Pre-K & Special Programs
Ms. Amber Bruner
Amber Bruner is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BS in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Library and Information Science. Mrs. Bruner also holds a MEd in Birth to Kindergarten Educational Development. She lives in Cary with her husband and has three adult children and one grandchild.
Ms. June Haggy
June Haggy is a preschool teacher for students with special needs. Mrs. Haggy loves working with young children and their families and had been doing this for 21 years. She went to Mount Union University for her undergraduate work and Ohio University for her Masters in Education in Special Education. She is currently working on Ph.D. in Cognition and Instruction at GCU. She has 3 great kids and a fantastic husband. She loves to read and actually enjoys being a cheer mom.
Ms. Corinne Mullane
Corinne Mullane is in her first year teaching at Hortons Creek but her fourteenth year in teaching. Mrs. Mullane moved to Cary two years ago from New York with my husband and three boys! She is so excited to become a part of the Hawks family!!
Ms. Ellen O'Rourke
Ellen O'Rourke is so excited to be a Hawk! Mrs. O’Rourke was born and raised in Michigan, and moved to Syracuse, NY (Le Moyne College) for college, where she met (and eventually married) her husband, James. They have two children, ages 7 and 9, and a dog named Bingo!
She got her Masters degree from Iona College in New York and then taught in New York for nine years before moving to North Carolina (Holly Springs) in 2015. She has taught in all types of classrooms and positions - regular classroom, special education classroom, resource/CCR - and has learned and grown with each experience. She loves working with students with all types of abilities, and gets so excited about her students' successes, big and small. In fact, sometimes the small successes mean the most, because they are the foundational building blocks towards something amazing! Her goal is always to find and build on strengths, and to help each student see their own light and potential. She loves facilitating friendships and connections between students of all abilities and backgrounds, because kindness, empathy, and appreciation for differences always makes the world a better place. She is looking forward to a great school year.
Ms. Samantha Perlman
Samantha Perlman is the CRR teacher for 3rd through 5th grade. She was born and raised in Delray Beach, FL. She went to the University of South Florida. She has been teaching for three years in Tampa, FL. This will be her first year at Hortons Creek Elementary! She comes from a huge family and loves spending quality time with her family. Her favorite football teams are New England Patriots and University of South Florida Bulls. She like trying new things and going on mini-adventures. She loves to read and strive to learn something new every day. Samantha is very passionate about teaching. She wants her student to be excited about learning and working to their fullest potential.
Ms. Jill Schwadron
Jill Schwadron is a Speech-Language Pathologist licensed by the state of North Carolina and she holds her national certification, the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language Pathology. Prior to joining Wake County Public Schools in 2017, Mrs. Schwadron was in private practice with a focus on working with children with a variety of communication disorders, such as receptive and expressive language delays, autism spectrum disorder, articulation delays, phonological delays, Down Syndrome , Apraxia and Stuttering. She earned her Masters at East Carolina University- Go Pirates! She has three school age children of her own. (Schwadron rhymes with squadron.)
Ms. Kristin Todesco
Kristin Todesco is so excited to be starting her second year at Hortons Creek Elementary as the K-2 ECS Teacher! She graduated with her Bachelors degree in Childhood Education 1-6 from SUNY New Paltz. Ms. Todesco went on to complete her Masters in Special Education with an Annotation in Severe and Multiple Disabilities 1-6 at St. Joseph’s College. She moved to North Carolina in 2018. When she is not at school she is spending time with her family and their two dogs. She has worked with students with special needs for the last 4 years and loves every minute of it. She looks forward to the 19-20 school year and everything that is in store!
Mr. Darren Williams
Originally from Pennsylvania, Darren Williams graduated from the University of Pittsburgh before moving to North Carolina to begin his career in education. Mr. Williams has been teaching for five years and is excited to teach elementary for the first time after previously working at the middle and high school levels. He will serve as a part-time CCR teacher at Hortons Creek while simultaneously pursuing studies at UNC-Chapel Hill as a North Carolina Principal Fellow.