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Maggie Banks, Second Grade Teacher

I graduated from NC State University with a degree in Elementary Education with a STEM concentration in 2021. I was lucky enough to be a student teacher at York in 2nd grade and have been teaching 2nd ever since! I grew up in Holly Springs, NC and have lived in the Raleigh area my whole life. In my free time, I love to read, hang out at the lake with my family, and watch sporting events (Go Pack and Go Canes). My passion is children. I am grateful that I get the opportunity to have an impact on a child's life every single day.

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Danielle Blinderman, Second Grade Teacher

I graduated from N.C. State where I received my degree in Elementary Education with a STEM concentration. I have spent most of my life in Raleigh, but I lived in Keller, Texas for 6 years. I was a student teacher at York and I am so excited to be a York Bulldog! In my free time, I love to read, take walks with my beagle (Dexter) and cheer on my favorite sports team, the Carolina Hurricanes! 

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Janna Houston, Second Grade Teacher

Although not my first profession out of college, I have been in the teaching world for many years now and have loved every minute of it!  I was honored to be selected as Teacher of the Year 2014 for York Elementary! I graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Education...Go Pirates!  While in college, I met my wonderful husband, John. We have 3 boys...John, Robbie, & Richard, and 2 dogs (Luke & Bo). My philosophy is that each child in my room has special gifts to share. It is my job to find and nurture these gifts!
 
 
 

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Kathy Richards, Second Grade Teacher

I grew up in Raleigh and graduated from Broughton High School. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Gardner-Webb University, where I met my husband, Johnny. We raised our 4 children while living in five different areas of NC. My oldest daughter, Dr. Heidi Richards-Peach is married to Dr. Alex Peach (physics teacher) and has recently earned her PhD in medieval archaeology. They live with their 4 cats in northern England. My oldest son, Nathan Richards is married to Annabel (2nd grade teacher) and is a fashion photographer living just outside of London, England. They have a French bulldog named Norman. My second daughter, Caitlin Richards, is a reporter for WNCT "9 On Your Side" in Greenville, NC, after earning her Master's Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of London. My second son, Christopher Richards, graduated from Sanderson High School and is studying to be a digital sound technician. I have a little dog named Ruby and a guinea pig named Seymour. While raising my children, I taught part-time in the Adult Basic Skills/ GED class at Piedmont Community College in Roxboro. I then taught 4th and 5th grades for 11 years in Granville County.  I have been teaching 2nd and 3rd grades at Forest Pines Drive Elementary in northern Wake County since moving back home to Raleigh in 2017. I am very happy to become a York bulldog, partly because my 30-minute commute will become a 5-minute commute. But I am especially thrilled and honored to become part of the 2nd-grade team at a school with the reputation across Wake County as being a really good place for both students and staff.