PRM Favorite Things 2020-21

We’ve asked our PRM staff to share their favorite things below, so that we can all easily find the perfect gift or way to say “thank you!”  The list is organized alphabetically by first name.  You can also click a letter below to quickly take you to the names in that section.

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Alexandra Whelan – Primary Teaching Assistant
Birthday: June 4th
Color: Yellow
Candy: Dark salty chocolate
Mint: Sugar free
Gum: n/a
Fast food: Chick-fil-A
Dining: Copper, O-Ku Sushi, Que Onda
Department store: Pike Nurseries, Lowe’s
Coffee: Organic breakfast blends, cream, no sugar
Flavor: Lavender, curry, garlic, mushrooms, stinky cheeses
Tea: Herbal, ginger
Wine: Prosecco, Malbec, Red Zinfandel
Hobbies: Running, hiking, gardening
Movie theatre: Don’t go much
Charity: National Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Safe Alliance to support victims of domestic abuse
Special dietary needs: none

Ally Boddicker – Lower El Teacher
Birthday: March 26
Color: Purple
Candy: Fruity candy
Mint: N/A
Gum: Spearmint
Fast Food: –
Dining: Sabor, Amelie’s
Department Store: Target
Coffee: Starbucks
Tea: none
Wine: Prosecco
Hobbies: Yoga
Collections: Anything Clemson
Movie Theater: Cinemark
Charity: Anything with animals
Special dietary needs: none
Other Favorites: Clemson!! Books & Plants


Amanda Long – Primary Teacher
Birthday: Oct. 15
Color: All
Candy: Chocolate (dark no nuts…)
Mint: N/A
Gum: N/A
Fast Food: Subway, Yafo, Moe’s, McAllister’s, Salsarita’s
Dining: Dish, Hawthorne’s, Bean, Oh My Soul, Cabo Fish Taco, California Pizza Kitchen
Department Store: Target
Coffee: Yes! low sugar
Tea: All
Wine: Red, white – dry
Hobbies: Dogs, movies, yoga
Collections: None
Movie Theater: AMC or Regal
Charity: ASPCA, Humane Society, WWF
Special dietary needs: Vegan
Other Favorites: Plants, animals


Amber Elder – Primary Teacher
Birthday:  February 2
Color: Purple or blue
Candy: Chocolate
Mint: Peppermint
Gum:  Peppermint
Fast Food: Chipotle or Bruegger’s
Dining: Anything – it is fun to try new places
Department Store: J. Crew Mercantile, Target
Coffee: None
Tea: Anything decaf
Wine: None
Hobbies: None
Collections: None
Movie theater: Regal or AMC
Charity: ThyCa, Thyroid Cancer Survivor’s Association or North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue
Special dietary needs: Vegetarian


Ann Palin – Lower El Teacher
Birthday: Feb. 2
Color: Purple, blue, aqua Candy: chocolate
Mint: Any
Fast Food: Any Starbucks Sir Eds
Department Store: Amazon, Target
Coffee: Starbucks–skim latte 🙂
Wine: Any white and red 🙂
Hobbies: Reading, running
Movie Theater: Regal
Charity: Any children’s charity Special
Dietary Needs: nope


Anna Hurdle – Lower El Teacher
Birthday: Jan. 21
Color: Love any color
Fast Food: Chipotle
Dining: Any place that is vegan friendly. Luna’s , Fern
Dept. Store: Target
Coffee: Dark roasts Tea: Chai, earl grey
Wine: Yes. 🙂 dry reds and whites
Hobbies: Reading, cooking, yoga
Collections: Scarves
Movie Theater: Manor
Charity: PRM :$
Special Dietary Needs: Vegan Misc.
Comments: Thank you!!


Ashley  Carney – Primary Teaching Assistant
Birthday: March 31
Color: Black
Candy: Any combination of chocolate & PB
Mint: N/A
Gum: N/A
Fast Food: Viva Chicken, Which Wich
Dining: Soul Gastrolounge, Hawkers, Superica
Store: Goodwill, Costco, Target
Coffee: Yes – non dairy creamer
Tea: Green matcha, earl grey, chai
Wine: No thanks
Hobbies: Running, hiking, adventures outdoors
Collections: None
Movie Theater: No thanks
Charity:, 100 Black Men of Charlotte, Black Girls Run
Special dietary needs: Vegetarian, no alcohol
Comments: THANK YOU!!



