Ms. Hogan is originally from Lynchburg, Virginia. In 2003, Ms. Hogan completed her Masters in Education in Educational Leadership and School Administration from The Citadel. In 2005, she became Assistant Principal of West Brunswick High School.
Last year, Ms. Hogan taught 3rd Grade at Charter Day School in Leland, NC. She is so excited to have the opportunity to work at WSA this year with such a talented group of educators and artists and to work for a school that combines her two passions-education and the arts.
KAITLIN BADENSchool Administrator
Kaitlin received her undergraduate degrees in Music and Theatre Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill, and then continued on to earn her Master’s degree in K-12 education. Her graduate work allowed her to teach in Alamance and Orange counties where she realized that she truly had a love for all grades, but particularly elementary school. Post-degree, she found a home at Myrtle Grove Middle School for 7 years as their chorus/drama teacher, and also as the US coordinator of the Strasbourg-Amities USA “English literacy through theatre” camp in Strasbourg, France.
She fully believes that the arts are an integral part of a well-rounded education and life, and she is so excited to foster the love and appreciation for at hearts in all of our children.
Amy has over 10 years experience working with children. She has a degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Florida, has her Master’s Certification in Montessori Teaching, and has worked in Self-Directed Education as an Agile Learning Facilitator and Academic Director of an alternative school.
Amy is a loving mother of three. Her passions include singing, acting and dancing.
Susan is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and has been a practitioner in the special education field for more than 15 years. She has a Bachelor of Arts from DeSales University, with a major in elementary and special education. She taught in the arts charter schools in the special education department in Pennsylvania, before moving to Raleigh and was the exceptional Children Resource, Department Chair and Co-teaching and most recently teaching the adapted curriculum in North Carolina. She holds a North Carolina Teaching license and is certified in Elementary Education K-6, Special Education K-12, and Adapted curriculum.
Her goal and approach is to work with and support the family as we provide educational services. She understands the need for parents and teachers to work together with the aim of adopting and providing a holistic approach to your child’s education.
KYM TURNERLead Teacher’s Assistant, Director of Marketing
Kym comes to WSA with over 15 years experience working with children, primarily in a preschool setting. A strong proponent of positive discipline, handwriting without tears and hands on learning, she hopes to bring thoughtfulness and intention into the hiring and training of the school’s TA’s
Ginger is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in business who has spent most of her career in outside sales. For the past 5 years she has been performing administration and clerical duties.
Ginger has a passion for education, children and the arts which led her to WSA.
A graduate of Fayetteville State University, Janice Williams, a native of Fayetteville, NC served the children of New Hanover County Schools for 32 years as an elementary teacher. Janice retired in 2014. She has tutored elementary students in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. Janice helped to develop a program called, ‘Sisters with Value’ with underprivileged 7th and 8th grade girls. In this program, she helped the students develop high self-esteem, develop vision boards to promote a desire to stay in school until they graduated and develop self-value.
Agustina was born in Argentina and moved to Texas in middle school. After obtaining her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts, she found that using her creativity in the classroom gives her art the most meaning. This newfound love was first developed at a preschool in Austin, Texas, for five years, with the role of teacher, art instructor, and summer camp counselor.
After moving to Colorado, she completed a teacher preparation program which culminated in a Master’s in Human Learning and Development and her teaching license. She has been teaching for 8 years.
Mrs. Malin is a cum laude graduate of Ferris State University where she studied early childhood and elementary education. Ashley is originally from Michigan and moved to North Carolina in 2018 with her husband and three children. Her oldest two will be attending WSA, and she is excited for them to experience arts integration and cooperative learning in the classroom.
Ms. Denton loves to facilitate learning. She gets excited when students invent new ways of investigating, new ways to learn the same materials or new subjects. She looks forward to the fun her classes will have exploring and learning.
Ms. Denton has over 18 teaching years in public school and 30 plus years working in Early Childhood Education. She has an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and Anthropology and a Masters in Special Education.
DEE HARDEE Kindergarten Teacher
Dee has many years of experience teaching young children in the private and public sector. She believes in the whole child and realizes everyone learns differently. Dee incorporates Conscious Discipline Strategies in her classroom to promote social skills as well as high order thinking.
Dee has a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood as well as a B-K License.
SAMANTHA MORRILL First Grade Teacher
Samantha is thrilled to be teaching first grade this year at Wilmington School of the Arts! She graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston, Massachusetts with a degree in elementary education and is beginning her sixth year teaching. Samantha is originally from New Hampshire and has recently relocated to Wilmington.
