My name is A J Piper and I am excited to have the opportunity to be a one of the Healthful Living educators at River Bend. I also will be serving as the head boys basketball coach. I look forward to guiding students in the process of being healthy and physically active for a lifetime.
I am from Franklin County and still live near my hometown today. I attended Barton College in Wilson, NC and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Physical Education and Health. Currently, I’m pursuing my National Board Certification in my content area. My teaching career began in Franklin County as a teacher and coach of multiple sports at the high school level. In 2012, I transitioned to WCPSS and taught elementary physical education for 3 years. During my high school career, I served as head coach of the boys junior varsity basketball team, assistant coach for boys varsity basketball, varsity football receiver coach, and assistant volleyball coach. The past 2 years, I have had the privilege of teaching at Wake Forest Middle School and coaching the girls softball and basketball teams. Although I have thoroughly enjoyed coaching multiple sports, basketball is my passion.
My wonderful and beautiful wife, Lauren, is also an educator with the Granville County Schools system. We have been married 9 years and have two brilliant, vibrant, energetic, and mischievous boys. Brennan (age 3) and Brayden (age two) keep us on our toes. There is never a dull moment in our household and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
During my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, working out, playing sports, and being an active part in my church. Again, I am ecstatic for the upcoming school year to meet and motivate my students and players to be the best they can possibly be!
Meet Cheryl Henry, our newest Science teacher:
I was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and one of five children (yes, I am the middle). My teaching degree was obtained from Purdue University. I have been married for 31 years, two children (Danielle 25 and Ray 21) and have a 5 year old granddaughter (Raiven). Seven years ago, my family and I moved to North Carolina from Indiana. In Indiana, I taught 6th and 7th grade science and math at Willowcreek Middle School. It was one of Indiana’s largest middle schools. While in Indiana, I received the 2010 Charlotte M. Boener Award for Innovative Middle School Science Teaching. When we moved to North Carolina, I taught in Wake County from 2011 until the end of the school year in 2014 and then returned in 2016. My previous jobs in education have included a Title 1 teacher, a Project Education Teacher for behavior, an English teacher for Spanish speaking adults, and a 6th grade science at Cedar Creek Middle. My non-teaching jobs were in the brokerage and insurance businesses.
What is my classroom like? I am a very energetic person and love to be around my students. Students will have labs, projects, science probes and interactive notebooks. I have high expectations for all of my studnets na dwill push them to achieve their best. As Kutless said, "Impossible is not a word, It's just a reason for someone not to try."
What do I like to do outside of school? I love being with my family, reading, traveling, gardening, outside activities, and riding my motocycle. I have completed two 5Ks and plan on a future one with my granddaughter. My favorite subjects in school were math, science, and history.
Meet Dexter Days our newest Assistant Principal! He comes to us from East Wake High School where he completed his internship and taught! He is originally from Greensboro, NC and is an alumnus of Fayetteville State University and NCCU! He has two son who are 5 and 1. He loves to travel, play basketball, and visit food truck rodeos! He also enjoys comedy shows, festivals, and concerts! Let's Go Tigers!
My name is Ron Carter and I am proud to be serving as the seventh grade administrator at River Bend Middle. I look forward to our inaugural year and the exciting journey ahead as we create the best middle school yet!
I am a Virginia native and graduated from James Madison University with a degree in middle school education. Ironically, my teaching career led me down another path and I taught second, fourth and fifth grades in Virginia and here in Wake County. My teaching experience is also comprised of working with adults in achieving their GED with Wake Tech. I am pursuing my graduate degree in School Administration at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and was excited to be a Tarheel during the ACC championship games!
My two sons are current students within the WCPSS. My eldest is a rising senior at Millbrook High School and touring local colleges (think he is ECU bound) and my younger son, more likely to be my Tarheel, will begin his freshman year of high school in the fall. Life is rarely dull, or should I say quiet, with teenage boys and their friends keeping us busy.
I look forward to meeting the students and families of River Bend Middle and to our many conversations!
