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Leigh Healy - 3rd Grade Teacher

Leigh Healy

  • Position: 3rd Grade Language Arts and Literature Teacher
  • Email: lhealy@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Education: BA in Elementary Education from Wake Forest University; MA in Reading Education from Appalachian State University; Academically/Intellectually Gifted Certification from East Carolina University
  • Background: Over five years of experience teaching 2nd through 5th grade.
  • Preferred methods of teaching:
    • Demonstrator/Modeler
    • Facilitator
    • Hands-On Learning
    • Provide Personal Feedback
    • Class Presentations
    • Group Work
  • Learning styles: Mrs. Healy presents the content of her lesson plans in a variety of ways ranging from reading and discussion to video. She teaches project-based learning alongside hands-on, technology-based lessons. She encourages her students to engage and respond to the texts and information of the class in a variety of creative ways.
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Healy strives to create a community of learners while also giving each student a voice. Her ultimate goal is for students to apply the concepts and ideas presented in the classroom to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners.
  • Hobbies: Mrs. Healy enjoys cooking and reading a good book, but will also drop everything to go for a run or spend time on the river with her family.
  • Fun facts: Even though she is far from the mountains now, Mrs. Healy once did some hang gliding over the Alps.

Laura Austin - 3rd Grade Teacher

Laura Austin

  • Position: 3rd Grade Math, Science, & Social Studies
  • Email: laustin@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Holds a BS in Elementary Education from Miami University
  • Several years of classroom experience including teaching, substituting and involvement in her children's schools across the globe
  • Great rapport and sense of humor with students and families
  • Passionate about instructional technology integration

Kimberly Kelly - 4th Grade Teacher

Kimberly Kelly

  • Position: 4th Grade Math & Science
  • Email: kkelly@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Education: BS in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mathematics from East Carolina University; Certification in Special Education
  • Honors: Graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University; Teacher of the Year at H. B. Sugg Elementary, Farmville, North Carolina, in 1998; Nominated Teacher of the Year for Craven County 2005
  • Background: Special Education Teacher for five years; Fourth-Grade Teacher for seven years; Pre-K teacher for five years
  • Preferred methods of teaching:
    • Demonstration
    • Collaboration
    • Facilitation
    • Plentiful Personal Feedback
    • Hands-On Learning
    • Group Work
    • Class Presentations
    • Primarily Visually Focused
  • Learning styles: Mrs. Kelly incorporates different learning styles by using a variety of teaching methods, using as much visual, auditory, tactile, and movement exercises as possible to connect her students to a subject. Through informal and formal assessments, Mrs. Kelly adjusts her teaching to make sure that students are learning the material.
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Kelly’s educational philosophy of teaching is to teach in a caring, family-style way in an organized classroom where the students are working toward academic goals. She believes that working in groups during the learning process is very important to better prepare students to be able to work with others.
  • Cocurricular involvement: Global Club: Games around the World and Science Olympiad
  • Hobbies: Mrs. Kelly loves reading, being active in her church, and spending time with her family.
  • Fun fact: To her surprise, Mrs. Kelly once let her kids get a rat as a pet!

Laura Smith - 4th Grade Teacher

Laura Smith

  • Position: 4th Grade Reading, Language Arts, & Social Studies
  • Email: lsmith@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Education: BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; MS in Early Childhood Education from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Background: Mrs. Smith has taught kindergarten and first and fourth grades in public schools, as well as preschool ages birth through Pre-K
  • Preferred methods of teaching:
    • Lecture Based
    • Demonstration and Modeling
    • Delegation
    • Facilitation
    • Plentiful Personal Feedback
    • Hands-On Learning
    • Group Work
    • Class Presentations
    • Balances Audio, Visual, and Kinesthetic Lessons
  • Learning styles: Mrs. Smith presents information in auditory, visual, and kinesthetic models. She structures lessons and lesson plans so that students incorporate all three modes of learning and cognitive skills.
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Smith believes that children learn best by doing; thus she promotes a great deal of active learning in her classrooms. Mrs. Smith is a self-described Piagetian Constructivist.
  • Cocurricular involvement: Outdoor Science Club Advisor
  • Hobbies: Mrs. Smith enjoys doing sign language, word puzzles, and math problems. She also loves to read, garden, and cook.
  • Fun facts: Mrs. Smith 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!)

Mark Krcmar - 5th Grade Teacher

Mark Krcmar

  • Position: 5th Grade Math & Science
  • Email: mkrcmar@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Education: BS in Social and Behavioral Science from Penn State University; Master’s in Education from Arcadia University
  • Honors: Master’s in Education with Honors, Kenan Fellowship finalist, HCAT Lewis and Clark Expedition Awardee
  • Background: District Special Education Liaison at Craven County Schools, NC; Math and Science Teacher and Special Education Teacher at Craven County Schools, NC
  • Preferred methods of teaching:
    • Socratic Method
    • Demonstration and Modeling
    • Facilitation
    • Hands-On Learning
    • Group Work
    • Cooperative Learning
    • Lab Experiments and Activities
    • Math Games and Activities
  • Learning styles: Mr. Krcmar incorporates a variety of different learning styles into his classroom by using a cooperative group structure. He tries to use hands-on learning whenever possible through lab experiments as well as math and science activities and games.
  • 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.
  • Cocurricular involvement: Elementary School Science Olympiad Coach
  • Hobbies: Mr. Krcmar loves the outdoors. When not teaching, he can be found boating, fishing, canoeing, camping, traveling, or cooking international food.
  • Fun facts: Mr. Krcmar 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.

