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HS - Kings Mountain Sr. High School A.A. - Early Childhood Education - Gaston College PRES Teacher Assistant of the Year 2021-2022

Ms. Brenda Ginyard - Kindergarten TA Dept. Chair

I'm Brenda Ginyard, and I'm from Kings Mountain, NC and graduated from Kings Mountain High School. I've always had a love for kids. I've worked in several day care centers and went in to Manufacturing for several years. I have three kids of my own and three grand children. In 2002, I went to college to get my degree in early childhood education. I started out as a substitute, then in 2004, I got a job as a teacher assistant at Forest Heights Elementary School and worked there for years. Then I moved to Pleasant Ridge Elementary School, where I am currently working as a kindergarten teacher assistant. Things I like to do in my spare time are visit family and friends, read, do word searches, and watch TV.

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B.A. Marketing; Minors in Psychology & Healthcare Management - Belmont Abbey College Masters of School Counseling in Progress - University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Ms. Caleigh Carey

I graduated from Belmont Abbey College in May of 2022 with a Bachelor's in Marketing and a double minor in Psychology and Healthcare Management. I opened a dance studio for underprivileged children when I was 18 years old. I came to Pleasant Ridge Elementary last year in December as a teacher assistant and love it so much. I am currently going to graduate school to earn my Masters in School Counseling.

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B.A. in progress - Gardner-Webb University

Mrs. Andrea Moore

I am an energetic person with a passion for elementary students to learn! I've been with Gaston County Schools for 4 years however with that said,  I've been in education for quite some time. I have 3 boys and a wonderful husband & we love to go camping, walk our dogs & game nights. Looking forward to a great year at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School.

"Children learn from anything and everything they see. They learn wherever they are, not just in special learning places." ~John Holt

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A.A. General Education - Gaston College

Ms. Tamara Phillips

My name is Tamara Phillips and I'm excited to be a teacher assistant in kindergarten here at Pleasant Ridge! I've been a substitute teacher for Gaston County Schools for several years. I just started my journey as a kindergarten teacher assistant in 2021. In my free time, I love spending time with my husband and our three boys! I love family time!

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Ms. Karen Threats