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Meredith College - Bachelor of Arts in History & International Studies

Ms. Kelsea Anderson

Fifth Grade Teacher 

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 several years and has worked as an Instructional Assistant in both Kindergarten and 1st grades. She is currently 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.

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Appalachian State University - BS in Geography East Carolina University - Teaching Certificate North Carolina State University - Masters of School Administration

Mr. Rob Lewis

Fifth Grade Teacher
 
Mr. Lewis graduated with a BS degree in Geography from Appalachian State University, obtained his teaching certificate from East Carolina University, and acquired a Masters of School Administration at North Carolina State University.
 
With over 20 years in education, Mr. Lewis believes in establishing meaningful and positive relationships with students, parents, and fellow staff.  Equipping all students with a strong educational foundation, instilling an intrinsic curiosity for learning and growth, and modeling equity for all are key initiatives in his classroom.
 
My Play-losophy:
 
Integrating play in the classroom allows developing minds to make connections, remember important information, and associate learning with having fun.  Play draws all types of learners together and offers inclusion on a variety of levels.

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

Mrs. Traci Veenstra

Fifth Grade Teacher

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!

 

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Alabama State University - Bachelor of Science Physical Education

Mr. Rickey Martin II

Instructional Assistant

Mr. Martin is originally from Bavaria. Both of his parents were in the United States ARMY. He has lived in North Carolina for 7 years. Mr. Martin has been in the education field for many years and enjoys gaming & being active. 

Mr. Martin doesn't consider himself a 'social butterfly;' however, he enjoys facilitating the academic, social, emotional and physical development of our youth. He takes pride in being impartial and only judging people by the content of their character. 

My Play-losophy:

Play is a catalyst for the development of social and physical skills. I believe it is important for not only motor, but also emotional development through trial and error, success & failure. The development of leadership qualities, the ability to cooperate, and overall maturation of a child can be the result of properly structured and facilitated play.