• Meet the First Grade Team!

    First Grade Team

  • Teachers

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Jordyn Johnson

Hi! My name is Jordyn Johnson and I am so excited to join the Kingswood family as a 1st grade teacher! I am a recent Meredith College graduate and this will be my first year teaching. I grew up in Raleigh with my parents and two younger siblings and I now live with my boyfriend of 9 years, our cat, and our rabbit! I love cooking, watching comedy movies/TV shows, and going to the beach!

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Briana Lingle

Hi! My name is Briana Lingle and this is my third year teaching at Kingswood Montessori STEM Magnet School. I can’t wait to meet all of my 1st grade students and their great families!

I graduated from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington with a degree in Exercise Science and quickly realized that that wasn’t my real passion, but that teaching was. I then went to North Carolina State University to receive my masters degree in teaching! I love working with children and challenging them to become the best they can be, both academically and emotionally. This year is going to be a great year!

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Hilary May

Hi! My name is Hilary May, I’m so happy to be your child's teacher this year! This will be my tenth year of teaching and my second year in first grade at Kingswood. I taught second grade for eight years in Wilmington, before moving back to the area. I attended college at UNCW where I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I loved the beach so much that I lived in Wilmington for several years afterwards. I was born and raised in Cary, NC, and moved back here a few years ago. It has been nice to live close to my parents and brother again. I also have two sweet little boys; one will be in first grade and my oldest will be in third grade. We have a sweet French Bulldog, named Winston. We got him last summer and have loved having a sweet puppy join our family. Outside of work I love to spend time with my family & friends, play soccer, and go to the beach! I am looking forward to a wonderful year teaching your child!

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Kaitlyn Richard

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  • Instructional Assistants

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Kim Golden

Hi! My Name is Kim Golden and I'm so glad to be returning to Kingswood for my 6th year as an IA. Before I joined the Kingswood team I taught at a preschool and was a stay at home mom of two daughters, who both attended Kingswood. Madison is 14 and Peyton is 13. I enjoy running and going back to Florida every chance I get to spend time with family and enjoy the beautiful Gulf Coast. 

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Joni Kennedy

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Wendy McNeece

I am an Instructional Assistant and have been a part of the Kingswood family for many years. I started as a PTA volunteer when my children, Samuel and Madison, both attended Kingswood. When my daughter was in 5th grade (she is now almost 24) I started working in Kindergarten as an assistant and am now in First Grade. I have a degree in Communications and I have also worked as a floral designer for many years. I still enjoy arranging flowers and going to flea markets and antique stores.

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Patsy Padden

I am Patsy Padden. This is my second year at Kingswood Elementary School as an Instructional Assistant. I have been a substitute teacher in WCPSS for over 12 years. I graduated with BS degree from Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches,Texas. I moved back to NC and completed my Teacher Certification at Meredith College before marrying my husband Jerry and raising three sons. The youngest finishes college this year! I am looking forward to being at Kingswood Elementary. Our family has two golden retrievers named Ford and Savannah. I enjoy spending time with family and friends and going to the beach.