• Welcome to Third Grade at Davis Drive Elementary!

 Andria Cook

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Andria Cook

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Hello!  I grew up in Greenville, Michigan and then I moved to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to attend Central Michigan University.  I received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and after I graduated, I worked in a preschool where I found teaching to be my passion.  I went back to school at the University of Michigan in Flint to get my Masters while I received certification for elementary teaching and in 2010 I achieved my National Board Certification.  I am now enjoying my 11th year teaching in North Carolina.  This will be my sixth year at Davis Drive Elementary and I love being a part of this wonderful school.  When I am not teaching, I spend my time with my husband and two boys.  We have a spunky two year old, named Carter, and this past April we welcomed our second son, Hayden, to our family.  We love to read together, play outside, and have family travel adventures.

 Lisa Drager

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Lisa Drager

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This is my fifth year teaching third grade at DDE.  I have been teaching for over 15 years and absolutely love it.   I was born and raised in California where I graduated  from Chico State University and also earned my Masters Degree from San Diego State University.  My family consists of James, my husband, and my two children - Sophia and Grayson.  Sophia is a sophomore at Panther Creek High School, and Grayson is in sixth grade at Mills Park Middle.  I also have an adorable puppy named Cali. I believe that learning takes place best in a positive environment filled with laughter and fun.

 April Fussell

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April Fussell

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This is my 21st year of teaching and I still love it!  My husband, Doug, and I are originally from North Carolina and live in Cary with our eleven year old son, Griffin, and our two Cocker Spaniels, Maggie and Pepper.  I enjoy traveling, reading, and photography. I am also a huge fan of coffee! I grew up watching my mother as a teacher and always admired the excitement she had for her profession. I feel very lucky that she passed that on to me and I can share it with my students.

 Mrs. Kimble

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Mrs. Kimble

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Welcome to 3rd grade!  I have been teaching at DDE for the past 11 years.  I have taught 3rd and 4th grade here and I hold certifications in regular and special education.  Additionally, I have a Master's in Executive Leadership that I earned a few years ago.  I have 2 children, one high school aged and the other at UNC--GO TARHEELS!!  During my spare time I enjoy running or lifting weights, snuggling with my dogs, and hanging out with my family.

 Mrs. Monroe

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Mrs. Monroe

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My name is Mrs. Monroe and I was born in Winston Salem, N.C., where my grandparents lived. We moved to Chapel Hill, N.C., when I was a baby, and that is where I grew up. My mother still lives in Chapel Hill and we visit there quite often. We love to go out to eat, go to the pool, and shop together.
     I went to Glenwood Elementary School, Phillips Jr. High School, Carolina Friends School, Chapel Hill High School, and St. Andrews Presbyterian School. I graduated with a BA in Elementary Education, K-4. After graduating, I returned to St Andrews to do graduate work to obtain a second teaching certificate, Academically Gifted K-12. 
     After meeting my husband at St Andrews, we've now been married for 30 years. We have an amazing son, in high school, and he is named after his dad. Our three cats, "Mommy Keesie, Sunrise and Slendy" keep us busy and entertained. We spend our time at the coast, in a swimming pool or grilling out in the backyard. 
      It has been such a privilege to be a part of the Davis Drive Elementary School staff and community. This is my 39th year teaching school, in the WCPSS. I love coming to work everyday to teach and enjoy those daily challenges that we meet in the classroom. The children bring such joy with them to school and I appreciate your continued support at home. We are going to have a great year!
 Mrs. Nance

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Mrs. Nance

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Mrs.Nance has been part of the Davis Drive Staff since 2012. She loves being part of the 5th grade team and teaches language arts and social studies. Mrs.Nance is also the Creative Writing Club facilitator and part of the DDE SIP committee. When Mrs. Nance is not teaching she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

 Mandy Paine

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Mandy Paine

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I have called Davis Drive "home" now for 12 years.  It was my first teaching experience and hopefully my last!  I am married to a fourth grade teacher here at DDE and we have two wonderful fur babies, Kevin and Lucy.  Working with children is unbelievably rewarding and I could not imagine another career.  Until high school language arts, I struggled in school and had no love of learning.  That year, Mrs. Gallagher inspired me every day with her love of teaching and learning.  I became a teacher in hopes that I can spark a love of learning early in life!  When I am not at school, I enjoy working in my garden, running, reading, travelling, decorating, and crafting. I am looking forward to an amazing year!

 Mrs. Ross

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Mrs. Ross

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I am glad to be back into the classroom again! After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, I taught at Northwoods Elementary School in Cary for 7 years. I left teaching to start our family. My husband and I have 4 children: Alex is a senior at Green Hope High School and is on the football team, Avery (my only daughter) is a sophomore at GH and is in the marching band (trumpet), Anson is an 8th grader at DDM and enjoys band and all sports, and Asbury is my 6th grader at DDM and enjoys video games. After 17 years of being a stay-at-home mom and after 4 years of substitute teaching, I decided it was time to continue my career as a classroom teacher. I LOVE DDE (second year teaching but 7 years here as a parent and 2 years on the PTA board) and cannot see myself anywhere else!

 Elizabeth Schmedding

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Elizabeth Schmedding

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My name is Elizabeth Schmedding and I am delighted to be joining the Davis Drive Elementary Third Grade team.   This is my eighteenth year teaching and I enjoy it as much today as I did when I started.  I’ve had the opportunity to work in Second, Third and Fourth Grade.  Each grade has given me perspective and allowed me to grow as an educator.  I am a native North Carolinian and have called Apex my home for twenty years.  I have three boys and an awesome husband who fill my life with joy.  I am looking forward to a great year!

 Andrea Squiers

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Andrea Squiers

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My name is Andrea Squiers and this is my 25th year teaching Kindergarten through Third grade. I am originally from Portland, Maine (it’s cold there) and so about 12 years ago, our family moved to North Carolina (much warmer!). I have a wonderful husband, Kurt, who directs TV commercials, and two beautiful children, Normandy (22), who will be a senior at UNCW in the Fall and is hoping to follow her mother’s footsteps to become a teacher, and Gage (17), is going to be a senior at Green Hope High School, who very well may follow into his father’s footsteps! And oh yeah, we have a Boxer-Beagle named Precious, who is one crazy mutt, but we love her anyway.
 
I love spending time with my family, traveling, gardening, walking & hiking, reading, movies, eating (healthy), playing sports, and watching our beloved Boston Red Sox.