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Welcome: 4 Year Old Classes

Ms. Beth Horne
4's Lead Teacher - TK

Ms. Beth joined our team this summer as an assistant in the four year old classroom. She has a Bachelor's degree in Education and recently retired after 25 years of teaching for the NC Public School system. Ms. Beth has spent the past 3 years working with kindergarteners in various capacities: long-term substitute teacher, Title 1 reading and math tutor, and as a Lead Kindergarten teacher in CMS Summer Learning Camp. Her passion has always been working with children and is looking forward to sharing her enthusiasm for learning with her 4 year old's class. Ms. Beth has one daughter, Avery. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, crafting, and spending time with family and friends. Ms. Beth currently resides in Matthews with her fur baby, Mr. Kitty. 

Ms. Andi Matysek
4's Lead Teacher - TK

Ms. Andi is a retired elementary teacher who loves kids. Since she retired from teaching at UCPS in 2018, she has continued to hone her skills as an independent tutor and preschool assistant here at My First School. After considering Mr. Mark's offer, she is delighted to get back in the classroom as a Lead Teacher in the 4's classroom.  In her spare time, she loves to camp with her husband, sew for her side business, attend craft shows, and read with her three cats. Her children are grown, but live nearby so she gets to enjoy her two wonderful grandchildren. Ms. Andi is a happy addition to our staff who works hard to create a fun environment for learning.


 Ms. Marie Cruz
4's Teacher Assistant

Ms. Marie recently moved to the area from Virginia with her husband and son. She has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and began her career teaching at a preschool.  She then moved into the Elementary school setting, teaching 2nd grade and Kindergarten.  Ms. Marie has years of experience in the education field, including children's church ministry, and tutoring elementary and middle school students.  Teaching is her life's passion, and she is glad to join the My First School team!

Ms. Tina Kelly
4's Lead Teacher - TK     
& Curriculum Coordinator

Ms. Tina has been a Lead Teacher in the 4 year old class for over 5 years. In 2012 she moved to Waxhaw, NC from Northern Virginia with her husband Bob, and daughters Kayla and Mary. Ms. Tina obtained her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education, earned credentials in Early Childhood, and has over 28 years of experience teaching 2's through Kindergarten. She was a Director for 6 years, where she worked with children from  8 weeks to 12 years old on a daily basis. As the Curriculum Coordinator, she has developed a 3-year curriculum based on NC Foundations of Learning, with Zoo-Phonics and weekly themes. Ms. Tina enjoys gardening, traveling, going to music concerts, and camping with family.


Ms. Amanda Sommer
4's Teacher Assistant

Ms. Amanda moved to NC in 2000 and met Mr. Mark and Ms. Dee Dee as an afterschooler. She now lives in Lake Park with her husband, Chad, their two little boys, Rowen and Brooks, and their dog, Charlie.  She has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Psychology from UNC Charlotte, and co-owns a small business with her best friend.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, crafting, and finding adventure in nature.  Ms. Amanda is proud to be a part of the My First School team and is excited to be assisting in the Pre-K!


Ms. Melanie Virnelson
4's Teacher Assistant

Ms. Melanie, affectionately known as Ms. Mel, was born and raised in North Carolina. She is married and hopes one day to have children of her own. She enjoys writing song lyrics, Pilates, and spending time with her family and friends. She loves children and has worked in childcare for the past 10 years with all age groups. Ms. Mel has an Associates degree in General Education, diploma in Early Childhood Education, and certification in Administration. She loves to see the smiles upon the children's faces as they grow and learn new things!

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