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Mrs. Alycia Bensen

My name is Alycia Bensen.  I live in Apex with my husband, Brad, and our two kids Kailyn and Braeden.  This is my third year of teaching kindergarten here at Stough.  I received my Master of Arts in Teaching from NC State and attended East Carolina for my undergraduate.  My goal is to provide a positive and nurturing learning environment for your child to be successful this year. I want my students to become life-long, confident learners who are curious and capable beyond the classroom.  I look forward to a wonderful and exciting school year!

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Ms. Yeli "Rita" Chen

I have a Bachelor's degree in English Education & Master's degree in Translation. I have 3 years experience teaching English immersion classes in China. This is my 5th year at Stough. I taught kindergarten for the first year and moved to first grade in my second year. I love working with kids and really enjoy my time teaching in the US. I want kids to have a great time at school, realize their potential, and to be successful in the future. In my free time, I love traveling. I have been to many cities in China and the US, too.

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Mrs. Amanda Hobgood

My name is Amanda Hobgood and I am excited to be entering my fourth year at Stough! I live in Raleigh with my husband, Michael, and our two dogs, Reese and Boomer. We welcomed our first daughter, Sutton Louise, in May of 2020.  This is my ninth year of teaching, and I have taught kindergarten and first grade. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) and completed my National Boards Certification in the Spring of 2019. My goal is to provide a positive and nurturing learning environment for your child, whether that be virtually or in the classroom. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!

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Mrs. Mary Lai

My name is Mary Lai and I am excited to be entering my fourth year at Stough! I live in Raleigh with my husband Vince and we have 3 sons, Alex, Anthony and Thomas. In my free time I cherish spending time with my family, and I enjoy hiking, traveling and cooking. I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Business and graduated from Peace College with licensure in Elementary Education.  I have been in the classroom for 10 years in Kindergarten, First Grade and Special Education. I love helping student’s grow and instilling a love of learning. I am thrilled to be a part of the Kindergarten Team at Stough and look forward to an exciting year!

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Ms. Hanxuan "Karena" Zhang

My name is Hanxuan Zhang, also known as Karena. I live in Raleigh with my husband, Yi. This is my sixth year of teaching, and I have taught in elementay in Chengdu for four years, where is in the southwest of China, where the panda and hotpot can be found. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Education from Chengdu University. My goal is to provide a positive and global learning environment for your child to be successful this year. I want my students to become life-long, confident learners and have a global view to explore the world. I look forward to a wonderful and exciting school year!

Last Modified on August 25, 2021