Instructional Assistants

 Miguel Narbona

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Miguel Narbona

Hola! My name is Mr. Miguel Narbona and I am a TA in the 1st grade Spanish Immersion program. I have been working at Jeffrey's Grove since 2018. I am from Seville, Spain. I have lived in Raleigh for 10 years. I am married. My wife, Suzanne, and I have two children Patricia (17) and Miguel (13). I love spending time with my family, playing soccer, cooking, traveling and volunteering.

My Education

Business Degree from Campbell University, Associate Degree from Wake Tech, Associate Degree in Chemistry from Polytechnic Institute of Seville, Spain. Currently, I am pursuing Spanish Degree from UNED in Spain.

My Favorites

Food: Barbacue sandwich, paella, Iberian ham, Indian food, dumplings

Drink:  Mexican coke

Movie: Seven years in Tibet, Ford vs Ferrari.

Book: The Firm, Capitan Alatriste, Cien Anos de Soledad.

Color: Green

Season: Spring, Summer

Sport:   Soccer, squash, rugby.

Fast Food:  Chick-filet

Band/Music: Roy Orbison, The Beatles, Classic, Billie Eilish.

Store:  Belk, Banana Republic, Target.

Subject: Math, Chemistry and Art.

Dessert:  Everything

Candy:  M&M

Flower:  Sunflower, carnation

 Diane Lawson

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Diane Lawson

I grew up in Central New York and have lived in Florida and now NC since 1995. In 2010, I joined Jeffreys Grove as an I/A. My work has been with Pre-K, 1st Grade, Intervention and EBS.

I am married and have 2 daughters and a granddaughter.

My Education

BA from Bowling Green St. University, Ohio


My Favorites

Food: Italian

Drink:  Flavored waters and coffee

Movie: Romantic Comedies, Suspense

Book: Anything by James Patterson or Jodi Picoult

Color: Blue

Season: Spring and Fall

Sport:  College Basketball and Hockey 

Fast Food:  Chick- Fila, Brueggers

Band/Music: Classic Rock

Store: Target, Home Goods, Amazon

Subject: History, Literature, Art

Dessert:  Ice Cream

Candy: Reese’s and M&M’s

Flower: All

 

 Alyssa Vermillion

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Alyssa Vermillion

I’ve been at Jeffreys Grove for 3o years so I feel very comfortable here and I love my job!  I also like movies, reading and traveling to new places.  Working in Special Education has been a fulfilling adventure that I hope to continue for years to come!

 Kathy Preston

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Kathy Preston

I have been an instructional assistant for 12 years and have been lucky enough to be at Jeffreys Grove since 2010.  Kindergarten is my specialty!  I am also a mother of 23-year-old twins, Tim and Jenn.  I enjoy exercise, movies, reading and spending time with friends.

I graduated from Siena College in Loudonville, New York with a B.A. in Psychology.

 Patricia Rayas

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Patricia Rayas

 Kay Peedin

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Kay Peedin

Hi! I’m Kathryn Peedin, an instructional assistant at JG. I have been at JG since 2005. I have worked in kindergarten and preschool. I was a substitute teacher in Franklin County Schools for six years before coming to JG. My husband and I have two daughters who are both married-one lives in eastern NC and the other in western NC.

My Education


Education: BA French UNCW
 

My Favorites

Food: Mexican, Italian
Drink: Spearmint tea
Movie: The Help
Book: anything by Anne Rule or Max Lucado
Color: lavender, light blue
Season: spring and fall
Sport:  football (Carolina Panthers and ECU Pirates)
Fast Food: Chick Fil-A
Band/Music: rock
Store: Target, Belk, Kohl’s
Subject: foreign languages
Dessert:  chocolate cupcakes, cheesecake
Candy:dark chocolate
Flower: lavender, gardenias, carnations
 Lisa Sullivan

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Lisa Sullivan

Hello! My name is Lisa Sullivan and I am from Florida. I am the Before/After Care Coordinator at Jeffreys Grove Elem and I am also an IA in Special ED Pre-K Class. I have been at Jeffreys Grove since 2014. I enjoy spending time with my family and grandchildren. I also enjoy crafts and outdoor activities.

