Atlas International School

Our Teachers

Teachers 2017
Kim Pritchett — Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Pritchett graduated from Mississippi University for Women with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After teaching kindergarten for 8 years in both public and private schools, she decided to become a stay-at-home-mom. When her youngest was in the 1st grade, she joined the Atlas team as an elementary assistant. She was thrilled when the opening for a lead kindergarten teacher became available last year.

Mrs. Pritchett loves seeing a child's face light up when they learn something new and is always amazed by the tremendous amount of growth a child experiences during the first few years of school. In her free time, Mrs. Pritchett loves spending time with her family.

Melissa Guay — First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Guay comes to us from New Jersey, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education/English.  She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Elementary Education with a focus in reading and literacy, and she earned her certification to teach through eighth grade.  During her studies and internships, Mrs. Guay realized her passion is working with younger children, so she was excited to start her career as a first-grade teacher in Trenton, New Jersey.  She taught first grade for five years before deciding to become a stay-at-home mom.  Once her youngest started preschool, she returned to the classroom. After five years of teaching at the preschool level, her family relocated to the Raleigh area. Mrs. Guay is very excited to be the first-grade teacher at Atlas.  Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.   

Emily Harmon — Second Grade Teacher

Mrs. Harmon earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University, and she is a National Board Certified teacher. She taught first and second grades in Wake County public schools for 7 years, until her first daughter was born. She is now mom to two little girls and has been a full-time, stay-at-home mom for three years.  Mrs. Harmon loves being creative, working on arts & crafts projects, and going on outdoor adventures with her children, husband, and their dog

Debi LiMato — Third/Fourth Grade Teacher

Mrs. LiMato has a degree in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey and is certified to teach grades K - 8. She has recently relocated from NJ to North Carolina with her husband and 2 children.

She is a dedicated, caring teacher who believes that all children are individuals with unique strengths and talents. She strives to enhance those gifts in each child. Mrs. LiMato is thrilled to have joined the Atlas team and work with our middle school students.

Leah Rechetnikova — Middle School and High School Language Arts & Social Studies Teacher

Mrs. Rechetnikova is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher. She is originally from Ohio where she earned her B.A. in Political Science from Xavier University and a Master's of Education from the University of Toledo. While attending UT, she consistently earned distinguished ratings from fieldwork supervisors and a lucrative academic scholarship based on her performance and her passion for education.

Prior to teaching at Atlas, Mrs. R. worked as a full-time tutor for Durham Public Schools where she provided literacy and mathematics enrichment to English language learners and special education students across various grade levels.

Marcy Maulucci — Middle School and High School Math & Science Teacher

Mrs. Maulucci holds a B.S. in Molecular-Cell Biology from the University of CT and has a minor in Secondary Education.  Following graduation, she worked as a substitute teacher in middle and high schools and then moved to Boston, where she served as a research assistant and mentor to undergraduate interns in academic laboratories at Harvard Medical School.  Mrs. Maulucci left the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom just prior to the birth of her first daughter, and the Maulucci family relocated to North Carolina shortly after. While being a stay-at-home mom, Mrs. Maulucci began working towards her certification in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and pursuing her M.S. in Medical Microbiology and Biochemistry.  Now that both of her children are in school, Mrs. Maulucci is excited to bring her passion for science and education to the Atlas community.  She hopes to inspire a love of learning in her students and looks forward to drawing upon her research experiences as a means of bringing science to life in the classroom.  When not devoting her time to academics, Mrs. Maulucci enjoys family activities such as cooking together, spending time outdoors, and practicing ballet and yoga with her daughters.  She also coaches pre-k and kindergarten soccer in the fall.

Emily Ready — Middle School and High School Math & Science Teacher

Mrs. Ready has a B.S. in Biological Sciences and an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University. After teaching grades K-8 for 7 years, she decided to become a stay-at-home mom to her two children.  Now that her children are older, she is delighted to be back in the classroom!  She loves being around children and enjoys the creative atmosphere of the classroom.   She believes every child can succeed and is determined to uncover every child's academic strengths.  She is highly organized and creative and loves sharing her knowledge with her students!

Spanish Immersion Team: Laura Morales, Marina Obedrobledo, Karina Funez

The teachers who comprise our Spanish immersion team are sweet, gentle and absolutely love children. They work under the guidance of Mrs. Howdeshell teaching the preschoolers through immersion, using songs, finger plays, art, and centers.

For beginning Spanish students at the elementary and middle school level, learning includes fun, hands-on, out-of-seat games, songs, and art projects.

Our more advanced learners focus on grammar, translation, and vocabulary building through entertaining, hands-on activities, songs, skits, written exercises, and reading.

French Immersion Team: Laura Morales and Lisa Presotto

Our French immersion team is a group of loving, caring teachers with many years' experience working with young children. They work under the guidance of Mrs. Howdeshell teaching the preschoolers through immersion, using songs, dances, finger plays, art, and games.

For beginning French students at the elementary and middle school level, learning includes fun, hands-on, out-of-seat games, songs, and art projects.

Our more advanced learners focus on grammar, translation, and vocabulary building through entertaining, hands-on activities, songs, skits, written exercises, and reading.

Jean Bynum — Violin Teacher

Mrs. Bynum concentrated in Violin Performance and earned a B.M. from UNC Chapel Hill followed by an M.M. from UNC Greensboro. While living in Newport News, VA, and in different locations throughout North Carolina, Mrs. Bynum has taught violin lessons to students of all ages and abilities. She has worked in public and private school settings and teaches private violin lessons as well. Her soft-spoken manner puts students at ease and creates a relaxed learning atmosphere.

Her talent has earned her seats with the Tar River Orchestra in Rocky Mount and the Durham Symphony. She currently plays with the Raleigh Symphony.

Katie LaCour — Piano Teacher

Ms. LaCour holds a B.A. degree in Piano Pedagogy from Campbell University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She has been teaching for the past five years in music academies in Apex and Fuquay-Varina and working with students of all ages and levels of accomplishment.

Her passion is bringing the joy and craftsmanship of music to children and adults through positive, individualized instruction, and building skills in music reading, listening, and playing.

Jackie Avallone — Director

Ms. Avallone has a B.A. in English from Florida State University and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University, where she earned a "Master's Program Student of the Year" award. She has been involved in education for over 15 years, including several positions abroad. Her most recent experience prior to working at Atlas was in Central Asia where she taught grades four through seven using an American-based curriculum.

Mrs. Avallone believes educating students means not only fostering intellectual growth, but also nurturing the critical-thinking skills necessary for children to become thriving world citizens. Ms. Avallone's son is enrolled in the Atlas middle school program.

Elizabeth Howdeshell — Founder & Foreign Language Department Head

Mrs. Howdeshell has a B.A. in Education and a French Master's in Applied Foreign Languages. She has taught foreign languages and ESL for almost 30 years. She spent ten years teaching in Europe (Spain, France, Germany, and Italy) and two years in Japan, where she worked as headmistress of an international preschool before returning to the U.S.

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