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Heather Achter

Heather Achter
Titles: Upper School Theatre Arts Teacher
Degrees: MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design
BA, Belmont Abbey College
Locations: Upper
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Heather Achter received her Masters of Fine Arts in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design where she concentrated on directing and was a moderator for the Savannah Film Festival. She was an adjunct professor at Belmont Abbey College where she also received her BA in History and was a Father John Oetgen Theatre Scholar. She previously taught at Kings Mountain High School and worked with the North Carolina Theatre Conference as a host and member for the Regional High School Play Festival. She also directed for Carolina Actors Studio Theatre and is currently a board member of the NC Theatre Arts Educators. She is very excited about joining the community at PLP.

Daniel Alburger

Daniel Alburger
Titles: Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Education
Master of Education
Locations: Upper
Departments: Upper School English
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We moved to Pine Lake in August of 2015 after teaching in the Baltimore area for nine years. Even though we had moved down to the area in order to live on a farm, we didn't make that happen until this past summer. When I'm not teaching English or mowing the acres, I enjoy playing board games, building things, reading, and Xbox. More writing, more reading!

Tracie Aldridge

Tracie Aldridge
Titles: Teacher Associate
Degrees: B.S. in Elementary and Special Education
Master of Arts in Education (Counseling)
Locations: Lower
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I teach because I love helping bring about that "a-ha" moment for students of every age and ability level. I enjoy being challenged to figure out how students think and what will most effectively engage them. I teach always, because I can't help it. I teach even when I'm not at school.

Preston Allison

Preston Allison
Titles: IT Specialist
Degrees: IT Diploma and Certificates Mitchell Community College
Locations: Upper, Lower, Administration, Middle
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Studied various forms of technology at Mitchell Community College. Also worked for ISP (TDS/Continuum) for 4 years before joining the PLP team. I enjoy coaching MS football and taking on new technology challenges.

Rosicler Augustineli

Rosicler Augustineli
Titles: Spanish 3rd and 4th Grade Teaching Assistant
Degrees: Degree in Education and Master in Literacy at Tuiuti University - Brazil
Locations: Lower
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I moved from PA to NC in 2020. I was born and raised in Brazil, I used to be a teacher in my home country for almost 20 years, teaching kids from Kindergarten to Elementary School. Then my family and I moved to Mexico, where I learned to speak Spanish. I love to travel and explore different cultures. My philosophy is "by embracing our differences we can use diversity to learn from one another and promote empathy." I'm so happy to be part of PLP team, and I'm looking forward to exchanging experiences with the students to aid in their growth!

Karen Bailey

Karen Bailey
Titles: Teacher Associate - Kindergarten
Degrees: Bachelor of Science
Locations: Lower
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It is a joy to be a part of the kindergartner journey! My boys attend PLP and are both in middle school. When we are not at their soccer games we enjoy hiking, lake days and taking new adventures.

Andrea Baron

Andrea Baron
Titles: Teacher Associate
Degrees: Physical Therapy
Locations: Lower
Departments: First Grade
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I was born and raised in Colombia. Spanish is my first language. I earned a degree in Physical Therapy. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Cesar, for seventeen years. We have two amazing children, Daniel and Catalina. Prior to working at PLP I worked for five years in various educational settings. Currently, I am in my second year at PLP. My passion is teaching. I hope to inspire and to challenge children to love learning.

Jennifer Bassett

Jennifer Bassett
Titles: Orchestra Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance and Bachelor's in Music Education
Master's in Music Education
Locations: Upper, Middle and Upper, Middle
Departments: Fine Arts, Orchestra
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I have been teaching strings for 14 years, in both the private studio and public school settings. I believe that music education is a core part of a balanced school curriculum, and that even the youngest of musicians can play an instrument with artistry. When I am not teaching or conducting, I freelance as a cellist throughout the greater Charlotte area and spend time with my husband and children.

Karen Bell

Karen Bell
Titles: Payroll Manager
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Locations: Administration
Departments: Finance
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Christine Bezer

Christine Bezer
Titles: Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology
Masters in Special Education
Board Certified Associate Behavior Analyst (BCaBA)
Locations: Upper
Departments: Exceptional Children
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I believe that each child is an individual and that ALL children can learn. I believe every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. It has always been my passion to help children discover their special gifts in order for them to be the best they can be. . When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two daughters, going to the beach, reading, hiking, cooking and exploring new places.

“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.” ~Walt Streightiff

Jessica Biondo

Jessica Biondo
Titles: Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with minors in Language Arts and History
Masters of Science in Teaching, Learning & Curriculum with a concentration in Global & International Education
Locations: Middle
Departments: Sixth Grade Social Studies
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I am passionate about helping my students discover the world beyond our classroom and more about themselves in the process!

Adam Bitters

Adam Bitters
Titles: Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
Locations: Upper
Departments: English, 9, AP Seminar, Multimedia
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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." - Sarah Frances Brown

Wilter Blanco

Wilter Blanco
Titles: Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor in Language Teaching, Major in English .
Locations: Lower
Departments: Second grade Spanish Immersion
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No one cares what you know until they know you care. I enjoy being part of a community in which we all grow together and seeing my students improve everyday; not only academically but also their character traits.

