About Epiphany

Lower School Faculty

Kindergarten Teacher - Adriann Crowe

  • Position: Kindergarten Teacher - English
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BA in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Elementary Education (U. of N. Colorado); MA in Special Education with an emphasis in Deaf Education (Pre-K - 12) (U. of N. Colorado).  Adriann has been teaching for 13 years
  • Educational philosophy: All children have the ability to learn when you meet them at their level with a positive attitude, perseverance and a bit of fun.
  • Hobbies: Running, reading, singing (at church or jamming in the car), fluent in American sign language, and enjoys playing the piano and oboe.
  • Fun facts: Spent a semester abroad in high school in Halle an der Salle, Germany.
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Sicily, Bora Bora, and Tahiti

Kindergarten Teacher - Paola Jimenez

  • Position: Kindergarten Teacher - Spanish Immersion
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: Graduated Cum Laude Probatus from Universidad Internacional de las Américas.  (UIA), and has been teaching for over 16 years.  
  • Educational philosophy: Srta. Jimenez believes each child deserves a safe, loving and stimulating environment for learning.  At the same time, they need limit and structure.  The children's natural curiosity play a key role in their learning and they should always be encouraged to learn about everything they want to learn. 
  • Hobbies: Traveling and listening to music.
  • Fun facts: Paola loves dogs.
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Australia, Portugal, and Ireland.

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant - Tammi Newton

  • Position: Kindergarten Teaching Assistant - English
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: AA Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management.  Wake County Public School System Kindergarten Teaching Assistant for four years.  
  • Educational philosophy: Everyone can learn.  We all learn differently!
  • Hobbies: Travel and photography
  • Fun fact: Tammi tried out for the show "The Singing Bee" while on vacation in Nashville. 
  • Favorite place she has traveled:  Aruba and Greece

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant - Maria Fernanda Sibaja

1st Grade Teacher - Paola Forigua

  • Position: 1st Grade Teacher - Spanish Immersion
  • Email: pforigua@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Background: Graduated as a language educator from the Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador in Venezuela, and taught English as a Foreign Language for six years prior to coming to the US.
  • Educational philosophy: Sra. Forigua likes to establish bonds with her students.  She believes that creating a kind and encouraging environment is essential for learning.  She also tries to personalize learning to make it more memorable.  Sra. Forigua believes every child has so much to offer and her job is to challenge them and guide them to reach their potential.  
  • Hobbies: Paola enjoys watching movies and series, reading books, dancing, and spending time with friends and family.  
  • Fun facts: She is afraid of heights, but went zip-lining in Costa Rica and loved it! Paola loves to dance and participated in a Salsa Casino contest. 
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Asheville, NC in the fall,  La Cienaga Beach in Venezuela, and the Volcan Poa's National Park in Costa Rica.  

1st Grade Teacher - Cami Stump

  • Position: First Grade Teacher - English, Assistant Swim Coach
  • Email: [email protected]epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Background: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Florida State University, Masters of Elementary Education at University of North Carolina Wilmington.  
  • Educational philosophy: Children, especially at the primary level, are filled with a natural desire to learn and succeed. Through independent investigation, hands-on learning, and attainable goals, they can discover a love of learning and success that will follow them throughout their lives.
  • Hobbies: Ms. Stump enjoys curling up with a good book, drinking lots of iced coffee, and cheering on the Florida State Seminoles.
  • Fun facts: Ms. Stump was a safari driver at Disney's Animal Kingdom. She has also performed as Princess Belle at children's birthday parties.
  • Favorite place she has traveled: London, England

1st Grade Teaching Assistant - Valentina Reyes

  • Position: First Grade Teaching Assistant - Spanish Immersion
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BA in Elementary Education from Universidad Finis Terrae in Chile. 
  • Educational philosophy: Emotions are very important to teach and learn. Srta. Reyes believes in a good learning environment, and that everyone can say something or share ideas that will help in the learning process.  Everyone is important. 
  • Hobbies: Dancing, reading, and outdoor activities (camping, hiking, etc.)
  • Fun facts: Valentina loves animals and is a big fan of Disney. 
  • Favorite place she has traveled:  Chilean Patagonia

