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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! 

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Mrs. Bello

I am from Youngstown, Ohio.  I graduated from Youngstown State University, in 2001, with a degree in Elementary Education, grades K-8. I have been teaching for 17 years and began my teaching career in Naples, Florida where I taught 2nd grade for two years. From there,  I moved here to North Carolina, in 2005, and taught 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade in both Union and Mecklenburg counties for 14 years.  I came to Gaston County last school year, and have been teaching 3rd grade here at Brookside Elementary. My husband is a High School History teacher in CMS.   In my spare time, I enjoy running!  I have completed many half-marathons and am proud to say I am a MARATHONER!  

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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.

 

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Mrs. Dellinger

My name is Melanie Dellinger and I am so excited to be at Brookside. I have been married since 2003 and have 3 wonderful children. I have a degree in Biblical Studies and a degree in Early Childhood Education. I love my family and my 2 dogs very much. I enjoy reading, teaching/organizing kids church, singing, Disney, the mountains, building things with my husband, and doing pretty much anything crafty. One of the reasons I wanted to join the education world is that I love to see that “aha” moment in a student’s eyes! I can’t wait to see what this year has in store at Brookside!