We are so excited to have some new faces around Hodge Road this year! Take a chance to get to know them a little better below.
Hello everyone! My name is Charlise Cunningham and this will be my first year serving as the Professional School Counselor for Hodge Road Elementary. I graduated from Lincoln University with a B.S. in Sociology and in 2018 I earned my M.Ed in School Counseling from North Carolina A & T State University.
I am entering my third year of service as a counselor and it is an honor to have the opportunity to work with the students, families, and staff at Hodge Elementary! I value all students as individuals and I serve as their advocate. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Originally from New Jersey, I was born the youngest of four in a bilingual community as my family emigrated from Cuba in the 1960’s. Growing up, I loved story-telling and writing so it was no surprise when in 1996, I graduated from Drew University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature & Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education & Bilingual/Bicultural certification. In 2006, I relocated to North Carolina with my five children. This fall, my youngest will begin her senior year in High School as my son is off to attend Drew University! Now a grandmother of three, I currently hold a Standard Professional Teaching License from the State of North Carolina in Elementary Education K-6, Cross Categorical K-12, and PreK/K add-on. My educational experiences include teaching all grades PreK-5th, creating and implementing an Academically Gifted program for students in grades 2nd-5th and most recently working as Dean of Faculty. After 24 years, my passion remains being a creative classroom teacher, and my goal is to positively inspire every child, every day. With that said, I am extremely excited to join the staff at Hodge Road Elementary School as a second-grade teacher, and I look forward to a wonderful year ahead!
Hola! My name is Natalia Martínez, I am from Bogotá, Colombia in South America. I have a degree in children’s pedagogy and I have 9+ years of experience working with kids. I live with my dog Oreo and my future husband Lukas. I love to smile, dance and share time with my family. I am so excited to be part of the Hodge Rd school family this year. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me!
Hello all! My name is Ms. Meredith Roach and I am so excited to begin my first year teaching as a 2nd grade teacher. I am a recent graduate from UNCW and am happy to be back in Knightdale. I’ve grown up in this area and attended local schools, so I feel right at home. I love to travel when I can and to exercise with friends and family (6-feet apart!). I can’t wait to meet all of my students and their families and make this a fun and exciting year!
Hi! My name is Catherine Rosales. I graduated from NC State in December 2012 with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature with a concentration in education. I have been teaching since January 2013. I started as a Spanish teacher at Knightdale High School and then transitioned to ESL at Knightdale High. I have 2 daughters and 2 dogs and we love going on walks around our neighborhood and at the many different parks in the Raleigh area. My oldest daughter and I also enjoy finding different series on Netflix or Hulu that we can watch together. I am so excited to be working at Hodge Road Elementary this year and getting the opportunity to work in a Dual Language program. As a bilingual educator with two children who are learning both Spanish and English, helping children to speak more than one language from a young age is a passion of mine.
Hi, I am Tearra Sutton. This will be my first year teaching at HodgeRdES but I have been working with children for about 8 years in various childcare settings. I have a Bachelors in Human Development & Family Studies with a concentration in Early Care and Education from UNCG. When I'm not working, I enjoy being outside, taking walks and playing in the yard with my husband and son Kristian. I'm also excited to be a part of this wonderful team at HodgeRdES and to facilitate growth and learning for all children.
Hello! My name is Molly Tinney. I am excited to be starting my first year at Hodge Road in 5th grade! A little bit about me, I am originally from Massachusetts and have been living in NC for 13 years. I recently graduated from Meredith College with my bachelors in psychology and K-6 teaching licensure. I have two dogs that I love to explore with. In my free time I love to read, go shopping, and spend time with my family! I can't wait to meet my new students and their families!
Hello! My name is Mrs. Winkler. This is will be my fourth full year teaching and I am very excited to be a part of Hodge Road Elementary! I was born and raised in Fuquay Varina, NC. I lived in Charlotte, NC for 7 years where I studied Special Education at UNCC and taught as a Special Education Resource Teacher for 3 years. I recently got married to my wonderful husband. We have an 11-year-old Yorkie-poo named Niko who is our whole world. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with our family and renovating our home on the weekends.
I am Marjorie Zackheim, I am starting my 18th year of teaching CCR students. This will be my first year joining the fabulous Hodge Rd Staff, I am super excited to meet everyone and make meaningful whole child centered connections. I have my master’s in special education from American International college focusing on early childhood / elementary level. I grew up in New York and have called North Carolina my home now for many years. I enjoy trying new recipes, reading, and learning about the latest new brain research in the areas of reading and literacy. I have a spouse and a 23-year-old kitty, who is a basket of energy. I look forward too many great learning adventures and students’ successes ahead. Here is to a great school year!
Hello! My Name is Mrs. Zepeda. This will be my 11th year teaching and I’m so very excited to be joining Hodge Road again as I previously worked here a few years ago. I have my Masters in Special Education and supporting students with special learning needs is what I love to do. In my free time, I love spending time with my family and friends, shopping, and my pets. I have a 5 year old son and my husband is in the military so we have a busy family.
Teaching is my passion and I am very excited about this opportunity to get to know the Hodge Road students throughout the school year! One of my main goals this year is to help foster a warm and inviting classroom community where students feel supported, valued, and have ample opportunities to reach their true potential. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year together!