Ms. Elaine Westarp



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Ms. Elaine Westarp

Now in my fifth year as a Teacher Assistant at Joyner, I especially enjoy working with kindergarteners. Their minds are wide open, their energy boundless.

Originally from New Jersey, I came south and studied at UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating with a BA in Political Science. I then worked for 20 years at newspapers in Charlotte and Raleigh as a reporter and columnist.  My husband, Todd Cohen, and I have two grown sons.  

Working at Joyner allows me to indulge my two favorite hobbies – photography and gardening. During the school year, I love photographing students at work and at play, and sharing those pictures with parents. During summer break, I spend most days elbow-deep in garden dirt.