Barbara Dyer – Financial Secretary
Birthday: January 12th
Color: Turquoise & magenta
Candy: Dark chocolate w/nuts
Mint: Peppermint
Gum: N/A
Fast Food: Moe’s, Bruegger’s
Dining: Trio, Local chefs/restaurants
Store: Pier 1, World Market, Target
Coffee: Medium roast, K-Cups
Tea: Sleepy Time Herbal
Wine: White (nothing sweet)
Hobbies: Gardening
Collections: N/A
Movie Theater: Manor Theater Phillips Place, Park Rd. Theater
Charity: Parkinson’s Research
Special Dietary: N/A
Other Favorites: Panther’s football, the beach, sailing, hiking


Bethanie Johnson – Lower El Teaching Assistant
Birthday: April 10
Colors: Green and blue
Candy:  Chocolate
Mint: Andes
Gum: None
Fast Food: Sabor
Dining: Ru Sons
Department Store: Target
Coffee: Coffee (drinks) from Starbucks, coffee from TJ’s
Tea: Stash Chai
Wine: Fall/winter any red; Spring/summer Pinot, rose, prosecco
Hobbies: Cycling, reading, art
Collections: None
Movie theater: Manor
Charity: Crisis Assistance/ Room in the Inn
Special dietary needs: Vegetarian/pescatarian
Other Favorites: Bookstores. paper skyscraper
I do Not like: Pumpkin spice anything


Betsy Harvey – Counselor
Birthday: May 28th
Color: Green, Blue, Purple
Candy: Dark Chocolate or SweetTarts
Gum: Spearmint
Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A (but I try to steer clear of fast food)
Dining: Oak, Yafo, Superica, Cantina 1511
Coffee: No
Stores: Anthropologie, Nordstrom
Flavor: Mexican food, sushi, savory
Tea: Yes
Movie Theatre: Regal Phillips Place
Hobbies: Exercise, Running, Reading, Decorating, Playing/Watching sports with my boys
Wine: Red or Sparkling
Charity: St. Jude’s
Special Dietary Needs: –
Other Favorites: Peanuts, Pistachios, Pringles, LSU, the beach
I do not like…onions, beets, most desserts (except cookies and brownies), collectibles


Brittany Miller – Primary Teacher
Birthday:  December 27th
Color:Light Blue (Carolina blue)
Candy: Dark Chocolate
Mint: Any
Gum:  Mentos
Fast Food: Chick-fil-a
Dining: Sushi!!
Department Store: Amazon, Target
Coffee: No thank you
Tea: Herbal, anything with orange or ginger
Wine: Sweet
Hobbies: Reading, Hiking, crafting, travel
Collections: Books, playing cards
Movie theater: AMC
Charity: ASPCA, Stop Hunger Now, Ronald McDonald House
Special Dietary needs: Garlic intolerance
Other Favorites: Amazon, giraffes, essential oils
I do Not like…. raw onions, coffee, patchouli
Misc Comments:  Thank you for thinking of us!


Carey Montgomery – Primary Teacher
Birthday: May 6
Color: All colors
Candy: Chocolate
Mint: Yes
Gum: Yes
Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A
Dining: Portofinos
Department Store: J.Jill
Coffee: No thank you
Tea: Yes
Wine: Pinot noir
Hobbies: Yoga
Collections: Books
Movie Theater: Phillips Place
Charity: Iron Stone Lane and Rescue
Special Dietary Needs: No nuts
Other Favorites: Pizza
I do not like: Nuts or coconut


Carter Herndon – Primary Teaching Assistant
Birthday: –
Color: Green
Candy: Jelly beans
Gum: Orbit
Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A
Dining: Ru San’s
Coffee: Yes
Store: Anthropologie
Flavor: Vanilla, Cinnamon
Tea: No
Hobbies: Running, Sewing
Charity: No Kid Hungry
Other Favorites: Dark Chocolate


Cecelia McGloughlin – Upper El Teacher
Birthday: Dec. 29
Color: Jewel tones – emerald, amethyst, ruby, etc.
Candy: Chocolate truffles, caramel, payday candy bars, snickers
Mint: Spearmint
Gum:  None
Fast Food: None
Dining: Mexican, Italian, Chinese, American, I like most foods!!
Department Store: Chico’s and J Jill
Coffee: Caribou – I do not like very strong coffee
Tea: Decaf – Earl Gray
Wine: Red, Red Wine, Malbec, Cab-Sav, Merlot
Hobbies: Gardening
Movie theater: Any
Charity: St. Judes, MS Society
Special dietary needs: None
Other Favorites: Book Stores!!


