Staff Directory

Administration

Humphrey, Tommy

Principal

Website | Email | george_humphrey@pender.k12.nc.us

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Jordan, Tasheka

Assistant Principal

Email | tasheka_jordan@pender.k12.nc.us

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Office Staff

Blake, Connie

Data Manager

Email | blake_connie@pender.k12.nc.us

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Brice, Vivian

Bookkeeper

Email | brice_vivian@pender.k12.nc.us

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Bain, Jessica, RN

School Nurse

Email | jessica_bain@pender.k12.nc.us

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Teachers

Kindergarten

Hendrickson, Kathy

Kindergarten

Website | Email | kathy_hendrickson@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Hendrickson graduated from UNCW with a B.A. in Elementary Education and from Pitt Community College with an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught 1st grade in Duplin County for 10 years. This is Mrs. Hendrickson's third year teaching kindergarten at Penderlea and her goal is to foster her stuents' love of school that will help them become lifelong learners.

Treto, Jennie

Kindergarten

Website | Email | jennie_treto@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Mrs. Treto graduated with her B.A. in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Gannon University in 2006 and moved to North Carolina to begin her teaching career. In 2013, she received her Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She enjoys watching her little learners grow and learn throughout the year.


Umphress, Ashley

Kindergarten

Website | Email | ashley_umphress@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Umphress is a Pender County native and she attended Pender County Schools for Kindergarten-12th grade. She is a 2009 Teaching Fellow graduate of East Carolina University and she also has her certificate in ESL. (teaching English to speakers of other languages) Helping children grow into their full potential as a student and as a young citizen of our community is her passion!

1st Grade

Coleman, Brittanie

1st Grade

Website | Email | brittanie_coleman@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Brittanie Coleman earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University in 2004. She has experience serving as a Title 1 reading interventionist, kindergarten and first grade teacher in our school system.

Fedoronko, Jennifer

1st Grade

Website | Email | jennifer_fedoronko@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Fedoronko graduated from UNCG in 1998. She attended Pender County schools for grades 7-12. After graduation she taught in Randolph County for 4 years. Once she moved home she taught in Duplin County for 11 years. In 2014-2015 school year she entered the PLE family and has taught 1st and 3rd grade.

Goode, Brittany

1st Grade

Website | Email | brittany_goode@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Ms. Goode is a Massachusetts native and moved to North Carolina to attend UNCW. She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education in 2013. She loves teaching and is proud to be a part of the Pederlea family.

2nd Grade

Benson, Taylor

2nd Grade

Website | Email | taylor_benson@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Benson started teaching in 2013 after graduating from East Carolina University with a degree in Elementary Education. In 2016, Mrs. Benson received her Masters Degree from ECU in Reading Education with an Academically and Intellectually Gifted add-on license.

Fowler, Joanna

2nd Grade

Website | Email | joanna_fowler@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Ms. Fowler has a Bachelor Degree in Education from Walsh University in her home state of Ohio. She has been teaching at Penderlea for the past 16 years. She began teaching 7th grade Language Arts here, then moved to 4th grade, and now she is teaching 2nd grade.

Lanier, Kelly

2nd Grade

Website | Email | kelly_lanier@pender.k12.nc.us

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3rd Grade

Giarrusso, Kelly

3rd Grade

Website | Email | kelly_giarrusso@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Giarrusso received a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from State University of New York at Oswego in 1997. Later, she attended UNC-Wilmington where she earned her Teacher Certification in Elementary Education. Mrs. Giarrusso has taught for over 15 years. Currently she is in her 5th year teaching at Penderlea where she has taught both 1st and 3rd grade.

Johnson, Beth

3rd Grade

Website | Email | beth_johnson@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Johnson graduated from UNCW with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. She started her teaching career in third grade at Penderlea in 1990 and is continuing on strong in her 29th year with the third graders she loves. Mrs. Johnson earned her National Board Certification in 2010. Mrs. Johnson is proud to be a part of such a fine community of dedicated professionals!

Regan, Kelly

3rd Grade

Website | Email | kelly_regan@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Ms. Regan has a BS in Journalism from Ohio University, and an MA in Journalism from UNC-CH. She earned her M. Ed from DePaul University in Chicago and began teaching in Chicago Public Schools. In 2006, she started teaching in Pender County and loves her Penderlea students!

4th Grade

Aluise, Jennifer

4th Grade

Website | Email | jennifer_aluise@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Ms. Aluise earned her teaching degree from UNCW in 2003. She has been teaching at Penderlea since 2007. In 2008, Ms. Aluise receieved National Board Certification in the area of Language and Literacy Learning.

Rupnik, Tara

4th Grade

Website | Email | tara_rupnik@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Rupnik started teaching at Penderlea in 2009 as an AIG coach. She transitioned into the regular education classroom the following year. Mrs. Rupnik has taught numerous grades and subjects at Penderlea. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from UNCW in 2007 and is also certified in Middle Grades Language Arts.

5th Grade

Anderson, Nichole

5th Grade

Website | Email | nichole_anderson@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Anderson is a graduate of Penderlea Elementary and of Pender High School. She continued her education at UNCW as a Teaching Fellow. She graduated in 2011 with a degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. She taught 5 years in Special Education at the high school and middle school level until deciding to come to Penderlea and teach 5th grade.

Carone, Susan

4th & 5th Grade

Website | Email | susan_carone@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Carone has taught elementary school for the past 22 years. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, and her teaching degree from UNC-W. She has a Master's Degree in Elementary Reading Education, is National Board Certified, and AIG certified. She is a native of Wallace.

