6800 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28212
Courier #: 377
P: 980-343-6430  |  F: 980-343-6437 
LC: Southeast
Bell Schedule: 7:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Grades: 9-12
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Spotlight Staff Member of the Week

2019-2020

Kelly Taylor.jpgKelly Taylor is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week.  Ms. Taylor is from Camillus, NY-right outside of Syracuse (Go Orange). Ms. Taylor went to SUNY Cortland where she majored in Adolescent Math Education 7-12. Ms. Taylor has been teaching for 7 years, she currently teaches Math at East. Ms. Taylor enjoys going to the beach, hanging out with family and playing with her puppy (Goldendoodle). She is hoping to graduate this spring from Graduate School and receive her masters in School Counseling from

UNCC.


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Anna Hesmer is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Ms. Hesmer is from Charlotte, NC currently lives in Gastonia. She attended Salem College where she received her BS in Home Economics. Ms. Hesmer has been teaching for 13 years. She is in our Culinary Dept. at East. Ms. Hesmer enjoys walks on the beach, photographs of anything at the beach, anything involving her kids and because of kids, she is currently hooked on Zelda: Breath of the Wild (videogame).


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Sydney Burgess is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Ms.Burgess is from Bettendorf, Iowa. She attended Smith College where she majored in government. She also attended University of Chicago and UNC Charlotte. Ms. Burgess is one of our School Counselors, she can be found in Student Services. Ms. Burgess enjoys hiking, camping, knitting, needle-point, sewing, playing tennis, spending time in the NC mountains and the upper midwest.

 


Jerry Pratt is our Staff Member of the Week.  Mr. Pratt is from Detroit, Michigan. He attended Georgia Southern where he majored in Sports Broadcasting. He enjoys football, basketball, weight lifting, baseball, golf, track & field, reading, riding motorcycles and jet skis. He also enjoys MMA, racing fast cars and bikes. He loves teaching and working with student athletes. Coach Pratt oversees ISS and Lockout.


Tammy Crosby and Kim Quintero.pngTammy Crsoby and Kim Quintero are our Splotlight Staff Member of the Week. Ms. Crosby and Ms. Quintero are our Wonderful Front Office secretaries. Ms. Crosby is from Rock Hill, SC, she attended King’s College. Ms. Crosby enjoys all pets, jazz, going to concerts, traveling and shopping.

Ms. Quintero is from Olney Maryland. She attended the University of Maryland where she majored in Business. Ms. Quintero enjoys hanging out with her family, watching sports, going to flea markets and refurbishing old furniture.


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Jason Fowler is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week.  Mr. Fowler is from Chadbourn, NC. He attended Wingate University where he received his BS in Physical Education and his Masters in Educational Leadership. He has been teaching for 20 years. He is the Athletic Director at East. Mr. Fowler enjoys sports, baking, spending time with his family and barbecuing.


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Jason Buzzard is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Mr. Buzzard is from Clifton Forge, Virginia. He attended Radford University where he majored in Health and Physical Education. He has been teaching for 23 years. He is in our PE dept. at East. Mr. Buzzard enjoys coaching basketball, reading and being involved in his son’s travel basketball.


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Nicole Roper is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week.  Ms. Roper is from Charlotte, NC. She attended NC A&T State University where she majored in Graphics Design. She has been teaching for 4 years. She currently teaches CTE-Computer Science at East. Ms. Roper enjoys dancing, eating and hanging out with friends.



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Ashley Williams is our Spotlight Staff Member if the Week.  Ms. Williams is from Queens, NY. She attended Case Western Reserve University where she majored in Medical Physiology. She has been teaching for 1 year, she has taught Anatomy and physiology. Ms. Williams currently teaches Earth and Enviro at East. Ms. Williams enjoys yoga, reading, wine tasting and traveling.



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Cristina Capello is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Ms. Capello claims Rochester NY and Baton Rouge, LA as home. She attended Bucknell University, SUNY Brockport and LSU where she earned a BA in Intl Relations and History, MS in Social Studies. She has been teaching for 4 years, she has taught Civics and Economics. Ms. Capello enjoys reading, writing, hiking, camping, traveling and rotary.
 
 

 
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Chris Brinkley is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Mr Brinkley grew up in Wilmington, NC. He attended UNC Chapel Hill for an undergraduate in Biology and music studies. He got his masters at East Carolina University in Biology. He has been teaching for 13 years. Mr. Brinkley enjoys weightlifting and playing the piano. He is a concert pianist and have played solo concerts. He has done weddings and party events.