I’m Trude Kibbe, and I can’t wait to begin my next teaching adventure at RBMS! I began my teaching career 13 years ago in Franklin County, and I have taught in Wake County going on 5 years. My hometown is Canton, Ohio, home of the Football Hall of Fame and Hoover vacuum cleaners! Raised by two parents who were professional classical musicians, music is in my blood! I began my higher education at a private college in Ohio, continued my schooling in northern California, and completed my teaching credentials at NC State. I am a devoted Cleveland Browns fan, but please don’t hold that against me!
I met my husband, Bob, in California. He was on a motorcycle, and I just couldn’t resist him…or his bike! After riding on the back of his bike for too many years to count, I decided that it was time for me to learn how to ride. It was quite an accomplishment for me to complete the course and earn my license, considering how nervous and truly frightened I was! Now, I get to experience the feeling of exhilaration and being in control every time that I am on my bike! Some of my best recent memories are of riding with my husband and our three grown children, all of whom ride.
The newest addition to our family was born on April 30th…my first grandchild, Baby Ruth!
I look forward to meeting my new colleagues, students, and parents. We’re going to have a great opening year!
I am Nashelia Hall and I love, love, love, love me some math! I am from Kinston, North Carolina. I eventually received my bachelors in Elementary Education from East Carolina University after also attending NC State and UNC at Charlotte and my masters in Educational Management from Strayer University. After several years of teaching sixth grade math, I decided I wanted to teach upper middle school math and obtained my math 6-9 certification via the Praxis. I have taught all subjects in sixth grade as well as math 7, math 7plus, math 8 and CCM1.I feel very blessed and honored to be joining River Bend Middle School Community. I have been in education for 17 years and a teacher for 15 years. I started my career in education as a teacher's assistant and bus driver before deciding to get my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in education. As a teacher assistant, I enjoyed helping and inspiring my students to be the best they can be. I wanted to be someone who was able to give back to any community and teaching gives me that sense of giving back and paying it forward all at the same time. What is most rewarding about being a teacher is having a role in providing a quality education to and molding the mines of the future leaders of America.I have one simple teaching philosophy, "In order to teach the child you have to reach the child!" With that being said establishing positive relationships (with all stakeholders) is something I take pride in. It is the first step in creating classrooms that are safe, engaging, collaborative, and conducive to learning. I enjoy meeting and conversing with parents so that their is a high level of trust, and respect between home and school. I am super excited for my role in helping to make River Bend Middle School the best school in Wake County and meeting all the future Tigers and their families! Let's Get It! Let's Go Tigers!
Meet Brian Zyskowski, our newest SS teacher:
I am very excited about working with the students and staff at RBMS! I have a passion for history and continue to read, ponder, and apply my understanding of how people collaborate. This is the philosophy I bring to River Bend! We never cease learning regardless of age, race or social status...we must all unite and empower individuals to excel!
I come to RMBS with a diverse knowledge of history. This is my 4th year teaching in North Carolina. Also, I spent one year teaching in Upstate NY where I earned a B. A. in History (Magna Cum Laude) and earned an M. A. in teaching. I have taught both 7th and 8th grade social studies and E.L.A. in North Carolina. In N.Y. I taught Advanced Placement courses at the 11th and 12th grade levels in History and Economics. I have been involved in leading mock trial teams and student government. It is exciting to witness students learning and progressing toward their respective goals! I enjoy teaching diverse populations and humbly accept the tasks ahead!
Aside from my passion for teaching, I enjoy spending time with my 8 year old daughter Sienna. I love the outdoors and fly fishing. My most enjoyable endeavor is reading! I have an extensive library at home full of rare and antiquarian volumes. On average, I spend 2-3 hours daily perusing the written page.
I look forward to meeting everyone in the RBMS community!