Samantha has a diverse background in teaching and has worked for schools in the US, Thailand, Sweden and Costa Rica.
Mrs. Felice has been teaching elementary students for over 15 years. She is originally from Athens, Ohio but has lived and taught in NY, NC, CA, and Maine. She has a B.A. in Art Education from Ohio State University, M.A. in Social Justice Education (and K-6 teaching credential) from University of California, Santa Cruz and experience opening a new school. Chynna is passionate about hands-on learning and believes learning should be applied in meaningful and fun tasks.
KAYLA HAGERTeacher’s Assistant
Kayla is a graduate of Marshall University and holds a B.A. in Literary Studies with an emphasis in film. She has over eight years of teaching experience in performing arts including non-profit outreach for many local theatre companies and schools here in Wilmington. Kayla has a passion for theatre and has been an active part of the Wilmington theatre community since 2016, participating in over fifteen productions as a director, technical director, and stage manager.
Amber is a recent graduate of the university of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Child, Youth and Family Development. At UNCG, she was the president of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society for educators. Amber is currently attending UNCW for her Master of Arts in Elementary Education.
Ms. W. has been a dance educator for the past 20+ years, teaching students of various ages from children to adults. She graduated from New York University (2006) with an M.A. in Dance Education, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance (2000) with a Trainee Certificate, Michigan State University (1995) with a B.A. in English and Dance Specialization. She has taught in the states of MI, NY, NJ & NC. She is looking forward to teaching your children for the Wilmington School of the Arts.
Linda earned a Bachelor of music degree from the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University, graduating with honors in 2008. Her experience includes teaching music at North Topsail Elementary School in Hampstead, teaching private lessons in piano and voice and working with local community theater organizations as a performer, director and music director.
Originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, Reddgo has lived in North Carolina since his childhood and is a Middle School and JV basketball coach and Varsity Track and Field Coach. He is a graduate of UNCW with a Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sports Leadership and Tourism Management. He also received his Masters of Education in Higher Education-Educational Leadership from Liberty University.
His classes are known to encourage sportsmanship, teamwork, and personal growth. He finds sport/exercise to be a great stress reliever, escape from frustration and an opportunity to strengthen one’s self no matter winning or losing.
He is also the Founder and CEO of The A.C.T.S. Movement Inc. an organization dedicated to providing relief to families in need while encouraging community cohesiveness and building partnerships with businesses, churches and non-governmental agencies.
Silvia worked for the University of California, Irvine for 20 years. Originally hired in a temporary role, she quickly transitioned to full-time administrative assistant for the UCI Medical Center’s pediatric department. As a financial analyst at the School of Humanities, Silvia reconciled ledgers, oversaw accounting systems, and streamlined UCI’s online financial systems. Silvia is bilingual and will also serve as Head Translator for WSA.
SAMANTHA MIFSUD Mindfulness Curriculum Coordinator
Samantha has a B.A. in Elementary Education and Theater, as well as a Masters in Elementary Education. She is an ACE personal trainer and certified in yoga RYT200. Samantha is a contractor for Wilmington School of the Arts who provides instruction and consultation for our teachers and students with regard to Mindfulness and Meditation and its integration into the classroom through art. Samantha is a former elementary educator who spent seven years as a classroom teacher. While teaching in Wilmington, she has also been very involved in our community’s theatre scene as a performer with Opera House Theatre Company and Thalian Association, as well as a dance instructor with Evolution Dance Complex. Prior to 2014, she worked as a professional performer in New York City (singing, dancing, acting, Musical Theatre). She opened her own business, called Evolution Healing Arts, in July of 2019, after shifting her career focus to individual holistic wellness and education for artists and performers. She now provides one-on-one or small-group instruction in Yoga, Meditation, Academics, and Arts, as well as serving as our Director of Mindfulness here at WSA. Utilizing Meditation and Mindfulness in the classroom has proven to bring about countless social-emotional benefits for children, and we are looking forward to utilizing these tools at WSA to help serve our population to the best of our abilities.
SheaRa NICHI Cultural Arts Programming Director SheaRa is an accomplished dancer actor, director and choreographer who’s been performing professionally since the young age of 8. She studied professional theatre in New York City through the Circle in the Square School and BADA (British American Drama Academy). SheaRa holds a BS in Computer Science. By helping students verbally and physically express their passions and experience, SheaRa believes in the power of the performing arts to stimulate both academic and interpersonal connection. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org