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MEET OUR FACULTY AND STAFF

Teachers at Noble Academy work closely with each student to adapt assignments and projects to complement individual strengths.

Executive Leadership

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Amanda Carter | Head of School

Amanda Carter is the Head of School at Noble Academy. Prior to becoming the Head of School, Amanda served for three years in the role of High School Dean of Students, helping to solidify a culture of acceptance and excellence in a school that empowers students with ADHD and learning differences to pursue their highest potential within a comprehensive, supportive educational environment. Prior to coming to Noble Academy, she worked at the Lawrence School in Ohio, which has a similar focus as Noble Academy, as the Dean of Campus Life. In her free time she enjoys being a nationally rated competitive gymnastics judge, spending time with her family and friends, and reading. Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Miami University (OH) as well as a master's degree in Non-Profit Management from Kent State University.

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Jan Linder | Director of Business & Finance

Jan Linder received her bachelor’s degree from Elon University in Business Administration and Accounting. She went on to receive her master’s degree in Accounting from Appalachian State University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. Her extensive financial background working in nonprofits, retail, manufacturing and service industries brings a wealth of financial knowledge to Noble Academy. In her free time, she founded and manages a nonprofit, Bingo Pet Hospice, specializing in the care of aging pets.

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Christy Avent | Director of Enrollment Management

Christy Avent earned a bachelor's degree in Communications from East Carolina University. She also obtained a second undergraduate degree in Political Science and her master’s degree in Public Affairs, both from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has extensive experience in the collegiate environment having worked at UNCG from 1997-2011. She also had a short stint in the sales world working with the Greensboro Convention and Visitors Bureau where her market was in education. Christy joined the Noble Academy family in September of 2013. She enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and going to the movies in her free time.

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Jennifer Aceves | Head of High School

Jennifer Aceves earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Davidson College and is certified by North Carolina in Learning Disabilities. She received her master's degree in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is also a Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, paddle boarding, and reading.

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Erin Cawley | Head of Middle School

Erin Cawley is a graduate of Elon University with a bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education with a concentration in Social Studies and Science. She also earned her master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities from East Carolina University in 2011. Erin has over 15 years of teaching experience in various subjects and grade levels, in addition to more than a decade spent working within the Athletic Department. In 2020, she was named Head of Middle School after serving as Junior High Dean for several years. She works hard to enhance student life at Noble and in her free time, enjoys visiting with family and friends, traveling, and spending time with her kids.

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Jenny Rundle | Head of Lower School

Jenny Rundle holds a bachelor's degree in Education with certifications in both Elementary and Special Education, an M.Ed. in School Counseling and a North Carolina School Administrator License. Additional certifications include English for Speakers of Other Languages and Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner. Jenny is passionate about providing a supportive environment for students who learn differently and loves working at Noble Academy where all students are celebrated for their individual talents and strengths.

Campus Leadership

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Chere Flowers | Director of Development

Chere Flowers earned a bachelor's degree in International Affairs and Economics from James Madison University. She brings over 14 years of passion and experience in fund development and building meaningful community relationships on a local, national, and international level. She looks forward to enhancing the Knights First Fund, getting to know Noble students and parents, and asking our community, "How do YOU want to impact the world?" Chere enjoys listening to podcasts, having the sunshine on her face, and going on adventures with her son.

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Francisco Guijoza | Director of Operations

Francisco Guijoza, Jr. graduated from ECPI University with an associate's degree and a bachelor’s degree in IT Network Security. He enjoys spending time with his family, learning about new technology, and playing sports.

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Ashley Lumpkin | Director of Diversity, Equity &                                             Inclusion

Ashley Lumpkin holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Hampton University and a master's degree in Math Education from Wake Forest University. After teaching in the NC public school system for eight years, she was ready for a change. She is passionate about specialized math instruction and creates many of the curriculum materials used in her classroom. Outside of school, Ashley is an award-winning performance poet. She enjoys traveling and spending time with friends.

