FACULTY & STAFF
Ms. Beth, Director & Instructor
Beth was a founder of the original pilot program at Jordan Lake School of the Arts. She has a degree from North Carolina State University in Education, Master's coursework in Special Education and is one course from completing a Master's Degree in English from East Carolina University with a specialization in Multi-Cultural and Transnational Literature. She has taken a wide array of training in working with divergent thinkers, has worked in public and private settings with at risk and exceptional students prior to JLSA. Beth is certain that some students need a different type of learning environment and is dedicated to providing a once in a lifetime learning experience for children.
Ms. Jamiya, Horizon's Instructor & Manager
Jamiya is a graduate from North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina. Jamiya majored in Physical Education with a concentration in teaching as well as completed the Teaching Program in Fall 2011. Graduating from Wallace-Rose Hill high school as a North Carolina Scholar she has always loved academics. She has worked in public instruction as well as Montessori settings. Jamiya has a true love for children and a desire to help them to expand their knowledge.
Ms. Sheena, Primary Grades Instructor
Sheena Holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Political Science from St. Augustine’s College. She has worked for the City of Raleigh for years in the role as a Before/After-School Care Director and provider. As a care provider for the City of Raleigh she has experience working One-on-One with students that have Autism as well as other students that think out the box and that are very gifted. Sheena worked as a Practicum Assistant with students in a Special Education Program through Peace College where she earned her teaching certification. She has also worked with the students at Millbrook Exchange Center holding different educational events and activities. Sheena has a passion for helping others and working with students. She is reliable, patient, energetic, and very caring.
Ms. Lauren, Language Arts, Humanities & Project Instructor
finishing her bachelor’s degree at Hamilton College, Ms. Lauren taught at a boarding school in the Berkshires, where she found herself drawn to roles that allowed her to support students both academically and emotionally. Subsequently, she pursued that path
as a teacher, counselor, and minor administrator in a variety of schools and completed her Ed.M from Harvard. Ms. Lauren is the parent to a special needs child and considers herself neurodivergent. She lives with her family in Chapel Hill.
Ms. Samantha, Mathematics & Science Instructor
Samantha holds a Master of Education degree from University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She has worked as a teacher, curriculum developer, and administrator with students in preschool through college. She first earned her teaching certificate in North Carolina, and taught math in Stokes and Guilford County public schools. Most recently she returned from Nanjing, China, where she was the Curriculum Director and Foreign Headmaster for a start-up international education company. Her passion is finding ways for every learner to thrive and feel successful through agency in their education. Samantha lives in Cary with her husband and two young children.
Ms. Liz, Academic, Civics & Theater Instructor
Liz studied drama at the Long Island, NY High School of the Performing Arts, Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York City, Herbert Bergdorf Studio, and The Real Stage. Liz has performed as an actor in numerous venues, was a founding member of the Rogue Theater Company, and has been teaching, coaching, and directing professional and student actors for nearly 20 years. Liz has been teaching specialized academics for years and is trained through the Augustine Literacy Project in reading instruction, utilizing the Orton Gillingham & Wilson methods, as well as a Scientific Learner Certified provider.
Mr. Zach, Supervising Aide & Teacher Support
Zachary holds a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from UNC-Chapel Hill. He started his journey helping individuals on the spectrum as a counselor for the Autism Society of North Carolina at Camp Royall. He has a great passion for reading and writing of all sorts and loves sharing that passion with the students at our wonderful school. Currently he is working towards national certification in the principles of applied behavioral analysis, which he implements to great effect at JLSA.
Ms. Sherri, Aide & Teacher Support
Sherri have been in the education field for over 25 years. in public and private settings She has spent many years working with exceptional students with a variety of learning differences. Her passion is teaching and helping kids reach their goals. My hobbies include kayaking, hiking, camping, gardening and spending time with my family.
Agape Environmental Education, Outdoor Education
ACE Education is the Agapé Center for Environmental Education, a carefully developed and integrated program designed to meet the goals of science set forth by the NC Department of Public Instruction. ACE Education is a creative way to meet NC Essential Standards for Science and Social Studies.