About Epiphany

Lower School Faculty

Kindergarten Teacher - Adriann Crowe

  • Position: Kindergarten Teacher - English
  • Email: [email protected]
  • 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 - Melina Lopez

  • Position: Kindergarten Teacher - Spanish Immersion
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Señora Lopez believes that every child is smart and amazing.  As a teacher, she believes that her role is to guide the students to be the best versions of themselves.  Her other responsibility is to create a calm and nurturing environment where each student can feel loved, comfortable, and happy. 
  • Hobbies: Riding bikes, reading, going to the beach, and traveling. 
  • Fun facts: Melina loves animals, and she has been a vegetarian for 16 years.  She's also been skydiving! 
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Israel, and Ushuaia in Argentina.

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant - Nohora Cepeda

  • Position: Kindergarten Teacher - Spanish Immersion
  • Email: [email protected] 
  • Educational Philosophy: Señora Cepeda believes that every student has the ability to learn and should be treated with dignity and respect. 
  • Hobbies: Nohora enjoys reading the Bible, traveling, and collecting decorative dishes. 
  • Fun Fact: She loves skating, but the conventional skates, not in-line skates. 
  • Favorite Place She has Traveled: Aruba.  It is a charming island full of warm people, but what she admires most is that the natives of Aruba can speak 5 languages: their Papiamento, Dutch, English, Spanish, and Italian. 

Kindergarten Teaching Assistant - Tammi Newton

  • Position: Kindergarten Teaching Assistant - English
  • Email: [email protected]
  • 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

1st Grade Teacher - Paola Forigua

  • Position: 1st Grade Teacher - Spanish Immersion
  • Email: pforigua@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • 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 - Calah Ronzheimer

  • Position: First Grade Teacher - English
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Ronzheimer seeks to establish a classroom community where all students feel valued and are able to express themselves in their own unique ways. She strives to provide a positive classroom environment where students feel safe and can enjoy the learning process.  
  • Hobbies: Calah loves playing games with friends and family. She absolutely loves scuba diving!  
  • Fun facts: She has lived more than 33 years of her life in Asia (Malaysia, South Korea, Philippines, and Laos). 
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Palawan Island, Philippines - the water was gorgeous!

1st Grade Teaching Assistant - Liliana Campos

  • Position: First Grade Teaching Assistant - Spanish Immersion
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Señora Campos believes in the abilities and capacities of children to develop their skills in the areas of cognitive development, social-emotional development, and language development, but she is also convinced they are developing them at their own pace or by situations that life presents to them.  Therefore, we must personalize their learning. 
  • Hobbies: Liliana loves to walk, listen to music, read, dance, and travel. 
  • Fun fact: Liliana says that living here in the US was a great opportunity for her daughters to practice the English that they studied for nine years, and now she is studying English and teaching Spanish. 
  • Favorite place she has traveled:  Aruba

1st Grade Teaching Assistant - Cailin Whitsett

  • Position: First Grade Teaching Assistant - English
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Whitsett strives to engage, challenge, and inspire growth in each student.  It is her belief that each child can grow his/her brain through hard work and perseverance.  Her focus is on building a safe, fun, and comfortable classroom community where all students feel valued.  Her students know that mistakes help us grow!  Mrs. Whitsett is looking forward to honing these skills while working on her Master's in Education.
  • Hobbies: Cailin loves to run, play tennis, visit the mountains, and spend time with her family and friends.  
  • Fun fact: Cailin has run 7 marathons!
  • Favorite place she has traveled: The NC mountains and Cabo.

2nd Grade Teacher - Vanessa Soto

  • Position: Second Grade Spanish Teacher - Spanish Immersion
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational Philosophy: Señora Soto believes every student is smart and creative and that they each learn at their own pace with guidance.  She also believes the class environment needs to be a safe space where the children feel loved and free to make mistakes and learn from them. 
  • Hobbies: Reading, watching tv, scrapbooking, swimming, and traveling. 
  • Fun Facts: Vanessa has taught Spanish to native and foreign students.  She has also taught elementary, middle school, upper school, and college students. 
  • Favorite Place She Has Traveled: Spain and the Pacific and Caribbean beaches of Costa Rica. 

2nd Grade Teacher - Lisa Whittaker

  • Position: Second Grade Teacher - English
  • Email[email protected]
  • 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 Teaching Assistant - Maria Villalobos

  • Position: Second Grade Teaching Assistant - Spanish Immersion
  • Email: [email protected]  
  • Educational philosophy: Señorita Villalobos believes that learning a different language is very important, especially at the early stages of education, because it opens doors to a lot of opportunities. Every student is smart and has all the abilities to learn new things every day; it's very important to keep them motivated and to let them express themselves.
  • Hobbies: Going to the beach, traveling, spending time with friends and family.
  • Fun facts: Maria used to teach English in Venezuela. She is scared of heights but loves roller coasters.
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Isla de Margarita, Venezuela; Aruba; and Cancun, Mexico.