Heather French - 5th Grade Teacher

Heather French

  • Position: 5th Grade Reading, Language Arts, & Social Studies
  • Email: hfrench@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Holds a BA in English from Birmingham Southern College
  • Holds a MS in English Education from Florida State University
  • Holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership; Gifted Education; Educational Technology from College of William & Mary
  • Board certified behavioral analyst
  • Classroom experience teaching middle grades English
  • Published several novel study guides

Joe Olivieri - Music

Joe Olivieri

  • Position: Music 3, Music 4, Music 5, Choral Music 6
  • Email: jolivieri@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Education: BA in Music Education from the University of Northern Colorado, Fort Collins, Colorado. MA in Music Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
  • Honors: Listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; chosen to conduct Colorado High School All-State String Orchestra; presented with a resolution from the Craven County Board of Commissioners
  • Background: Prior to moving to New Bern, Mr. Olivieri was a public school music educator in Colorado for thirty years: 4–12 instrumental music for two years, 9–12 instrumental music for twenty-one years, fifth-grade music for seven years.
  • Preferred methods of teaching:
    • Lecture Based
    • Demonstration and Modeling
    • Collaboration
    • Facilitation
    • Plentiful Personal Feedback
    • Hands-On Learning
    • Group Work
    • Class Presentations
    • Audio Focused
    • Visually Focused
  • Learning styles: Mr. Olivieri teaches concepts in several different ways to ensure that children have different opportunities to understand the material. Audio and visual focuses have equal importance in Mr. Olivieri’s class presentations.
  • Educational philosophy: Mr. Olivieri has an overarching educational view: he does not “teach music,” but rather he teaches children through music.
  • Cocurricular involvement: Water-Rocket Club Advisor in the Elementary School
  • Hobbies: Mr. Olivieri enjoys working on automobiles, playing trumpet in various groups, and working in his yard.
  • Fun facts: In 2009, Mr. Olivieri and his wife relocated to New Bern from Colorado. He currently conducts the Craven Community Concert Band and the New Bern Civic Strings.

Addrian Rhodes - Physical Education

Addrain Rhodes

  • Position: Lower School Physical Education
  • Email: addrianrhodes@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Enrolled in M.A.Ed. program concentrating in Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Holds a B.S. in Recreation Management with a concentration in Outdoor Experiential Education
  • Former Assistant Tennis Professional at New Bern Golf and Country Club
  • Former Team Member at Camp Seafarer and Camp Seagull

Jodi Tomboulian - Art

Jodi Tomboulian

  • Position: Visual Arts Instructor, Elementary School: Art 3, Art 4, Visual Arts 5
  • Email: jtomboulian@epiphanyglobalschool.org
  • Education: BS in Math and Art Education from Western Carolina University; NC Licensed in: Art for K–12, Mathematics for 6–12, and Social Studies for 6–9.
  • Honors: Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society; Art Chairperson at Piedmont Open Middle; Math Chairperson at Piedmont Open Middle; 2003 Finalist for the World Affairs Council of Charlotte Scholar Program; Duke Energy Outstanding Educator Award; Charlotte Hornets Educator Recognition Award; Wachovia Ben Craig Outstanding Educator Award; Arts and Science Council Outstanding Leadership Award
  • Background: Mrs. Tomboulian has been teaching since 1980. She has taught Visual Arts, Language Arts, Mathematics, Computer Programming, Social Studies, Self-Contained Classrooms, and After-School Enrichment.
  • Preferred methods of teaching:
    • Lecture Based
    • Demonstration and Modeling
    • Facilitation
    • Plentiful Personal Feedback
    • Hands-On Learning
    • Primarily Visually Focused
  • Learning styles: To address students’ varied learning styles in her classroom, Mrs. Tomboulian varies the delivery of the instructional material. She utilizes lectures, teacher demonstrations, handouts, YouTube videos, slideshows, white boards, and SMART Boards. She also facilitates class discussions. She encourages note taking and labeling of diagrams, and she always loves a good question.
  • Educational philosophy: Mrs. Tomboulian believes that the learning atmosphere of a classroom should be creative. She tries to foster a safe space where students can learn from their mistakes and grow spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually. She strives to help instill the joy of learning in her students, so that students become lifelong learners who seek to find beauty in the world. Mrs. Tomboulian models an enthusiastic attitude, a genuine interest in learning new things, and a continuous desire to address the needs of her students.
  • Cocurricular involvement: Elementary School and Upper School Art Club Advisor, National Art Honor Society Advisor
  • Hobbies: Mrs. Tomboulian loves arts and crafts, Chinese culture and arts, and Chinese Chess. She is a member of the Twin Rivers Art Association (TRAA) and actively participates in church and missions.
  • Fun facts: Mrs. Tomboulian has petted a panda bear in Chengdu, has seen the Terracotta Soldiers in Xian, and has flown over an active volcano in Hawaii. She was also a former foster parent to eight teenage girls—one of whom she formally adopted and three others whom she unofficially adopted.

Carolina Bautista - Grades 3-5 Spanish Teacher

Carolina Bautista

  • The Epiphany School of Global Studies    |   Uncovering Gifts for the Journey
  • 2301 Trent Road, New Bern, NC 28562
  • 2201 Henderson Ave, New Bern, NC 28560
  • Phone (252) 638-0122 
  • Fax (252) 288-5464 - Trent 
  • Fax (252) 288-5723 - Henderson
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