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Ashanti Pilgrim is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Ms. Pilgrim is from Humboldt, TN. She attended the University of Memphis, B.S. Ed and the University of West Georgia, M. ED where she majored in Education. She has been teaching for 7 years. She currently teaches Earth Science at East. Ms. Pilgrim enjoys spending time with her husband, enjoys all sports, shopping and traveling.

 

 

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Jasmin Blowe is our Spotlight of the Week. Ms.Blowe is from Fayetteville, NC. She attended Methodist University where she majored in Chemistry. This is her first year teaching. She currently teaches Chemistry at East. Ms. Blowe enjoys playing volleyball and traveling.

 

 

 

 

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Beth Owens is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Ms. Owens is from Lae, Papua New Guinea. She attended Converse, UGA where she received a BFA and MFA. Ms. Owens has been teaching for 21 years, she currently teaches Contemporary Craft. and Design. Ms. Owens enjoys art, reading, cycling and cooking.

 

 

 

TanishaDacosta.jpgTanisha Dacosta is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week.  Ms. Dacosta is from Buffalo, New York. She attended Medaille College where she majored in business. She has been teaching for 3 years. She is currently teaching Principle of Business at East. Ms. Dacosta enjoys being a cheerleading coach, a life coach, a mentor to young women and families.

 

 

 

AntionioPrieto.jpgAntonio Prieto is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week.Mr. Prieto is from New York City. He attended Emory College where he majored in Chemistry. He has been teaching for 7 years. He currently teaches Biology and Earth/Environmental Science at East. Mr. Prieto enjoys Hiking and Reading.

 

 

 

DietraMaples.jpgDietra Maples is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Ms. Maples is from Newark, NY. She attended SUNY @ Courtland and Thomas Jefferson University where she majored in Biology. .She currently teaches Earth Science at East. Ms. Maples enjoys sleeping when she can and making homemade pancakes for her kids on Saturday




WhitneyFisher.jpgWhitney Fisher is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Mrs. Fisher is from Naples, Florida. She attended Johnson and Wales in Charlotte, where she majored in Food Service Management as well as Baking and Pastry Arts. She has been teaching for 2 years, she currently teaches Culinary Arts at East. Mrs. Fisher enjoys music, playing the drums, loves all sports, especially football, loves food, traveling and trying new things.




AshleyBurgess.jpgAshley Burgess is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Ms. Burgess is from Oakboro, North Carolina. She attended Appalachian State University where she majored in Math. She has been teaching for 24 years. She currently teaches Math 2 and Math 3. Ms. Burgess enjoys spending time with my family and dog, camping and working in my yard.




NicholasDellaPace.jpgNicholas DellaPace is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Mr. DellaPace is from Smithtown, New York. He attended St. Joseph’s College where he majored in History. He has been teaching for 1 year. He currently teaches World History at East. Mr. DellaPace enjoys coaching wrestling, watching football and baseball, going on hikes, making knives/wooden signs, watching the Office and Friends.




BarbaraWoodcock.jpgBarbara Woodcock is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Ms. Woodcock is from Winston-Salem, NC. She attended Lenoir-Rhyne University where she majored in Math. She has been teaching for 7 years. She is teaching Math at East. Ms. Woodcock enjoys reading thrillers, jigsaw puzzles, visiting family and friends.




StanleyWeaver.jpgStanley Weaver is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Mr. Weaver is from Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Johnson &Wales University where he majored in Culinary Arts, Baking and Arts and Food Service Management. He has been teaching for 2 years, he is currently teaching Culinary Arts at East. Mr. Weaver enjoys going to the Gym, Hip Hop Dancing, ziplining and watching Netflix.




mimipickens.jpgMimi Pickens is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week.Ms. Pickens is from Spartanburg, South Carolina. She attended College of Charleston she majored in History and Political Science. She has been teaching for 23 years. She currently teaches IB HOTA II, AP World History, Speech and Debate. Ms. Pickens enjoys trivia, travelling, reading, Clemson Football, family and her doggie - Callie Girl.




Mr.Shaw.jpgSpenser Shaw is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Mr. Shaw is from Matthews, NC. He attended UNC-Charlotte where he majored in History/ Secondary Education. He has been teaching for 6 years. He is currently teaching American History at East. Mr. Shaw enjoys anything football, playing golf, hunting, fishing, being outdoors or being by the lake, spending time with his kids and some more football! :)




RobinWilliams.jpgRobin Williams is our Spotlight Staff Member of the Week. Mrs. Williams is from Anchorage, Alaska. She went to Indiana University where she majored in Secondary Ed English. She also went to UNCG where she received her masters in Library Science. Ms. Williams is our new Media Specialist. She has been teaching for 18 years. Ms. Williams enjoys time with her family, reading, traveling and being outdoors.

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