Degrees and Certifications:

1st Grade

Ms. Lindsey Collins (1st row 1st):

Hi! My name is Lindsey Collins. I graduated from Radford University in Virginia. This is my 12th year teaching, as well as my 12th year at Baucom Elementary! I grew up in Virginia Beach, VA and moved to NC shortly after I graduated college with my now husband of 11 years. I have a 3 year old daughter, Aubree, a new baby boy, Cash and a dog named Zoey. I love to craft, play music, read, and go on adventures with my family. I am excited to be a part of the 1st grade team and can’t wait to see the kiddos sparkle this year at Baucom!



Ms. Carolyn Cirasole (1st row 2nd Over):



Ms. Sherrill Miller (1st row 3rd Over):

Hello Baucom Families! My name is Sherrill Miller and I am so excited to be joining Baucom Elementary as a first grade teacher. I have been teaching for twenty five years. I graduated from East Carolina University in 1997. After spending seven years teaching at First Flight Elementary School in Kill Devil Hills, NC, my family relocated to the Lake Norman area. I spent the last fifteen years teaching first grade in Mooresville, NC.  I am happily married to Mr. Miller, who is an Assistant Principal at Holly Springs High School. We have a nineteen year old daughter, Molly, who will be a sophomore at North Carolina State University “GO PACK!” When I am not teaching my first grade friends, I love to craft, shop, read, and enjoy time at Lake Gaston. I am thrilled to be a part of the Baucom family, and I can’t wait to begin the 2023-2024 school year!



Ms. Heather Turley (1st row 4th over):

Hi! I'm Heather Turley and I am excited to be an Instructional Assistant on the first grade team this year. I have lived in the Apex area most of my life, and actually attended Baucom Elementary as a student from first to fifth grade. I currently live in Holly Springs with my husband David, who is also a WCPSS employee, and my two cats, Stormy and Boone. I have a BS in Child Development from ECU. This is my 7th year as a First Grade IA at Baucom. When I'm not at school I love to craft, paint and read. I'm looking forward to another great year at Baucom!

Ms. Kathleen Knox (2nd row 1st)

Hello! My name is Kathleen Knox and I am so excited to be your child’s 1st grade teacher. I am married to my husband, Matt, and have 2 kiddos, Savannah (4th) and Graham (2nd).  I have a dog named JP (Jabba the Puff) and a fish named Pearl. I believe school is a place where students should feel safe and loved to be able to thrive in a learning environment. My goal is to help each student reach their full potential while having some fun along the way!


Ms. Stephanie Michnowicz (2nd row 2nd over):

Hi there! My name is Stephanie Michnowicz. Most of the students know me as Mrs. M. I have my bachelor’s degree from UVA-Wise, in the mountains of South Western Virginia, and I am also a proud Virginia Tech Hokie!  I am going into my 10th year at Baucom Elementary. I have been an Instructional Assistant for Kindergarten and  First Grade and I taught the Social Emotional Learning special for two years. This year I am hanging out with the first graders as the Instructional Assistant for Lindsey Collins (Carolyn Cirasole/Long Term Substitute) Kathleen Knox and Morgan Bell. I have two teenagers (Alex-17 and Claire-15) with my sweet husband Jim. My favorite things to do involve being outside (gardening, hiking, biking, pickleball, tennis). I am so excited to help these Baucom Aviators SOAR!


Ms. Emma Jones (2nd row 3rd Over)
Hi! I’m Emma Jones and I am thrilled to be your child’s teacher this year! I graduated from NC State with my B.S. in Elementary Education, with a concentration in STEM. I am also Licensed in English as a Second Language (ESL). I am from the mountains in Asheville, NC. In my free time I enjoy being active, whether that be running, walking, yoga, etc. You can find me spending time with my family and friends or cooking, baking, and reading. I am so excited to get to know your sweet kiddo and for a great year as an Aviator.

Ms. Morgan Bell (2nd row 2nd over):

Hi Baucom families, my name is Morgan Bell! I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2019 and spent the first two years of my career teaching 5th grade in Boone, NC. This is my third year at Baucom Elementary and in 1st grade and my 5th year of teaching. I love teaching 1st grade as it gives me the opportunity to share my love of learning with students early in their academic career and to watch them grow into independent learners. I grew up in Holly Springs and have loved returning to the area to be closer to family. My husband and I just celebrated our 3rd anniversary and love spending our free time hosting game nights! I also love spending time with friends and family, curled up with a good book, or trying new restaurants. I'm excited for another great school year as an Aviator!