Our Volunteers

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Jane retired from Wake County Public Schools with 30 years as a teacher, career counselor, and assistant principal. 

Instructor

JANE CLAYTON

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Aileen has taught all grade levels in Wake and Orange counties, but she especially enjoys teaching fourth graders because they are very interested and fast learners.

Instructor, Steering Committee

AILEEN RANDALL

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Michael is helping by making logos, and creating original art to enhance our program goals and engage the public. Check out his portfolio.

Graphic Designer

MICHAEL PFEFFER

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Sandy received her Masters in Social Work at NYU and much of her professional career has revolved around kids.

Instructor

SANDY HEETER

Laurie brings to the program her experience as an elementary school teacher.

Instructor

LAURIE McDOWELL

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Helen spent 36 years as a nurse, working with all age groups. She retired from UNC Hospitals in 2003.

Instructor

HELEN JONES

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Mark taught middle school Sunday School for 40 years. He also coached youth soccer for 18 years. Also, he worked full-time in youth ministry for seven years.

Instructor

MARK SHEAR

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A lawyer by training, Alicia has been an active volunteer working with kids in the schools, Sunday School, and has volunteered with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences since 2012.

Instructor

ALICIA NUNNALLY

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Sonja brings much experience working with both animals and kids to the program. She is a "semi-retired educator" who has taught biology and environmental science, math, and ESL to students from middle school to college.

Instructor, Artist

SONJA WILLIAMS

Linda is a retired Spanish teacher. She  is the program leader and manages relationships with both volunteers and schools.  She also creates many of the educational materials.

Instructor, Steering Committee Chair, Behind the scenes

LINDA PATTISON

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Lee does not teach in our program; however, what she does makes life so much easier for the instructors. Lee, reliably and very dedicatedly, helps with preparing all the materials to ready student folders, team boxes, instructor manuals, etc.

Behind the scenes

LEE PONTO

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Instructor, Behind the scenes

NANCY BARRINGER

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Instructor

JAMIE PARKER

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Allison works at a veterinary clinic in North Raleigh, and with the world renowned ophthalmology department at the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Allison will be attending NCSU CVM in the fall.

Instructor, Blogger (Ed)

ALLISON BLANCHARD

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Shannon created the graphics used in the Insights to Prevent Dog Bites spinner game and presentation file.

Graphic Designer

SHANNON COOLEY

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Holly has a background in teaching young children. Hollie grew up with cats and dogs which came from the local pound. Hollie has fostered many WCAC dogs.

Instructor

HOLLIE GASPER

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Becki as a former teacher brings much to the program. She enjoys sharing her love for animals with enthusiastic and engaged fourth graders.

Instructor

BECKI ROHRBACH

Trish has lots of experience in working for animals. She was one of the founding members of a charity called AnimalKind, providing low cost spay/neuter to targeted families in the Triangle.

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Instructor

TRISH RAFFEL

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Jan is a retired English teacher from Orlando, Florida. She enjoys pursuing painting and drawing her favorite subject: animals.

Instructor, Artist

JAN MAXWELL

Dawn is an instructional designer, designing learning experiences. She brings expertise in website development, video and audio production, as well as learning experience design skills.

Instructor, Steering Committee, Blogger (Faye & Scooter)

DAWN FRIEDEL

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Judy taught first grade for 28 years in Wake and Pitt counties. She helped develop the Kids 4 Critters curriculum.

Instructor, Steering Committee

JUDY AUSTIN

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Carol worked with Handi-Dogs in Tucson, AZ. She home-schooled her two children until fourth grade.

Instructor

CAROL REED

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Brittany grew up with a cat and a dog. She has volunteered before as an after-school tutor and with Best Friends Animal Society and the ASPCA.

Instructor

BRITTANY SPRINKEL

Janice worked 40+ years as a Speech Pathologist in the schools, hospitals, and rehabilitation clinics. Her love of animals started very early as she was raised on a Kansas farm and had dogs, cats, chickens, sheep, horses, and cows.

Instructor, Blogger (Scooter)

JANICE FIRLING

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Tamara is an attorney and Raleigh native. She has always been interested in public service and volunteer work, especially educating children. Tamara is also an animal lover.

Instructor, Blogger (Faye)

TAMARA VAN PALA

Beth worked as a TA in the school system and then as a sign language interpreter. She also volunteers at her granschildren's school.

Instructor

BETH TONELII

Gail does not teach in our program; however, she has made many invaluable contributions. She gives of her time behind the scenes in readying classroom materials, and in sharing her sweet therapy dog, Kyra, with fourth graders.

Steering Committee

GAIL COLES

Cindy comes with a background in teaching fourth grade.  She taught math.  

Instructor

CINDY ROBERSTON

Jessica created the graphics used in the new version of the SAFETYO game.

Graphic Designer

JESSICA JACKSON

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