Christy Geiger – Upper El Teacher
Birthday: May 1
Color: Purple Candy: Chocolate: Any
Mint: Any
Gum: Cinnamon-flavored
Fast Food: Sabor
Dining: Cabo Fish Taco
Department Store: Lush
Coffee: Vanilla Latte
Tea: Market spice cinnamon clove
Wine: Riesling (reds give me headaches)
Hobbies: Knitting
Collections: Yarn
Movie Theater: Any
Charity: Cancer or animal conservation, particularly elephants Special Dietary Needs: nope
Other Favorites: I love Eco stuff, reusable, environmentally-friendly goods
I do not like: Onions
Misc. Comments: Thank you!


Cindy Noble – Lower El
Birthday: May 24
Color: Blue and purple
General Likes: Anything lavender: candles, oils, incense; warm-soft socks; coffee; wind chimes; and I love reading!
Candy: Milk chocolates
Wine: Red wine
Music: Dave Matthews Band
Dept. Store: Target and Marshalls Fast Food: Chic filet
Restaurants: Bonefish
Misc. Comments: Thank you for all you do!!!!


Curt Frueh – Upper El Teacher
Birthday: Oct 26
Candy: No, thank you.
Mint: No, thank you.
Gum: No, thank you.
Fast Food: No, thank you.
Dining: Pasta and Provisions
Department Store: Amazon
Coffee: Strong and black
Tea: No, thank you.
Wine: Reds preferred
Hobbies: Strategy Gaming, technology
Collections: See above
Movie Theater: AMC Park Terrace
Charity: Any good cause
Special Dietary Needs: Relaxed keto diet, No sugar or substitutes, Very low carb
Other: Trying new things


Cynthia Stone – Lower El Teacher
Birthday: Feb. 7 Color: blue
Candy: Non-dairy dark chocolate
Mint: Sugar free
Gum: Sugar free Fast Food: N/A
Dining: Anyplace offering gluten/dairy free options
Department Store: Amazon Coffee: black!
Tea: Green
Wine: Red
Hobbies: Photography, history studies, reading, music, cooking, road trips
Collections: N/A Movie theater: Regal
Charity: United Family Services Shelter for Battered Women Address: PO Box 220312 Charlotte, NC 28222.
Special dietary needs: Soy, gluten and dairy free (makes my cooking hobby more challenging!)



Danielle Friedl – Lower El TA
Birthday: Nov. 25
Color: Purple
Candy: Almond Joy, Reese’s, Air Heads
Mint: Peppermint
Gum: Do not chew gum
Fast Food: Chick-fil-a
Dining: Chilis, Applebee’s, TGIF, Salsaritas
Department Store: –
Coffee: Peppermint, Regular, Starbucks
Tea: Do not drink tea
Wine: Do not drink wine
Hobbies: Crochet, Cross-stitch
Collections: No Answer
Movie Theater: Regal
Special Dietary Needs: Allergic to most fruits (pineapple and banana ok)
Other Favorites: Doctor Who, Disney


Debbie Webber – Assistant Principal
Birthday: Nov 14
Color: Orange, coral, red
Candy: Cadbury’s chocolate
Mint: Chocolate mint thins
Gum: Mint – no preference
Fast Food: Cava, CHOPT
Dining: Dresslers, Peppervine
Department Store: Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus
Coffee: Starbucks
Tea: Earl Grey
Wine: Chardonnay (Oaky/Buttery)
Hobbies: Shopping/gym/walking
Movie Theater: Rarely go to the movies
Charity: Breast Cancer/American Heart Association
Special Dietary Needs: None
Other Favorites: Love to shop at Anthropologie 🙂


Devon Anderson – Primary TA
Birthday: July 17
Color: Dark Green
Candy: Dark Chocolate (85% or higher)
Mint: Altoids (sugar free)
Gum: Spearmint (sugar free)
Fast Food: McDonald’s
Dining: Outback
Store: Amazon
Coffee: Dark roast, black
Favorite Flavor: Coffee or chocolate
Tea: Earl Grey
Wine: Dry red
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, camping
Movie Theater: Cinemark
Charity: ASPCA
Special Dietary Needs: I try not to eat sugar or carbohydrates (Keto diet)