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Ben Maynard | Director of Media and Educational                                    Technology

Ben Maynard holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in History from the University of West Georgia. Benjamin has also earned an MLIS from the University of North Texas. Before coming to Noble Academy, he spent twelve years working as a teacher, librarian, and technology coordinator for Inner Harbour, a therapeutic residential school in Douglasville, Georgia. In his free time, he enjoys exploring North Carolina’s natural beauty with his family.

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Cinthia Maupin | Lower School & Middle School                                           Counselor

Cinthia holds a master's degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both North Carolina and Florida, who recently relocated to Greensboro to be closer to family. Cinthia has over 12 years of counseling experience, working in a variety of mental health and school settings. She has provided counseling and support for exceptional and at-risk students in schools, facilitated in-home family counseling, was a program therapist, and advocate for children with severe emotional/ behavioral difficulties, as well as a clinical supervisor for an in-home therapy program for children. Aside from spending time with her husband and two small children, she enjoys hiking, traveling, trying out new food and recipes, and crafting.

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Lance Oldham | Director of Counseling

Lance is a NC Licensed Professional Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. He has 13 years in the counseling field in a variety of different roles and settings. Much of his counseling experience has included meeting with students and families from a variety of cultural backgrounds to address various mental health, learning, and/or intellectual challenges. He has provided support in multiple high schools to include student and teacher support, counseling, classroom monitoring, and assistance in the development of behavior, academic, and support interventions. Lance is married and his wife is a Special Education Language Arts teacher. He has a young son and daughter. He is also a certified yoga teacher and frequently teaches at studios and gyms in the community.  

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Aimee Picon | Director of Educational Outreach

Aimee Picon earned a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and a master’s degree in Early Childhood – both earned with honors from the University of Florida. She is North Carolina certified in Early Childhood (birth-Kindergarten), Elementary Education (K-6), and Special Education (K-12), and a Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist and Wilson® Credentialed Trainer. She brings 23 years of experience as an educator which includes training teachers in research-based literacy instruction. Aimee enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with her family.

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Jenn Romero | Associate Head of High School

Jenn Romero graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with a field of specialization in Visual Studies. She is certified in Art Education K-12 by the State of North Carolina. After teaching K-12 visual art at Noble Academy for seven years she readily took on the role of High School Dean, and now serves in the role of Associate Head of the High School. Jenn brings with her experience in relationship building and cultivating a positive community for students. In her free time, Jenn enjoys being with her family and relaxing at home.

High School Faculty

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Travis Blair

Travis Blair graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor's degree in Public Relations. He attended UNCG in order to earn his teaching license for 7th - 10th grades. Before coming to Noble Academy, he taught in Guilford County Schools and at the North Carolina Leadership Academy. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, studying martial arts, reading, writing, playing video games, and collecting comic books.

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Eric Gal

Eric Gal grew up in Kernersville, but spent most of his educational life in Greensboro. He graduated from Noble Academy, then Guilford Day School in 2005, and spent six years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While there, he obtained undergraduate degrees in Theatre Education and English Education, and afterwards, was hired by his former high school to teach English. Some of his favorite activities are: reading, acting, stage combat, Tai Chi and mixed martial arts, watching movies and hanging out with his brother, who is a teacher in Winston-Salem. Eric is very proud to have returned as a teacher at Noble Academy.

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Ginger Holloway

Ginger Holloway graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor's degree in English. She also earned a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ginger has spent over 25 years teaching English in public and private schools in North Carolina and California. She lives in Greensboro with her husband, Hurl, and her Doberman Pinscher, Roxy. In Ginger's spare time, she enjoys doing Crossfit, watching sports, learning calligraphy, and reading.

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Brian Kysor

Originally from Upstate New York, Brian Kysor holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from State University of New York at Oneonta, and a master’s degree in History from Union Graduate College (now Clarkson University) in Schenectady, NY. Since moving to North Carolina in 2012, Brian has served students as a social studies teacher throughout the state. He also holds a licensure in Exceptional Children, and has taught EC students at the North Carolina Leadership Academy and in Rockingham County Schools. In his free time, Brian enjoys reading science fiction, fantasy, and history, among other topics.

