Mrs. Leagan

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Mrs. Leagan

My name is Michelle Leagan. I am beginning my 26th year of teaching and my 22nd year at Brookside! I'm excited to be returning to first grade. I love teaching, the UNC Tar Heels, monkeys, my two sweet dogs, and my wonderful husband, family and friends. I'm looking forward to a fantastic year! 

 Mrs. Maynard

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Mrs. Maynard

My name is Kelsey Maynard. This is my fourth year teaching and my first year in 4th grade! I have previously taught first and second grade and am looking forward to this new adventure. I graduated from Belmont Abbey College in 2014 with my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. I am currently working on my Master's Degree at UNC Greensboro in Information Science with intentions of one day being a school librarian.  I grew up in New York State in the Hudson Valley on a fruit farm. I have 2 sisters, 3 brothers, 2 nephews and a niece that I love to visit as often as I can! I love reading, dark chocolate, baking and spending time with my two dogs and two cats. I am getting married this December and will become Mrs. Maynard. I am very excited to be at Brookside this year and I look forward to wonderful school year!

 Miss McKenzie

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Miss McKenzie

I am thrilled to begin my first year teaching here at Brookside Elementary. I am a former Ashbrook High School graduate. I graduated in December 2017 from Montreat College with a BS in Educational Studies. Upon graduating, I substitute taught for Gaston County Schools. I am looking forward to a wonderful first year here at Brookside Elementary! 

Mrs. Pearson

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Mrs. Pearson

I am thrilled to begin my first year teaching First grade at Brookside! I have a bachelorś degree in Elementary Education and a Masterś degree in Reading from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. I have taught 6th and 4th grade in the past. I moved to NC a couple of years ago from the Pittsburgh, PA area (go Steelers!). I just got married in December and live with my husband Jimmy in Gastonia. I love playing piano, chess, reading and drinking coffee in my free time!

Ms. Thornton

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Ms. Thornton

I have taught school for 24 years. I have taught Kindergarten, First, Second, Fourth and K-12 French. I have also taught adult high school. I have enjoyed every level that I have taught. There is always something new to learn at each level.

I have a little dog her name is Lucy. She is a black an white poodle. I have also a cat named splat.