Diane Quinn – Academic Support
Birthday: Sept. 26
Color: Green
Candy: Dark chocolate with almonds
Mint: Wintergreen
Gum: No
Fast Food: Taco bell
Dining: Hawthornes, Metro Diner
Dept. Store: Belk
Coffee: Chocolate glazed donut (Keri)
Tea: cChai
Wine: Sparkling Moscato
Hobbies: Sewing, crocheting, walking, READING
Movie Theater: No, seldom go maybe 1x per year
Charity: CGS
Special Dietary Needs: NO chicken, chicken broth etc. I can have eggs cooked in baked goods/gluten sensitivity
Other Favorites: CHILDREN
Misc. Comments: What a great group of parents we have!!! You are all so important to the success of this program.


Donna Lee– Exceptional Children Assistant
Birthday: December 30
Color: Blue
Candy: Lindt Chocolate
Mint: Butter Mints Soft
Gum:  Spearmint
Fast Food: Chick-fil-A
Dining: LongHorn SteakHouse
Department Store: Amazon
Tea: none
Wine: Riesling-White
Hobbies: Swimming, Traveling
Movie theater: Phillips Place
Charity: Cancer Foundation
Special dietary needs: none


Emily Hunsinger – Teaching Assistant
Birthday: November 18th
Color: Purple, Green, Blue
Dining: Living Kitchen, Pizza Peel, Common Market, Deejai Thai
Department Store: Target
Coffee: N/A
Tea: Yes!! Earl Grey and all herbal
Wine: All! I love trying new ones.
Hobbies: Painting, embroidery, gardening, dogs, yoga, cooking
Collections: plants, scarves
Movie Theater: Regal Starlight
Charity: Second Harvest Food Bank, NAACP, North Meck Animal Rescue, Diaper Bank of NC
Special dietary needs: Crohn’s Disease and dairy allergy
Other Favorites: Essential oils and all things Appalachian State University!


Heidi Kelly – TA Lower Elementary
Birthday: Oct. 29 Color: Cobalt Blue
Candy: Sour Patch Kids
Mint: Yuck
Gum: None
Fast Food: Chik-Fil-A
Dining: Zoe’s Kitchen
Department Store: Macy’s
Coffee: Starbucks (Cafe Mocha)
Tea: Anything organic
Wine: Most anything, low sulfite
Hobbies: YOGA, bicycling
Movie theater: Regal


Heather Ruckterstuhl – Lower El TA
Birthday: Aug. 16
Color: Green
Candy: Love! Chocolate
Mint: Yes
Gum: No
Fast Food: None
Dining: Fern
Dept. Store: Target
Coffee: Love! Starbucks, Caribou, Dilworth
Tea: Like.
Wine: Love! Malbec
Hobbies: Running, biking, hiking, knitting, reading, gardening
Collections: I strive to live ‘stuff free’
Movie Theater: Park Terrace
Charity: Dilworth Soup Kitchen, Friendship Gardens, Trees Charlotte
Special Dietary Needs: fish eating vegetarian = Pescatarian
Misc. Comments: I am grateful for all of the kind deeds and thoughtful gestures that parents and our PTO does for the staff at PRM.



Janet Simpson – Upper El TA
Birthday: Oct. 6
Color: Bright Pastels
Candy: –
Mint: Peppermint
Gum: Extra
Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A
Dining: Any
Department Store: Amazon, Walmart, Bath & Body Works
Tea: Green tea (Snapple)
Wine: Moscato (white)
Hobbies: Reading, knitting, and cooking
Movie Theater: Mac
Charity: Parkinsons
Other Favorites: Love water, spicy hummus, jolly ranchers, flowers
I do not like: Very fussy about food


Jean Wren – Primary TA
Birthday: June 2
Color: Purples, pinks, brown
Candy: Dark Chocolate
Mint: Wintergreen
Gum: No, thank you, please
Fast Food: Wendys
Dept. Store: Target
Coffee: Soy caramel macchiato
Tea: Peppermint / Herbal
Wine: White muscadine
Hobbies: Crochet, camping
Movie Theater: Regal or anything showing Dr. Who
Charity: ;; Invest in your Child
I do not like: Jelly beans that are not black; Doritos of any sort