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Linda Mahanes

Linda Mahanes is a Greensboro native and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with bachelor degrees in Math and Math Education. She has worked as an actuarial student, a tutor, and a math teacher. She enjoys finding new ways to teach her students, and tries to find the most effective teaching strategies to help each student be successful and confident.   She has three grown children and enjoys spending time with family and friends. In addition to her love of being active by playing tennis, swimming, and walking, she is an avid reader.

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Vicki Payne

Vicki Payne graduated from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro with bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. She has been teaching for 16 years, one year at Guilford County Schools and 15 years here at Noble Academy. During her tenure as a Knight, she has introduced the high school students to Marine Biology, Zoology, and Cooking with Chemistry, among teaching the required subjects to earn science credits toward graduation. In her spare time, Vicki loves to read, cook, participate in all water sports, spend time with her two adult children (Spencer and Connor), and Ramona, the family's Great Dane.

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Aleshia Rucker

Aleshia Rucker graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Services. She also obtained an M.Ed in K-12 Special Education with an add-on preschool certification from North Georgia State College and University. Aleshia has over 14 years of experience working with students and adults with learning differences and is excited to be joining the Noble Academy team. She is married with two children, a son and a daughter who are both in high school. In her spare time, she enjoys being with family and friends, visiting the beach, and swimming.

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Bob Schorr

Bob obtained bachelor degrees in History and Teaching English as a Second Language. He has taught both subject areas in middle school to collegiate levels in many different countries across the world. He is passionate about history and has a lot of experience differentiating his instruction. He has created much of his own curriculum materials to meet the needs of his students, including writing a set of supplemental textbooks. Bob is very happy to be a Noble Academy teacher where his son has been a student at for several years. He is a strong believer in our mission statement and is thrilled to be a part of our school.

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Desiree Schorr

Señora Schorr earned a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Marketing from her native country of Venezuela. She also studied additional language courses while working at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Later, Señora Schorr earned a master’s degree in Romance Languages, with a concentration in Spanish, from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has taught Spanish to students at a variety of different grade levels and is excited to be joining the High School divison. Señora Schorr (and Bob Schorr, also a Noble Academy High School faculty member) have a daughter, Miranda, and a son, Sebastian. In her spare time, she loves traveling, doing pilates, reading, and spending time with family.

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Samantha Stichter

Samantha graduated with a double-major in Engineering Science and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University.  After work as a technical writer and small-business owner, she went back to school for her teaching certificate.  She received her teaching license from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro through their NCTeach program. After four years in the public schools, she joined the Noble Academy staff in 2011. She is married with two sons. Andrew is a graduate of NC State and Jack is at Appalachian State University. She has a dog named Buster and a grand-dog Bulldog named Bella. 

Middle School Faculty

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Amanda Birse

Amanda moved to Greensboro from Florida where she taught kids with special needs from elementary to middle school. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in Exceptional Student Education with a minor in Deaf Studies. Her minor was influenced by her brother who was born deaf and being raised within the deaf culture. In 2017, Amanda graduated from Jacksonville University with a bachelor's degree in Speech/Language Pathology. As a hobby, she is a nationally accredited DONA birth doula and runs her own doula company in her spare time. She is a mom of two young ones and loves exploring the wonderful city of Greensboro with them!

