I am originally from Lake City, Pennsylvania. I graduated Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2005 and moved to the Raleigh area to peruse my dream of becoming a teacher. I have wanted to be a teacher for as long as I can remember. I love children and watching as they learn and become amazing little people. I believe that teachers greatly help influence who children will become. A great teacher will encourage, inspire, and guide their students to incredible futures. This will be my 16th year of teaching (11 years in kindergarten, 4 in first grade, 1 year of a kindergarten/first grade combination class). I have a duel degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood education. I will be starting my master’s degree in special education in the spring. In my free time I love reading (I read A LOT), crocheting, being outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends.
Ms. Jenelle Lelito
Hello!! My name is Jenelle Lelito and I am very excited to be part of the South Lakes team! I have been teaching for 3 years and truly believe it is the best job in the world. My passion is Kindergarten because I get to see them grow and develop their own personality. They spend the day having new experiences that creates a spark for learning! I attended UNCW and left the beach after graduation to come home to Raleigh. My husband is a huge NC State fan, so by default I am as well! We got married in April and I will slowly be transitioning to Mrs.Brownlee this year. We have a very special dog that reminds me of my love for animal rescue. In my free time I enjoy doing DIY projects and being creative with decorating our house. I can’t wait to meet everyone this year! See you at the lake!
Mrs. Amy Schultz
Ms. Tricia McKay
My name is Tricia McKay and I’m so excited to be a South Lakes Sea Turtle! I was born and raised in the small town of Romeo, Michigan. I attended Western Michigan University (Go Broncos!) and graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Teaching children and helping them grow to their potential has always been my passion. I moved to North Carolina in 2005 and taught 2nd grade for several years at Davis Drive Elementary in Cary. I took some time off to raise my two wonderful daughters, Riley and Cailyn, before I decided to go back to work as an instructional assistant at Fuquay Varina Elementary School. I am TURTLEY excited to be back in the classroom as a kindergarten teacher this year. In my free time I love to travel to new places with my husband and children, craft, do puzzles, watch movies and shop. I’m excited to be part of SLES and I can’t wait to swim along with this amazing South Lakes family!
Ms. Caitlin Guerra
Hi, my name is Caitlin Guerra. I was born and raised in Long Island, NY. I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees at Drexel University in Philadelphia. My husband, our many pets and I migrated down to North Carolina in 2017 and love living here! We currently have two cats (Will Ferral and Pete the Cat) and two dogs (Luna and Gatsby). We love being able to get outside and explore our new home!
Ms. Kelly Yonkovich
I was born in Michigan but mostly grew up in Western Pennsylvania. I've lived in North Carolina since 1997. We moved here from Florida after my husband served in the USAF. We have one daughter who is finishing up college in Greensboro We love to travel whether it is in the USA or overseas. I enjoy all types of crafting including painting, cross-stitch and pottery. I've been an Instructional Assistant for 16 years, including Special Education, First grade, Kindergarten and 1:1. I'm looking forward to starting a new school and assisting students to be the best they can be.
Ms. Lisa Simon
Hello, I'm Lisa Simon and I am thrilled to be joining the SLES Team as an Instructional Assistant for Ms. Schultz in Kindergarten. I am coming from Oakview Elementary in Apex. I started there when that school opened five years ago! Before that I was a Teacher Assistant at Cooper Elementary in Johnston County for six years.. I live in Clayton with my husband Joe. My four children are grown and I became a "Nana" in December. I absolutely love being an Instructional Assistant in in kindergarten... for more reasons than I could list. Honestly, I just love the kids and I am grateful to be part of their school experience. I enjoy about anything that has to do with animals or the outdoors and I love sharing those interests with the students I work with. Joe and I are beekeepers, we try to landscape for wildlife, we keep some chickens (among other things) and I also volunteer to rehab turtles for the NC State Turtle Rescue Team!