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Mrs. Beres - Dance

Kristen Beres earned her Bachelors of Dance and Fine Arts from East Carolina University in 2010 and has been teaching dance for over a decade. She began teaching in the North Carolina Public School System in 2016 and is truly enjoying working for DPS! Kristen began her dance training at age 5 and has trained in all styles of dance including - jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, hip-hop, musical theatre, African & tap. She completed the Central Carolina Teaching Initiative program (CCTI) and received her Professional Educator License in 2020. Over the years, she has worked at private dance studios and has spent many summers/weekends attending dance workshops and conventions to keep up with the latest choreography and teaching styles. She has trained students from preschool age to adult but is currently loving her position as the dance director at W.G. Pearson Elementary School. She has directed many dance performances and loves to set choreography on individuals or groups. She believes in positive, high energy classes that give students a safe place to express themselves emotionally and physically. Kristen hopes to inspire generations to come through dance as her teachers have inspired her. A fun fact is that she is married to retired Carolina Ballet Soloist – Mr. Oliver Beres. Outside of the dance room - she can be found walking her dog, spending quality time with family and friends, learning how to cook and of course traveling!

 

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Mrs. Delagry - Band/Music

Ms. DeLargy – K-2 General Music Teacher & 3-5 Band Director, I hold a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from UNCG, am National Board Certified in Early Adolescence through Young Adulthood with a specialty in Band and I am also dually certified in Music Education K-12 as well as Elementary Education K-6. In my free time I enjoy playing instruments, listening to music, baking cakes, hiking, yoga, fitness and spending time in nature.


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Mrs. Nice - Art

My name is Mrs. Nice and I teach art to Kindergarten thru 5th grade. I have been teaching at W.G. Pearson for 10 years. I graduated from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. I love growing flowers, fruits and vegetables. I also like researching my family history, singing, reading, baking and spending time with friends and family.


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Mrs. Ramachandran - Media

Mrs. R is the media coordinator and tech champion at this school. My experience as a school media coordinator has spanned over 19 years and included working as a media coordinator in a high school, K-8, and now at a K-5 school. I have also worked as the Director of Medical Library at Inova Alexandria Hospital in Virginia. I have a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a master's degree in Library and Information Science. 


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Mr. Slavin - S.T.E.A.M.

I have been in elementary education for over 16 years. I earned my teaching licensure through North Carolina Central University. I enjoy seeing the scholars' eyes get wide open when learning new information and especially love hands on engagement. As magnet coordinator for WG Pearson, I will assist in making our school a great STEAM learning environment with many unique learning opportunities. I have a son that went through and graduated from Durham Public Schools.


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Mr. Wirth - P.E.

Graduated from West Chester University in 1996 and I have a Masters in Physical Education from NCCU.

I love to hike and play golf.  I am also a driver’s education teacher for DPS.