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Diane Coltrane

Diane Coltrane has over 30 years of teaching experience in grades 4-8. Several years ago, she came to Noble Academy from Northern Middle School where she taught Language Arts for 10 years. Diane earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from Appalachian State University and obtained her National Board Teaching Certification in 2002. She and her husband have three adult children and two grandchildren. She enjoys reading, time in and on the water, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Barbara Kilpatrick

Barbara Kilpatrick is a graduate of Syracuse University with bachelor degrees in English and Textual Studies and Secondary Education. Upon receiving a fellowship to attend The Ohio State University, she earned her master’s degree in Cultural Foundations of Education. A native of Upstate New York, she moved to Greensboro in 2005 and was an English Language Arts teacher for 10 years at Northeast Middle School. She has two daughters, Maeve and Brennan, and a step-daughter, Emma.  In her spare time, she loves spontaneous dancing, watching Doctor Who, and tending to her vegetable garden.

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Shaun O'Connor

Shaun is a native of Southeast Pennsylvania, where he attended Kutztown University before transferring to Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, North Carolina. There, he earned a bachelor's degree in Outdoor Leadership, and after moving to Greensboro in 2010, he obtained his teaching license in Special Education from Greensboro College. Shaun enjoys going on adventures with his wife and three children, riding his bike, doing yoga, playing golf, and rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Samantha Price

Samantha Price graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She continued her education at Greensboro College and received certification in Special Education with specialization in learning disabilities, general and adaptive curriculum. Samantha has over 18 years of teaching experience in various subjects and grade levels. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking, and tennis. 

Lower School Faculty

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Alison Buchanan

Alison was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and came to Greensboro to attend Guilford College. Her first classroom teaching experience was as a second-grade teacher at Southern Elementary. When her children, Logan and Gavin were little she decided to stay at home. After this period, Alison taught preschool at Guilford Park Presbyterian Church. Her son’s educational experiences as a child with Autism/Asperger's inspired her to obtain a Special Education graduate certificate from UNC Charlotte. She taught as a resource general curriculum special education teacher at Pearce Elementary prior to accepting the position at Noble. In her life outside of the classroom, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her family. 

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Trish Klier

Trish Klier earned a North Carolina license in Elementary Education at Greensboro College, bachelor degrees in English and Political Science at Mary Washington University, and a master’s degree in Administrative Science at Johns Hopkins University. She has also completed various courses with the Exceptional Children Division. Before coming to Noble Academy, Trish taught first grade for 10 years. She enjoys exercising, reading, gardening, and spending time with her husband Anthony, their daughter who teaches in Northern Virginia, and their two sons who attend NC State University. 

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Mary Mig McEntire

Mary Mig McEntire graduated from Salem College with a degree in Psychology and earned two special educations certifications from graduate-level coursework at Appalachian State University.  She is a Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner and has been trained through the TEACCH® Autism Program.  She has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of special education with a special interest in Social Thinking®. Before coming to Noble Academy, she worked in public schools as a resource teacher and later as the teacher/director of an elementary Autism Inclusion program. She has a passion for music, theatre, and traveling in her free time.

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Toni DeFiglia

Toni DeFiglia graduated from Guilford College with a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a M.A.Ed. from Western Carolina University. Mrs. D, as she is fondly known as, also acquired both her Special Education General Curriculum and Reading Teacher Licensure (K-12) through the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been trained in the Wilson Reading System®, Read Naturally® Live, and NC Foundations of Reading and General Curriculum Math (GCS). In addition, DeFiglia has also been trained in mindfulness. During her teaching career, she has been the Odyssey of the Mind Coach for Brown Summit Middle School and a Program Assistant for the Central Greensboro Public Library Children’s Room targeting STEM curriculum. DeFiglia and her husband have three grown boys. She loves to swim, kayak, read, and enjoys time with friends.

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Tim Stewart

Originally from Roxboro, North Carolina, Tim moved to Greensboro in 2006. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Greensboro College and has spent the last nine years teaching grades K-5 and middle school science. Tim and his wife Liz are the proud parents of three children - Ava, Dorie, and Payne. In his spare time, Tim enjoys supporting the Boston Red Sox, traveling with his family, and chasing after his extremely energetic German Shorthaired Pointer, Boone and Black Lab, Beck. 

