Mrs. Marsha Hanna

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Mrs. Marsha Hanna

Slippery Rock University - Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
Edinboro University - Elementary Education (certification)
John Carroll University - graduate school
 
This will be my ninth year of teaching in Wake County and my fifth year at Swift Creek Elementary School. I taught in Pennsylvania for many years before moving to North Carolina.
 
My husband and I have six adult children, five sons, and a daughter. We have two granddaughters, a grandson, and another little one joining our family this fall.  I enjoy visiting our children and their families who are spread across the country, reading, sewing, baking (especially cookies), and going to the beach.
 
I am excited to spend my days with Kindergarten students.  Each day is full of wonder, and they are eager to explore and learn about everything.  It is wonderful to help them become confident in their learning and share it with others.
 

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Mrs. Jennifer Hebert - CCK

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Mrs. Jennifer Hebert - CCK

Cambridge College - Master of Arts in Elementary Education
Worcester State College - Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and English

I am so excited about this school year and to be working with your child! I was born and raised in New England where I began my teaching career. I moved to North Carolina in 2006 and worked as a third-grade teacher in Chatham County. I moved to Wake County five years ago. Since that time, I have spent the past four years teaching in Wake County Public Schools, two years as a CCR teacher for K-5th grade at Morrisville Elementary, and two years at Swift Creek. This upcoming school year will be my second year as a CCK teacher and my third year at Swift Creek.

In my spare time, I enjoy watching sports, being outdoors as much as possible, reading, traveling, and spending time with my friends, family, and two cats, Ri Ra and Dublin.

I look forward to a fantastic year together at Swift Creek!

Email: jhebert@wcpss.net

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Mrs. Amber King

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Mrs. Amber King

North Carolina State University - Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

My name is Amber King and this will be my first year at Swift Creek. Last spring I graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in elementary education and a concentration in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. I am extremely excited to get started this year building a classroom community together. We are going to have a great year full of learning and fun! 

When I'm not at school, I can be found at home hanging out with my five-month-old golden retriever, Bentley, or hiking my way through the North Carolina mountains. 

Email: anking@wcpss.net

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Ms. Bobbie Lipe

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Ms. Bobbie Lipe

Meredith College - Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K-6), Early Childhood (K-4)
 
Welcome to Kindergarten!  My name is Bobbie Lipe and I am very excited to begin another year with all our "Little Cougars"!  I have been teaching at Swift Creek since I student taught here from Meredith College.  I have taught preschool, first, and second grade, but Kindergarten is my passion. Kindergarten is a magical year where you see the students explore, create, and become future leaders.  My goals for "Little Cougars" are: to feel good about their accomplishments, use their natural curiosity to become life-long learners, and to enjoy school especially the love of reading!  
 
When I am not at school, I love spending time with my daughter, family, and friends.  My daughter and I enjoy hiking and reading mysteries. Our favorite reading spot is on the beach. We have a dog, Chloe and a cat, Polly and they are great friends! 

Email: blipe@wcpss.net

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Mrs. Mary Zardas

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Mrs. Mary Zardas

College of Notre Dame of Maryland - Accelerated Certification for Teaching

This is my 16th year teaching at Swift Creek Elementary, and my 24th year in North Carolina. While currently teaching kindergarten, I've also taught first, second and fifth grades at Swift Creek. I know my class this year will be curious and will love math, reading, and our school garden!

When I am not at school, I enjoy growing tomatoes, basil, rosemary, and too many other herbs to mention in my tiny garden. My cat, Hilary, likes to watch! I also love writing online reviews. From airports to department stores to restaurants, you may very well have seen my reviews when looking for a new place to try. I have to say it's become my favorite hobby! 