Jenny Cahan – Upper El TA
Birthday: November 5
Color: Blue
Candy: Mints
Gum: –
Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A
Dining: YAFO
Coffee: Yes
Store(s): Amazon, Athleta, Old Navy, Target
Flavor: Sweet & Spicy
Tea: Yes
Wine: Pinot Noir
Movie Theatre: AMC
Hobbies: Yoga, Walking, Hiking, Reading and Cooking
Special Dietary Needs: –
Other Favorites: Essential Oils, Hand lotions, Chapsticks


Jenny Whitney – Lower El Teacher
Birthday: May 16
Color: Blue
Candy: Almond Horns from Suarez Bakery
Mint: All
Gum: Peppermint
Fast Food: Amelie’s or Viva Chicken
Dining: Sir Ed’s
Dept. Store: Target, Aveda
Coffee: Skinny Vanilla Latte
Tea: Kava, Stress Relief
Wine: Malbec, Rose, Sauvignon Blanc
Hobbies: Camping
Collections: Russian Nesting Dolls
Movie Theater: AMC
Charity: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Special Dietary Needs: Gluten Free



Kae Frazier
Birthday: Jan. 16
Color: Orange
Candy: Snickers
Mint: Any
Gum: Mint
Fast Food: Chick Filet
Dining:  ALL
Dept. Store: Target
Coffee: Caribou coffee
Tea: Yogi brand
Wine: Yes
Hobbies: Yoga, cooking, reading
Theater: AMC
Charity: Loaves and Fishes
Special Dietary Needs: None


Karen Fletcher – Upper El Teacher
Birthday: March 15
Color: Purple
Candy: Hershey Kisses, Heath Bars
Mint: Any that work!
Gum: Aspartame free
Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A or Zaxbys
Dining Room: Pizza Peel, Brixx, Red Rocks, Panera
Dept. Store: Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack, Macy’s, AMAZON
Coffee: Starbucks; any unsweetened type, no cream
Tea: Flavored green tea
Wine: White
Hobbies: Reading, Running
Movie Theater: Park Road, Phillips Place, Crown Point
Charity: Samaritan’s Feet
Special Dietary Needs: None, I am trying to avoid sugar
Misc. Comments: Thank you! You all take such great care of us


Katherine Grier – Exceptional Children
Birthday:  August 28th
Color: Green
Candy: Twix
Mint: Altoids
Gum:  Orbit
Fast Food: Chick-fil-A
Dining: Zoe’s Kitchen
Department Store: Target
Coffee: Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee
Tea: Green Tea
Wine: Red-Cabernet, White-Sauvignon Blanc
Hobbies: Being outside, love the water, sports
Collections: N/A
Movie theater: AMC 22
Charity: Alzheimer’s Foundation
Special dietary needs: Vegetarian


Katie Weed – TD
Birthday:  August 14
Color: Purple
Candy: Dark chocolate
Mint: Wintergreen
Gum:  Wintergreen
Fast Food:  Salsaritas, Chipotle
Dining: Any
Department Store: Target
Coffee: Any
Tea: Any
Wine: White
Hobbies: Music, gardening, reading
Collections: I like plants
Movie theater: Any
Charity: Benefit children
Special dietary needs: None
I do Not like…. Strong floral scents


Kim Bates – Upper El TA
Birthday:  February 19
Color: Blue, purple
Candy: Anything with chocolate and peanut butter
Fast Food: CFA, Shake Shack, pizza
Dining: Viva Chicken, Moosehead, various places around Park Rd Shopping Center/Montford (no CO)
Department Store: Target, Amazon
Bookstore: Park Road Books
Beverage: Seltzer Waters
Coffee: Yes, Caramel High Rise at Caribou is my favorite
Coffee shop: Caribou
Tea: Yes, Irish and English Breakfast
Wine: –
Hobbies: Reading, hanging out with my family
Movie theater: Ayrsley Grand, Fandango
Charity: National Kidney Foundation, KinderMourn
Special dietary needs: No sushi, pomegranate, or grapefruit, No coconut
Misc Comments: Thanks so much!