1st Grade Teaching Assistant - Cailin Whitsett

2nd Grade Teacher - Lisa Whittaker

  • Position: Second Grade Teacher - English
  • Email[email protected]
  • Background: BA in Education from Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts—Magna Cum Laude; MS in Child Development, Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Educational philosophy: The core of Mrs. Whittaker’s educational philosophy centers around the belief that each student is worthy of love and each child’s well-being matters. In her classroom, Mrs. Whittaker sees it as her job to discover what is special about each child; then she works with her students to bring out the best in them. Each child’s individuality needs to be honored, nurtured and cherished. As an educator, Mrs. Whittaker earnestly tries to bring joy, excitement, and positive energy into her classroom on a consistent basis. Her educational toolbox is ever evolving because she wants to keep learning fresh and productive for herself and her students.
  • Hobbies: Lisa is an avid gardener, an e-Bay seller, loves to travel, cook, and craft.  She does yoga and exercises and has found a new hobby in scuba diving. 
  • Fun facts: Lisa has been to all 50 states, and lived in Cape Cod, MA for over 20 years. 
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Big Sky, Montana, the Pacific Northwest in the summer, and the mountains of New England in the autumn. 

2nd Grade Teacher - Monica AzaƱedo

  • Position: Second Grade Teacher - Spanish Immersion
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: Bachelor degree in education from Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University. Masters in Education from Universidad Femenina del Sagrada Corazon.  15+ years of teaching experience in pre-school and elementary. 
  • Educational philosophy:  Srta. Azañedo believes every student is unique and has their own process of learning.  Educational methodologies should be designed considering the different needs of the group. Teaching respect helps create a peaceful environment and establishes the basis for a successful learning process.
  • Hobbies: Monica enjoys going to the beach, reading, going to the movies and spending time with friends. 
  • Fun fact:  Monica likes to watch movies about superheroes. 
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Cusco in the highland region of her country, Peru, because of its beauty and landscapes. 

2nd Grade Teaching Assistant - Sonya Thurman

  • Position: Second Grade Teaching Assistant
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: Attended Greensboro College, Bowie State University, and Shenandoah University- Bowie State.  Special Education Teacher (Pre-kindergarten through Fifth-Grade), Pre-School Teacher, and Library Assistant
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Thurman believes that all students are unique learners who need a stimulating atmosphere. She also feels that teachers should always be motivating their students to want to learn more. Students should also feel safe to respond during class.
  • Hobbies: Outside of school, Sonya cultivates her passion for creativity by reading and baking. Most importantly, she loves spending time with her family.
  • Fun facts: Mrs. Thurman is continually searching for pieces of Gone with the Wind memorabilia to add to her ever-growing collection.
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Key West, Florida, and Coronado, California 

3rd Grade Teacher - Tiffany Morris

  • Position: Third Grade Teacher - Language Arts
  • Email[email protected]
  • Background: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Middle Grades Language Arts, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  • Educational philosophy: By expanding learning experiences beyond the classroom, Mrs. Morris enjoys planting seeds of learning.  Each day, she models reading strategies, and fosters a love of reading, through read alouds and shared reading activities. She believes that all students will thrive in an enriching environment where integrity, respect, honesty, and cooperation are evident.  "Seeds" will prosper, and become lifelong learners, when encouraged to share their talents with peers, while learning that mistakes are evidence of effort.  "I will plant my seeds in the rich soils of love, enthusiasm, and creativity, while providing the foundational skills to encourage educational growth!" 
  • Hobbies: Tiffany loves spending time with her children, ballroom dancing with her husband, visiting local plays, water sports, reading, watching classic musicals, and decorating.
  • Fun facts: In high school and college, Tiffany was a cast member in "Worthy is the Lamb," an outdoor drama on the Crystal Coast. She has a Goldendoodle named Sailor.  Tiffany met her husband while in college.  
  • Favorite place she has traveled: New York City, New York - Broadway, of course!