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Lindsey Willich

Lindsey Willich earned a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (PK-3), Elementary Education (K-5) and Special Education (K-12), all with honors, from the College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey. She is certified to teach in New Jersey, Texas, and North Carolina and is a Wilson® Dyslexia Therapist. Lindsey has over 13 years teaching experience and teaches through hands-on activities and experiments within her classroom. Lindsey is married to Dan and they have two loving, high energy dogs, Gunner and LT. She enjoys going places with her dogs, hiking, exploring and traveling.

Specialists

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Johan Madson | IDEApath

Johan Madson teaches Idea Path and other technology-oriented classes in our Library Media Center. Johan has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Oberlin College and a master’s degree in School Counseling from Vanderbilt University. He also earned an Educational Specialist in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia. Johan is an experienced educator who enjoys collaborating with faculty and students as a teacher, curriculum developer, technology integrator, and advisor.

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Christy McCauley | Physical Education

Christy is a highly qualified PE teacher with a strong background in physical education and coaching. She has a bachelor's degree in Physical Education and Health, a master's degree in Educational Technology, and a master's degree in Athletic Administration. She has been an Athletic Director and PE teacher at The Woods Academy in Bethesda, MD and has also worked at The McLean School in Maryland which served 40% of the population with students who are ADD and/or have learning differences. Besides teaching PE, Christy is very active with the local tennis community and loves playing golf and spending time with family.

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Amy Porter | Art

Amy earned a Fine Arts degree in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She brings a variety of creative Industry experience, as a Television Broadcast Designer, Corporate Visual Communications Designer, Fine Artist, and Art Educator. Previously, Amy taught at a collegiate high school in Florida before relocating to Greensboro. She works in a wide variety of 2D and 3D materials and loves exploring new media with her students. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, taking on DIY projects, and spending time with her family. Amy’s focus is helping her students realize their artistic potential and empowering them to be the creative thinkers of tomorrow.

Staff

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Dorothy Clement | Upper School Administrative                                             Assistant

Dorothy Clement earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has worked as a Student Support Specialist for Guilford County Schools, a School Social Worker with Forsyth County Schools, and has also worked at Caldwell Academy in College Counseling, Admissions, and Development. Dorothy is married to Marshall, they have three married daughters and seven active grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family, volunteering at church, and dabbling in creative outlets like art, gardening, and sewing.

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Paul Cooper | Facilities Manager

Paul joined Noble Academy from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia where he worked in facilities management. He enjoys fixing things and making sure that all areas of our school are able to be used effectively by students and staff. In his free time, Paul enjoys gardening, horse racing, deep sea fishing, and camping with his family. 

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Diane Howard | The Knights Club

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Cecelia Ynoa Lantigua | The Knights Club

Cecelia Ynoa Lantigua, fondley known as Mrs. YL, earned a bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Dayton and a master's degree in Social Work from Widener University. She also obtained a certification in Special Education-General Curriculum from Indiana University. Mrs. YL began her professional career as a Social Work Casemanager and then moved on to be a Clinical Social Worker before accepting a position in 2001 as a Special Education Teacher. She has recently retired from Guilford County Schools where she was an Exceptional Children's Department Head. Mrs. YL believes that her biggest contribution to students was collaborating with outside stakeholders and assisting in the transition with identified students from high school to their next journey in life. Mrs. YL, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, is married to Pablo and has two daughters, Gabrielle who is a therapist and Alyssa who is a student at Belmont Abbey College. She is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and a legacy member of Jack and Jill of America Foundation.

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Amy Patrick | Lower School Administrative Assistant

Amy Patrick earned a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education from Indiana University. After college, she moved to New Jersey and obtained an additional certification in Elementary Education. After teaching grades K-5 for several years, Amy decided to stay at home with her two sons who were young at the time. In 2005 her family moved to North Carolina. At that time, she decided to return to the classroom - first substituting and then teaching Transitional Kindergarten for seven years before joining Noble Academy. In her free time, Amy enjoys family and friend's game nights, lunching with friends, and visiting her sons at college.