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Amy Artrip, Special Education Teacher

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Jazzy Oterro, Special Education Teacher/Intervention Teacher

I was born and raised in Miami, FL and moved to NC two years ago with my 8 year old son and 4 year old daughter. I graduated from Florida International University with a degree in Exceptional Student Education. I taught middle school in Miami for children with emotional and behavioral needs. I also taught grades K-2nd at a magnet school for dual language in Chapel Hill and worked closely in meeting the needs of children with mild to severe disabilities in Spanish. I moved to the Raleigh area this summer and I am so grateful to be here! 

I have a love and passion for learning and instilling that same love and passion into our young learners. I enjoy playing guitar, singing, dancing, cooking, and playing outside with my two cuties, Lana and Kaleb. Looking forward to meeting you soon! 

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Mary Kate Smith, Special Education Teacher

I am a married mother of two originally from Davidson, NC.  We are moving back home to Raleigh after 8 wonderful years in Georgia! My husband, William, is a NCSU alumni working in textile sales. My son, Will, (16) is golf obsessed and my daughter, Molly, (15) loves baking and the arts.  We enjoy traveling as a family and attending sporting events.  I attended Appalachian State University and graduated with a business degree.  Years later, I realized Special Education was my calling, so I went back to school for my certification and masters. I’ve worked in this field for 10 years now and couldn’t be happier.  I’m thrilled to continue my passion as a CCR teacher at York Elementary! 

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Martie Sirois, Special Education Instructional Assistant

I joined the York ES family in 2014 and I love it here! I was born & raised in Raleigh where I attended Douglas Elementary (many moons ago!) My husband Matt & I have 3 children: Charlie (a York graduate!), Kate, and Jack. I received my B.A. in Psychology with a focus on Childhood Development and Education from Meredith College. Before getting into public education, I was a Preschool Director for 10 years, and I also served as adjunct faculty at Raleigh Little Theatre, teaching acting classes for children and adults. Theatre is my first passion - I've been performing on stage around the Triangle for 35+ years. My second passion is writing. I'm a frequently featured contributor to HuffPost, and my work has also appeared on Scary Mommy, NPR, Buzzfeed, and Upworthy. At York, I love to help students develop their social skills, and become even better writers. In my spare time, I enjoy time with my pets, baking, and traveling with my family. We love the beaches and mountains of NC most of all. 

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Sarah Gibson, ECS 1 Teacher

I am so excited to join the YES family this year as the ECS 1 teacher! I am a Raleigh native and graduated from East Carolina University in 2017. I have spent the last 4 years teaching ECS 1 and 2. In my spare time I enjoy acting, painting, and dancing.  I am ready to see what this year brings!

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Destiny Butler, Special Education Instructional Assistant

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Morgan Whitehurst, ECS 2 Teacher

I was born and raised in Greenville, NC and graduated from Greenville Christian Academy in 1998.  In 2005, I graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in K-12 Special Education.  For the past 13 years I have taught elementary, middle, and high school in North Carolina and Florida.  When I am not at school, I am spending time with my husband and two kids.  We enjoy going to the park, visiting family, reading books, and watching movies.

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Jane Cunningham, Special Education Instructional Assistant

I have worked for WCPSS for 20+ years. Currently, I am enjoying my eleventh year as an IA in the AU II classroom. I graduated from Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. I have four grown children who all attended York. Two of my six grandchildren attend York as well. We have loved being Bulldogs for a long time!