This is Kasmira Armstrong's thirteenth year in teaching. She loves teaching because not only does it give a chance to empower the youth but it also allows a chance to come into contact with diverse populations who bring a variety of cultures into the classroom which make for a fun learning environment. She has worked in three school districts as a teacher and before that worked as a teacher assistant. Mrs. Armstrong has earned her bachelors from NC A&T State University.
Mrs. Armstrong believes her purpose is to arm students with the tools they need to be change makers in this world. This begins with teaching kids how to self manage and self regulate, problem solve and be critical thinkers so they are valuable contributors to society in the future.
Outside of school her family life keeps her busy. Her husband works in distribution and she has three boys ages 14, 11 and 3, two dogs. For fun, when they are not supporting the kids various extra curricular activities, they like to spend their time taking family trips to new places.
Ms. Damico is so thrilled to begin her 4th year at BCES teaching 3rd grade! This will be her 7th year teaching in Wake County. Ms. Damico graduated from James Madison University where she majored in Psychology. She decided she wasn't quite ready to be finished with school and stayed at JMU to complete her Master's in Early Childhood Education with an added Autism Certification. Transitioning to a teaching career path has been the best decision! She is passionate about being a positive mentor, role model, and facilitator for children's development. She strives to give all her students what they need so that they can have the best school experience! Ms. Damico enjoys hanging out with her family and friends, playing softball, and trying out new restaurants! On track outs, you'll find her at her parents beach house in Kure Beach!
This is Mrs. Hines's first year teaching at Brier Creek Elementary. Mrs. Hines attended college at NC State University, where she received a BA in Public Relations. A year and a half after graduating, Mrs. Hines went back to NC State for graduate school and received her Masters of Arts in Teaching K-6. She taught second grade for the past six years at Holt Elementary, a magnet school in Durham. Mrs. Hines actually did her student teaching right here at Brier Creek, and is excited to be back. She loves Brier Creek due to the diversity of the student body, the supportive parents and the welcoming staff.
Mrs. Hines believes that all children are unique and each student brings with them his or her own set of strengths. She loves embracing different learning styles within the classroom and seeing kids have those lightbulb moments. She is looking forward to watching her students grow and gain confidence in themselves this school year.
Outside of school, Mrs. Hines enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, reading, trying new restaurants and going to Carolina Hurricanes games. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, daughter Natalie (who just turned one in June), two cats and a dog!
This is Mrs. Hudson's 4th year teaching here at Brier Creek and 14th year teaching. Twelve of those years were spent in Wake County and two were spent in Chapel Hill-Carrboro county. Mrs. Hudson has experience teaching first, third, fourth, and fifth grade. Third graders are definitely a favorite! Brier Creek is a special place to be because of the diverse student body, supportive coworkers, and the community involvement. Mrs. Hudson grew up as a student in Wake County schools and earned her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Sociology at Western Carolina University. Go Catamounts!
Mrs. Hudson believes it is important to create a positive and welcoming classroom community so that all of her students will feel comfortable to seek assistance, communicate their thinking, collaborate with one another, and feel successful to the best of their ability. One thing she loves about teaching is the moment she witnesses a student finally understanding or grasping a skill they have been struggling with. She loves the excitement she is able to share with that student! There is nothing like it! Mrs. Hudson is looking forward to helping, encouraging, and hopefully inspiring every student to learn and grow this year!
Outside of school, Mrs. Hudson's family keeps her very busy! She is married to an educator who is an assistant principal, and together they have two young children, Ellie (5) and Tucker (3). They love to spend time outdoors, with family and friends, and finding local things to do around the area. You will very rarely find Mrs. Hudson sitting still, unless it is to catch up on a favorite Netflix show!
Ms. IbrahimThis is Summer Ibrahim’s third year teaching at Brier Creek Elementary School. She has 13 years of teaching experience in Wake County and has taught both 2nd and 3rd grades. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina State University in English and Journalism and earned an Elementary Education Licensure from Meredith College. Ms. Ibrahim also worked toward earning National Boards and recently certified as a National Board Certified Teacher. Her NBCT certification is in Literacy: Reading and Language Arts. Ms. Ibrahim is a local girl through and through and has attended Wake County Public Schools since Kindergarten as she is a Raleigh Native.Ms. Ibrahim is most passionate about helping students set and achieve personal and academic goals. Through this, she hopes to help establish a habit that will last a lifetime. Ms. Ibrahim understands the importance of students taking accountability for their own learning and actions. Her goal is to support students so they become independent learners and problem solvers. She loves to see students excitement when they achieve their goals! One way in which Ms. Ibrahim supports her students is by building a relationship with every student and encouraging them to take risks within the safety of the classroom community. Ms. Ibrahim also recognizes the community of teachers within the school and enjoys working with her third grade team.Outside of school, Ms. Ibrahim enjoys spending time outdoors hiking with her dog Jetta, cooking delicious foods and exploring the seemingly endless list of fun events the triangle area has to offer including visiting museums, new restaurants and festivals with her family and friends. Her most favorite thing to do when not at school is to take long road trips to visit new cities and states.
This is Ms. Riley’s 4th year at Brier Creek Elementary! She loves Brier Creek for its diverse student population, supportive families, and incredible staff. Ms. Riley is a Wake County alumnae and graduated from Leesville High School. Following graduation, she attended Appalachian State University and studied Elementary Education with a concentration in Spanish. Ms. Riley was also a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who had the chance to travel around the state viewing different school systems and seeing many inspirational educators speak.
Ms. Riley decided to become a teacher when she was in the second grade. While battling a tough case of pneumonia in New Jersey’s winter she had the opportunity of spending time helping her second grade teacher during recess. This teacher inspired her into the profession and from there the passion continued. Ms. Riley now teaches (and loves it!) because of the opportunity it can provide to all students. Ms. Riley believes that all students, regardless of background, should have equitable access to all opportunities. She believes learning should occur through creativity, innovation, critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving. Ms. Riley holds incredibly high expectations for growth from all students and helps to support them in reaching those expectations. She believes passionately in social-emotional learning, especially through programs such as the Positivity Project, and building relationships with not only the student but their family and support system as well.