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A.A. - Gaston College B.A. - Belmont Abbey College

Ms. Kimberly Stellato - Department Chair

My experiences began in church-with leading Wednesday night children’s groups, which then led me to substitute teaching, then tutoring, bus driving, being a teacher assistant, and ultimately to teaching in my own class! I have taught K, 1st, and 4th grades, as well as tutored students in 2nd, and 3rd grades. My career in education began in 2005, but I have been in my own classroom for 9 ½ years now.

My education began at Gaston College, where I earned an AA degree, then, I transferred to Belmont Abbey College to continue my education and earned my BA degree(graduated Summa Cum Laude) in K-6 education. 

I have three grown children, but no grandchildren yet! I love to read, volunteer with my church to help organizations that we partner with, and travel. It is so rewarding to see children grow and learn! It’s fun to see them begin to understand things. That will always be the best part of teaching and I will not get tired of seeing that!

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B.S. Gardner-Webb University M.S. Child Development - Walden University Elementary Education Certification - Chowan University

Ms. Angela Gingles

I have taught for over 15 years as a preschool, first, second, and fourth grade teacher. I have also worked as an Early Intervention Specialist. I have lived in Gaston County all of my life.  I have sons and we love to travel.  My personal motto concerning children is: “Children are not children of the future---but of today---and what we do today will affect their future.” 

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B.A. Elementary Education - Slippery Rock University

Mrs. Kallie Gongas

My career started in Pennsylvania. I graduated from Slippery Rock University with a BA degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, I moved to North Carolina with my husband and started teaching at Pleasant Ridge. I don’t have any children of my own, but I have two dogs that are my fur-babies! I enjoy reading, gardening, and being with my family.

I strive to work with families to help their children become successful and grow. I love teaching and helping students reach their goals. 

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Mrs. Allison Henderson

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BSW Social Work - Appalachian State University

Ms. Rachel McDaniel

My name is Rachel McDaniel. I am so excited to start my teaching career at Pleasant Ridge Elementary as a 1st grade teacher! Go Panthers! 

I have my Bachelors degree in Social Work from Appalachian State University. I am currently enrolled at Gardner Webb University to complete my full teaching license. After spending years as a Social Worker and then spending some time as a stay-at-home mom, I made a career change. I started as a Substitute Teacher with Gaston County Schools and for the past four years I have been a Teacher Assistant with Robinson Elementary, Go Royals. My amazing family along with the wonderful teachers and students that I worked with encouraged me to take the next step in teaching.

I have been with my husband for almost 22 years (high school sweethearts) and we have two girls ages 12 and 9. We have 2 dogs and 1 cat at home. Family is important to us. We are also involved in Girl Scouts, all 4 of us, and we are going on year seven with our troop that we started with our friends. I love all things Disney and finding those "ah-ha" moments with my students and Girl Scouts.

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A.A. University of the West Indies (2008) B.A. Elementary Education - Belmont Abbey College (2013) Certifications: AIG & Multi-Lingual Learners

Mrs. Caletra Miller

I'm from a small island in the Caribbean called St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which is where I first started my teaching career. In total, I've been teaching over 10 years. I believe in setting high expectations for my students, but I will also work alongside them to help them achieve those expectations and celebrate with them when they meet their goals.

I'm married and have one daughter. On any given day, you'll find me cheering on my daughter at her riding lessons and horse shows. I enjoy reading and baking desserts when I have the time.

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‣B.A. Educational Studies - Belmont Abbey College ‣Certification (B-Kinder) - University of North Carolina at Greensboro ‣PRES Beginning Teacher of the Year 2021-2022

Mrs. Lori Molina

I graduated from UNCG and this is my second year teaching. I have seven years experience as a teacher assistant here at Pleasant Ridge. I have ten years of experience as a preschool teacher. I have two sons and two grandchildren. My husband and I love camping and gardening.