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Natalia Baez-Santos, School Social Worker

Hello York Bulldogs!

I come to this position with 8 years of experience as a school social worker. I earned my MSW at Fordham University, NY. I’m somewhat new to WCPSS, moving from New York City in the summer of 2021. One of my greatest strengths is my ability to forge relationships not only with students but also with school personnel and community coalition leaders. 

Parents and families play an integral role in the success of our learners. Ensuring their participation in the emotional and academic experience of their students can be crucial to their growth. My experience also extends to mobilizing family and community resources around young people to help them maximize their potential as members of the community. My favorite part of school social work comes from the organic conversations had when students are at their most vulnerable. 

As a proud parent of Justin (age 25), I understand the love and devotion parents have for their children. We love spending time outdoors, visiting museums, and appreciating art. Other interests of mine include traveling to Europe to visit family (where I spent most of my childhood), DIY furnishings, and other crafty endeavors.

I’m excited to support York Elementary as a School Social Worker! Please feel free to reach out to me if there is anything I can do for you. 

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Tracy Flynn, Speech

I was born in upstate New York and moved to North Carolina during my 8th grade year. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from East Carolina University (Go Pirates!) and my Master’s Degree from Appalachian State University. I have worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 1997 and at York Elementary since 2004.   I adore my students here at York and consider it an honor and blessing to work with them to empower them to be the best they can be!

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Kim Harmon, School Psychologist

I grew up in Raleigh and attended Wake County SchoolsI earned my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Appalachian State UniversityI worked as a School Psychologist for 10 years before taking some time off to stay at home with my three childrenI am very excited to return to Wake County Schools in a full time capacity this year and to serve York ElementaryIn my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, taking long walks, playing with our two dogs, and traveling to the beachI am looking forward to working with all the wonderful staff and families here at York. 

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Cammie Key, Occupational Therapy

I grew up in Charlotte and graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002 with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy.  I have been serving students in Wake County since 2006.  I serve several school sites around the county each week. In my free time, I enjoy exercising, cooking, and spending time with my family. 

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Francine Krowiak, Intervention

I moved here to Raleigh from Long Island in 2017 with my husband and 2 daughters. We love living here! I have been teaching since 2008 and recently earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Literacy. I came to York Elementary School in January 2018 as an intervention assistant and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to join this wonderful staff and administration.  I believe that all children are capable of great things. It is my honor and joy to be a part of their journey.

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Jennifer Marois - Multilingual Learner (ML/ESL) Teacher

I am so excited to be starting my third year as a York Bulldog and my second year as the ML teacher - at last count, we have students who speak seven different first languages! A fun fact about me is that I am the oldest of thirty-two cousins...many of whom were enticed to play school as my first "students" growing up. I graduated from UNC-CH with a BA in Elementary Education with a concentration in Child Psychology (Go Heels!). I hold certifications in English as a Second Language, TESOL and Reading.

I began my career teaching 1st-3rd grades in Chapel Hill and for WCPSS. I worked as Education Director at Sylvan Learning Center and The Reading Connection of Fort Worth, TX and most recently taught K-5th grades Reading and Math Intervention. During the pandemic, I had the opportunity to teach English virtually to students in both Beijing and Shanghai. My husband’s work has taken us to Indianapolis, IN and Austin, TX, and in 2012, we were able to circle back here to my beautiful home state! We have a 22-year-old daughter, a 20-year-old son and a bossy, beautiful BULLDOG named Winnie. We  enjoy walking on the American Tobacco Trail, taking mountain and beach trips as a family and attending live music shows together.

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Meg Osterhoff, STEM & Intervention

I've taught at York Elementary School for a long time now. I have my master's degree in Elementary Reading, a degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. My engineering background came from NC State "The Engineering Place" when I worked for them for 7 summers teaching a variety of Engineering camps.  Active engagement is incredibly important at all ages as you learn. Coaching teachers at York, in WCPSS, and around the state has been such a joy.  I'm able to see more and more teachers embed engineering design principles into their lessons, using STEM, and PBL to teach!

Check out the STEM website for more information and things that are going on in our school!  YORK in MOTION Website

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Laura Privette, School Counselor

I was born and raised in Leesburg, FL. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Primary (K-3)/Elementary (1-6) Education from Florida Southern College. I received my Master of Education with a focus in School Counseling, PK-12, from the University of Southern Mississippi. I taught Kindergarten for four years and have continued my career in education as a school counselor. In 2005, I moved to North Carolina. After spending a semester teaching Kindergarten at Farmington Woods Elementary, I became a school counselor at Forest Pines Drive Elementary when it first opened in August 2005 and have been there until now. In 2009, I became a National Board Certified Teacher and renewed my certification in 2018. I enjoy working with students, families and staff to help students reach their potential. In my free time, I enjoy spending time at the beach, watching football games, or just being with my family.

