionally with the Richmond Ballet. Upon graduation, Mrs. Albury began teaching ballet to young students at local studios, which sparked in her a passion for teaching. She is excited about bringing this passion to Root Elementary and looks forward to working with second grade students! In her free time, Mrs. Albury enjoys spending time with her husband and family, teaching ballet, exercising, and traveling, and she is thrilled to be joining the Root family!

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Janine Hicks, Teacher

Ms. Bardell is originally from New Jersey. She moved to Winston- Salem for school and continued living there after graduating. She graduated from Salem College in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a minor in Psychology. She was previously co-teaching at an Elementary School in Winston-Salem in a Kindergarten, First Grade and Fifth Grade classroom. Ms. Bardell got engaged in December 2019 and is currently planning her wedding. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, friends and dogs, camping, running, the beach and exploring new places.

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Jaime Hoover, Teacher

Mrs. Hoover was born and lived in Greenville, SC for most of her life.  She graduated from Furman University and received her BA in Elementary Education.  She taught in Greenville for 2 years before leaving the field. She worked for SYNNEX Corporation, a technology distribution company, in sales, and then, in marketing for 17 years. When she moved to Raleigh in the Summer of 2021, she realized it was her chance to get back into education as she'd dreamed of for years. It turned out perfectly when she was hired to work at Root where her daughter Samantha attends school. She got married to her husband Paul (a Raleigh native) in December 2021. Their family enjoys checking out new spots in Raleigh, going to the Saturday Farmer's Market, gardening, playing with their goldendoodle, Peanut, and going on vacations to the beach (all beaches 🙂). She is looking forward to another great year at Root!

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Catherine Mares, Teacher

Ms. Mares was born in Wrightsville Beach, NC, and grew up in Richmond, VA. She graduated from East Carolina University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in reading. Ms. Mares previously taught Kindergarten in Pitt County. She is excited about teaching 2nd grade again, which she taught for her internship. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, exploring Raleigh, and cooking. She is looking forward to joining the Root family!

 

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Sharon McCallen, Teacher

Mrs. McCallen is originally from NY.  She graduated from St. Michael's College in Vermont.  After visiting friends at UNC she decided she liked North Carolina's weather much better and moved here.
She taught First and Third grade for 10 years before staying home to start her family.  She and her husband Christian have lived in Raleigh since 1998.  They have 5 children.  Their older 3 children have graduated from Root and their younger 2 currently attend Root.
On the weekends Mrs. McCallen can be found on the sidelines of her children's sporting events with a Dunkin Donuts coffee in hand.  On the rare occasion they have a free weekend, she enjoys going to the mountains or the beach for a quick getaway.