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Amanda Daley, Art

Mrs. Daley is a true Tar Heel! She was born and raised in Raleigh, and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts. 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 fell in love with Root and permanently joined the Root family in 2016. Before Root, Mrs. Daley taught Visual Arts & Ceramics for 3 years at Jordan High School in Durham. She is currently earning her Masters of Education in Art at East Carolina University. 

She and her husband enjoy spending time at home or at the beach with the love of their lives, their Wheaten Terrier named Louis. Mrs. Daley loves to make art, teach art, refinish furniture, watch hockey with her husband, work in her yard and go for walks with her pup.

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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.   

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Vann Taylor, Physical Education

Mr. Taylor became a member of the Root Family in 2018.  He grew up in Jacksonville, NC, and has been in Raleigh since he graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. He was the PE Teacher at Timber Drive Elementary School in Garner, NC, for 14 years. In 2011, Mr. Taylor received his Masters of School Administration from North Carolina State University and served as an Assistant Principal at Timber Drive until he came to Root. He’s so excited to be back in the gym where he is able to work with and learn from all Root students. His goal is to help students understand the importance of physical activity in leading healthy, fulfilling lives, and he aims to make PE fun and meaningful for ALL kids.

 
You might catch Mr. Taylor on a tennis court in Raleigh or at the beach. He also enjoys spending time with his family, working in his yard, running with his dog, reading good books, and pulling for the Tar Heels!

 

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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

Mrs. 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. 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!