Kindergarten

Ms. Emily Dawson

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Ms. Emily Dawson

I am so excited and honored to be a part of the JY Joyner family. I became a teacher because I can't see myself doing anything else. I enjoy building relationships with students and watching them learn and grow socially, academically, and emotionally. I love teaching kindergarten and can’t wait to meet my new class! I grew up in Raleigh and went to Wake County Public Schools for elementary, middle, and high school. I graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, in 2007 with a degree in Elementary Education. Go Mountaineers! My husband and I stay busy with our two sons, daughter, dog and 3 chickens. In my free time I enjoy reading, gardening, eating delicious food, and being outside. I am very excited about the upcoming year! By the end of the year, your child will be a sensational scientist, an awesome author, a marvelous mathematician, a social studies superstar, a radical reader, and so much more. I am looking forward to working together to have a successful year.

Ms. Amy Forbes

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Ms. Amy Forbes

I love being a part of the JYJ family and Kindergarten team.  I grew up in Warren, Pennsylvania, a small, beautiful town.  I moved to NC to attend college at East Carolina University. Yes!  I am a proud pirate!  I graduated from ECU, in 1999, with my Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Development.  I then obtained by K-6 degree.  I taught for 12 years in Morehead City, NC before becoming a part of the Joyner family.  I have a son and daughter who both attend Joyner. Outside of work, my family is my life.  I love doing anything outdoors with my children, running, hiking, reading and spending time with our beloved dog Stella. I absolutely love working with children.  I love to fuel their curiousity, encourage their love of learning and watch them grow.  I can not imagine a more rewarding job. I am so excited to begin a new and outstanding year. .

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Ms. Sharee McNeil

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Ms. Sharee McNeil

I am Sharee McNeil native of Holly Springs, NC, currently living in Raleigh. I have a B.S. degree in Early Childhood Education with a B-K License and a Masters degree in Educational Management. I have 13 years teaching experience with 3 of those years spent at Joyner. I have a passion for developing strong social/emotional skills for early learners in conjunction with academic learning. During my free time I enjoy making memorable moments with my twin daughters and immediate family members. I also enjoy driving while listening to music, exercising, and helping others in need. Being apart of the JYJ family of staff, students, and parents is a true delight.

Ms. Stefanie Piner

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Ms. Stefanie Piner

Joyner is a great place to be; you can feel it when you walk through the doors!  We have great kids, and the families, teachers, and staff work together to make JYJ the best it can be.  I have been teaching at Joyner since 2008 & think it's the best school around!   

I am married, and my husband and I have 2 children: Walker and Ella, both who attended JYJ from Kindergarten through 5th grade.  I am from Virginia and grew up sailing in the summer and skiing in the winter. When I go to visit, I always try to work in a sailing or skiing trip, depending on the season. But when I’m in North Carolina, my favorite thing to do is go to the beach with my family.