Kimberly Riddle – Literacy Specialist
Birthday: Nov. 7
Color: Pink
Candy: All Types
Mint: Yes
Gum: Yes
Fast Food: All Restaurants, No Preference.
Dining: All
Dept. Store: All Stores
Coffee: YES
Tea: Yes
Wine: Yes


Kristine Mahoney – Upper El Teacher
Birthday: Aug. 7th
Color: Blue
Candy: Dark chocolate, sour patch
Mint: –
Gum: –
Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A
Dining: All – I love food!
Dept. Store: Target, Office Depot
Coffee: Yes
Tea: –
Wine: Sure
Hobbies: Camping, hiking, live music, yoga, reading
Movie Theater: !
Charity: Anything that supports our earth
Dietary Needs: Allergic to brazil nuts
Other Favorites: –
Comments: What a great group of parents and welcoming community!



Laura Slesinger – Administrative Secretary
Birthday: July 17
Color: Green; coral
Candy: Dark chocolate
Mint: Peppermint
Gum:  Peppermint
Fast Food: Chick-fil-A
Dining: Cafe Monte
Dept. Store: Belk
Coffee: Dark roast
Tea: Chai or Mint Herbal
Wine: Pinot Grigio (or anything white!)
Hobbies: Crossword puzzles; yoga
Movie Theatre: Ballantyne Village
Charity: Humane Society


Leslie Alexander – Lower El TA
Birthday: Sept. 25
Color: Pink
Candy: Kit Kat, Snickers, Twix (Did someone say chocolate?)
Mint: Peppermint with chocolate
Gum: Mentos
Fast Food: Chick-fil-A
Dining: China Buffet in Pineville
Dept. Store: Belk
Coffee: I usually like a little coffee with my French Vanilla 🙂
Tea: No Answer
Wine: ‘I want to go to Miami!’
Hobbies: Beading, scrapbooks
Movie Theater: Carolina Pavillion
Charity: Red Cross
Misc. Comments: Thank you for all that you do for us!


Lori Davidson – Behavior Modification
Birthday: Oct. 8
Color: Red/black
Candy: Snickers
Mint: Puff peppermint
Gum: Orbit (sweet mint)
Fast Food: MOE’s
Dining: Olive Garden
Dept. Store: Marshall’s, TJ Maxx
Coffee: None
Tea: Any flavored tea
Wine: None
Hobbies: Only have time to take children to dance & football practice
Movie Theater: EpiCenter
Charity: Breast Cancer
Special Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Likes: Any dessert with chocolate & nuts
I do not like: Coconut



McKenzie Coleman – Music
Birthday: September 14th
Color: Black & Pink
Candy: Snickers, Skittles
Gum: Orbit
Fast Food: Chipotle
Dining: Lang Van, Veltree, Don Pedro
Coffee: Yes
Stores: Amazon, Target, Goodwill, Bed Bath & Beyond
Flavor: Vanilla, Cherry, Apple
Tea: Yes
Wine: –
Movie Theatre: –
Hobbies: Music, Painting, Harry Potter, Museums, Motorcycles
Charity: Feed the Movement CLT, Time Out Youth, Samaritan House
Special Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Favorite: Houseplants!  Apples, Chips, Candles
I do not like….fruit pies


Melanie Francis – Principal
Birthday:  May 15
Color: Earthtones
Candy: Chocolate
Gum:  Orbit
Fast Food: Chipotle
Dining: Ethnic
Department Store: I love TJ Maxx and Marshalls
Coffee: Starbucks
Tea: N/A
Wine: Beer for me-IPA
Hobbies: Reading, Hiking. Snow skiing
Movie theater: AMC
Charity: Humane Society
Special dietary needs: Vegetarian


Melissa Bubany – Upper El Teacher
Birthday:  August 2nd
Color:  Purple
Candy:  Gummy bears, Kit Kat, Milk Duds, Butterfingers
Mint: –
Gum: –
Fast Food:  Chick-fil-A, Bojangles, Papa Johns
Dining:  Manhattan Bagel, Five Guys, Brixx, Nothing But Noodles, Flying Biscuit, Pure Pizza … love to try different places!
Department Store:  Amazon, Homegoods & Marshalls
Coffee:  Starbucks or Caribou
Wine:  White (Sauv. Blanc or Pinot Grigio) Truly or White Claws
Collections:  LuLaroe, Doterra Essential Oils
Hobbies: Listening and watching Hamilton and watching NFL Football – Go PANTHERS!
Charity: Dove’s Nest, Carolina Breast Friends
Other Favorites: Panthers Football, Trader Joes, Manicure and pedicure, Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper!
Comments – Thank you So much!

