Our Teachers

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Mary Tisdale

K and 1st Grade ELA & SS

My name is Mary Tisdale, I am so excited for this school year! I have been teaching for six years. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Livingstone College. I also have a Master’s Degree in Education where I obtained from UNC Chapel Hill. I enjoy painting, crafting, traveling and spending time with my family. I’m looking forward to a great year full of learning, laughter and friendship!

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Snow Gao

1st Grade (1A) Teacher

My name is Xue Gao. I began teaching in 2010 in an international school in Beijing, China. from where I originally comes. I received a Master’s degree in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages .

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Peggy Tsai

3rd & 4th Grade Math, Science, & Mandarin Teacher

My name is Peggy Tsai. I have a degree of MA TESOL. Being a teacher for me is to make a difference in children's lives. I am excited to be part of the EVA family because I know we will have an awesome year with my students and colleagues.

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Frederic Policastro

5th & 6th ELA & SS Grade Teacher

Students' success is what drives my wanting to be a teacher. My education is a combination of formal learning and school of hard knocks.

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Shimin Li

KA Hometoom Teacher

I still remember what Helena said is “we are changing the world one child at a time .”It is my dream that to be the best Mandarin teacher who can help the children to learn Chinese in an interesting and efficient way.

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Dareen Aljakhbeer

2nd Grade ELA Teacher

Ms. Aljakhbeer recently graduated from Wingate University this May with a bachelor degree in Education. While in college, Ms. Aljakhbeer completed several internships and worked with tutoring programs at schools in Union county.

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Jamie Simmons

3rd & 4th Grade ELA & SS Teacher

I have an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from UNC-Greensboro and a graduate degree in Special Education General Curriculum from Grand Canyon University.

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Yan Han

Fine Arts & Music Related Arts Teacher

My name is Yan Han. My majors are primary school education and Chinese language and literature. I have qualifications in China's primary school teaching and kindergarten teaching.

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Ying Chen

1st Grade (1B) Teacher

I graduated from Hangzhou Normal University. When I was in my Junior Middle School I met my English teacher Ms. Wang.

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Xuesong Jin

2nd Grade Math, Science, & Mandarin Teacher

I was educated in China, Graduated from Jiangsu Normal university of Chinese Language and literature.

Dean Ramsey

5th& 6th Grade Math, Mandarin, and Science Teacher

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Jing Zhang

Fine Arts Movement & Health Related Arts Teacher

I graduated from the South China School, of Art and Literature in Guangzhou,China. Born into a teachers’ family, I became an art teacher later.