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Mr. Nicholas Acquanita

My name is Mr. Acquanita. I was born in Rochester, Michigan and was raised in Brookfield, Connecticut. I have 2 brothers, 1 sister, and 2 amazing parents. This is my first year living in North Carolina and first year teaching second grade! I love math and reading biography books. In my free time I love hiking, playing tennis, and watching football! I am super excited for the upcoming school year and for my new 2nd grade class! 

 

Facts about me:

-I won the national championship at Disney in 8th Grade for football.

-I did 7 different hikes in 7 days with my sister around Connecticut. 

-The Giving Tree is my favorite Childhood book.

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Ms. Nekeisha Guscott-Douglas

I am from the beautiful island of Jamaica!

I have been a teacher for 20 years and love it! My bachelors in Early Childhood Education degree was acquired at The Mico University College in Jamaica and my Masters in Elementary Education acquired at Elon University in America 'North Carolina'.

I am married to Kirk Douglas. We share two sons Kirk and Kory, ages 16 and 13 and a beautiful daughter Kirissa-Nicole age 1+ year.

My favorite things to do are spending time with my family going on road trips, listening to inspirational music and watching a great series.

I love teaching because it gives me that fulfilling feeling when I see my students excel as they use the values and concepts I taught them to make the world a better place.

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Ms. Jennifer Smythe

Hello! I'm Jennifer Smythe, 2nd grade teacher at Joyner. This will be my 12th year teaching overall, 7 years in 3rd grade, 1 year in 4th, and 3 years in 2nd grade. I'm a graduate of NC State, where I played soccer and got my degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. I went on to get my Masters in Elementary Education at UNC Greensboro. As a college athlete, I learned all about hard work and perseverance, which is something I love to pass along to my students. In my classroom, I encourage the students to be part of a family, supporting each other and building each other up.

I am married to Will and we have 2 kids, Evan and Kate, who are both graduates of Joyner! They are 6th and 7th graders at Carroll Middle School. Looking forward to a great year!

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Ms. Christina Starks

I am a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. I am a wife in law enforcement and a mother of two wonderful children. Carson will be attending 1st grade at Joyner this year and Chandler is three years old. I enjoy spending time with my family and reading books with my book club. I graduated from Meredith College with a Performance Degree in Opera Performance. I absolutely love singing and sharing music with others. I graduated from N.C. State University with my masters in Elementary Education. I LOVE teaching and working with families. I am so excited to be apart of your child’s family this upcoming school year. 

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Ms. Nadia White

Hello! My name is Ms. Nadia White and I am so excited to be a part of the JY Joyner Magnet Elementary School team for the 2021-2022 school year.

I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree from State University of New York at Cortland College, in Early Secondary Education Pre-K to 6, with a 7-12 Spanish extension. I also earned my Master of Science degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Education at Mercy College.

Born in Jamaica, W.I., I came to the United States in 1990. I resided in the state of New York
ever since, until moving to North Carolina in 2021. I enjoy reading, listening to music, traveling, relaxing on the beach anywhere, watching movies, spending time with my fur child, family and friends and shopping.

As an educator, I hope to motivate all students in asserting their inner strengths and abilities,
and discovering what truly inspires them. I love and enjoy working with all types of learners and I will continue to strive to be a positive influence in their lives. I plan to have an amazing rest of the school year with my new JY Joyner family

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