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Meet the Team 2012

Doni AngellDoni Angell

8th grade science teacher
Madison Middle School
Madison County
Hobbies: hiking, camping, gardening, reading mysteries, eating dark chocolate
Looking forward to:  meeting new people, seeing new sights, learning, laughing, and discovering that which is new and magical to me.

Anita AskewAnita Askew

Exceptional children 1st, 3rd, & 4th grades teacher
Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School
Onslow County
Hobbies: reading, shopping, traveling, friends and family
Looking forward to: learning about Ecuador’s culture and educational system to bring back to my diverse learners, and blogging the experience.

Peggy Cunningham

Margaret (Peggy) Cunningham

Second grade & Forsyth County Science Liaison
Hall-Woodward Elementary School
Forsyth County
Hobbies: I would rather be outside than inside any day.  I enjoy motorcycling, hiking, white water rafting, scuba diving, and got to sky dive solo once.
Looking forward to: I am very excited to visit areas outside of modern society of any country.  I want to learn how people live off the land and what they do to ensure a future for their children.  I am interested in cultures that are tied to the land. I want to see the wonder of untouched areas as well as areas that are being brought back from human abuse.  It will be interesting to see the differences in cultural norms, as well as the environmental norms, from the mountains to the coastal region.

Amy DavisAmy Davis

High School/Area Facilitator for High Schools
Central Office, Durham Public Schools
Durham County
Hobbies: traveling, shopping, reading, cooking/baking
Looking forward to: experiencing a new culture and all its many aspects — the people, the geography, the food, and the flora/fauna.

Terry Anne Denny

Terry DennyK-5th grade music teacher
Lacy Elementary School
Wake County
Looking forward to: I am thrilled to be visiting another country and another continent.  It will be a new experience for me to be surrounded by a different language.  I am looking forward to the different cultural experiences that we will have, learning about the people of Ecuador, being at the equator, and seeing the different natural settings and environments that we will visit. I am also excited about all the new things I will learn that I will be able to share with my students and colleagues!

Diane (Sharon) JacobSharon Jacob

Media Specialist, pre-K-5th grades
Pinnacle Elementary
Rutherford County
Hobbies: traveling, running, hiking, biking, and learning more about cultures and the ecology of the world that surrounds them.
Looking forward to: learning more about the people, culture, environment and ecology of Ecuador.  Learning more about Heifer international. Seeing Blue-footed Boobies and whales.  Meeting other educators to share in an awesome teaching experience and building a professional learning community to share ideas.

Rachel LangbergRachel Langberg

4th grade teacher
Fuller Elementary
Wake County
Hobbies: I enjoy swimming, hanging out with friends, making up songs and dances to teach my class, and walking with my husband (Jason) and dog (Sammy).
Looking forward to: working with new friends, making connections to a culture different from my own, meeting an alpaca, and learning new ways to educate my students.

Sonja McKaySonja McKay

7th grade teacher
Exploris Middle School
Wake County
Hobbies: exploring the world with my two-year old daughter, slowly restoring our 112-year old home.  Crafts.  Being outside.
Looking forward to: seeing Heifer International at work, meeting inspiring people, and experiencing our amazing natural world.

Renee OwenRenee Owen

Administration P-8th
Rainbow Mountain Children’s School
Buncombe County
Hobbies: tennis, hiking, music, dancing, farming, gardening
Looking forward to: being revitalized, connecting with another culture, being awed by all of creation, learning all that I can, and getting inspired to bring back lessons, using Spanish!

Wendy PatoprstyWendy Patoprsty

1st–adult
Watauga County Cooperative Extension — NCA&T State University
Watauga/Ashe County
Hobbies: gardening, camping, jogging, reading, yoga
Looking forward to: making new friends, learning the culture, and understanding how Ecuadorians live.  Seeing new places and experiencing adventures.

Kim SmartKim Smart

K-adults
Prairie Ridge Ecostation, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Wake County
Hobbies: gardening, hiking, singing, dancing, traveling
Looking forward to: getting to know new friends, meeting up with  Ecuadorian friends again, exploring a new highlands region, having a rewarding school workshop day, practicing Spanish.

Mary Ann BrittainMary Ann Brittain

Retired former Director of Prairie Ridge Ecostation
Wake County
Hobbies: Playing violin, pottery, reading, looking for birds
Looking forward to: Reconnecting with my Heifer friends and Miguel, seeing a new paramo.

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