Email: mzardas@wcpss.net

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Ms. TaShonda Bowser - CCK IA

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Ms. TaShonda Bowser - CCK IA

University of North Carolina at Pembroke - Bachelor of Social Work
 
Greetings, My name is TaShonda Bowser. This is my first year teaching and I am beyond ecstatic to be here with you all at Swift Creek Elementary School. I have a bachelor degree in Social Work from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke! I have worked and volunteered with special needs children since I was in grade school. I am very athletic. I played a variety of sports growing up, track being my leading sport for a scholarship in college. I recently completed my first year as an Assistant Coach for a local Women's High school Basketball team. Outside of work, I love a good nature scene, arts & crafts, spending time with my family and learning! It is my ultimate goal to inspire those around me to chase their wildest dream and I cannot wait to start in the Cougar Community!
 
Mrs. Amira Hindi - IA

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Mrs. Amira Hindi - IA

University of Jordan - Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
 
I was born in Jordan and moved to the US in 2000. Travelled a lot and finally in 2010 my family and I moved to Raleigh. This will be my third year in Swift creek Elementary school as a kindergarten Instructional assistant. I am married and have 4 kids, 3 boys and a girl and I have 2 cats. Beside working at school I’m a licensed real estate agent, you’ll find me showing houses, driving around and taking pictures of our beautiful city. I also enjoy walks in nature and baking with my kids.
 

Email: ahindi@wcpss.net

Mrs. Ashley Hunt - CCK IA

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Mrs. Ashley Hunt - CCK IA

South Piedmont Community College - Associate in Arts with Certifications in PreK and PreK Special Education
Wake Technical Community College - Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
UNC at Asheville - Bachelor in Arts in Religious Studies
 
I am originally from Connecticut and moved to North Carolina many years ago. Before working for Wake County Public School  System. I was a substitute teacher for Union County Public School system for three and a half years for elementary schools for both general and special education as well as substituting at a severe to profound disability school until I moved to Wake County to live with my husband. I am looking forward to a great year!

During my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to audiobooks that I rent from the Wake County library, and spending time with my husband. We like to travel, catch up on TV shows and movies on Netflix and HULU. I also have a black cat named Chance.
 
Ms. Lauren Jordan - IA

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Ms. Lauren Jordan - IA

Wake Technical Community College - Associate in Applied Sciences in Early Childhood Education 

Hi Swifties! Welcome to our school! This will be my second year here as an IA in Kindergarten! I was born and raised in Garner, NC. I am a mom of two boys Connor and Camden. When I am not here at Swift Creek I am at home working on our farm. My husband and I raise beef cattle on his family farm. In my free time, I enjoy riding my horses and exploring new places trail riding with them. I also really enjoy going to our beach place during the summer and cruising around in the sunshine on our boat!  

Email: ltjordan@wcpss.net
Mrs. Fran Killius - IA

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Mrs. Fran Killius - IA

Niagara University - Bachelor of Science in Transportation

Welcome to Swift Creek Elementary. This will be my twenty- fourth year as an Instructional Assistant at Swift Creek and second full-time year in Kindergarten. Each and every year has been as exciting as the first and I look forward to working with the students. I have a B.S in Transportation from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY, and was born and raised in Tonawanda, NY which is just outside of Buffalo NY. I am married to my husband Mike and we have two grown sons who attended Swift Creek. We have lived in Cary for over twenty-eight years and have four grandchildren who live here and in Charlotte. They keep us very busy and we enjoy our time with them. We love to travel, spend time at the beach with family and cheering on the Carolina Hurricanes. I am looking forward to another amazing school year in Kindergarten.
 
Ms. Octavia Owens - IA

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Ms. Octavia Owens - IA

Wake Technical Community College - Associate in Applied Sciences in Early Childhood Education
 
I was born in Wilmington, NC and moved to Raleigh NC shortly after my mother and stepfather married 2006. From there I graduated from Middle Creek High School, Apex, NC. I attended Wake Technical Community College, where I majored in Early Childhood Education, and graduated in July 2020. I was a care provider for over ten years for Birth to School-age. I have a son whose name is Damoni and he is the love of my life and keeps me going every day.  I am looking forward to a wonderful journey working with Wake County Public Schools as an IA and happy to be apart of the Swift Creek family.  
 
In my spare time, I enjoy doing family vacations with my son. Visiting Topsail Beach is where my grandparents reside. Also, watching my favorite shows such as Lifetime, Shark Tank and Food Network.