Third Grade Teachers
Mrs. Melissa Beard

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Mrs. Melissa Beard

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!

MBeard2@wcpss.net

Mrs. Mary Jean Edmundson

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Mrs. Mary Jean Edmundson

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 3 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.

MEdmundson@wcpss.net

Mrs. Joanne Londe

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Mrs. Joanne Londe

Hello! My name is Joanne Londe. I joined the North Ridge third grade team in 2007 after moving from California where I had been a third grade teacher for 8 years. Originally I am from England, and although I’ve been in the U.S. for over 20 years now, you might still detect a slight accent! I graduated from Nottingham University with a B.Sc. in Mathematical Physics. How I ended up teaching third grade is a long story (involving a stint in South Korea working as a teacher’s aide and teaching English) but it was definitely a great career choice!

As a teacher I believe that I have the most rewarding and interesting job possible. Every day is different, bringing with it new successes and challenges. I look upon my students as individuals, each with their own special qualities and all with the potential to shine. In our class we work hard to create an environment that is happy and safe where everyone can learn.

Outside of school, my family keep me very busy. I am happily married to David, a high school social studies teacher. We have two wonderful children, Rachael and Nathan who were students here at North Ridge, but have now moved on to middle and high school. We try to spend as much time outdoors together as possible; bike riding and running along the Neuse River Trail, and camping at Falls Lake. We also enjoy reading, watching movies and playing a great Lord of the Rings card game!

JLonde@wcpss.net

Mr. Jeremy Ogburn

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Mr. Jeremy Ogburn

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.

JOgburn@wcpss.net

Ms. Kali Shuford

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Ms. Kali Shuford

My name is Kali Shuford, 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.

KShuford2@wcpss.net