Ms. Elaine Westarp

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Ms. Elaine Westarp

Now in my sixth year as a teacher assistant at Joyner, I especially enjoy working with kindergarteners. Their minds are wide open, their energy boundless. 

This year, I'll again be working in the classroom with kindergarten teacher Kristin Beller.


Originally from New Jersey, I came south and studied at UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating with a BA in Political Science. I then worked for 20 years at newspapers in Charlotte and Raleigh as a reporter and columnist.  My husband, Todd Cohen, and I have two grown sons.  

Working at Joyner allows me to indulge my two favorite hobbies – photography and gardening. During the school year, I love photographing students at work and at play, and sharing those pictures with parents. During summer break, I spend most days elbow-deep in garden dirt.