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Rachel Cummins, Teacher

Ms. Cummins grew up in Fairfax, Virginia with her mom, dad and younger brother. She attended North Carolina State University and earned a BA in Elementary Education with a STEM Concentration. After she graduated this past May she decided to make Raleigh her new home. Ms. Cummins is a huge sports fan and loves to cheer on the Wolfpack and the Washington Capitals. In addition to teaching Ms. Cummins also loves playing with her pet bunny, Bauer, exercising, spending time with friends, cooking, drinking coffee and watching Netflix. 

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Bailey Jones, Teacher

Ms. Jones was born and raised in Wendell, North Carolina. This past May she graduated from North Carolina State University, where she earned a BS in Elementary Education with a STEM Concentration. During college, she was actively involved in her sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, and was also on the NCSU All-Girl Cheerleading Team. When she is not teaching, she loves to spend time with friends, and go to the beach or lake! Ms. Jones is so excited about beginning her teaching career here at Root Elementary!  

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Kathy Johnson, Teacher

Mrs. Johnson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Texas and Florida. After graduating from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor degree Elementary Education, Mrs. Johnson moved to Raleigh. She taught for four years at Hunter Elementary and two years at Wiley Elementary and Underwood Elementary as an AIG teacher. Mrs. Johnson has been a fourth grade teacher at Root Elementary for eleven years and still feels the same joy and excitement of a first year teacher in her classroom. She has been married to her husband Andy for thirty years and  has three children Quinn, Maddie and Tom.  When she is not at school or in workshops and courses she enjoys comedy, music, cooking, traveling, family and friends.

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Brooke Leithead, Teacher

Ms. Leithead is originally from Mahopac, New York, and moved to Raleigh in 2008. She attended Meredith College her freshman year and played lacrosse for the school. She transferred to NC State for her sophomore year where she graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in STEM. In her time at NC State, she was an active member of her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi! In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, working out and playing with her energetic puppy, Emmie!