My name is Magaly Alicea. I am excited to begin my journey at South Lakes Elementary with an amazing group of students, parents and teachers. I have been teaching in North Carolina for thirteen years. I received my Master’s in Literacy from UNC-Chapel Hill. I’ve always had a passion for reading and a love of books. Besides being a classroom teacher, I have also been a Literacy Coach, Reading Specialist, and ESL teacher. I am originally from Brooklyn, NY. My husband and I moved to NC about 15 years ago and we love it here. My parents are from Puerto Rico “La Isla del Encanto” (Island of Enchantment).
My name is Kelly Smith and I am a Literacy Coach. I have the awesome opportunity to work with two amazing schools, Ballentine Elementary and South Lakes Elementary. I have 26 years of experience in the field of education. Through the years, I have been a classroom teacher, instructional facilitator and an instructional coach. This year I have the privilege of supporting the classroom teachers as they strive to ensure quality literacy instruction for the students at both Ballentine Elementary and South Lakes Elementary. When I am not at school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love to cook, go out on the boat and play with my grandchildren!
Hi South Lakes students and families! My name is Alex Waddell and I am the new 50% counselor here at South Lakes. This is my first year with the Wake County school district, and I am honored to be part of your community. I grew up in Birmingham, AL, and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Science from Samford University and my Master’s Degree in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling from the University of Montevallo. My husband, Cass, and I relocated to Raleigh this summer, and have greatly enjoyed exploring all of the fun things to do around town. We have a dog named Franklin, and love to spend time outdoors together. I am looking forward to a wonderful year full of learning, fun, growth, and working with the wonderful staff here at South Lakes!