1st Grade at Brier Creek
Our Fantastic First Grade Team:
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Meet the Team
This is my second year at Brier Creek, but I have been in the business of education for almost 25 years. I have taught in five different states and my experiences range from classroom teacher for grades first through fifth, librarian, reading specialist, and preschool director. I received my BS in Elementary Education from Elizabeth City State University and my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.
Growing up with ten brothers and sisters, I have a passion for education because I know that education has opened doors of opportunities for me that statistics said would be closed. Each child has a purpose and teachers have a unique part to play in helping them discover that purpose.
When I am not at school, you can find me crafting, traveling, volunteering, or watching a sport. I am married to my wonderful husband, Scott. We have two children. Our daughter, Raven just graduated from Vanderbilt University and our son is a middle school student.
Ms. DiorioMrs. DiOrio has been teaching for 10 years. She has taught in both kindergarten and first graded. This is Mrs. DiOrio's seventh year at Brier Creek! Mrs. DiOrio loves the expectation for innovation at Brier Creek and has felt challenged and pushed to become better every year. She attended the State University of New York College at Fredonia for undergrad and the University of Buffalo for graduate school. Mrs. DiOrio is a National Board certified teacher.Mrs. DiOrio is a teacher because she hopes to inspire every child to enjoy learning through perseverance and personal interests. This school year, Mrs. DiOrio is looking forward to more inquiry based learning and gamifying her classroom. Mrs. DiOrio is a risk taker and loves to try the latest in educational technology while inspiring her students to take risks and make mistakes!Mrs. DiOrio loves shopping at target, reading, blogging, and playing soccer. She loves to spend time with her cat, Calypso, two dogs, Piper and Cassidy, and husband Jeff.
Ms. HewatBio coming soon!
This is Ms. Hill’s 2nd year as a First-grade teacher at Brier Creek! She loves Brier Creek because of the diverse student body and supportive community. Ms. Hill has been a part of the Wake County public school system for 3 years. Prior to working for Wake County, she was a Preschool teacher for 4 years. Ms. Hill earned her Master of Arts in Education from NC State and a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies from North Carolina Central University.
Ms. Hill believes the greatest joy of being an educator is the ah-ha moments, laughter, sincerity, the unexpected that keeps her on her toes, being able to adjust in a moments notice, accepting and giving hugs, showing forgiveness, giving second chances and being a positive role model. This year Ms. Hill looks forward to increasing her knowledge of literacy instruction across curriculum, providing purpose driven instructional practices, and supporting students both inside & outside of the classroom. What makes Ms. Hill a good teacher is her ability to develop lasting relationships with families and advocating for her students’ academic growth and needs.
Outside of school, Ms. Hill enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.
Ms. HowertonThis is Mrs. Howerton's 3rd year at Brier Creek Elementary! Mrs. Howerton loves Brier Creek because of the wonderful community that surrounds this school. She also enjoys working with such passionate teachers that are always keeping the students at the center of all decisions! This is Mrs. Howerton's 5th year of teaching. She spent the first two and a half years of her career teaching 3rd and 4th grade in Durham County. Mrs. Howerton graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and then later received her Masters from Penn State University in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Literacy.Mrs. Howerton is passionate about educating the whole child and ensuring that social emotional learning is happening daily in her classroom. Mrs. Howerton wants to motivate and encourage her students everyday so that they become lifelong learners! She wants to create a community environment in her classroom and does so by building relationships with each of her students. Mrs. Howerton is looking forward to a school year full of new discoveries, fun, teamwork, and meaningful learning with her first grade class!Outside of School, Mrs. Howerton enjoys traveling, staying active, reading, and spending time with friends and family. During the fall, you can find her and her husband cheering for their favorite football teams - Penn State and UNC! Mrs. Howerton lives right in Brier Creek with her husband, Chris, and their newly rescued puppy, Maybelle.
Mr. MaynardThis is Mr. Maynard’s ninth year at Brier Creek. He started in fourth grade and moved to fifth and then to third. Last year was his first year in first grade and he loved every minute of it. Mr. Maynard started teaching using chalk. He taught in Maryland for seven years before moving to North Carolina to teach at North Ridge and Leesville before finding a home at BCES. Brier Creek is special because of the passion and desire of every staff member and student. Mr. Maynard got a Business Degree from West Virginia University before getting his teaching degree from Marshall University. He earned his Masters in Elementary Education from Elon University.Mr. Maynard believes his purpose is to guide students to find their passion. He believes each one of us have a passion to learn. By nurturing and developing this passion we become who we are. Mr. Maynard is working on making sure his students start to understand their passions. By constantly sharing his passions, Mr. Maynard encourages the students to try new things to learn their passions and creativity. Mr. Maynard is looking forward to working again with the first grade team. He learned so much this past year that he now wants to build on to create a global and technological classroom that also develops each student’s creativity and joy. Mr. Maynard has sense of humor that keeps the students laughing. He is very flexible but at the same time consistent with his expectations. He was the students to enjoy their day and at the same time be productive to go home and say “I did that’.Mr. Maynard loves spending time with his family especially his granddaughter Hudson. He has been married for over 35 years to Cindy and has three daughters, Mallory (living in Charlotte), Hannah (living in Fayetteville), and Erin (living in Wake Forest). Erin is Hudson’s mom. She worked at BCES for a few years and she is married to Matt Small. Hannah taught fashion design just outside of Houston Texas and is married to Sean Garcia. Mr. Maynard loves sport (watching and no longer playing). He is a huge WVU fan, Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Charlotte Hornets, and Cincinnati Reds. He does follow a few other teams as well. He likes to run and spend as much time as possible at the beach. Don’t be surprised if you see him playing a guitar around school as well. He loves doing that.
This is Mrs. Williams 2nd year teaching at Brier Creek. She loves teaching here because of the wonderful students and families she has enjoyed getting to know! She also loves being able to collaborate with her teammates and create fun and engaging experiences for the first grade jets! Mrs. Williams has been teaching for 12 years with experience in both Wake County and northern Virginia. All 12 years have been spent in Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms. Mrs. Williams has her Masters in Education from UNC Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University. Mrs. Williams believe her purpose in education is to create a love of learning for all of her students! She enjoys building positive relationships with her students each year and watching them grow both emotionally and academically. Mrs. Williams works hard to create a safe, nurturing learning environment for all students. She facilitates effective routines and procedures in her classroom to promote independence and responsibility. Her students understand what it means to SOAR each day and enjoy celebrating their success and growth throughout the year! Outside of school, Mrs. Williams enjoys spending time with her husband and their sweet Golden Retriever, Sawyer! They have recently relocated to a new area of the triangle and are having fun exploring their new neighborhood. Mrs. Williams loves visiting friends and family near and far, traveling to new places, and cheering for her favorite team- the Carolina Tarheels!