Specials Teachers

ART

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Ms. Debra Houck

Email:  dhouck @wcpss.net

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I have been fortunate to teach art at Davis Drive Elementary since 1996. I am a graduate of Meredith College for my undergrad degree and Lesley University for my Masters degree. In addition, I also have my National Board Certification in elementary art. I live in Cary with my two great kids, Cole and Camille, and our black and white dog, Oreo.

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Mrs. Elizabeth Schmedding

Email: Eschmedding@wcpss.net

Media Specialist

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Mrs. Stephanie Fiedler

Email:  sfiedler @wcpss.net

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I was born in Southern California but grew up in Hampton, Virginia.  I have always loved to learn.  I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from VA Tech (Go Hokies!) and my Master’s Degree in Information and Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!).  I began my library career as a medical librarian in the US Air Force.  When I was stationed at Scott AFB in Illinois, I led a storytime hour at the local library, which  is how I discovered my mission in life - teaching children to love reading!

My husband, Jack, and I have been lucky to call NC home since 1996.  We have an awesome, fun-loving son, Lee, who is a student at Panther Creek High School and is obsessed with skateboarding!  We expanded our family to include two exchange students - Francesco from Italy and David from Denmark.  We also have two crazy rescue dogs, Charlotte and Sasha.  A perfect day to me is one in which I spend some time outdoors with my family, playing lots of games, and eating s’mores around a campfire!

Our family loves to travel!  We have been to four continents together and plan to visit the other three before Lee goes to college.  My husband’s business brought us to Europe, where we lived  in Bratislava, Slovakia for two years.  We really enjoyed learning about other cultures, trying(!) to speak different languages, and eating lots of delicious food!  

I started teaching in the WCPSS in 1998.  I have always been an admirer of Maria Montessori’s teaching method - the best learning is hands-on learning with a purpose.  Because of this, I like to incorporate technology and project-based learning as much as possible in my lessons.  In 2011, I was honored to receive the Borchardt Award.  I traveled to China, along with 25 other NC educators, to learn about the Chinese educational system, specifically how they teach math, science, and technology.  The experience transformed my teaching practice and I am now passionate about teaching the “Four Cs” - critical thinking, creation, collaboration, and communication.

I am so proud to be part of the Davis Drive Elementary family!  :-)

 

MUSIC

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Mrs. Paula Clark

Email:  pcclark @wcpss.net

Being a Raleigh native, I grew up in Wake County Schools and now have taught Elementary Music for Wake County for over 20 years. I enjoy seeing my students perform for their parents in music class performances as well as the 5th grade chorus productions. Every year a Composer visits my music room during Halloween week. Davis Drive has had visits from Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Hayden and Handel. All of which the students have learned about throughout the month of October. I love doing the impersonations (except for wearing the itchy wigs!) Away from school, I enjoy hiking, running and spending time with my family outside. (Especially at the beach!)

PE (Physical Education)

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Mr. Trevor Guenther

Email:  TBGuenther @wcpss.net

 

Hey Davis Drive Elementary families, my name is Trevor Guenther and I am the new Physical Education teacher. I am a graduate of East Carolina University and enjoy cheering on the Pirates! I am also a Duke basketball fan. I enjoy playing all sports and spending time outside. I am excited to become a Davis Drive dolphin and meet all of you. I can’t wait to share my love of physical activity and look forward to lots of fun in the future. 

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)

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Mrs. C.Nicole Guay

Email: CGuay@wcpss.net

Hi!  My name is Nicole Guay, and I am so excited to be teaching STEM this year.  This will be my seventeenth year of teaching in grade levels ranging from kindergarten, first, second, third, and fifth. Each grade level is unique in its own right, and I have loved each one!

My husband, Darrin, and I live in Apex with our two daughters:  Megan and Isabella.  Our final family member is a precious little Chihuahua named Julianna.

Teaching is my passion, and I love those magical moments when my students comprehend a tough concept.  I truly believe that students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care, so I make it my mission to love and to learn about my little class family as we work hard together.  It’s going to be a great year, and I look forward to beginning this journey with you! 

 

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