Third Grade Teachers
Mrs. Melissa Beard

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Mrs. Melissa Beard

MBeard2@wcpss.net

Hi, I’m Melissa Beard and I am so excited to be a 3rd grade teacher at North Ridge! I graduated in 2003 with a B.S. in Elementary Education and in 2010 with a Master’s in Reading Education; both degrees from East Carolina University. I began my teaching career in Greenville, NC in 1st grade and the last 7 years, I lived in New York City where I was a 3rd and 4th grade Learning Specialist at a private school.

One of my favorite things about being a homeroom teacher is building my classroom community and creating a warm, safe learning environment. I also really love teaching reading and helping my students reach their reading goals.

My husband, Mark, and I have two amazing daughters; Meritt is 3 years old and McClaire, who was born in May 2016. We love spending time with our family and getting to know our home state again. New York City is amazing but there is no place like North Carolina! I love all things ECU Pirates, traveling, reality T.V., and shopping!

Mrs. Kali Blaine

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Mrs. Kali Blaine

kblaine@wcpss.net

My name is Kali Blaine, and I am very excited to be teaching third grade at North Ridge. I grew up in Shelby, NC. I graduated from Meredith College in 2008 with a BA in Mathematics and a k-6 teaching licensure. I went back to Meredith for graduate school and graduated in December 2013 with a M.Ed. in Reading. Prior to joining North Ridge, I taught in Johnston County for five years, and Fuquay-Varina for one year. I taught second grade for two years and third grade for four years.

I love teaching, and I love my students as if they were my own children. I work hard to create a classroom community that each student enjoys being a part of, and want to come to school every day. I am very passionate about teaching math, and I try to instill that love for math in each of my students.

Mrs. Elizabeth Chapman

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Mrs. Elizabeth Chapman

EChapman@wcpss.net

Hi, I’m Elizabeth Chapman, and I’m thrilled to be teaching Third Grade at North Ridge Elementary! I have a B.A. in Psychology from the College of William and Mary and a Masters in Teaching from North Carolina State University. ​Go Pack!

My husband, Kermit, and I have four boys, Matthew, Daniel, Stephen, and Joseph, and a lab-mix rescue named Daisy. I love sports, especially football and college basketball, and cheering for the Wolfpack and the Steelers.

When I’m not teaching and/or learning, I enjoy spending time with my family, biking, and hiking.

Mrs. Mary Jean Edmundson

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Mrs. Mary Jean Edmundson

MEdmundson@wcpss.net

Hi. I’m Mary Jean Edmundson and I love teaching at North Ridge! I was born and raised in Raleigh, and am the youngest of six children. I attended East Carolina University; and soon after finishing college, married my husband Greg. After we were married we moved to the beautiful Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, where we lived for 3 years, before returning to North Carolina. We lived in Goldsboro, and then in Rocky Mount, before returning to Raleigh where we are happy to have settled! I have 2 sons. Jonathan and Dustin are both grown and I’m happy to say that they both live in the area, so we get to see them often! Our family would not be complete without our two wonderful dogs, Lacy and Murphy, and our cat Tux.

I have been teaching for 29 years. I began my career in education as a special education teacher; teaching first in Virginia and later in North Carolina. Next, I worked as a reading intervention teacher for 6 years. I started teaching second grade at North Ridge 4 years ago and now enjoy teaching 3rd grade I’m so lucky to be working with such a wonderful team of teachers. Teaching our third graders is very rewarding and great fun!

When I am not working I enjoy gardening, arts and crafts, reading, and walking my dogs. I love all types of music, and especially enjoy attending concerts and music festivals.

Mr. Jeremy Ogburn

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Mr. Jeremy Ogburn

JOgburn@wcpss.net

My name is Jeremy Ogburn, and I am excited to be a third grade teacher at North Ridge Elementary. I am a rare native of Raleigh, North Carolina. I am a graduate of Meredith College’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, and I have a B.A. in History from Harding University.

Before teaching at North Ridge, I worked as a museum educator at Mordecai Historic Park. I live in Raleigh with my wife, Kelli, our son Andrew, and our unusual cat, Kermit. I enjoy going to hockey games, canoeing, reading nonfiction, and cooking.

One of my goals as a teacher is to create an environment for my students where learning can happen – an environment that is safe, challenging and productive.

Ms. Samantha Scudiero

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Ms. Samantha Scudiero

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