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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

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Mrs. Kim Kroll

Hello! My name is Kim Kroll, and I have lived in several states including Wisconsin, Florida, Texas, and New York, but have been in Raleigh since 2006.  I attended the University of Texas (Go Horns!) earning a bachelors and masters degree in education . I started at Jeffreys Grove last spring as a substitute and am now working full time .  My husband Bill and I have 3 active boys, 2 dogs and a bearded dragon.  My boys all play soccer, so I am a soccer mom at night and on the weekends.  In my free time I enjoy running, walking, and reading books.  I love going out to eat, although I do enjoy cooking new and favorite recipes.

My Education

University of Texas (Go Horns!) earning a bachelors and masters degree in education

My Favorites

Food:  mexican 

Drink:  kombucha

Movie: too many to mention

Book:  Anything by Nicholas Sparks

Color: orange

Season: spring or fall

Sport: soccer!

Fast Food: chick fil a

Band/Music:  80s/90s pop

Store:  Costco

Subject:  Math  

Dessert:  Cake

Candy:  Dark chocolate

Flower: Tulip

 

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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.

 

Food- pizza
drink- water or caffeine free diet Coke
movie- The Proposal
Book- Wonder
Color- blue
season- Fall
sport- professional football
fast food- McDonald's
Band/music- country
store- Target
subject- true crime/non-fiction/history
dessert- anything chocolate
candy- Trident gum
flower- peach colored roses

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Patricia Rayas

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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

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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

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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

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Mrs. Mary Katherine Preston

Hello! My name is Mary Katherine Preston, and I was born and raised in Eastern NC. I attended Meredith College. This is my 2nd year at Jeffreys Grove.   I am married and have two kids and one cat.  

In her spare time Mrs. Preston can be found chauffeuring her kids to their extracurricular activities with a coffee in hand.  She enjoys traveling, spending time at the beach, N.C. State football, volunteering, golf, tennis, reading, painting, music, attending concerts, and spending lots of time with her family and friends.  

 

My Favorites

Food: I love most anything 

Drink: Cold Brew Coffee or Water

Movie: So hard to choose 1 !!! 

Book: The Great Gatsby

Color: Blue and White , Green, or Pink

Season: Spring

Sport: Football or Basketball 

Fast Food: Depends on my mood.... 

Band/Music: Depends on my mood... I really love Classic Rock/Folk Rock , "Jam Bands"/Alternative and Rock  (newer and older bands such as My Morning Jacket and Alabama Shakes), Classical Music, Jazz .... I really just love and can appreciate all musical genres.

Store: Depends on what I am shopping for ....

Subject: History and Science

Dessert: Cheesecake

Candy: Twix

Flower: Peony 

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Kylah Moore

Hi all! I'm Kylah (pronounced Ky-luh). I was a military brat for most of my life but after a couple of years living here, North Carolina has finally started to feel like home. I just graduated from North Carolina State University in 2021 and this is my first year at Jeffreys Grove as an instructional assistant! When I'm not at school, you can find me reading books, walking the local trails, or listening to music.
 
Some of my favorites include...​
Food: Spaghetti, seafood, dumplings
Drink: Cheerwine, cranberry juice, boba
Book: Too many to choose
Movie: Again, too many but I love dystopian, horror, and thriller movies!
Color: Purple or Blue
Season: Fall
Sport: Volleyball, ice hockey, tennis
Fast Food: Chick-fil-a
Band/Music: Pretty much everything except screamo or generic country songs haha
Store: Barnes & Noble, Home Goods, etc.
Subject: Sociology or Psychology
Dessert: Cheesecake, Crème Brulee
Candy: Sour Patch Kids, Dark Chocolate
Flower: If it smells good or is a pretty color - I like i

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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.

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Erica Flenner

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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.

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Mrs. Lauren Bell