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Meet the Teachers - Preschool

Marsha Rouse
Marsha Rouse
Montessori Early Preschool Lead Teacher - Ages 18 months-3 years
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Marsha arrived at Friends School as a parent in 2004. With many years of experience leading pre-school programs, she began teaching with Jane Lawrence at FSW in 2013. Well-versed in Montessori philosophy and pedagogy, Marsha is passionate about equipping children to maintain their curiosity and confidence while learning and growing as members of a one-of-a-kind toddler learning community.

Kendra Pendergrast
Kendra Pendergrast
Montessori Early Preschool Assistant Teacher - Ages 18 months-3 years 
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Kendra experienced a Quaker education as a high school student while attending Carolina Friends School in Durham, NC and earned her Early Childhood Teaching Credential from Caldwell Community College in Boone, NC. She returned to Carolina Friends School as a summer camp instructor, a substitute teacher, and a co-teacher in the CFS Early School Extended Day Program. Kendra joined the Friends School faculty in 2020.

Ivy Peterson
Ivy Peterson
Montessori Preschool Teacher - Stargazer Purple
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Arriving at FSW as a parent in 2006, Ivy joined the faculty in 2016. She is a certified Montessori teacher in Early Childhood through the North American Montessori Center. Ivy earned a BA from American University and Certification in Elementary Education from UNCW. Along with substituting in all grades at FSW, Ivy was previously the Nursery Coordinator at Seaside United Methodist Church.

Katie Parker

Katie Parker

Montessori Preschool Assistant Teacher - Stargazer Purple
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Katie has a BA in Special Education and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education, both from UNCW. Prior to joining the FSW faculty in 2017, Katie worked as a Special Education Teacher Assistant at Winter Park Elementary School and as a Basic Skills Instructor at Cape Fear Community College.

Ciara Goins

Ciara Goins


Montessori Preschool Teacher - Stargazer Blue
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Ciara has a BA in Early Childhood Education, an Association Montessori International (AMI) Primary Diploma, and a Master's Degree in Education from Loyola University. Prior to joining the FSW faculty in 2016, Ciara was a Lead Primary Montessori Teacher at Augustus Shaw Jr. Montessori in Phoenix, AZ.



Sue Rockow
Sue Rockow
Montessori Preschool Assistant Teacher - Stargazer Blue
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Sue has over 20 years of experience working in the field of education. Most recently, she worked for 8 years as an Early Childhood Special Education Social Worker for the Ferguson- Florissant School District in Missouri, after serving as a Parent Educator in that school system for 14 years. Sue graduated from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, earning a Bachelor of Science in Social Work. Sue joined the Friends School faculty in 2020.