Our Teachers


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!


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 .


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.