• Meet the Special Education Team!

  • CCR

    CCR Team

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Shana Patterson, K-2 CCR

My name is Shana Patterson, and I am proud to be a part of Kingswood Montessori Magnet School!! I am from Raleigh, North Carolina, received a Bachelor's Degree from Barton College, and my Masters in Education from NC State University. This will be my 17th year with Wake County Public School and 13th year at Kingswood.

I have a true passion for working with our youngest learners!! Helping each child progress in all areas of their development—academic, social, language, and motor—is a challenge that I am honored to accept daily. I strive to create a community of learners that nurtures this growth in a positive, fun environment.

Personally, I love working out, running, and lifting weights. My new passion is golf.

I look forward to working together with you as partners in your child’s growth and development!!

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Deena Fahy, 3-5 CCR

I joined the Kingswood family in 2018. I am originally from the Detroit area in Michigan, where I began my teaching career. I graduated from Central Michigan University in May 2000, where I became certified to teach Pre-K through 12th-grade special education and Pre-k through 6th-grade regular education. I taught in Michigan for a year before heading south to NC for warmer weather.

Outside of school, I live with my husband Mike, my soon-to-be 13-year-old son Jacob, and our chihuahua mix pup, Luna. I enjoy spending time with my family, crafting, running and yoga.

I began working with kids with disabilities early on through babysitting and I knew this was what I wanted to do. I have worked in a variety of settings, from summer camps, therapeutic recreation programs to both private and public schools, in addition to working for the Autism Society of NC as a community skills instructor and later as a family trainer.

I love working collaboratively with the amazing staff at Kingswood. We have several instructional assistants and therapists. Working as a team with families and others on your child’s team helps us to create the best environment for kids to flourish and grow! I look forward to working with you and your child during their time at Kingswood!

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Fadia Kasawne, CCR Instructional Assistant

I am a CCR Instructional Assistant. I have been at Kingswood for 8 years, but this will be my 18th year working with students. I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter and three sons. I love crafting, gardening, and going on walks.

  • DD Pre-K

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Robin Goins, DD Pre-K

Hi, I’m Ms. Robin and I am the DD Preschool teacher here at Kingswood. I have been teaching at Kingswood for 13 years, but this is my 26th year teaching special education. I graduated from Clemson University (Go Tigers!) with my undergraduate degree in Special Education and later received my master’s in Special Education with a focus on Autism Studies from Portland State University.

I am the proud mom of a high schooler who currently wants to be an actress or preschool teacher someday! Together we enjoy arts & crafts, traveling and singing loudly to music in the car😊

Over the years I have had the honor of working with many amazing teaching assistants and therapists. Working with a team to create a classroom that supports and celebrates all kids, no matter their level of need, is my true passion and I can’t wait to have your child be part of our next adventure!

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Claudia Behm, DD Pre-K Instructional Assistant

I have been working at Kingswood since 2014 and I love it! I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. I have a Financial Administration Bachelor's Degree. I'm a mom to 3 kids 14,12 and 3 and a labradoodle who's name is Yoshi. I love spending time with my family when I have free time and I love to dance!

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Camille Mendez, DD Pre-K Instructional Assistant

Hola, my name is Ms. Camille Mendez. I'm from San Juan Puerto Rico. I have a BS in Communication Advertising. I have two handsome boys and a Beagle mix name Sparkle. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, painting and dancing. This is my first year at Kingswood Elementary, but I have been with WCPSS for 6 years. Working with children is my passion, every day is a new adventure in the teaching world.
 

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Tysheima Spruill, DD Pre-K Instructional Assistant

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Kim Eason, ECS 1/2

My name is Kim Eason and this is my 13th year at Kingswood. I was born and raised in Goldsboro, N.C. I moved to Raleigh to attend college. I began as a Special Education instructional assistant. I am beginning my second year as the ECS teacher. I have a B.A. degree in Sociology and am currently attending William Peace obtaining my licensure in Adapted Curriculum. I love learning from my students and helping them meet their goals!

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Brandy Barbosa, DD Pre-K Instructional Assistant

I was raised in Cary and attended Cary Elementary, East Cary, and Cary High. I studied Accounting and Finance, Business Administration, Early Childhood Development, and Arts.


I have been working for WCPSS since 2017 as a sub then an IA then a sub again and now an IA. During that time I have always worked with special needs kiddos and I love it.

I have 3 kids ages 18, 14, and 4 and a dog named Luna and a cat named Secret. I enjoy reading (die-hard Agatha Christie fan), writing, and listening to music.

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Lina Almajmaie, ECS 2 Instructional Assistant

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  • ECS

    ECS Team

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David Wingfield, ECS 1 Instructional Assistant

I joined the Kingswood family in November of 2022 as a first year employee for Wake County. I am currently in my senior year pursuing my BS in Psychology with future plans to become a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy. I am the oldest of four children and gained my love of helping others, especially those with disabilities, as my younger sister has an intellectual disability.

In my free time I enjoy reading (non-fiction, science fiction, biographies,etc), watching hit TV shows from the 90's and early 2000's, and traveling.

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Angela Kolman, ECS 2 Instructional Assistant

I have worked at Kingswood for over two years now. I have an associate's degree in Education. I am from Winston-Salem, NC, but have lived in Cary for over 15 years. Teaching has always had a special place in my heart. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Chris, for 9 years and we have an amazing son, Jordin. I love to spend time with my family, going to church, and reading. I also have four cats! I am so excited for another great school year!