Third Grade Teachers
Ms. Wendy Bardeen

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Ms. Wendy Bardeen

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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.

Ms. Ashlee Little

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Ms. Ashlee Little

alittle4@wcpss.net

Hi, I’m Ashlee Little, a third grade teacher at North Ridge Elementary! I’m so excited to be a Unicorn! Born and raised in Raleigh, I earned my Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Meredith College. I received my undergraduate degree in Communications from Appalachian State University.

Before joining the North Ridge team, I worked as a project manager in the technology industry for nearly a decade. Because of that experience, I have a passion for integrating technology into our classroom in meaningful ways. I aim to create a classroom community that allows my students to feel safe, accepted, and loved.

When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, and my rescue dog, Bugle the beagle.

Ms. Julianne DeMay

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Ms. Julianne DeMay

JDeMay@wcpss.net

Hi families! I am Julianne DeMay. I was born in Clinton, North Carolina. I have one younger brother and one younger sister. I have a sweet kitten named Madeline.

I graduated from NC State with a BS in Elementary Education and a concentration in Science in 2008. I finished graduate school at ECU in June of 2011 with a Masters in Elementary Education. I have been teaching since 2008 in Wake County Public Schools. I taught first grade for two years and have been teaching second grade at North Ridge since 2010. I moved up to fourth grade at North Ridge in 2015 and third grade in 2019. In my free time I love to go to the lake and beach – especially the Outer Banks. I also love to shop and hang out with my friends who are scattered around Eastern NC.

I look forward to meeting every one of you!