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Mrs. Jodi Lay, Principal

Welcome Back Stough Stallions!

What an exciting time of the year! Our amazing Stallion Staff has been working hard this summer to prepare our learning environment, plan for instruction, reflect and improve our processes, and learn all we can about our incoming students. We are READY!!

I am originally from western Pennsylvania, graduating from Slippery Rock University with a bachelor’s degree in education. I spent some time teaching in both Virginia and Florida before making North Carolina my home. I spent fifteen years teaching middle school science at Leesville Middle, West Cary Middle, and Lufkin Road Middle before becoming an administrator. During that time, I earned a master’s degree in science education from East Carolina University and a master’s degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. I started my administrative career in 2014, when I became the Assistant Principal at Leesville Elementary and joined the Stough Magnet Elementary Team in March of 2023.

I look forward to meeting/seeing all of you in the weeks and months to come!

Jodi Lay, Principal

I'm #StoughProud because: I am proud and honored to be the Principal here at Stough. I recognize the benefits that dual language acquisition provides for elementary students, I celebrate the diversity in our building that is a result of our magnet theme, I value and respect the incredible talent I have seen in our teachers and staff, I appreciate the abundance of support coming in from our PTA and our community, and I smile every morning when I remember that I get to go work in this incredible community.

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Mrs. Maggie Mariella - Assistant Principal

Hello, Stough Community.

Welcome back! Here's to a fantastic year; we're glad you're here.

Our theme is #StallionFirst. This means putting our students first, and the first part is building relationships. Building relationships is vital to having success in a school, not only with students but with all. I look forward to continuing to work and develop those relationships throughout the Stough community. This will help ensure ALL students grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Research supports one learns best when one feels heard, valued, supported, loved, and safe. This is what we are striving for at Stough.

I hail from Pennsylvania and have worked for WCPSS for the past 12 years. I bring over 23 years of education/leadership experience to this role. I hold degrees in Early Childhood Development and Elementary Education, Curriculum in Instruction and Assessments, and a K-12 Administrative Leadership - licensure. I genuinely believe in being a lifelong learner.

I always consider myself a teacher first. My experience includes working in Title-I, At-Risk, A.G., and Magnet Schools. I have taught Pre-K through 6 grade, Intervention: Literacy/ Math, Instructional Facilitator/ Literacy Coach, and Assistant Principal. On a personal note, I am married and the mom of 2 silly fur babies. Family, friends, and helping our favorite charities are what you'll find my husband and I doing in our spare time, along with rooting on our favorite sports teams. Once again, I look forward to meeting and working together to positively and successfully navigate our students' journeys. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. My door is always open.

Sincerely,

Ms. Maggie Mariella M.Ed.

I'm #StoughProud because: of everything that makes up Stough. At Stough, our students come first. We see each child as an individual. Our students know that they are seen, valued, and heard. They know they are in an environment where they are loved and safe.

We value our families. Families are appreciated, have a voice, and are engaged and involved. Stough has an amazing P.T.A.

Diversity: Stough is filled with diversity from students to staff. From the moment you walk in or call the office, you'll be greeted with a smile and feel a sense of our diverse community.

Our staff: We have some of the most dynamic, innovative teachers you will ever see. When you ask students, "What was the best part of your day?" students won't say recess or lunch. They will say the names of staff members and say how that person impacted their day. To me, that's priceless.

Our magnet: Stough is a different type of magnet school. Our Mandarin Immersion is unique. Research suggests students in dual-language immersion programs do better academically and cognitively and develop positive attitudes. At Stough, everyone gets Mandarin regardless of 80/20, 50/50, or traditional program. There is a fit for all at Stough.

I always remind myself that I get to come to work at this dynamic school every day. I am genuinely humble and grateful to be Stough's Assistant Principal. It's a position I don't take for granted. 

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Mrs. Ann Coventry, Lead Secretary

Ann Coventry has worked for WCPSS for 18 years. She is a British-born native. She attended boarding school near London from the early age of eight to seventeen. Her family lived in Lagos, Nigeria during her early years. She spent her holidays with them in Africa experiencing the traditions and culture of the Hausa and Yoruba tribes. After her graduation at seventeen, Ann trained at the London Cordon Bleu School of Cooking, becoming a Cordon Bleu Chef. With her degree in French cuisine, she began her career at 10 Downing Street, working with Maggie Thatcher, John Majors, various Parliament cabinet members, and a variety of celebrities, including the members of the Monty Python team. Ann has travelled extensively through Europe as well as Mexico, Bahamas, and Canada. She has family living in Singapore and London whom she visits frequently. 

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Mrs. Brunda Govindamma, Data Manager

Hello! My name is Brunda. G. Brundavan.
I grew up in India and have a Bachelor's in sociology and a Masters in public admin. This is my 6th year working at Stough Elementary. I live in Raleigh with my husband, a son and daughter who are former students of Stough. I have 2 dogs too. I am looking forward to having a wonderful year with you all.

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Ms. Kadijah Austrie

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Mr. Kelly Ryan

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