Melissa Jackson
Birthday: March 11
Color: Green
Candy:  Swedish fish, Snickers, pretty much all candy
Dining: CO
Fast Food: Viva Chicken
Store: Target
Coffee:  Waterbean
Wine, tea: none
Hobbies:  Knitting, running, kayaking, taking care of my chickens
Special Dietary Needs: Gluten Free

Melissa Toner – Library Media Specialist
Birthday:  July 8
Color: Blue
Candy: Skittles, Snickers, Reece’s Cups, milk chocolate (not dark)
Mint: Anything spearmint or peppermint
Gum:  No
Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A, Panera Bread, McAlister’s, Moe’s
Dining: Rooster’s Wood Fired Kitchen, Cantina 1511, Village Tavern, Mama Ricotta’s, Red Rocks
Department Store: Belk, Target, Marshalls/Home Goods, Amazon!!
Coffee: No
Tea: Yes, hot & cold, I like to brew my tea from tea leaves!
Wine: Yes 🙂
Hobbies: Reading, shopping, traveling
Collections: None
Movie Theater: Any
Charity: Loaves & Fishes
Special dietary needs: None
Other Favorites: Barnes & Noble
I do Not like….seafood, mushrooms, sensitive to some scented items
Misc Comments: Thank you!


Monique Musano – Upper El Teacher
Birthday: September 5
Color: Black and rainbow
Candy: Dark chocolate
Mint: Aspartame /sucralose free
Gum: Any aspartame sucralose free, Pur
Dietary needs: None
Fast Food: 5 Guys
Dining: Sushi
Department Store: Target, Amazon
Coffee: Black
Tea: Peppermint, Black
Wine: Lambrusco
Hobbies: Audiobooks, Astronomy, Travel
Charity: ACLU, Prevent Child Abuse America
I do not like: Artificial ingredients and flavors
Other likes: Essential oils, white soy candles
Misc.: Thanks for all you do!



Pauline Ford – Literacy
Birthday: April 10
Color: Warm colors- red, yellow apple green,orange etc.
Candy: Milk chocolate almonds, almond joys , kit kats, gummy bears, life savers, butter fingers
Mint: Peppermint patties


Prity Aery – Primary Teacher
Birthday: Aug. 22
Color: Purple
Candy: Werther’s Original Chewy Caramel
Mint: Peppermint patties
Gum: Extra
Fast Food: Subway
Dining: Thai House
Dept. Store: Belk
Coffee: Amelie’s
Tea: PG Tips
Wine: None
Hobbies: Reading
Collections: Instrumental music
Theater: Regal
Charity: Heifer
Special Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Misc. Comments: Thank you for treating us so nicely and making us feel special


Priya Ramanathan – Media Specialist
Birthday: Dec. 20
Color: Red blue green
Candy: No
Mint: No
Gum: No
Fast Food: Qdoba
Dining: Olive Garden or any Indian
Dept. Store: JC Penny
Coffee: No
Tea: Decaf ginger/lemon chai
Wine: No
Hobbies: Gardening
Charity: Goodwill red cross
Special Dietary Needs: Vegetarian no eggs
Other likes: Cooking new recipes shopping for healthy food
I do not like: Processed food



Rose Grant – Primary TA
Birthday:  12/12
Color Red
Candy: Chocolate
Mint: –
Gum: –
Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A
Dining: The Wine Shop
Department Store: TJ Maxx
Coffee: Caramel macchiato
Tea: –
Wine: Cabernet
Hobbies: Reading, walking
Movie theater: Regal
Charity: Pediatric cancer
Other Favorites: Manicure, pedicure
Misc Comments:  Thank you!


Ruth Tencati – Primary
Birthday: May 4th
Color: Emerald Green
Candy: Dark chocolate; Chunky bars, York Patties
Mint: Yes
Gum: –
Fast Food: Brugger’s, Subway
Dining: Sante’, Texas Roadhouse, Amelie’s, Kabab Je’, Mooya Burgers
Department Store: TJMaxx, Marshalls
Coffee: Caribou – cold brewed with dark chocolate almond milk
Tea: Earl Grey or Peppermint
Wine: Nope
Hobbies: LEGO, reading, sewing
Collections: LEGO, books, Fenton glass
Movie Theater: AMC or Regal
Charity: Animal Shelter(s); Loaves and Fishes; Heifer International; Caring Bridge
Special dietary needs: Many allergies (full list in office)… Red peppers, paprika (anything spicy),
All squash and melons (including cucumbers, eggplant, and pickles), Mango, Dill, Nutmeg
I do not like…shellfish or coconut