3rd Grade Teacher - Cindy Williams

  • Position: Third Grade Teacher - Math, Science, Social Studies
  • Email[email protected]
  • Background: Bachelor of Arts in Education, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill.  Twenty-seven years of experience in Elementary Education, mostly in Craven County Schools, teaching all grade levels. Served as a mentor teacher for several years and for the last three years before retiring from NC Public Schools, Mrs. Williams has been a STEM Lab Facilitator.
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Williams believes that all children can learn and achieve given the right environment and encouragement that makes them feel that they can take risks and that their opinions are valued.
  • Hobbies: Cindy loves to play golf, exercise, and spend time on the water. 
  • Fun facts: Cindy was on the flag team at UNC-CH, loves Cape Lookout, Went to Harris Teeter one Sunday to buy supper, but came back with a puppy. 
  • Favorite place she has traveled: London, Canterbury, and Dover, England and Eleuthera, Bahamas 

4th Grade Teacher - Kimberly Kelly

  • Position: Fourth Grade Teacher - Math & Science
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics from East Carolina University; Certification in Special Education
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Kelly’s educational philosophy of teaching is to teach and challenge her students in a caring and organized classroom that makes them think.  Students learn in different ways, so her goal is to incorporate as many styles daily, with whole group instruction, cooperative learning groups, and project-based learning. 
  • Hobbies: Kim likes home projects, reading, and spending time with her family. 
  • Fun fact: To her surprise, Kim once let her kids get a rat as a pet--they named him Patches! She collects crosses and angels.  
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Bahamas

4th Grade Teacher - Laura Smith

  • Position: Fourth Grade Teacher - Language Arts
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Education: BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MS in Early Childhood Education from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Smith believes that children learn best in a supportive, peaceful and structured environment. 
  • Hobbies: Laura loves reading, gardening, cooking, and boating.
  • Fun facts: Laura has been bitten by a snake. She’s also climbed the tallest mountain, sand dune, and lighthouse on the East Coast all in one summer. Can you name the state with all three? (Hint: it’s ours!)
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Paris

5th Grade Teacher - Mark Krcmar

  • Position: Fifth Grade Teacher - Math & Science
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Education: BS in Social and Behavioral Science from Penn State University; Master’s in Education from Arcadia University
  • Educational philosophy: Mr. Krcmar believes that all children can learn if teachers are willing to meet them at their level and help them move forward from there. According to Mr. Krcmar, to educate children is to build the pyramid of their lives; they cannot reach the pinnacle without a strong base.
  • Hobbies: Mark loves the outdoors. When not teaching, he can be found boating, fishing, canoeing, camping, traveling, or cooking international food.
  • Fun facts: Mark retraced a portion of the Lewis and Clark expedition for ten days by canoe. He also collects international and regional cookbooks, and he has collected and read—from cover to cover—nearly 100 of them.
  • Favorite place he has traveled:  A tour of Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam that he took a couple summers ago with a group of educators from all over the US.

5th Grade Teacher - Diane Stewart

  • Position: Fifth Grade Teacher - Language Arts
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BS in Education (Reading Specialist) from Texas Tech University.  AIG Certified. Taught in Texas, Utah, NC, homeschooled in Mexico, subbed and tutored in Germany. 
  • Educational Philosophy: When you respect your kids, recognize their talents and unique qualities, they feel safe, loved, and eager to listen to what you have to say.  Keep expectations high but surround them with tools and encouragement to succeed. 
  • Hobbies: Puzzles, travel, museums, outdoor activities
  • Fun Facts:  Diane found out that her oldest son may be related to his stepfather (her husband) through their grandmother's lineage. 
  • Favorite Place She has Traveled: Salzburg, Austria; Etretat, France; Victoria, Canada; and Dublin, Ireland

3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Spanish - Carolina Bautista

  • Position: Grades 3-5 Spanish Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BA in Preschool Education from Universidad Monserrate in Colombia.  Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Greensboro College, NC. 
  • Educational philosophy: As a second language learner and teacher, Srta. Bautista believes that all students can learn at their own pace.  As a facilitator of the learning, she provides meaningful activities to use the language in context. 
  • Hobbies: Carolina loves to read, travel, have coffee with friends, and go to the beach.
  • Fun facts: Even though she doesn't like cooking, Carolina has dreamed of going to Paris to take cooking classes.
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Puerto Rico: it has beautiful beaches, good food, and amazing people. 