I am looking forward to joining the York Elementary School Family.

 

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Dawn Russo, AIG Teacher

I have been working with AIG students in Wake County since 2007 and love challenging students to reach their full potential. I received my B.S. in Elementary Education at ECU and my M.Ed. at NCSU, I love learning and I hope to instill that same love of learning in my students. When I am not working with students I enjoy exploring the outdoors with my family. We have traveled to 48 states and Canada in our VW Eurovan.

York AIG Website

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Laura Stakes, Instructional Facilitator, Literacy Coach, Testing Coordinator

I am thrilled to be coming back to York as the Instructional Facilitator, Literacy Coach, & Testing Coordinator next year. I previously worked at York during the 2019-2020 school year as an Intervention Teacher, where I supported students in K-5 as well as the K-2 teachers with Letterland.  
 
I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University in 2008 and began my teaching career in Perquimans County. I taught in Charlotte, NC & Houston, TX before moving to Raleigh in 2015. I have served in a variety of roles during my 15-year career: First Grade Teacher, K-5 Intervention Teacher, Coordinating Teacher, & Literacy Coach. I also have a Reading Specialist license.
 
I have been married to my husband, William, for 9 years and we have 5-year-old twins, William & Elizabeth Grey, and two German Shorthaired Pointers, Dottie & Katie. When I'm not working or toting my children to activities, I enjoy going to the beach and reading. I am also member of Christ Church.  

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Carrie Whigham, School Nurse

I received my B.S. in nursing from Mississippi University for Women and have been practicing as a registered nurse since 2018. I am usually on campus 2-3 days per week at both York Elementary and Leesville Elementary. You can reach me directly via email for questions regarding checking for medication at school and developing health plans. Looking forward to working with our families and students this year!

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Channa Witanachchi "Dr. W", Intervention Instructional Assistant

Although born on the tropical island of Sri Lanka, I have been in the US since 1976.  I love learning! I spent over 14 years in college earning two Bachelors degrees (Geology from Occidental College in Los Angeles and Medical Technology from UNC-Chapel Hill), a Masters degree (Geology from Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia), and a PhD (Soil Science from NC State University).  I am generally interested in the sciences – from earth science, agriculture, horticulture, climate, public health, and many other fields.  I have worked for UNC Hospitals and the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.  I also served as a teaching assistant and research assistant at some colleges and universities.  I have been in the Raleigh-Durham area since 1987.  I have extensive experience as a substitute teacher and have always felt accepted and welcomed at York!

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Gregory Jackson, Building Substitute

Gregory grew up in New Jersey. After graduating from Montclair Kimberly Academy, he went on to graduate from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Business Management. He then began a 25-year career that started with New Jersey Bell and ended with AT&T. Over those 25 years, Gregory worked in many positions, starting with sales, moving to sales support, then technical support and ending as a District Manager in technical support. Gregory moved to North Carolina in 1998. He later left AT&T and moved into the financial industry as a stock trader. He also dabbled in the Event Security business, working for PNC, Live Nation, and Staff One. In 2018, Gregory started his first teaching position with “Introduction to Computers” at Wake Tech Community College. That same year, he also started working for the Wake County Public School System as a substitute. He began his first long-term sub assignment as a Media Specialist with York Elementary in January of 2021. Gregory was ordained as a Deacon in his church. He has been married for 47 years and has one son living in Oakland, CA. He is excited to be included as part of the YES staff.

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Child Nutrition/Cafeteria Services Team

Magical things come out of the YES Bulldog Cafe every day for students. We are proud to offer breakfast and lunch to our students daily. If you ever have any questions or needs, please feel free to reach out. Happy to "serve" our students! Everyday you get our best!

 

Pam Acosta-Garcia (Cafeteria Manager)

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Daphne Moore

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Custodial Services Team

Treena Hines and Jose Torres are the fabulous duo who keep our school shiny and bright. If you ever have a need, they will be there in a jiffy! Treena updates our bulletin boards in the building, loves to tackle DIY painting projects and garden. Jose always has a kind word to share when he pops in during the afternoon to help get classrooms and learning spaces ready for another day of learning. So thankful for this phenomenal team!