Meet Our Principal

  • Ms. Small and family  

    I have been surrounded by strong role models in education my whole life.  My father was my high school principal, and my mother is a middle school principal.  I knew what I wanted to be “when I grow up” from a very young age.  I completed my undergraduate degree in elementary education at UNC-Chapel Hill through the Teaching Fellows program.  While teaching, I received a master's in Curriculum and Instruction at NC State University and a master's in Educational Leadership from UNC-Chapel Hill through the Principal Fellows program.  This is my 13th year in education.  I served as an Assistant Principal at Brier Creek Elementary and Hortons Creek Elementary before joining the Turner Creek community this year as the principal.  

    I am grateful to be a part of a strong and supportive school community and there has never been a time where those qualities have been more important.  We are asking more than ever before from our students, teachers, and families as we learn and grow together in this new school environment.  Now, more than ever, we need to work together to keep our children safe while they reach high levels of learning each day.  Let’s partner together in this important work.  

    I live in Raleigh, NC with my partner, Erik and our three children.  Kinley is a first grader at Leesville Elementary.  Landon and McKenna are both 4 years old.  We also live with my mother, Cindy Kremer, who is the Principal of Leesville Middle School in Raleigh and our dogs Penny and Jack Jack.  My family enjoys spending time together at Lake Gaston and visiting the wonderful parks and museums in the area.  In my free time, I enjoy reading and exercising. 


About Our School

  • Turner Creek Elementary opened in 2004. We operate on the year-round calendar. Students at the year-round schools are divided into four groups, called tracks, with each track having its own calendar. In a year-round elementary school, the traditional 180-day school year is divided into nine-week quarters with a three week break at the end of each quarter. Students are in school the same number of days as their counterparts in traditional schools; the days are simply redistributed throughout the year. The reorganized schedule is called a 45/15 - 45 days in school, 15 days off.

    Schedules are staggered so that, at any given time, three tracks are in school and one is on break. These staggered schedules make it possible for the school to serve up to thirty-three percent more students than its intended capacity. 

    Year-round schools provide a more continuous learning process. Since students do not have long summer vacations, major reviewing in the fall is eliminated. Students and teachers are more energized throughout the year due to regular breaks. The three-week breaks provide frequent enrichment and remedial opportunities for students during the year.