3rd & 4th Grade Spanish - Priscilla Huber

Music & Spanish - Miguel Delima

  • Position: Lower School Music & Spanish Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: Graduated as a music educator from the Universidad Pedagógica Experimental Libertador in Venezuela, and taught music for two years prior to coming to the US.
  • Educational philosophy:  A combination of different methodologies from Carl Orff, Zoltan Kodaly, and Edgar Willems. Señor Delima likes to integrate and apply them through the body, movements, dance, body percussion, songs, and games, as well as integrating spoken words to music to help learners internalize the different elements of music. 
  • Hobbies: Listening to music, playing musical instruments, movies, soccer, biking, coffee, beach, nature
  • Fun facts: Miguel has a paternal twin brother, he can juggle, and he can make funny noises with his mouth. 
  • Favorite place he has traveled: The Outer Banks and The Native American Museum in Washington, D.C. 

Physical Education - Addrian Rhodes

  • Position: Lower School Physical Education
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: Appalachian State University; BS: Recreation Management concentrating in Outdoor Education, Minor: Psychology. Pursuing a degree in M.A.Ed. concentrating in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
  • Educational philosophy: Mr. Rhodes' goal is to create an environment for all students to explore different types of recreational activities, games, and sports they see throughout the world.  In a non-competitive environment, students will have the opportunity to develop new skills, try different equipment, work on collaboration through group games, and play together in a safe, fun learning atmosphere.  
  • Fun facts: Addrian has been Ocean Racing sailboats with a former America's Cup Skipper. He has also played tennis with Billy Jean King and has met Andre Agassi.  
  • Favorite place he has traveled: Sydnee, Australia

Technology & Spanish - Cristobal Heiss

  • Position: Lower School Technology Instructor & Spanish Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: Majored in Journalism and Philosophy at Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Educational philosophy: Señor Heiss believes students should have a growth mindset, embrace the struggle of difficult topics and enjoy the process.
  • Hobbies: Computer programming, martial arts, and hiking.
  • Fun facts:  Cristobal speaks German and is an Iron Chef (in his imagination). 
  • Favorite place he has traveled: Luang Prabang, Laos

Visual Arts - Christy Casciello

  • Position: Lower School Visual Arts Teacher 
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Background: BFA, Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Educational philosophy: Ms. Casciello is committed to improving students' ability, appreciation, confidence, creativity, and motivation through the arts.  She is invested in guiding students through the creative process and celebrating their masterpieces. 
  • Hobbies: Yoga, paddle boarding, spending time with friends, and of course ART!
  • Fun facts: While in college Christy drove a 600 passenger 290-ton ferry boat at Disney World, and she is good at minor electrical and plumbing!
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Germany

Learning Services - Leigh Healy

  • Position: Lower School Learning Services
  • Email[email protected]epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Background: BA in Elementary Education from Wake Forest University; MA in Reading Education from Appalachian State University; Academically/Intellectually Gifted Certification from East Carolina University
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Healy creates a community of learners and gives each student a voice. Her ultimate goal is for students to apply the concepts presented in the classroom and become independent thinkers. She hopes to instill a lifelong love of reading and reads aloud to her students every day!
  • Hobbies: Mrs. Healy enjoys cooking and reading a good book. She adores her dog, Deac, and spending time with her family on the river.
  • Fun facts: Mrs. Healy once did some hang gliding over the Alps.
  • Favorite place she has traveled:  Venice, Italy and Victoria, Canada