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Meet the Teachers - Lower School

Karen Linehan
 
Karen Linehan
2nd Grade Lead Teacher
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Karen earned her BA in Zoology from UNC-Chapel Hill and pursued additional graduate studies in Biology at UNC-Wilmington. From 1993-2003 she was employed by NC Museum of Natural Sciences as an outreach educator with a special focus on grades K-5. During that time she created an inquiry-based series called Naturalist in the Schools. Prior to joining the FSW faculty, she worked as a science educator at the Wilmington Children's Museum. In 2014, Karen received a Trailblazing Teacher Award from the Center for Green Schools for her commitment to advance ecoliteracy and bring sustainability into the classroom. Karen joined the faculty at FSW in 2003.

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 taking the role of 1st grade lead teacher in 2020.

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.

Clair McCalla
Clair McCalla
3rd Lead Grade Teacher
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A graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, Clair earned her M.Ed. in the teaching training program at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She previously taught in Massachusetts, Tennessee, South Korea and Thailand. Clair joined the FSW faculty in 2016.


Drew Freeman
Drew Freeman
4th Grade Lead Teacher
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Drew arrived at FSW in 2017 from Harford Friends School in Maryland. Along with his daily responsibilities as 4th Grade Lead teacher, Drew coordinates FSW's Destination Imagination program. Drew has a BS in Elementary Education with Early Childhood Certification from Towson University.


Angelica Colvin
Angelica Colvin
Upper Elementary Assistant Teacher

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Angelica graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pedagogy Studies from Eastern Carolina University and earned her MA in Teaching – Elementary Education from UNCW. While in graduate school, she was the secretary of the Black Graduate and Professional Students Association. Angelica gained valuable experience working as lead teacher in both the 4th and 5th grades in Jacksonville and Wallace, NC before joining FSW’s faculty in 2020.

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.