Moore, Beth

5th Grade

Website | Email | elizabeth_moore@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Moore graduated from UNCW in 2007 and began teaching at Penderlea in July of 2007. Mrs. Moore has taught a variety of grades including first, second, fourth, and fifth. In 2017, Mrs. Moore received her Masters Degree in Gifted Education from UNC-Charlotte. Mrs. Moore enjoys spending time with her family and finds joy in watching children grow as learners.

Middle School

Finn, Paula

6th Grade Science

Website | Email | paula_finn@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Finn earned a BA from Belmont Abbey College in 2010 and a M. Ed. from Concordia University in 2017. She taught in Wilson County and has now been a math/science teacher at Penderlea for 2 years!

Gross, David

7th/8th Grade Social Studies

Website | Email | david_gross@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mr. David graduated from UNCW with B.A. in History. I grew up in Eastern NC and love the coastal outdoors. I have been teaching Social Studies at Penderlea since 2009.

Gurganus, Lisa

6th Grade Social Studies & Language Arts

Website | Email | lisa_gurganus@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Ms. Gurganus has been teaching at Penderlea for a total of 14 years. She has taught many different grade levels while at Penderlea, and is currently the 6th grade reading and social studies teacher. Ms. Gurganus has a BA in Psychology and while being a stay at home mom, returned to school to receive her teaching certification through UNCW.

Kessler, Cristy

7th/8th Grade Language Arts

Website | Email | cristy_kessler@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Kessler is a native of Pender County. She graduated from UNCW in 1993 with a B.A. in English. She started teaching at Penderlea in 2016.

Linke, Elaine

7th/8th Grade Science

Website | Email | elaine_link@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Linke is a transplant from Wisconsin. She graduated from Northern Michigan University with a BS in Biology. After raising her family she joined the teaching profession in 2008.

Swain, Carol

7th Grade Social Studies & Language Arts

Website | Email | carol_swain@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs Swain graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a B.A. in Behavioral Science, and she minored in Elementary Education. Mrs. Swain moved to North Carolina shortly after graduating. Mrs. Swain is currently a 7th grade ELA and social studies teacher at Penderlea.

Turpin, Lauren

7th/8th Grade Math

Website | Email | lauren_turpin@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Turpin graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and with a Masters Degree in Public Administration. She began teaching in Richmond County, NC in 2000 and Pender County in 2011. She enjoys spending time with her two girls and loves helping students reach their highest potential in becoming prepared for high school and beyond.

White, Samatha

7th Grade Math & Science

Website | Email | samantha_white@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. White graduated from UNCW in 2015 with a B.A. in Recreation Therapy. She started teaching for Pender County Schools in 2016 through the NC lateral entry program. Mrs. White is currently a 7th grade math and science teacher and loves to watch her students grow as learners.

Exceptional Children

Milam, Stefanie

Exceptional Children

Website | Email | stefanie_milam@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Ms Milam has been teaching Special Education since 2001, when she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is a native of Wilmington, NC and moved to Burgaw in 2005. She has a daughter and a son and loved spending time with family. She enjoys coming to work and collaborating with teachers to help all students reach their potential!

Miller, Melissa

Exceptional Children

Website | Email | melissa_miller@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Miller graduated from UNCW in December of 1996. She began working at Penderlea in August of 2012. Mrs. Miller loves to watch students begin to enjoy reading and improve their ability to read.

Velie, Mike

Exceptional Children

Website | Email | michael_velie@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mr. Mike graduated from Lee University in 2014. He started teaching in 2017 and is currently the K-3rd EC Teacher at Penderlea.

Specials

Dr. Chappell-Sharpe, Brenda

Media Coordinator

Website | Email | brenda_chappell-sharpe@pender.k12.nc.us

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Farrior, David

Music

Website | Email | david_farrior@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mr. Farrior graduated from Pender High School in 1988 and from ECU in 1992. Mr. Farrior is very happy to be teaching at Penderlea School!

Lloyd, Douglas

Art

Website | Email | douglas_lloyd@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mr. Lloyd has been the art teacher at Penderlea since 1998. He graduated from Messiah College in Pennsylvania in 1990. In 2004 he graduated from UNCW with a Masters in School Administration. but decided to stay in the classroom at Penderlea and teach the subject he loves, Art!

Oatman, Terrie

CTE/Business/Computer

Website | Email | terrie_oatman@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | I attended East Carolina University and Liberty University to receive my Masters of Education. I have been an educator since 2003. I have taught in the New Jersey Public School system, Craven County schools and Pender County schools. I am currently teaching CTE K-8 @ Penderlea Elementary. I love educating and empowering students with 21st Century skills to succeed.

Pittman, Ben

Physical Education

Website | Email | ben_pittman@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Ben Pittman received his teaching degree for UNCW in 1989. He has been teaching at Penderlea for 30 years.

Student Services

Burdette, Lisa

Counselor

Website | Email | lisa_burdette@pender.k12.nc.us

Info |Mrs. Burdette started at Penderlea School right out of graduate school in July 1995. She has a B.S. in Physical Education (1992) and a M.A. in Counseling (1995) from West Virginia University. Although Mrs. Burdette is from WV she loves her Penderlea community!

Cartrette, Megan

Speech

Email | megan_cartrette@pender.k12.nc.us

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Cartwright, Katherine

AIG (6-8)

Email | katherine_cartwright@pender.k12.nc.us

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Mintz, Donna

Title 1 Lead Teacher

Website | Email | donna_mintz@pender.k12.nc.us

Info | Mrs. Mintz graduated from UNCW in 1996 and began teaching at Penderlea School. She has a BA in Elementary Education and Middle Grades Language Arts in grades 6-9. She has taught several different grade levels, but is currently the Reading and Math Title 1 Interventionist. Penderlea School has become a part of her heart and she has an extreme passion to see every child succeed.

Strong, Mary

AIG (K-5)

Email | mary_strong@pender.k12.nc.us

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