Sandy Wade – Upper El Teacher
Birthday: April 28
Color: Purple or Green
Candy: No candy
Mint: No mint
Gum: No gum
Fast Food: Qdoba, Which Wich
Dining: Viva Chicken, Chopt’d, Jason’s Deli, Mama Ricotta’s,
Dept. Store: Omega Sports
Coffee: Latte, Flat White
Tea: Starbucks Iced Breve Chai
Latte (I prefer this over the coffee! But the coffee if it’s cold outside)
Wine: Shiraz, Pinot Noir
Hobbies: Running, Swimming
Collections: Cappuccino- no sugar
Movie Theater: AMC or Regal
Charity: Isabella Santos Foundation
Special Dietary Needs: Low Carb
Misc. Comments: I’m really trying to stay away from sweets and carbs….


Sharilyn Seale-Banks – Lower El Teacher
Birthday:  10/22
Color:  Pink
Candy: Dark chocolate with almonds
Mint: Sugar free Anything
Gum:  Sugar free Anything
Fast Food: Chipotle
Dining: Viva Chicken
Department Store: Target, Amazon
Coffee: None
Tea: Chai & Herbal Tea
Wine: No
Hobbies: Yoga, Cooking
Collections: Coffee Mugs
Movie theater: Regal or Cinemark
Charity: Children’s Home Society of NC
Special dietary needs: None
I do Not like…. hard candy


Sherry Nobles – Lower El Teacher
Birthday: Sept. 26th
Color: Purple
Candy: Anything with chocolate – always willing to try something new
Mint: Peppermint
Gum: Trident – peppermint or spearmint
Fast Food: Wendy’s, Chick-fil-a
Dining: McAllister’s, Toyomas
Department Store: Kohl’s
Coffee: Mocha
Tea: Chai Tea Latte, Roasted Dandelion Tea
Wine: Prefer white or rose
Hobbies: Reading, gardening, walking
Movie Theater: AMC
Charity: St. Jude


Stacy Williams – Upper El TA
Birthday: Oct 15
Color: Blue
Candy: Sugar-free Chocolate
Mint: Sugar-free Mint
Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle
Dining: McAlisters, 1511, Lupies
Coffee: Black
Favorite flavor: Vanilla
Tea: Iced black unsweet
Wine: No but love zero carb/no sugar white claw or Truly’s
Hobbies: Reading /hiking/camping
Movie Theater: Regal
Charity: ASPCA
Special Dietary Needs: Keto (no starchy carbs or sugar)
Stores: Target


Suzanne Piri – Resource
Birthday: Feb. 8
Color: Dark red, navy, black
Candy: Lindt dark chocolate bar 70-80% Cocoa
Mint: No
Gum: Bubble Gum
Fast Food: Cava, Yafo ,Sabor, Jason’s deli, Starbucks
Dining: Burtons, Mama Ricotta, Cantina
Dining: Cantina
Dept. Store: Target
Coffee: Regular coffee
Tea: No
Wine: No
Movie Theater: AMC or Phillip’s place



Teresa Lee-Hedlund – Lower El Teacher
Birthday: June 6
Color: Purple & pink
Candy: Skittles and Starburst
Mint: Ice Breaker Mints – spearmint
Gum: Spearmint
Fast Food: Chick-Fil-A
Dining: Chili’s, Viva Chicken, CHOPT
Department Store: Target, Walmart
Coffee: Starbucks – skinny vanilla latte; McD’s iced coffee (with cream & sugar – no flavoring)
Tea: Sweet tea
Wine: None
Hobbies: Reading, traveling, music, ice skating, kid-friendly activities with my children (ie. Discovery Place, zoo, stage shows, etc.)
Movie theater: Sun Valley 14 or Regal
Charity: St. Jude
Special dietary needs: None
Other Favorites: Anything Disney-related, music concerts/shows
I do Not like…heavily-scented soaps/sprays/creams, anything cinnamon-flavored, no candles please


Tricia Kozek – Visual Art
Birthday:  June 18
Color: Greens
Candy: Smarties, Reeces pieces
Mint: –
Gum: No
Fast Food:  Jimmy Johns
Department Store: Target
Coffee: Intravenously
Tea:  Green, chai
Wine: –
Hobbies: Art, music
Movie theater:-
Special dietary needs:  None