• AFMS Summer Learning Gazette (click here)

    Akins James

    James Akins
    Email: jfakins@wcpss.net
    Bio: Although this is my first year at AFMS, I have just completed my 22nd year teaching in Wake County. While I'm not in the classroom I enjoy spending time with my family, and being outdoors. I love to camp, hike, mountain bike, and almost anything else that will get me outside. I"m really looking forward to being able to work with students in a non-traditional manner this summer! I think this is a great opportunity to help students rebuild their excitement for school, as well as prepare them to start the new school year strong.

    Appel Sonia
    Sonia Appel
    Email: sappel@wcpss.net
    Bio: I am SUPER excited to be teaching in our summer learning program this summer! I have been teaching Healthful Living for 12 years and cannot think of another place I would rather be. I love to watch sports and play with my two girls. Thank you so much for the opportunity to continue to capture the hearts and minds of my students!
    Barella Madison
    Madison Barella
    Email: mbarella@wcpss.net
    Bio: I am excited for the program, because I think it will be a way for students to connect with each other, get intrinsically motivated for school again, and connect with supportive staff! I have interests in sports, singing, music, and being outdoors! I hope I can provide a positive and excited atmosphere!
    Feeney Laura
    Laura Feeney
    Email: lfeeney@wcpss.net
    Bio: I have been in the classroom for 22 years minus the few years I stayed home when my kids weee little. 12 of those years have been in special education. I am so excited to see all of my students in person and welcome the incoming 5th graders make the transition to middle school.
    Guinn Tanya
    Tanya Guinn
    Email: tguinn@wcpss.net
    Bio: I offer 12 years as a School Counselor all levels K-12, 8 of those in Middle School! I have been a Career Counselor for the last 5 years and do career counseling with individual students, groups and classes to help narrow down career interests. During the school year I am split between the high school next door, AFHS and AFMS, work with all grades here and mainly 9th & 10th there. I can do parent conferences and offer support as well. I am so excited about serving our students and families this summer and look forward to getting to know everyone and creating great memories together!
    Hill Lamar
    Assistant Principal
    Lamar Hill
    Email: lhill5@wcpss.net
    BioMr. Hill has been thrilled and honored to have been a part of the pioneering team of Apex Friendship Middle School. Originally from Norristown, Pennsylvania, Mr. Hill has lived in North Carolina since he was nine years old, and he proudly calls it home. After graduating from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English for Secondary Education, Mr. Hill taught English for four years at Holly Springs High School before leaving the classroom to complete a year-long assistant principal internship at Millbrook High School.

    Soon after, he graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a Master of School Administration degree and began the exciting work of collaborating with staff, parents, and community members to craft a rigorous, engaging school experience that prepares our students for productive citizenship as well as higher education or a career.

    Mr. Hill feels quite lucky to be charging toward excellence in such a beautiful community and under the leadership of such an inspiring principal. He enjoys serving the Charger community as one of many humble and dedicated public servants.

    He is happy to help with any of your needs, so do not hesitate to reach out! Need an icebreaker? Ask him about literature, anime, fitness, or CHARGER PRIDE!

    Twitter Handle: @MrLamarHill

    Jeffrey Alyshia
    Instructional Assistant
    Alyshia Jeffreys
    Email: asjeffreys@wcpss.net
    Bio: I am going into my 8th year of teaching middle school ELA. Before I became a general education teacher, I worked with the ID severe and ID mild students as an instructional assistant. I also worked at the Tammy Lynn Center for 1 year. I am happy to be apart of the Summer Learning program and I am looking forward to working with new faces!
    Johnson Robert
    Robert Johnson
    Email: rjohnson6@wcpss.net
    Bio: I am a graduate of UNC-Charlotte. I enjoy basketball, video games, and watching movies. I am finishing my 13th year as a teacher. I look forward to help students transition to another great year through the summer learning program. We can do this together!
    Lynn Colleen
    Colleen Lynn
    Email: clynn@wcpss.net
    Bio: I am an IA in the Special Education department at AFMS. I am originally from a suburb of Chicago. I have my bachelors in Theatre and spent many of my years as a massage therapist in Florida. I moved to NC 3 years ago to be closer to family. I joined the Charger family this past school year and love it.
    McDaniel Phyllis
    Phyllis McDaniel
    Email: pmmcdaniel@wcpss.net
    Bio: I have been the Receptionist/Clerical support at AFMS for three years since the school opened and am looking forward to supporting the staff, students and AFMS families this summer.
    Rosales Rebecca
    Lead Teacher
    Rebecca Rosales
    Email: rrosales@wcpss.net
    Bio: I am thrilled to join the Summer Camp team here at Apex Friendship and bring new life to learning for all students! A product of the Wake County Public School System myself, I have taught ELA 8 for eight years and have served in various leadership roles, including Team Leader and Department Chair. I strive to continue growing as an educator and leader, and consider myself a lifelong learner (just as I push my students to be). I pride myself on my ability to form profound relationships with my students and their families; working as a collaborative team to instill in all students the belief that they can do anything they set their mind to!
    Shurbutt Bryn
    Bryn Shurbutt
    Email: zshurbutt2@wcpss.net
    Bio: I am a lifetime learner who loves to ask "why". My favorite subjects are math and science. I enjoy problem solving and encouraging others to do the same. When I am not teaching I am outside playing golf or hanging out with my wife and puppy dogs. My favorite food = POTATO (fries, baked, mashed, sweet, etc.) . I am super pumped about working together this summer to grow as learners together. #AFMSSummerSchool2021 #RockOn
    Sidoti Katie
    Katie Sidoti
    Email: ksidoti@wcpss.net
    Bio: Hello, everyone! I will be one of the enrichment teachers this summer. I am about to enter my 9th year as a middle school math teacher and am very excited to use my background and knowledge to have some fun at camp! My students can look forward to utilizing their math skills with some exciting escape room competitions as well as vacation planning, recipe creating and creative art design. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and can't wait to get started!
    Stallings Kevin
    Kevin Stallings
    Email: kdstallings@wcpss.net
    Bio: I am a biological scientist who found his way into middle grades teaching, because I enjoy the exciting atmosphere of a middle school campus. This summer I look forward to working with all our program attendees and implementing STEAM activities that will ask students to work collaboratively..... and have fun!
    Stauffer Rachael
    Language Arts
    Rachael Stauffer
    Email: rstauffer@wcpss.net
    Bio: I have been a teacher for the past 24 years. In my freetime I enjoy spending time with my beautiful family, friends, and exploring North Carolina. I am so excited to be part of the summer program and look forward to helping every student be successful while being their best self.
    Thakre Suchita
    Suchita Thakre
    Email: sthakre@wcpss.net
    Bio: I have been an ECS IA at Davis Drive Middle for the last two years and I am very excited to be part of Apex Friendship Middle School now! I have moved a lot in the past few years and lived in different states, but I absolutely love North Carolina. Looking forward to meet the kids!
    Thompson Summer
    ECS Instructional Assistant
    Summer Thompson
    Email: sthompson6@wcpss.net
    Bio: I'm excited to get to work as an ECS Instructional Assistant this summer! I just finished my first year teaching 8th Grade Social Studies and will continue to do so next year. I can't wait to continue building relationships with an awesome group of students this summer!
    Weadon Pam
    Pamela Weadon
    Email: pweadon@wcpss.net
    Bio: I love to teach Science and Math. I tend to be analytical and thoughtful of processes and use best practices. I am hoping to integrate math and science, to make fun activities for students engagement and learning.