Amy Koo, Music

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Amy Koo, Music

Mrs. Koo was born in Shreveport, LA and raised in Yorktown, VA, thanks to being in a military family.  Her father was a member of the Air Force Band throughout her childhood, which inspired her to go into music as a profession.  Mrs. Koo has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University, a Masters of Music in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and currently holds her National Board for Professional Teaching Certification.  She joined the Root family in 2012, after teaching High School Band for two years at Lexington Senior High School in Lexington, NC and teaching K-5 general music for seven years at Micro-Pine Level Elementary, in Pine Level, NC.  She is also the current Technology Chair for the North Carolina Music Educator’s Association.

Mrs. Koo loves learning new skills and anything technology-related, as well as spending time with her family.  She has five children- Kent (17), Kyla (15), Kevin (13), Mia (6), and Richie (4), and also lives with her husband Bobby, grandmother Alice and chihuahua Chibi.   

 Amanda Daley, Art

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Amanda Daley, Art

Mrs. Daley is a true Tar Heel! She was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina and earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time in the NC Teach Program, she obtained experience working with grades K-12, including half-a-year as a long-term substitute at Aldert Root. She is excited to be permanently joining the Root family. She is always striving for higher education, and is earning her Masters of Education in Art at East Carolina University. She and her husband are newlyweds and just adopted the love of their life, a Wheaten Terrier named Louis. Mrs. Daley loves to make art and enjoys spending time with her new little family on the beach or in the mountains. The three love to end their day together on the couch with a pint of Häagen-Dasz vanilla ice cream.

 Nancy Torborg, Librarian

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S.U.N.Y. College at Oneonta, BA in European History 1978 Fordham University Graduate School of Education, MA in Teaching, Elementary Education, 1992 Fitchburg State University, Masters Candidate Technology Education 1999-2001 NCDPI Certified Media Coordinator

Nancy Torborg, Librarian

Ms. “T” joined the Root family in August 2010.  She was born in Dobbs Ferry, New York and had lived in New Jersey, New Hampshire and Florida before moving to North Carolina in 2007 to open Sanford Creek Elementary in Rolesville.She received the degree Bachelor of Arts in European History from the State University of New York College at Oneonta.  She was graduated from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education with a Master of Arts in Teaching, where she was elected to both Phi Delta Kappa and Pi Lambda Theta. 2016-17 is her 20th year in education, and Mrs. T has taught: Kindergarten, 3rd/4th Grade Multi-Age, Computer (in a 6-room schoolhouse) and Middle School Industrial Arts (!) before becoming certified in Library/Media.

When not at school, Mrs. T cherishes time with her family, husband Tadd and children Laura and Jack. She loves driving vacations and since 2004 has driven to all of the “lower 48” states!

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 Morgan Williams, Spanish

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Morgan Williams, Spanish

Mrs. Williams is from Brandon, MS and is new to the Root Elementary family. She graduated from Mississippi College with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and ESL. She is so excited about getting to know all K-5 grades in her Spanish classes this year, and looks forward to educating students about the world of the Spanish language! 

Other than her love for foreign language, Mrs. Williams enjoys playing piano and guitar, cooking, the NC outdoors, road trips with her husband, visiting her family in MS, coffee, and cheesecake. She and her husband Drew live in Wake Forest and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their first baby in November! 

 Dave Yenor, Physical Education

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Dave Yenor, Physical Education

Coach Yenor was born in Manchester, Connecticut and moved to Durham, North Carolina days after graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 2014. He obtained his BS in Physical Education Pedagogy. He is certified to teach grades K-12 but knew all along that the elementary school age was where he belonged. Coach Yenor joined the Root Elementary Family in the 2015-2016 school year.