Degrees and Certifications:

Special Education

ECS II IA- Ms. Kathleen Zoldos (1st row far left):



Pre-K IA - Ms. Lorraine Ateshian (1st row 2nd over):

Ms. Lorraine Ateshian works in our pre-K classroom with Ms. Thomas and works to meet the social emotional needs of our youngest students. 



ECS II Teacher - Ms. Sherri Zoldos (1st row 3rd over):

I am so excited to be a part of your child's life this year!

I am a proud Penn State grad.  I have had the pleasure of working with students with special needs for 15 years.  My family moved from our long time home in Northern Virginia to Durham.  My husband, Bobby and I have a daughter, Kathleen, age 24 and son Bobby, age 22.  Kathleen is a WCPSS employee and Bobby attends West Virginia University. I have 1 fur baby, Pierce, is a 3 year old dalmation.



Pre-K Teacher - Ms. Rebecca Thomas (1st row 4th over):

Hi Friends!  My name is Rebecca Thomas but my students call me Ms Becca.  I am the structured preschool teacher here at Baucom.  This will be my 18th year at Baucom and I love this school.  I am from upstate NY and have been in NC since 2001.  I am married and have a sweet black lab.  My husband and I love to travel and my wish is to eventually live (retire) by the beach.  



Special Education Teacher - Ms. Kelly Vandermolen (1st row 5th over):

I am Kelly VanderMolen. I began my teaching journey in North Carolina in 2008 but quickly returned home to Michigan for two years and Maryland for 8 years, before returning to North Carolina and joining Baucom in 2019. At Baucom, I taught first grade for three years, then made the move to Special Education. I have experienced Kindergarten through fifth grade. This summer I was able to get trained in Orton-Gillingham and am excited to add these techniques into my teaching. Additionally, I have two young children, which one of them attends Baucom. I am excited about all the opportunities that the school year will bring.


ECS II IA - Ms. Laura Earl (1st row 6th over):

Hi my name is Ms. Earl and I am an Instructional Assistant in the ECS2 classroom.  I graduated from West Virginia University and joined the ECS team fulltime five years ago.  I have three boys who are all proud Baucom alumni.  When not at school with my ECS friends you can find me at a sporting event with my family cheering on one of my favorite teams or at the beach with my husband and fur babies.  I am looking forward to another wonderful year as an Aviator.  



ECS I IA - Ms. Jennifer Sidebotham (1st row 7th over):



ECS I Teacher - Ms. Leah Robison (2nd row far left):

My name is Leah Robison. I am so excited to be your child’s teacher this year.

I graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida.  I am starting my 17th year of teaching. This is my eighth year working with special needs students at Baucom.

I have lived in Apex for the past 17 years.  I am married and have 2 sons- Lucas age 17 and Kyle age 14.  I also have two Boston Terriers, Frankie and Bobby Brown.



Special Education IA - Ms. Tamara Smith (2nd row 2nd over):

Hello, my name is Mrs. Tamara Smith I am an Instructional Assistant with Special Education. I have been with Wake County Public School System for going on 7 years! I have been with Special Education for most of that time. Before coming to Baucom I was at Fuquay Varina Middle School. I have a daughter that is in 8th grade and a son that is almost 3 years old. I love spending time with my kids, husband and family! I am looking forward to meeting all the students this amazing school year.  



Special Education Teacher - Ms. Dana Sleeth (2nd row 3rd over):

Hello, my name is Dana Sleeth. This will be my 17th year teaching, and my first in special education. I grew up in Southern California. I earned my undergraduate degree and teaching license from California State University, San Marcos. I moved to Denver shortly after and earned my Master's degree in education from the University of Colorado Denver. I am proud to be a nationally board certified teacher.  My family moved to Apex five years ago from Colorado, and we absolutely love it here!  I am a mom to two boys, Abe is 12 and Harvey is 9, who keep my husband and I very busy. I am excited for another great year at Baucom.



Special Education Teacher - Mr. Chris Johnson(2nd row 4th over):

I am Chris Johnson and I am beginning my 21st year in Special Education at Baucom ES. I adore this school and believe we have the best staff imaginable across grade levels, specialists and Administration. My three daughters all attended Baucom and continue to reference the school and teachers as their best learning experience growing up.

My wife and I am, through my Kentucky alumni spouse, a rabid Kentucky Men’s Basketball fan. GO WILDCATS! But I do understand there are some local teams with some following.

I am a proud father of 2 two-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi brothers, Angus (Angus Young, AC/DC) and Presley (yes, Elvis, my daughter is a huge fan). I adore them and in return they bark and wrestle incessantly.

I will be retiring at year's end. Not certain that will be all joy as I love my peers and students.



Speech Therapist - Ms. Paula Mills (2nd row 5th over):

Ms. Mills works at Baucom as the speech therapist and provides a wide range of services to the students here!



ECS I IA - Ms. Priya Muraleedharan (2nd row 6th over):

Ms. Priya Muraleedharan works with Ms. Robison in our ECS I class and brings a great attitude to a great class!



ECS I IA - Ms. Danielle Ellington (2nd row 7th over):



Occupational Therapist - Ms. Kathryn Adams (not pictured):

My name is Katie Adams and I am the occupational therapist (OT) at Baucom Elementary! This is my third year at Baucom. I was raised in the Apex area and went to WCPSS schools from elementary through high school. I attended Purdue University and East Carolina University. I have 3 fur babies - a borgi (border collie x corgi) and 2 horses. I compete in horseback riding in eventing. I also enjoy reading, DIY projects, puzzles, traveling, and spending time with my family. I value independence and exploration when working with my kiddos and finding how they learn best! I am excited to work with my students this year and helping them to reach their goals!