2nd Grade Teaching Assistant - David Carroll

3rd & 4th Grade Teacher - Lynn Gaskins

  • Position: Third and Fourth Grade Teacher - Reading
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Gaskins believes every student can succeed when given strategies for learning.
  • Hobbies: Lynn enjoys golf and cooking.
  • Fun facts: Lynn lives in the same house she grew up in.  She's taught several students who went on to play in the NFL.  She once won a wome's racquetball tournament. 
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Canada

3rd & 4th Grade Teacher - Kimberly Kelly

  • Position: Third and Fourth Grade Teacher - Math 
  • Email: [email protected]
  • 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

3rd & 4th Grade Teacher - Laura Smith

  • Position: Third and Fourth Grade Teacher - Writing
  • Email: [email protected]
  • 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

3rd & 4th Grade Teacher - Cindy Williams

  • Position: Third and Fourth Grade Teacher - Science, Social Studies
  • Email[email protected]
  • 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 

5th Grade Teacher - Mark Krcmar

  • Position: Fifth Grade Teacher - Math & Science
  • Email: [email protected]
  • 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]
  • 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 - Wendy Plata

  • Position: Third Grade Spanish and Fourth Grade Spanish Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Señora Plata believes in life, you have a lot of ups and downs, and many times you may have things taken away. She tells children and young people that your education is the one thing in your life that no one can take away. She believes a teacher should be instrumental to each student that enters the classroom; that the students know that they will be treated with kindness, they are important, they are respected, they are wonderful, they are intelligent, they are brave, they are cared for, they are understood, they are super, and they are part of your heart, "you are my STUDENT!"
  • Hobbies: Wendy loves to cook.  She enjoys a good book, reading the Bible, and listening to music.  
  • Fun Facts: Wendy speaks French (conversationally).  She once ran into Chief of Staff Colin Powell and Ringo Starr of the Beatles.  Her real name is Fredeswinda. 
  • Favorite place she has traveled: The Grand Canyon -- God's handiwork to perfection!

3rd & 4th Grade Spanish Teacher - Kayla Corona

  • Position: 3rd and 4th Grade Spanish Teacher
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: All students are capable of learning and have a right to an equitable, excellent education. This requires a wide-variety of teaching approaches. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. Keeping Maslow's hierarchy of needs in mind, students need to feel secure physically and emotionally before quality learning can occur. Students should be exposed to real-world examples and current events, so what is taught in theory can be more readily applied in practice.
  • Hobbies: Running, reading, stained-glass art, and traveling with my family
  • Fun facts: Kayla has surfed off the coast of Ireland. She's worked on a cactus farm in Mexico. Her favorite Spanish words are "arcoíris" (rainbow) and "pantuflas." (slippers)
  • Favorite place she has traveled: Kayla went hiking in the Cloud Forest of Ecuador and it was beautiful! So much lush greenery, and she even fed a hummingbird right from her finger!

K, 1st, & 2nd Grade Art - Lissette Corona

3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Art - Julie Larick

Music - Miguel Delima

  • Position: Lower School Music 
  • Email: [email protected]
  • 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]
  • 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: Sydney, Australia

Technology - Bobbi Jo Kelly

  • Position: Lower School Technology Instructor & Infrastructure Specialist 
  • Email: [email protected]

Coordinator of the Arts - Dare Oliver

  • Position: Coordinator of the Arts
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Educational philosophy: Never stop learning! Dare continues to jump into lessons to learn new skills and hobbies. Most recently, she started a class in watercolors, and she helped start an all-female a cappella group. A lifetime is not long enough to explore everything that interests you so don’t waste a minute!
  • Hobbies: Singing and performing with friends and family, knitting, photography
  • Fun facts: Dare married her high school sweetheart, and they performed bluegrass music with their kids throughout Eastern NC for six years. She now sings for an a cappella group and a stringband. The arts are so important in the Oliver house. Dare has a daughter pursuing an animation degree at Savannah College of Art and Design and a daughter working toward a BFA in acting in NYC. Her youngest is a student at The Epiphany School.
  • Favorite place she has traveled:  Greece (the prettiest) and Ireland (best music)

Learning Services - Leigh Healy

  • Position: Lower School Learning Services
  • Email[email protected]
  • 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