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Meet the Teachers - Lower School

Albury Higgs
Albury Higgs
Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Prior to joining the FSW faculty in 2022, Albury Higgs completed a Kindergarten Teaching Fellowship at Ensworth School. Albury is familiar with Responsive Classroom, the Reading and Writing Workshop model, Everyday Math, and is trained in Orton-Gillingham literacy techniques. Born in the Bahamas, Albury graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Public Health and Psychology. 

Jenny Kennen
Jenny Kennen
Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

Jenny Kennen arrived at Friends School in 2022 with an Elementary Education Degree from UNCW and several years of experience in Wilmington area schools including Parsley, Wilmington Prep, and most recently Puddle Jumpers Nature Preschool where she was Forest Kindergarten Teacher and Program Director. Jenny contributes her substantial experience in child-centered education and her commitment to the environment to our Kindergarten Team.


Katie Robey
Katie Robey
1st Grade Lead Teacher

Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with minors in Film Studies and Anthropology from Wake Forest and earned her MA in Teaching – Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She gained invaluable experience as a lead Kindergarten teacher for six years at the Naval Academy Primary School in Annapolis before joining FSW as a substitute teacher in 2017 and stepping into the role of 1st grade lead teacher in 2020.

Lacy Kinsolving
Lacy Kinsolving
1st Grade Assistant Teacher

Lacy is a graduate of West Virginia State University, earning a BA with a concentration in Early Childhood Education. She has experience working closely with children on the autism spectrum and most recently served as a substitute teacher for grades K-6 with a focus on special education. 


Julie Smith
Julie Smith
1st/2nd Grade Assistant Teacher
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Julie joined the Friends School faculty in 2015 with a BA in Environmental Studies and an NC Environmental Education Certificate. Julie’s son Gabe graduated from FSW in 2019.

Eileen Lozinsky
Eileen Lozinsky
2nd Grade Lead Teacher
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Eileen earned a B.S. in Sociology from Charleston Southern University and went on to pursue an M.A. in Teaching with a concentration in Emotional and Behavioral Needs from the College of Charleston. Eileen assumed the role of lead teacher in 2021 after working as an assistant in our Stepping Stones Extended Day Program in 2020. 


Annetta Saggese
Annetta Saggese
3rd Grade Lead Grade Teacher
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Annetta arrived at FSW in 2022 with 16 years of independent school teaching experience.  She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Elementary Education and English. Annetta spent her early years as an educator at the San Diego Cooperative Charter School where she taught Kindergarten and 1st grade and more recently was the long-time fifth grade teacher at New Horizons Elementary School in Wilmington.

Julia Maguire
Julia Maguire
3rd Grade Assistant Teacher
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A native of Wilmington, Julia graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2019 with a B.A. in Economics and completed a Summer Study Abroad program at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She most recently earned her North Carolina Early Childhood Credential, and returned to Wilmington to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching and a career in education. Julia joined FSW's faculty in 2021.

Kristen Steinhilber-McGlaughlin
Kristen Steinhilber-McGlaughlin
4th Grade Lead Teacher
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Kristen is a graduate of James Madison University University with dual degrees in Early Childhood Education and English. She also has a degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and completed four semesters in the Juris Doctorate Program at the University of San Diego School Law. With 25 years of teaching and coaching experience, Kristen joined the FSW faculty in 2022. 

Liz Berger
Liz Berger
4th Grade Assistant Teacher

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Liz graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Women's Studies and moved to Washington, D.C. to pursue a career in democratic politics and progressive advocacy. Liz worked for several organizations including the Children's Defense Fund and the AFL-CIO. Over the past 20 years, Liz has lived in Denmark, Serbia, Lithuania, and Israel where she worked in the library at the American International School of Israel. Liz joined the faculty in 2021.

Corrie Slay
Corrie Slay
5th Grade Lead Teacher
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With six years of Lead Teaching experience and a specialty in the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) at Columbia University, Corrie joined the FSW faculty in 2019. She has an MA in Teaching from the University of Southern California and a BS in Agricultural Engineering from Virginia Tech.