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Joanne Brinkley | e-mail

Joanne Brinkley has been teaching at CFCI, in the K-1 loop, since it opened in 2000. She is a founding teacher. Before that, she taught first grade in Wilmington for four years and Reading Recovery/Reading in Duplin County for four years. She has a masters degree in Reading Education.

Joanne came to CFCI because she was excited about the opportunity to begin a charter school that focused on inquiry and creating a community of learners among students, parents, and faculty. She served on the CFCI Board of Directors from 2002-2008.

Joanne and her husband, Brian, have a seven year old daughter who will begin 2nd grade in the fall at CFCI. Joanne is looking forward to continuing to move CFCI forward and to making it a great place for learning for everyone!

Beth Carter | e-mail

Beth Warren Carter will be teaching kindergarten in 2011-1012…her 12th year at CFCI. She graduated from Ga. Southern University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and from UNC-CH with a Master’s degree in reading.

Beth enjoys gardening, walking, reading, and traveling, and has a real passion for outdoor education. She hopes to work with other teachers, parents and students to make CFCI’s new campus full of outdoor learning spaces.

Ms. Carter has two daughters – one a junior at NC State, and the other pursuing a Master’s degree at VU in Amsterdam.

Samantha DePrisco | e-mail

Samantha DePrisco is a native of Waverly, Virginia. She graduated in 2001 from Randolph-Macon College with a degree in Sociology and Studio Art. Following graduation she joined an Americorps program with the American Red Cross assisting in disaster relief and recovery. The following year she joined Teach for America and taught in Baltimore for four years. While in Baltimore she earned her Master's degree from Johns Hopkins University.

This is her second year teaching at CFCI in the K/1 loop and could not be happier! In her free time she enjoys reading, kayaking, music and traveling.

René Lemons | e-mail

Kindergarten/1st grade teacher Rene has many connections to CFCI. She is one of the co-founders of the school, a CFCI Board member, and the mother two children who attended the school.

She received her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from UNC Greensboro and her M.Ed. in Elementary Education from UNC Wilmington. Rene has many years teaching experience in kindergarten and first grade, and has also had special training in math education through the North Carolina TEAM (Teaching Excellence and Mathematics) Project. She has presented many workshops across the state, and has been a part-time lecturer at UNCW. She recently participated in a statewide professional leadership project, the Power of Kindergarten. She is National Board Certified.

In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, drawing, reading and watching birds. Rene especially enjoys sharing and nurturing her students’ sense of wonder.