Staff Directory

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Essence Shoffner

Essence Shoffner
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Dance with K-12 Licensure, English Minor
Locations: Upper, Middle
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I love sharing my enormous passion for Dance with students, and I believe in the importance of art education. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where I performed in various dance recitals as a dance major, and half-time performances as a member and captain of the Spartan G's Dance Team. Dance has been my entire life and I wouldn't have it any other way! I moved to Charlotte from Burlington, NC last year and this will be my first year with PLP. I am excited to be joining the team! I will be teaching middle and upper school Dance classes, along with a few Theatre classes! You will almost always see me around PLP with an iced coffee.

Erica Singleton

Erica Singleton
Locations: Upper
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I am a former Division 1 Track and Field athlete for Winthrop University, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. Following my college throwing career (shot putt, discus, javelin and hammer), I started work at WJFK-FM where I rose from a book reviewer for the G.Gordon Liddy Show and member of the Redskins Radio Flagship Broadcast team to become the station's Programming Assistant. In 2008, I was voted Creative Loafing’s Best of Charlotte Critics Choice for Best Local Reporter for my work at The Charlotte Post covering sports, education, entertainment and travel. I have contributed original sports, travel and business pieces and photos to regional and national publications, including Lake Norman Magazine, The Columbus Times, and Budget Travel Girlfriend Getaways.

An avid swimmer and drowning prevention advocate, I have worked for Little Otter Swim School for six years, instructing swimmers, training instructors, managing facilities, and helping to develop an upper level competitive swim program. After working in Aquatics, I returned to media work as the Director of Communications for Professionals Beyond the Game, a non-profit organization committed to prepare former collegiate athletes for life after sports.

I have served the PLP community as the Middle School Swim Coach and High School Track and field throwers coach. 

Suzy Sliney

Suzy Sliney
Degrees: B.A. in Business Administration, Westminster College
Master of Business Administration from Fontbonne University
Locations: Upper
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I love supporting our students and helping them see the vastness of potential that they hold. "To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try". --Rosa Parks

Melinda Smith

Melinda Smith
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Special Education with Autism concentration
Locations: Upper
Departments: Exceptional Children
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My husband and I moved to Mooresville in 2006 with our 11 year old daughter and I have been with Pine Lake since the middle and upper schools first opened, starting as a substitute teacher. I choose to teach Special Education because every child is capable of learning when taught to their way of understanding. "If a child can't learn the way we teach, then maybe we should teach the way they learn" - Ignacio Estrada.

Kimberlee Strickfaden

Kimberlee Strickfaden
Degrees: Bachelor of Science, Winthrop University
Master of Education, Campbell University
Executive Leadership School Administration Certificate, Gardner-Webb University
Locations: Upper, Lower, Middle
Departments: Administration
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An Exceptional Children's teacher for 18 years, Kimberlee leads Pine Lake Prep in student support services related to academic and behavioral interventions, Child Find and Special Education services under the umbrella of the North Carolina's Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. Kimberlee lives in Huntersville with husband Scott and two children Kylee and Lucas. She enjoys SC beaches and family vacations. In her spare time, she likes to cheer on PLP basketball, see Broadway musicals and walk her dog, Kayman.

Jeff Walker

Jeff Walker
Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Science Teaching, Clemson University
Master of Education in Science & Math, College of Charleston
Locations: Upper
Departments: Engineering
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The benefits of a K-12 STEM continuum at Pine Lake are immense.  Students work to solve difficult problems through collaboration and creativity while applying sound problem solving and critical thinking strategies.  Most importantly, students learn to keep going when something doesn’t work the first time, or the second, or third….. This mindset empowers students and prepares them for any college major or career they take on with the hope that they will make a difference in their school, community, and world.