Kindergarten Teachers
Mrs. Cashwell Boykin

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Mrs. Cashwell Boykin

cboykin@wcpss.net

My name is Cashwell Boykin. I am so excited to be a North Ridge unicorn! I graduated from Meredith College with a BS in Child Development and a K-6 teaching licensure. I'm thrilled about teaching kindergarten, as I feel it's one of the most exciting years in elementary school!

I am originally from Raleigh. In my free time, I enjoy checking out new restaurants in the area with my husband. We also enjoy taking our dog, Wilson, for walks.

Instructional Assistant - Danielle Belcher

Ms. Lisa Clark

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Ms. Lisa Clark

ljackson-clark@wcpss.net

Hello!  I am Lisa Clark.  I am very excited to be a unicorn this year!  I grew up in Michigan and received my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.  This is my 20th year teaching in some capacity.  Most of my experience has been in First Grade.  Prior to arriving at North Ridge, I taught at Abbotts Creek Elementary and at Brassfield Elementary.  My husband and I are the parents of 4 boys ranging in ages from 3-12.  My two middle boys are in Kindergarten and in 4th grade here at North Ridge.  I enjoy reading, traveling, going for walks, and playing board games or hide-and-seek with my family.  Kindergarten is a special time.  Your child will grow in so many ways over the course of this school year.  I look forward to getting to know more about your child as we set the foundation for a wonderful elementary school experience!

Instructional Assistant - Yna Smith

Ms. Tori Hunt

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Ms. Tori Hunt

thunt2@wcpss.net

My name is Tori Hunt and I'm thrilled to be joining the North Ridge team and embarking on a new adventure in kindergarten! This will be my tenth year of teaching. I have taught 1st grade for the last nine years.

I am a Raleigh native and graduated from NC State. I later earned my online masters degree in literacy from Michigan State University. I love to read suspense, historical fiction, and memoirs. We also are big NC State fans and go to all the football games. I live in Raleigh with my husband, Winston, and two children, Hawkins and Ivy.

I'm really looking forward to working with you and your child this year and helping them have a successful year!


Instructional Assistant - Laurie Snyder

Ms. Danielle Osterstrom

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Ms. Danielle Osterstrom

dosterstrom@wcpss.net

My name is Danielle Osterstrom. This is my fourteenth year of teaching. I have taught kindergarten, first grade, and a K/1 combination. I taught 1 year in Florida, and 12 years at Jeffreys Grove Elementary. I grew up in Buffalo, NY. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Fredonia State. I have earned my National Boards.

My husband and I met while student teaching at the same school in New York. We moved to Raleigh 12 years ago. My husband teaches 6th grade science at Pine Hollow Middle School. We have a seven year old son named Ethan and a dog named Toby. I enjoy cooking, running, shopping, and spending time with my family.

I am excited to join North Ridge Unicorns! We have so many fun events planned for the year. I look forward to getting to know your child and watching them learn and grow.

Instructional Assistant - Lindsay Atkins

Ms. Samantha Scudiero

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Ms. Samantha Scudiero

sscudiero@wcpss.net

Hi, Friends!

My name is Miss Scudiero and I am excited to be going on my seventh year teaching! After graduating from Kean University in 2012, I began my teaching career teaching kindergarten.  From there I taught first grade, and have since taught third grade for the past three years!  I recently moved to North Carolina from New Jersey, and am so excited to continue my teaching career at North Ridge in Kindergarten!  Go Unicorns! My uncle is the author of the Amelia Bedelia books, so they are one of my FAVORITE children’s series to share with my students. When I am not teaching, I enjoy running, going to the beach, and spending time with my friends and family. I also LOVE to travel and explore new places, which has led me to my hobby of taking photographs.  I am excited to get to know all of my students this year as we learn and grow together.

Instructional Assistant - Elaine Redd

Mrs. Kim Whitaker

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Mrs. Kim Whitaker

KWhitaker@wcpss.net

Hi. I am Kim Whitaker and I graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1993 and a Master’s in Reading Education in 1998. I taught kindergarten in Pitt County for 6 years before relocating to Raleigh. I have been teaching kindergarten at North Ridge since 1999. I am a native of Greensboro, NC and now reside in Raleigh with my husband and two children. I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, and scrap booking. I am also a huge basketball and football fan.

Instructional Assistant - Janice Gaither