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My name is April Mendzef and I am so excited to be teaching 4th grade this year! I’d like to tell you a bit about myself. I was born in Lexington, Kentucky. I have also lived in West Palm Beach Florida. My family moved to North Carolina in 1989. I live in Raleigh with my husband, Rick, and our 3 children. My daughter Lillian is 16, my son Andrew is 14, and my youngest son, Ethan, is 10. He is a rising YMES 5th grader this year! We have a dog named Rose and a cat named Phantom. This will be my 4th year at Yates Mill, and my 23rd year of teaching.
I graduated from Cary High School. After high school, I went on to study education at East Carolina University as a NC Teaching Fellow. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Spanish. I continued my studies at North Carolina State University, where I earned my Masters Degree in education with a concentration in Instructional Supervision and Reading. I was awarded National Board Certification as an Early Childhood Generalist in 2008. I also recently earned my Masters in School Administration degree.
I love to exercise, cheer on my boys in hockey and basketball, play with my pets, and travel. I look forward to getting to know your student and family this year as we work together as partners in helping your child succeed!