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Ms. Brooke Rounsley

I graduated from Kent State University with my Bachelor of Science degree and Cleveland State University with my Master of Arts degree in Speech-Language Pathology. I am originally from Northeast Ohio, but I have lived in Charlotte, NC since August 2021. Since starting my career as a speech-therapist, I have worked in pediatrics in a variety of settings including a special needs day program, multidisciplinary pediatric clinic, charter school, and a public elementary school. I have a passion for working with the special needs community and have experience working with children who use Augmentative Alternative Communication devices. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking, and reading.

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Ms. Megan Byrd

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Mr. Steven VanDyke

Steven graduated from Harding University in 2004 with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. He earned his M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Lenoir-Rhyne University in 2008. Before working with Gaston County Schools he worked  in various pediatric settings in Cleveland, Lincoln, Gaston, and Mecklenburg counties including,  Pediatric Home Health, Early Intervention, and most recently in a Pediatric Outpatient Sensory Clinic. After work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, playing board games, and hiking. 

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Ms. Jennifer Wojnicki

Physical Therapy degree from State University of New York at Buffalo
Experience: 20+ years in pediatric (ages birth to 22) physical therapy including school based, pre-school, early intervention and home care. My role as a school based physical therapist with GCS is to provide therapy, consultation, and to be a resource for children with physical challenges  and to school staff with regards to accessing the educational environment.
Personal: I live with my husband and dog near the Mount Holly area. I am a mother to 3 grown sons and one grandson. My interests include gardening, plants and creating things in the kitchen. We also travel to Buffalo, NY as much as possible to see our family and cheer for the Buffalo Bills!

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Ms. Wendy Ham

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Mrs. Jackie Bates

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Mrs. Donna Hice

Brookside became my home in August, 2007. I began my career as a SLPA working with Lesli Miller. I absolutely loved my job. However, Gaston County cut all the Assistant positions in speech. I stayed on as a Teacher Assistant in Behavior Lab. From there I held positions in 2nd grade, kindergarten, SBS, and now in our SAC classroom. 
Away from work, I spend my time with my 10 year old niece. We both enjoy the mountains. Our summers are spent at the recreation center pool where she participates on the swim team.

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Mrs. Nicole McDuffee

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Ms. Lynnette Owens

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Miss Paige Bates

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Ms. Cheryl Babiec

I was born at Westover Air Force Base, Chicopee, Massachusetts. My dad was in the Air Force,
and I grew up moving from one military base to another, making many friends along the way. I have
lived in Massachusetts, Okinawa, Florida, Nebraska, and Rhode Island. I have lived in North Carolina for
almost fifteen years. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in
Human Development and Family Studies. I took time off to raise my two sons. My interest in Special
Education began after raising a son with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. I have two sons. My older son,
Justin, passed away, and my younger son, Logan is a junior at UNC Charlotte. I worked for Cleveland
County Schools as a substitute cafeteria worker and substitute teacher. When Logan got older, I began
working for Gaston County Schools. I have worked for Gaston County Schools for eight years. I have
worked as a cafeteria assistant, an EC bus monitor, and an EC Teacher Assistant. When I am not at work I
enjoy bird feeding (my favorite is the hummingbird), gardening, bike riding, hiking, reading, and doing
embroidery. I also enjoy spending time with my family.

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Mrs. Emily Cianciotta