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Ms. Leonette Adkins, Instructional Assistant

My name is Leonette Adkins and I have been a teacher assistant at Stough Elementary for the past 15 years. I grew up in South Carolina but lived in Kentucky and Michigan before settling in North Carolina. I hold an Associates degree in Business and prior to moving into education, I was in the field of Information Processing holding positions in training and systems administration.

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Ms. Jessi Brearley

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Ms. Siedah Freeman

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Ms. Cassandra Ford, Instructional Assistant

I am a second grade. I am from a little town called "Dillon," it's in SC South Carolina . I lived there for 31 years, until I moved to Raleigh, NC. I have been married for 25 years with three kids, two boys who are in their twenties and a 15-year-old daughter. I love working with the students because it is important to me that they make the right decisions in school and to help them achieve the best education possible.

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Ms. Genessis Henriquez, Instructional Assistant

My name is Genessis Henriquez, and this is my first year working at Stough Elementary! I was born and raised in Raleigh, NC. I am taking classes at Campbell University and pursuing my B.S degree in Elementary Education. I grew up in the Wake County School System and have had amazing teachers in my life. My interest in becoming a teacher started when I volunteered at a special needs summer camp and from there, I knew I wanted to work with children. I hope to be an impactful teacher in the future and create a safe and caring environment in the classroom. In my free time, I like to watch time period movies, spend time with my family and go to church where I serve in media and Sunday school. I am excited to start this year at Stough Elementary! 

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Mr. Kelly Ryan, Building Substitute

Kelly Ryan is from Chicago, Illinois and moved to Raleigh in 2019. He studied sociology at Yale, where he met his wife. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, five kids, and two dogs. He also loves watching all college sports. This year he is looking forward to positively impacting all of the students in his classes.

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Ms. Gina Sypher, Instructional Assistant

My name is Gina Sypher and I am thrilled to be joining the Stough family! I just recently moved to the Raleigh area from New Jersey with my family. I have been an instructional assistant for nearly 20 years and I am excited about my second school year in North Carolina. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and kids at the pool or beach. I also enjoy cooking and reading a good book in the sun. 

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Mrs. Dorothy Tai, Instructional Assistant

My name is Dorothy Tai, and I am excited to start my second year as an Instructional Assistant at Stough! I earned a Bachelor degree in Chinese Language and Literature at Yunnan University of China, and a Master's degree in Business Administration at East Carolina University. I had three years’ experience as a Chinese teacher at Raleigh Academy of Chinese Language. I love working with kids and helping my students to reach their potential. I have lived in Raleigh for more than 14 years. In my spare time, I like reading and spend time with my family.

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Ms. Michelle Wang, Instructional Assistant

My name is Michelle Wang. I have lived in Raleigh for 20 years. I enjoy working with students to help elicit their potential academically and intellectually, and more importantly, as a whole person. I like to volunteer at the Food Banks and travel with my family. 

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Ms. Lihong Yu, Instructional Assistant

I graduated from a Chinese teaching college and have since taught at a middle school in Beijing for 5 years before coming to the United States in 1998. I relocated to North Carolina in 2001 with my family, and started teaching again at Raleigh Academy of Chinese Language (RACL) for weekend classes until now. Besides this RACL work, I joined Champion Learning Academy in 2008 and taught kids ranging from preschool to 5th graders.
 
I have lived in Washington and Nevada states before and North Carolina is the place I have lived in the longest and where my home is. Over a decade-long teaching career, I enjoyed the time spent with kids, enjoyed their progress in learning Chinese, and meanwhile, I earned, from parents, respect and trust, which has been valuable to me.
 
This year is the third year I have served as a TA at Stough Elementary. I will make all endeavors in assisting 1st grade to achieve a successful school year.

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Ms. Jinhua Zheng, Instructional Assistant

My name is Jinhua Zheng. I taught Chinese at Raleigh Academy of Chinese Language for more than ten years. This is my third year as Teaching Assistant at Stough Elementary School. I like travelling to see our great country and hope someday I can see the world. My husband and my daughter are federal employees, and my son is working in Singapore.

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Mr. Jerry Baskerville, Custodian

Jerry Baskerville has been at Stough for 9 years. He lives in Henderson and likes to work on cars and fish in his spare time. He has a large family with 3 daughters, 3 sons, 30 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren! He married his high school sweetheart and they will celebrate their 50th anniversary in March 2021!!!

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Mr. Luis Belgoderi, Head Custodian

Mr. Belgoderi has been at Stough for almost 10 years. He is from San Felipe, Venezuela and is fluent in both English and Spanish. His wife is from Cuba and speaks four languages. Together they have 3 boys. In his free time, Mr. Belgoderi likes to go to the beach. 
 

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Ms. Reina Orellana, Custodian

Reina is originally from San Miguel, El Salvador. She came to Stough in 1991. She has two boys who live in Raleigh and Colorado. In her free time, she likes to cook and go to church. 

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Ms. Celeste Spencer

Ms. Spencer has been working in schools for 21 years! She has worked at Sanderson High School as a bus driver and bus inspector and at Lake Myra Elementary in Wendell as a clerical custodian. She got an award of excellence at Sanderson and received a letter from the superintendent for her work as a bus inspector. Ms. Spencer loves to dance. She also loves children- she used to teach at a daycare and Sunday school at her church, The River. She likes to travel and has two girls in college. 

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Ms. Barbara, Cafeteria Assistant

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Ms. Renita Mangum, Cafeteria Assistant