Phone: @MsMiller211

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Degrees and Certifications:

Longwood University- Bachelor of Science: Elementary Education PreK-6 Longwood University- Master of Science: Special Education K-12

Ms. Amanda Miller

Ms. Miller grew up in Pilot Mountain, NC but moved around Virginia and North Carolina throughout middle and high school. She went to college at Longwood University in Farmville, VA and received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and her graduate degree in Special Education. This is Ms. Miller's third year teaching and her second year teaching Kindergarten. Throughout her time in school she always had teachers that never gave up on her and pushed her to always be better. These teachers had a huge part in her decision of becoming a teacher and wanting to help students be successful in their own lives. In Ms. Miller's free time she likes to spend time with her family, play with her Pug, Kensly, explore Raleigh, travel, and watch Harry Potter. She looks forward to spending time with your child and showing them their worth and potential here at Powell!

My Play-losophy: 

I believe that play contributes to a huge part of a child's personal growth and social and emotional well being. Allowing students to play while learning allows them to make connections and easily retain the information while having fun. Having games and challenges in the classroom allows the students to use critical thinking skills, lets them think outside the box, and allows them to connect to other peers in a different way than they normally would. 

Phone: @mrshannahknight

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln - BA (hons) Primary Education

Mrs. Hannah Hollingworth Knight

Hannah Hollingworth Knight is a kindergarten teacher at Powell Center for Play and Ingenuity. 

She always wanted to be a teacher and her dream finally came true in the summer of 2011 when she graduated from Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln, in the United Kingdom. Mrs. Knight grew up in Nottingham, UK (you may have heard of Nottingham if you are a fan of the legend of Robin Hood), she moved to Raleigh August 2016 and has enjoyed working at Powell ever since! 

In Mrs. Knight's classroom you will see children busy, laughing and working together. They have choices of how to learn a standard with different centers covering a range of learning styles. Children not only learn academic standards, but important social and emotional skills while they are interacting and problem solving throughout their learning opportunities.

In her spare time she loves watching hockey, especially the Carolina Hurricanes! She also enjoys dancing, running, camping and travelling. Mrs. Knight's favorite places to go are the mountains and the beach! 

She loves teaching at Powell and having the opportunity to facilitate learning in a creative and playful way!

My Play-losophy:

"Facilitating children's learning with experiences of play and interactive, hands on learning with context relevant to them, helps children to learn a new concept and retain it. Appropriate challenges and differentiation, within open-ended play opportunities, can push children from low-demand to high-demand thinking. Play fosters an environment where children feel happy, comfortable and safe to push boundaries and learn new things."

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Degrees and Certifications:

Meredith College - Bachelor of Arts in History & International Studies

Ms. Kelsea Anderson

Ms. Anderson is originally from San Diego, CA and has lived in Raleigh since she was in high school. She graduated from Meredith College in 2015 and found her love of working with children while employed at Marbles Kids Museum.

Ms. Anderson has been at Powell for 3 years and has worked as an Instructional Assistant in both Kindergarten and 1st grades. She currently is working toward earning her teaching certification in 6th-12th grades Social Studies at NCSU.

Ms. Anderson enjoys reading history books, traveling to old cities, visiting beaches, and having new culinary experiences. She has a huge sweet tooth and her favorite color is blue.

My Play-losophy:

I worked at Marbles Kids Museum prior to working at Powell so I had lots of great experiences and interactions with the power of learning through play. Play is exciting and stimulating to the mind at all ages but especially so for children. By providing an environment at school that encourages children to be active and playful and allows them to explore learning in a non-traditional way and because of that I've seen them react to education in ways that shows a passion and excitement for learning and coming to school in children not always seen.

Phone: @traciveen

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Degrees and Certifications:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology Meredith College - MAT in Elementary Education

Mrs. Traci Veenstra

Mrs. Veenstra joined Powell Elementary in Fall 2019 as a Kindergarten Instructional Assistant. Before that, she worked in the Elementary Education and Outreach Departments at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for over ten years. She has a strong interest in outdoor and hands on learning, child led explorations and prioritizing social emotional learning with Conscious Discipline. In her free time, Traci enjoys taking care of her family's animals, especially her chickens, and planning adventures with her husband and two children, who are also at Powell!

My Play-losophy:

Play is incredibly powerful in helping children learn. Play makes learning so much deeper, they remember what they learn when it is immersed in play, and they are happy. I see this in my own classroom and when my own children come home from a day of learning at Powell. They make new iterations of projects that they made in their classrooms and domains, and take learning even further!

Phone: @MsParkerEBSK

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Degrees and Certifications:

The College of Saint Rose - Bachelor of Science in Education (General Education and Special Education Birth - 2nd Grade) The College of Saint Rose - Master of Science in Education (Curriculum and Instruction)

Ms. Tiffany Parker

Ms. Parker grew up in Middletown, New York with her sweet parents and older brother. She attended college in Albany, New York where she earned her undergraduate degree in General and Special Education as well as her graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction. While earning her graduate degree, Ms. Parker taught Special Education Preschool for two years. She then decided to move to North Carolina in 2018. Ms. Parker began teaching within Wake County as a CCK Teacher for two years, and 2020 will be her first year teaching EBS-K! Ms. Parker is passionate about teaching the whole child, focusing on social emotional and behavioral needs. She strives for all of her students to reach independence and confidence in themselves and communication. In her free time she enjoys running, kayaking on the lake, hiking, and cooking! Ms. Parker's favorite place to go is a peaceful mountain cabin or quiet beach.

My Play-losophy:

Play is fundamental in a child’s learning, confidence, and social emotional strength. Through different forms of play, children are given the opportunities to apply their learning. With hands on experiences and through sharing their thoughts and feelings with others, children retain new concepts. Play can also present children with age-appropriate challenges related to peer interactions, giving them the opportunity to master interaction skills such as conversation, conflict resolution, sharing, and turn taking.

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Degrees and Certifications:

University of South Carolina - Bachelor of Psychology East Carolina University - Masters Degree in Social Work

Mrs. Leigh Tatum

Mrs. Tatum grew up in a small town in GA. This is her second year at Powell Elementary as an instructional assistant and she will be in the new EBS-Kindergarten classroom. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a masters degree in social work from East Carolina University. She has worked with young children in a variety of settings for many years. Mrs. Tatum is married and they have 2 children. She is very thankful to have the opportunity to work with an amazing staff who are all so creative and motivated to make sure every child is successful and who care about ALL children.   
 
My Play-losophy: 
Children need to play and us as adults need to watch them play. We can learn so much about the child from watching them play. To quote the famous psychologist Erik Erikson, "You see a child play, and it is so close to seeing an artist paint, for in play a child says things without uttering a word. You can see how he solves his problems. You can also see what's wrong. Young children, especially, have enormous creativity, and whatever's in them rises to the surface in play."