Kathy Johnson

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Kathy Johnson

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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 Dick Wunderlin

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Dick Wunderlin

Mr. Wunderlin has tried his hand at brick masonry, commercial transportation, and even the ministry!  He finally decided, because of his mother, to go back to school and get a degree in teaching.  He attended Western Michigan from 1976-79 and graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 1984 he attained a MA degree in Educational Administration from Eastern Michigan University and a certificate  in Computer Programming from the University Michigan. He began his teaching career in a middle school in Ypsilanti, Michigan. During his six years there, he taught math and social studies, coached football and supervised the student council.  Mr. Wunderlin also taught fifth grade for 1½ years in southwestern Michigan, was a middle school assistant principal for 6½ years, and served as a principal in several elementary schools in both Michigan and Ohio for 8 years. He moved to Raleigh 2006 and has been teaching at Root Elementary since!  He loves the family atmosphere between staff and students, the immense parent participation, and the chance to help grow students.

He is the proud father to three children:  Michelle 32, Stephan 27, and Stephanie 24.  He has four grandchildren:  Brian, Kayden (Michigan) and Cameron, Emma (California). He has been married to his beautiful wife Karen for 14 years.