Helen Borbor

Helen Borbor
Titles: Third Grade Spanish Immersion Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor's Degree in Spanish
Locations: Lower
Departments: Third Grade Spanish Immersion
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I am originally from Brooklyn, NY and moved to Charlotte in 2005. I am a mother of 3 wonderful boys. Nicholas is PLP class of 2015, Marcus is class of 2018. Nicholas graduated from UNC at Chapel Hill in 2019 and Marcus graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2021. Zacharias has been at PLP since kindergarten and is currently a Junior. As a family we love to travel and learn about different cultures. My philosophy in life is as follows: "Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Thank how really precious is the time you have to spend,whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored". - Earl Nightingale

Hannah Brantley

Hannah Brantley
Titles: 5th Grade Science Teacher
Degrees: Bachelors in Elementary Education - UNC Greensboro
Masters in Curriculum Specialist- Appalachian State University
Locations: Lower
Departments: Fifth Grade, Science
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I believe in hands on learning where students discover the curriculum with my support and coaching. I foster relationships with my students to help develop a classroom community of respect.

Bridgett Brower

Bridgett Brower
Titles: Teacher
Degrees: University of Charleston
Locations: Lower
Departments: Fifth Grade
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I love sharing my enthusiasm for reading with students and enjoy the excitement a good book can bring to a young mind.   

Erin Buda

Erin Buda
Titles: Middle School Math Teacher
Degrees: Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education- Central Michigan University
Masters in Math Education- University of North Carolina Charlotte
Locations: Middle
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I am so excited to be part of the Pine Lake family! I absolutely love teaching and am so honored that I get to be an extra positive person in our youth's lives.

Jeff Burr

Jeff Burr
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Social Studies 
Master of Art in Educational Leadership, K-12 Administration
Locations: Upper
Departments: Social Studies, 10-12
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It is my belief that every child has the ability to learn and it is my purpose to find the best avenue for their learning. I had a coach once tell me that every day you should learn something new because if you don't others will pass you by in life. I have taken that advice to heart and find different ways to present material and encourage my students to help them build relationships, critical-thinking skills, and learning to cope and respond to adversity. 

Susan Carr

Susan Carr
Titles: Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Business Management
Locations: Middle
Departments: Middle School
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Middle School can be some of the hardest years a student will experience. I enjoy helping our students get through these years. A positive environment is so important and it is my goal to be a positive influence to our students. I am also a mom of two (almost grown) children. My oldest is in college and my youngest will graduate from high school this year! I will soon be an "empty nester" and am thankful to have the PLP middle school students to interact with.

Dana Catchpole

Dana Catchpole
Titles: Upper School Counselor
Degrees: Masters in Education: School Counseling from SUNY Buffalo
B.A.: Social Science - Interdisciplinary Studies
Locations: Upper
Departments: Counseling
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Originally from Buffalo, NY, I received both of my degrees from the University at Buffalo. Prior to joining the Pine Lake community, I spent 12 years working as a school counselor in nearby school districts. When I am not at school, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my family. 

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.” -Mary Anne Radmacher

Bryan Chappell

Bryan Chappell
Titles: Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science
Locations: Middle
Departments: Middle School, STEM
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I am originally from Syracuse, New York (GO ORANGE!) and moved to NC a few weeks after graduating from college. I have taught in CMS and ISS before coming to Pine Lake, and love being part of the PRIDE! Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family and rooting on my favorite sports teams.

Kelly Chappell

Kelly Chappell
Titles: Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Grades Kindergarten - 9, with an English Concentration & Middle School Science 6-8
Locations: Middle
Departments: Science, Seventh Grade
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My personal philosophy is that every child should be given the opportunity for an amazing educational experience with teachers that are passionate about fostering a love for learning.

Jennifer Clarke

Jennifer Clarke
Titles: 3rd Grade Spanish Immersion Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in English - Ohio State University
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish - UNCC
Master of Arts in Teaching, Grades K-6 - Queens University
Locations: Lower
Departments: Third Grade
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I joined the Pine Lake PRIDE in 2008, and I have enjoyed teaching students in grades 3-5. Teaching is my calling, and my goals are to celebrate the unique gifts that each student brings to our class and to grow my students into lifelong readers, learners, and problem solvers.

Leslie Clegg

Leslie Clegg
Titles: Teacher
Degrees: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education
Locations: Lower
Departments: K-5th Grade, Visual Arts
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My belief is that school should be a place where students feel excited to be and respected. In my classroom I love it when my students feel free to explore art and see that creativity is limitless. My husband would say this is my passion and I would have to agree. I have lived in some pretty amazing places (Germany, Greece, Saudi Arabia and several US states) which makes for some fun stories in my class. I love to ignite within my students my love for travel, looking at the beauty in the smallest of things and that art is a universal language regardless of place or age.

Nandini Connell

Titles: Teacher Associate
Degrees: Master of Science in Interior Decoration
Locations: Lower
Departments: Kindergarten
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I am passionate about educating and inspiring young individuals to explore, learn and build a life of good character and integrity. I love every moment being in the midst of children and learning from them as much as they learn from me.
I joined Pine Lake Prep in 2013 as an Associate Teacher for Kindergarten. All of us at PLP are like pieces of a puzzle that make the picture complete. I am an art enthusiast who loves interior decorating and gardening.
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