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Fantastic Fourth Grade Teachers

Shelley Holland, Teresa Jones, Claire Ramsey, Amie Marburger, Yselic Montalvo, MacKenzie Ridnour, Brittany Newhouse

 Fourth grade teachers come from many places and love to travel.  They seem to like dogs.

Amie Marburger

My name is Amie Marburger and I am from Columbus, Ohio. I just moved to Charlotte with my husband, Chase, in May 2014 after I finished grad school and he finished pharmacy school. We have a French Bull dog puppy named Mr. Feeny and are expecting our first child, a baby boy, in February, 2015. I LOVE the beach and snorkeling. We enjoy vacationing in Kiawah Island, SC, the Florida Keys, and Akumal, Mexico whenever we get the chance. I love my family and travel home to Ohio to visit them as often as I can. This is my first year at Rocky River and I have enjoyed getting to know my fourth graders and the other ladies on the fourth grade team. :)

Claire Ramsey

My name's Claire Ramsey and I am originally from Farnborough, a small town just outside London. I came to the USA in 2006 and loved it so much I stayed. I married my wonderful husband, Charles in 2009 and we have a 4 year old daughter, Fiona, and a 2 year old son, Matthew. Last year I became a US citizen. I love travelling, reading and hanging out with my family. This is my 12th year of teaching and my 2nd year here at Rocky River.

Shelley Holland

I was born in Charlotte and have a younger brother.  I've always wanted to be a teacher and I graduated from UNC-Greensboro.  I worked in an office renting houses, condos, and apartments while substituting until I got my first teaching job at a small private school.  I worked there for ten years before starting at Waxhaw Elementary in Union County.  I taught second grade there for five years before transferring to Rocky River the second year it was open.  I have been married to my husband, Dereck for 18 years and I have a daughter in second grade at Fairview.  I enjoy traveling, reading, and cooking.

Mackenzie Ridnour

I am excited to inform you that this is my first year teaching!  I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University.  I am originally from the Atlanta area where my parents and brother still reside.  I recently moved to Charlotte a few weeks ago, and am thoroughly enjoying the new city.  I enjoy mission work and have served time building houses in Rio Bravo, Mexico as well as volunteering at an inner-city school in Chicago.  I have been to 8 countries in Europe, and I love to travel!  At Rocky River, our class country is Vietnam, so we will be exploring their culture and other Asian customs throughout the year.

Teresa Jones

I am excited as this will be my third year teaching at Rocky River. In the past, I have taught first, fourth and fifth grade, as well as computer and technology classes.  Three years ago, my family relocated to North Carolina from Michigan. Even after three years of living here, I still love the fact that I have flowers blooming in October rather than shoveling snow.  In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking, gardening and traveling. I am married with two wonderful daughters and two adorable dogs.

Yselic Montalvo

Mrs. Montalvo is originally from San Diego, California. After earning her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University, she moved to Long Island, New York. While teaching in NYC, she earned her Masters degree in Education from Brooklyn College. Mrs. Montalvo and her family relocated to Union County in 2012.  She has two children and spends her free time doing family activities such as bike riding, taking walks, and playing tennis.  

Brittany Newhouse

Although I’m originally from the “Great White North,” I grew up in New Hampshire and made my way down to North Carolina to attend UNC-C. I fell in love with the friendliness of the people (and the warmth of the winters) and never looked back! This is my third year teaching at Rocky River and my second year in 4th grade. This past July, I got married in a small town in Wisconsin and went from Ms. Rose to Mrs. Newhouse. My husband and I have two dogs- Lambeau (Go Packers!) and Toonie (a two dollar coin in Canada) - whom we love very much! In my spare time, I love to read books (specifically Harry Potter and criminal mysteries) and watch movies.   

Written by: Fourth Grade Teachers
Posted: Nov 11, 2014 by Brenda Todd

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