Degrees and Certifications:
Occupational Therapist - Ms. Kathryn Adams (1st row 1st):
My name is Katie Adams and I am the occupational therapist (OT) at Baucom Elementary! This is my second year at Baucom, and the start of my 4th school year as school OT. I was raised in the Apex area and went to WCPSS schools elementary through high school. I attended Purdue University and East Carolina University. I have 3 fur babies - a borgi (border collie x corgi) and 2 horses. I compete in horseback riding in eventing. I also enjoy reading, DIY projects, puzzles, traveling, and spending time with my family. I value independence and exploration when working with my kiddos and finding how they learn best! I am excited to work with my students this year and helping them to reach their goals!
ECS II IA - Ms. Laura Earl (1st row 2nd over):
Hi my name is Ms. Earl and I am an Instructional Assistant in the ECS2 classroom. I graduated from West Virginia University and joined the ECS team fulltime five years ago. I have three boys who are all proud Baucom alumni. When not at school with my ECS friends you can find me at a sporting event with my family cheering on one of my favorite teams or at the beach with my husband and fur babies. I am looking forward to another wonderful year as an Aviator.
Pre-K IA - Ms. Brenda House (1st row 3rd over):
Pre-K IA - Ms. Lorraine Ateshian (1st row 4th over):
Ms. Lorraine Ateshian works in our pre-K classroom with Ms. Thomas and works to meet the social emotional needs of our youngest students.
Psychologist - Ms. Jessica Loehman (1st row 5th over):
I have been a school psychologist for Wake County Public Schools since the 2015-2016 school year and love serving the school system that I grew up in. I graduated from Meredith College with a B.S. in psychology. I then went on to NC State University and graduated with a PhD in school psychology. As a school psychologist, I support the social, emotional, and academic success of all students. I use a data-based, problem-solving approach to help identify students’ strengths and needs and determine how to best support them at school. I can provide direct support to students through assessment, interventions, and counseling. I also provide indirect support through parent and teacher consultation and collaboration. Finally, I work with the special education staff to identify students in need of special education services. Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, spending time with friends, lounging by the pool, and taking care of my dogs, Hector and Zeus. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s success.
Special Education Teacher - Ms. Kelly Vandermolen (1st row 6th over):
I am Kelly VanderMolen. I began my teaching journey in North Carolina in 2008 but quickly returned home to Michigan for two years and Maryland for 8 years, before returning to North Carolina and joining Baucom in 2019. For the last three years, I have taught first grade, but have experienced Kindergarten through fifth grade. This year, I will be utilizing the skills that I have learned over the years to develop a specialized curriculum to meet my student's needs. Additionally, I have two small children, one that currently attends Baucom Elementary School, and a lovable borador. I am excited about all the opportunities that the 2022-2023 school year will bring.
Pre-K Teacher - Ms. Rebecca Thomas (1st row 7th over):
Hi Friends! My name is Rebecca Thomas but my students call me Ms Becca. I am the structured preschool teacher here at Baucom. This will be my 18th year at Baucom and I love this school. I am from upstate NY and have been in NC since 2001. I am married and have a sweet black lab. My husband and I love to travel and my wish is to eventually live (retire) by the beach.
ECS I IA - Ms. Priya Muraleedharan (1st row 8th over):
Ms. Priya Muraleedharan works with Ms. Robison in our ECS I class and brings a great attitude to a great class!
ECS II Teacher - Ms. Sherri Zoldos (2nd row 1st):
I am so excited to be a part of your child's life this year!
I am a proud Penn State grad. I have had the pleasure of working with students with special needs for 15 years. My family moved from our long time home in Northern Virginia to Durham. My husband, Bobby and I have a daughter, Kathleen, age 23 and son Bobby, age 21. Kathleen is a student at UNC-Greensboro and Bobby attends West Virginia University.
We recently added, Pierce, a dalmatian puppy to our family.
Pre-K IA - Ms. Geri Baron (2nd row 2nd over):
Ms. Baron works with our Pre-K students in Ms. Thomas' class to create a young and exciting environment for the youngest students.
Special Education Teacher - Ms. Anne Hoyle (2nd row 3rd over):
Hello! My name is Anne Hoyle and I’m a special education resource teacher. This year I will be working primarily with grades 3-5. This is my 7th year teaching and my 4th year at Baucom. I’m married and have a young son named Jack who was born in October 2021. I was out on maternity leave for some of the 21-22 school year and I’m excited to be full time this year! Before moving to North Carolina and coming to Baucom, I lived in Denver, Colorado, close to my family. I come from a big family! I’m the youngest of 5 children and I enjoy showing pictures of my family to my students. I’m excited to be back at Baucom for another great year!
Special Education Teacher - Mr. Chris Johnson(2nd row 4th over):
I am Chris Johnson and I am beginning my 20th year in Special Education at Baucom ES. I adore this school and believe we have the best staff imaginable across grade levels, specialists and Administration. My three adult daughters all attended Baucom and continue to reference the school and teachers as their best learning experience growing up.
My wife is an LCSW and together we seem to be rotating our three daughters back into our “empty nest”, but happily so, I am, through my Kentucky alumni spouse, a rabid Kentucky Men’s Basketball fan. GO WILDCATS! But I do understand there are some local teams with some following.
I am a proud father of 2 one year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi brothers, Angus (Angus Young, AC/DC) and Presley (yes, Elvis, my daughter is a huge fan). I adore them and in return they bark and wrestle incessantly.
I have my Bachelors in Psychology/Education and a second Bachelor's in Information Technology. I joined the teaching profession through lateral entry.
Special Education IA - Ms. Tamara Smith (2nd row 5th over):
Hello, My name is Mrs. Smith I am an Instructional Assistant with Special Education. I have been with Wake County Public School System for 6 years! I have been with Special Education for most of that time. Before coming to Baucom I was at Fuquay Varina Middle School. I have a daughter that is in 7th grade and a son that is almost 2 years old. I love spending time with my kids and family! I am looking forward to meeting all the students this amazing school year.
Speech Therapist - Ms. Paula Mills (2nd row 6th over):
Ms. Mills works at Baucom as the speech therapist and provides a wide range of services to the students here!
ECS I Teacher - Ms. Leah Robison (2nd row 7th over):
My name is Leah Robison and I am so excited to be your child’s teacher this year.
I graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. I am starting my 16th year of teaching. This is my seventh year working with special needs students at Baucom.
I have lived in Apex for the past 17 years. I am married and have 2 sons- Lucas age 16 and Kyle age 13. I also have two Boston Terriers, Frankie and Bobby Brown.