FACULTY & STAFF
Sheena Rapley, 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.
Jennifer Calcagno, Language Arts, Humanities & Civics Instructor
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University in Communications and Public Relations with a minor in Journalism. She began her career in Chicago as an advertising Copywriter then moved to NJ to open a talent management company and host a cable music show. As well as years of direct instruction experience, Jen has been working with children through the Hand in Hand inclusion program, Special Olympic and as a Director at Prestonwood’s Kids Club. She is a published poet and currently lives in Apex with her Pastry Chef husband, son, daughter and golden retriever.
Karina Kopija, Mathematics & Foreign Language Instructor
Karina Kopija was born and educated in Poland where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. She is fluent in several languages and enjoys learning and teaching international languages. After she came to US in 2004 she became trained in math instruction and has spent years teaching Math to students. Nothing brings her more satisfaction than to see students succeed and master new math skills. Karina is also a Certified Health Coach and is very passionate about nutrition and healthy lifestyle. She loves spending time with her husband, two daughters and a little Maltipoo Skylar.
Liz Everett-Smith, Academic & 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.
Jamiya Allen, Instructor & Afterschool Program
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.