• 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.  


    Charlise Cunningham


    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.

    Angela Gaynor


     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!

    Natalia Martínez


    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!

    Meredith Roach


     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!

    Catherine Rosales


    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.


    Tearra Sutton


    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. 


     Molly Tinney

    Molly Tinney

    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!


    Josie Winkler


    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.


    Marjorie Zackheim


    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!

    Brooke Zepeda


    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!