My Education

Child Care and Medical Background

My Favorites

Food: Italian

Drink:  Unsweet Tea

Book: Joel Osteen Books

Color: Purple

Season: Fall

Sport: NFL Football/Cowboys

Fast Food:  Chick-fil-A

Band/Music: Country

Store:  Home Goods

Subject: Art

Dessert:  Carrot Cake

Candy: Reeses

Flower: Lily/Roses

 Vanisha Etheridge

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Vanisha Etheridge

Hello! My name is Vanisha Etheridge. I have over 10 years of public school experience. I have been employed with Jeffreys Grove since 2013 as an IA in EBS II Special Programs. In the past, I was Autism IA for Durham School of The Arts. I also was a Program Manager for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. I’m from North Carolina and have one daughter. I enjoy spending time with family and friends.

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BA in Sociology/Social Work

Master’s of Health Services Administration

 Debra Barrett

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Debra Barrett

I've worked at Jeffreys Grove for 17 years as an Instructional Assistant.  I've worked in Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and 2nd grade.  I have two grown sons, Jason and Kevin and a furbaby named Bently.  I enjoy reading, traveling, music, concerts, and spending time with my family.

 Sydney Ross

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Sydney Ross

Hello! My name is Sydney Ross. I am a recent graduate from UNC (GO HEELS!) and I am currently in the process of applying to grad school.  I am a Raleigh native and love to go to the beach. My favorites things to do include reading and playing soccer. I am so happy to be here at Jeffreys Grove!

 Erica Ghanim

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Erica Ghanim

Hello! My name is Erica Ghanim. I am from Huntsville Alabama, but my son and I have lived in Raleigh for many years. I am excited to join Jeffrey’s Grove Magnet School as a K/1 Instructional Assistant. I’m a newly retired classroom teacher that has taught for over 20 years teaching young children. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I also love being outdoors fishing, boating, and traveling.

 Erica Flenner

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Erica Flenner

 Angelica Betancourt

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Angelica Betancourt

Hola!  My name is Angelica Betancourt and I am an Instructional Assistant for one of the kindergarten Spanish Immersion classes. I have been working for the North Carolina Public School system since 2016. I am originally from Bogota, Colombia. I enjoy traveling, baking, and spending time with my husband and my sweet dog Lulo.

My Education

French degree from Universite Paul Valery III, (Montpellier, France).

Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management from Instituto Superior Mariano Moreno. (Bogota, Colombia).

Associate in Arts from Brunswick Community College.

I’m almost done with my teaching degree; Bachelor of Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) from Western Governors University.

My Favorites

Food: Italian, Sushi.

Drink:  Coffee.

Movie: Breakfast at tiffany’s

Book: The Little Prince and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Color: Black.

Season: Fall.

Sport:  Tennis.

Fast Food:  Chipotle, Guasaca.

Band/Music: Blink-182.

Store:  Nordstrom, Target.

Subject: Social studies.

Dessert: Anything with chocolate.

 Donna Ariosa

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Donna Ariosa

Hello! My name is Donna Ariosa, and I was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina and Kinston, North Carolina. I attended Meredith College with a Bachelor of Science degree in, Yes, Home Economics, with a K-6 Teaching Certification. I have taught in an Intervention capacity, supporting classroom teachers as a Literacy and/or Math teacher for most of my teaching career. I taught Reading Recovery for more than 10 years in Durham County before coming to Wake County. I enjoy seeing students make the growth needed to be successful!

Outside of school, some of the things I enjoy are spending time with family, traveling, singing, staging, hiking, and participating in some kind of transformational learning.

My Education

B.S. in Home Economics, K-6 Certification Email: Dariosa@wcpss.net :

My Favorites

Food: Lily’s Pizza with tomato and broccoli and Zest’s “Awesome Quesadilla”

Drink: Coffee, Coca-Cola

Movie: Groundhog Day, Field of Dreams, The Sixth Sense

Book: Eat, Pray, Love

Color: Purple

Season: Fall

Sport: I love to swim, run, hike, kayak and explore new places.

Fast Food: Wendy’s Apple Pecan Salad

Band/Music: Broadway shows

Store: Costco

Subject: Interior Design

Dessert: Pretty much anything chocolate

Candy: Reese’s or Snickers

Flower: Hydrangeas