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Hi YMES family! I’m Ms. Grieco (rhymes with “echo”) and I’ve been teaching since 1988 with a few years off while growing my family and moving around this country. I’ve worked in education for a total of 34 years, 19 years in North Carolina and this will be my 11th year at YMES. In NC I taught 4th~8th grade in Cumberland County, then 2nd, 3rd & 5th grade at A.B. Combs, 3rd & 4th grade at York ES, and then in 2012 I transferred to YMES to teach 3rd grade. In 2014 I began serving students and staff as a Curriculum Support Teacher. I loved working with ALL the kiddos in K~5th grade & teachers at YMES! In 2019 I worked exclusively with the 5th grade as the Lead Science Teacher and Advanced Math Teacher, collaborating and supporting all 5th-grade teachers and students in all academic areas. This year I am absolutely thrilled and excited to be teaching Kindergarten for the 3rd year!
I began my college journey at Bridgewater State College as a Speech Communications major with a desire to become a newscast reporter for ABC. During my junior year, I realized and remembered how much I enjoyed my Art for Early Childhood elective and my experiences teaching children throughout my high school years within clubs and church. I decided to change my degree and worked hard, even in the summertime, to complete my studies and graduate with my class on time. I earned my BS in education, with a major in Elementary Education, a minor in Speech Communications, and a concentration in Mathematics. My desire to learn leads me to continue to learn in every way, every day! My call to teach allows me to encourage others daily, and share my passion for learning and love of reading, writing, and solving math problems/puzzles.
In my free time, I love spending time with my family, serving at my church, working out at my gym, acting/modeling, writing, reading, and going on adventures! I was promoted to Grandmother in March of 2021 and returned to my roots by bringing back a family name. I decided to be called "Noni '' after my Italian Great Grandmother, Mama~Noni, whom I knew and loved as a child.
My firstborn son Tyler is married to Sarah and they live in Cary. She works for Merck in Durham, and he is a stay-at-home daddy! My first grandchild, Ensley Ann arrived in March of 2021 and we are expecting her baby brother, a grandson this December 2022! They also are the proud parents of 2 cats, Stormie and Diego.
My daughter Elizabeth is married to Garrett and they live in their newly built home in Fuquay Varina. Both graduated from Wake Tech with a Business degree, and both obtained a real estate license. He works in real estate as a Home Specialist @Pulte Group, and she is currently a homemaker and loving every minute of it. They are proud parents of 3 cats, Macie, Dusty, and Hiei.
My middle son Westley married his high school sweetheart, Emma in November of 2020. They live in Raleigh, and he graduated from WCU and works for Music and Arts providing private music lessons. Emma graduated from NCSU and currently works there as a Research Technician. They are the proud parents of 1 cat, Autumn.
My youngest son Jackson completed 2 years at World of Life in NY and accepted an internship with Youth Ministry in NY while he finishes his undergraduate degree online with Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. He is on his way to becoming a Youth Pastor. Jackson recently married his college sweetheart, Alyssa in January and they are expecting their first child in January 2023!