Phone: @rjardine15

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Degrees and Certifications:

Millersville University of Pennsylvania - Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education

Mrs. Rachel Jardine

Mrs. Jardine has been teaching at Powell Elementary since 2015. Before making the great journey to sunny and bustling Raleigh, N.C., Mrs. Jardine and her husband lived in Pennsylvania just outside of Philadelphia. She taught in Pennsylvania for five years and decided that she wanted a new adventure and knew that North Carolina was the place for that! They packed up their lives and their English bulldog boxer mix Ruby and settled here in Raleigh. Some of the things that they love to do in Raleigh are hiking with Ruby, dining out, and exploring the area! Mrs. Jardine loves to experiment with different crafts, read new and exciting books, and to bake delicious goodies in her 'free' time!

My Play-losophy:

Students are engaged and excited when given the chance to learn or practice their learning through play. Play can look like many different things; diverse conversations, games and/or design. Students thrive in an environment that allows them to create and inspire others with the content they are learning.

 

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East Carolina University - Bachelor of Science Elementary Education K-6 with a Concentration in Reading K-12

Mrs. Nikki McKinnon

Mrs. McKinnon grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and attended East Carolina University. She has wanted to be a teacher since she was 10 years old, and now she is living her dream! Mrs. McKinnon has been at Powell for over 4 years. This is Mrs. McKinnon's 7th year teaching and her 5th year in 1st grade. She also taught 3rd grade for two years. In her free time Mrs. McKinnon likes to hang out with her husband, baby, and their two dogs. She loves all things Disney and Harry Potter!

My Play-losophy:

Giving students the chance to play allows them to get into curriculum in their own way. They get a chance to work with peers and create relationships.

Phone: @letticia_palmer

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Degrees and Certifications:

Fayetteville State University- B.S. in Elementary Education K-6 and 9-12 History; Grand Canyon University- Master of Education in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction in Reading and Special Education Certifications- Principal K-12; Elementary Education K-6; History 9-12; Reading K-12

Ms. Letticia Palmer

Ms. Palmer has been teaching over 25 years! She currently teaches first grade at Powell Center for Play and Ingenuity. Ms. Palmer taught in Guilford, Cumberland, and Northampton County schools before coming to Wake County. She has taught Kindergarten through Fourth grades. Ms. Palmer believes it is necessary to build a solid foundation in the early elementary grades so students can be successful in upper elementary.

Ms. Palmer is currently working on a Doctor of Education degree in Literacy and Reading at Capella University. In her spare time, she spends time with her daughter, who graduated from NC A&T State University. Her daughter is now pursuing another degree in Nursing. Ms. Palmer also loves to travel and spend quality time with her friends.

My Play-losophy:

There is power in play. Give students the chance to show you their ability to use the power of play to be successful students.

Phone: @_harristeacher

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Degrees and Certifications:

Buffalo State College - Bachelor of Science in Art Education K-12 Alfred State College - Associate of Arts in English and Humanities

Mrs. Sarah Harris

Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Harris grew up in Dallas, Texas, moved to western New York where she attended college, studied abroad in Adelaide, South Australia as an exchange student, and then finally to North Carolina. She taught art for seven years at an elementary school in Clayton. When her family moved to Raleigh, she became a stay at home mom. During that time she taught art for summer camp programs at Artspace and at Arts Together, where she would later work as a preschool teacher for two years. When her daughters were accepted at Powell she loved the school so much that she wanted to be a part of it and accepted a position as an Instructional Assistant with the first grade team. She enjoys watching movies, reading science fiction, playing her bass guitar, and to learn new art techniques. As often as possible you will find her at a concert because she loves music.

My play-losophy:

Play is essential in developing skills for the lifelong learner. At Powell I have the opportunity to work with the students and staff in an environment where the students can explore their world through play in many different academic and social areas. It allows students with different learning styles to prosper in our elective programs, domains, and in the classroom. This type of play structure provides instruction, fosters imagination, creative thinking and problem solving skills to all of our students.

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Mr. Bradley Skinner

Instructional Assistant