Meet Shane Murphy, our newest Social Studies Teacher who will bring his depth of teaching and life experience to RBMS!From Buffalo NYTeaching - Coaching and Living in Raleigh for twenty years. First night in Raleigh Hurricane Fran hit and a giant Pine fell through the house.Air Force Veteran - served in West Berlin before Wall came downSingle father of four year old twins
Hi there! My name is Victoria Fernandez and I am so excited to be joining the River Bend Tigers as a Special Education and Math teacher. I graduated in 2015 from UNC Charlotte with a Degree in Special Education and a minor in Psychology. I have been teaching for two years now in Wake County. I was born in Miami, Florida but have been living in the Raleigh area for 11 years now. I am Cuban American and can speak Spanish fluently. I am the oldest of six children in my family, including triplets! I coach Miracle League of the Triangle, a baseball league for children with disabilities. For fun you can catch me baking, dancing salsa, merengue, and bachata, or playing billiards. Although I enjoy following basketball and football, please don't challenge me to play any sports because I will lose. My favorite math is Geometry and if you ask me I will gladly show you my area and volume formula raps!
Hello!! My name is Leilani Ostiguy and I am excited to be joining the River Bend Tigers next school year! I graduated from Peace College in 2010 with degrees in Elementary and Special Education. I am in my seventh year teaching in WCPSS and have learned many things about my students and just how unique each are. I have taught grades second through fifth in both the general and special education curriculum.
At school I am involved with Girls on the Run and MEMS Run Club for both boys and girls. I also participated in a Harry Potter Book Club this year to help encourage reading with fourth and fifth graders. I am apart of the PTA, representing grades 3-5. I love to show action in school and try to complete at least one service project each year. Last year our run club donated 43 care bags to Duke Children’s Hospital.
Outside of school, I love spending time with my family, my fiance Jimmy and my dog Bindy. I have a love for Disney and try to get there once a year.
I am very excited about this upcoming school year and can’t wait to see you in August!! Go Tigers!!!
Meet Maria Pereda, our new Foreign Language teacher:
Ms. Maria Pereda grew up in Venezuela, South America and came to live to Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband and three children 14 years ago. Ms. Pereda has been teaching Spanish for the last 13 years at Wake Forest MS. She has a passion for teaching and learning. Ms. Pereda enjoys interacting with the students and coworkers on a daily basis. In her free time Ms. Pereda loves sharing with her family, baking and running. She is looking forward to joining the RBMS family in August of 2017.
Hello Tigers! My name is Emily Rinker. I am super thrilled to be teaching sixth grade ELA at River Bend Middle School. I am a Raleigh native and I love it! I am a product of Wake County Public Schools. Upon graduating from Leesville High School, I attended Meredith College, where I majored in psychology with a focus in K-6 education. Fresh out of college in 2002, I started teaching 6th grade science in Granville County. After teaching a few years, I was awarded Outstanding Science Teacher for District 5 by the North Carolina Science Teacher Association. In 2008, I was Teacher of the Year for Butner-Stem Middle School, and I was selected as first runner up for Teacher of the Year for Granville County Schools. After teaching Science for six years, I decided to make a career change and pursue teaching English as a Second Language. I spent two years teaching ESL to LEP students in grades 6-8. During this time, I worked closely with my LEP students to help them succeed in learning the English language, as well as building positive school relationships. In 2010, another opportunity crossed my path, the chance to teach English Language Arts in 6th grade and to pilot the Balanced Literacy Model for all of Granville County Middle Schools. This change allowed me to work strongly with curriculum coaches in ELA and further strengthen skills as an ESL teacher. I believe that teaching two core subject areas has given the me opportunity to incorporate a lot of creativity into my teaching. I am currently finishing my fifteenth year of teaching, and I have gone back to my original roots in teaching Science, as well as continuing to grow as a Language Arts teacher to wonderful sixth graders.
As a teacher, I believe that establishing a welcoming classroom environment and building positive relationships with my students leads to academic success. In my classroom, all students can be successful! I strive to celebrate all successes with my students, both big and small, because everyone needs a cheerleader in their court!
My husband and I currently live in Raleigh. We have a lovely 7 year old daughter named Charlotte. She will be starting 3rd grade in the fall. Charlotte keeps us busy riding bikes, working on crafts, and taking trips to the beach or pool.
In my spare time, I enjoy being crafty, creative, and inventive! I enjoy doing art projects with Charlotte. I love gardening, bike riding, getting messy, and working on projects around the house. I have a passion for music and enjoy attending concerts or downloading the latest tunes. During school breaks I enjoy traveling with my family, which could be to the beach, NYC, Bermuda, BVIs, or even Europe!