I am so very excited to be back for my 9th year teaching at Mangum. The strong sense of community and the warmth of all those that work here make Mangum a wonderful place to be. I taught kindergarten in Wake Forest for five years, and then I transitioned to Glenn Elementary in Durham where I was a reading specialist for four years. I also have a master's degree in literacy from UNC Chapel Hill. I live in Bahama with my husband, Jeremy, and our two children. I love having my children here at school with me. Ava will be in 4th grade this year and Levi in 1st grade.
Hi! My name is Jenny Tippett and this is my 19th year of teaching of first grade and my 14th year here at Mangum. I graduated from Meredith College with a Social Work degree and K-6 Education License. I am National Board Certified. I live in Durham with my two daughters, Kelcey and Skyler. I enjoy spending time at the beach, watching my children play softball and bowl and just being with family.
Hi! I am very excited to be a part of the Mangum community this year. I am a Durham native, DPS graduate, and earned my Child Development and Early Education degree from UNC Greensboro. I have happily taught first grade for the past eight years at Easley Year Round Elementary in Durham, and have also taught second grade at Eno Valley. My daughter Kate is entering Carrington Middle this year and my son Kyle is a rising sophomore Northern Knight. My oldest son Cade is a sophomore who studies business and plays football at UNC Charlotte. I enjoy first grade because I love teaching children to become readers and writers. In my spare time you can find me cheering with my husband Todd at our sons' football and baseball games, and watching my daughter dance. I also have a cocker spaniel puppy named Koda that brings a lot of happiness and laughter to our family.
My name is Kelly Horton and I am an Instructional Assistant for First and Second Grade. Mangum Elementary is a special place to me and my family. All of my kids went to Mangum...and my husband did too. We believe that Mangum is the best place to start your adventures in school and that our Bahama community is the BEST. My oldest son Tanner is a Junior at Northern High School. My daughter Riley is a freshmen at Northern High School and Eli is a 6th grader at Lucas. I also have a chocolate Labrador named Millie. I am originally from St. Charles, MO and moved here in 1999. My family and I LOVE the beach and we spend most of our time on the baseball or softball fields.
I grew up as an MK (missionary kid), mainly in Kenya and South Africa , but also spent a couple of years in France and the UK. We moved to Bahama 23 years ago and have loved it ever since. My husband, Steven, and I have 3 children - Jordan, Trevor, and Callie, (who all attended Mangum) . I love to travel, read, see good movies, and eat food that reminds me of my years in Africa! One of my favorite things to do is have a cup of Chai tea! I also love working at Mangum and can't wait to meet all the new faces each year!
My name is Melody Applewhite and I am honored to be a new member of the Mangum Elementary family. As a Durham native , I attended Durham Public Schools, graduating from Northern High School. I continued my higher education at UNC-Greensboro, earning a Bachelors degree in Social Work.
My educational career began in 2004 as a preschool teacher at Temple Baptist Church. I have three children, my oldest son is a junior at UNC, my middle son is a junior at Durham School of the Arts, and my daughter is a 7th grader at DSA as well. I enjoy spending time with my family and our Boston Terriers, Mack and Ruby, who love to take long walks along the Eno River! As a lifelong resident of Durham I enjoy all of the cultural offerings of our dynamic and unique community. I look forward to working with the families and staff at Mangum as we work collaboratively to ensure a nurturing environment for all of our students to learn and grow.