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Candace Heffinger, Teacher

Mrs. Heffinger is from western North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Elementary Education (2009) and a Master of Arts degree in Reading Education (2011). She began her teaching career as a middle school, English Language Arts, Special Education teacher for grades 6-8. She later transitioned to 4th grade. Mrs. Heffinger and her husband have two children, Roslyn and William. After taking time off to be at home with her children, she is excited to get back in the classroom and join the Root family!

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Marvin Phillips, Teacher

This will be my 24th year teaching and 10th at Root Elementary, teaching 4th grade. I previously taught 6th grade ELA/Science in Auburn, NY and 4th-6th in Rochester, NY.  I attended St. John Fisher College and SUNY at Potsdam… GO Cardinals & Bears!  I have 8 children, YES 8… Yamaris (University of Buffalo), Alexander (Hartwick College), Alexis (Mt. St. Vincent), Markeya (App. St.), Ryan (UNC Charlotte), Elyssa (10th), Elyjah (8th) & Delilah (2nd).  

When I’m not scheduled to be at one of Elyssa’s or Ely’s AAU basketball games, I try to watch a Yankees, Eagles or Warriors game!

 

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Lydia Still, Teacher

Mrs. Lydia Still is a dedicated educator with a decade of teaching experience. She discovered her passion for teaching after graduating from the University of North Carolina with a degree in Political Science and Global Studies. With a Master's of Science in Elementary Education from Johns Hopkins University, Mrs. Still brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her fourth-grade classroom. For the past five years, she has thrived as a fourth-grade teacher, embracing the joys of guiding her students' growth. With a recent marriage, her name has changed to Mrs. Still, and she continues to find joy in her personal life. Together with her loving spouse, Kyle, and their lovable dog named Ollie, Mrs. Still creates a warm and nurturing environment for her students. She is also an avid reader and enjoys supporting local eateries, visiting the beach, and cheering for her favorite sports team.