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Mrs. Gail Irvin, ESL

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Mrs. Gail Irvin, ESL

Gail Irvin is one of the Intervention and ESL teachers at Penny Road Elementary. This is her tenth year teaching at Penny Road where she has worn many different hats. She has twenty-three years of teaching experience in both Maryland and North Carolina. Gail grew up in the Washington D.C. area. She holds an undergraduate degree from James Madison University and a graduate degree from Florida State University. She enjoys running, hiking, skiing, watching her boys play sports, reading and spending time with family and friends.  She lives close to the school with her husband, two sons and her dog, Sadie.

Mrs. Renee Puckett, Intervention Teacher & Literacy Coach

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Mrs. Renee Puckett, Intervention Teacher & Literacy Coach

Renee Puckett is in her 12th year at Penny Road. This is her third year as a full time Intervention Teacher and Instructional Coach. Renee has previous taught Kindergarten for 9 nine years at Penny Road. She grew up in Central Illinois and graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 2006 with a Bachelors in Science degree in Elementary Education. Renee and her husband moved to Durham, NC in 2006 so her husband could attend Duke University for graduate school. Renee graduated from Meredith College with a Masters in Reading Education in 2010. In 2011, Renee and her husband added to their family with their son Nolan, who is in 1st Grade this year at Penny Road!  Mrs. Puckett loves watching Duke football and Duke basketball, crafting, reading, and traveling to the Midwest to visit family.

Ms. Elizabeth Hourihan, Intervention Teacher

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Ms. Elizabeth Hourihan, Intervention Teacher

Ms. Amanda Patterson, Teachers Assistant

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Ms. Amanda Patterson, Teachers Assistant

This is Mandy’s first year at Penny Road. Originally from Boone, she attended Appalachian State University (Go Mountaineers!). This is where she met her husband, Chris. They live in Cary and have a daughter and 2 sons. The Patterson family likes to stay busy with various activities including Cub Scouts (Pack 202), softball, or cheering on the Mountaineers and the Tar Heels. Mandy has been an active volunteer in Wake County Schools for the last 9 years. Mandy was honored, in 2012, at the White House as a Champion of Change for her volunteer work. She has a passion for working with children and helping them grow as learners and people.