Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Valerie Lovette


       My name is Valerie Lovette.  I am a Kindergarten teacher here at Millers Creek Elementary.  This will be my 11th year teaching.  I have mostly taught Kindergarten. I love that I am teaching at the school where I attended school.  I am married to a wonderful man, Jeremy.  We have a sweet little boy named Carter, who is getting ready to turn one.  I enjoy traveling and being with friends and family. I am exciting about the new school year and I look forward to meeting my students.  I know we are going to have a wonderful school year.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sharon Lytton

Hello!  I am Sharon Lytton and I am the teacher assistant for Mrs. Valerie Lovette in Kindergarten.  This is my 17th year at Millers Creek Elementary School.  I love working at the Creek and I love how we are a family here!  I enjoy seeing students achieve their goals and accomplish their goals here at the Creek.  I love how much the Kindergarten students learn over the course of a school year and they are amazed how much they have grown.

I have been married to my husband David for 35 years.  I have two daughters, Kara and Amanda.  My youngest Amanda recently was married this summer, and Kara my oldest recently had my third grandchild also.  My grandson's names are Zachary, Benjamin and most recently, Jaxson. 


And by the way, I am a "HUGE" Carolina Panther fan.  My husband and I try to go to every game that we can.  We were lucky enough to be able to go to the Super Bowl this year.  We had a great time even though they lost....Boooo!  

I look forward to this upcoming school year at the Creek! 

Carol Huffman

Hello!  I am Carol Huffman, the teacher of the most fun class at MCES....MUSIC!!!  This is my 7th year at MCES.  I have taught music for 16 years, at all levels from K to college, and am a National Board Certified Teacher. I graduated  from Appalachian State University in '99 with a degree in Music Education with concentrations in Choral Music and Sacred Music.  I  returned to ASU to work on my Masters Degree in Music Education which I finished in '08.  I love all kinds of music, of course, but my favorite group is U2!  I love keeping up with the new popular music. But when I need to refresh my soul, nothing beats the great choral masterworks, especially the spirituals!

I am married to another teacher, Brian Huffman, who teaches ELA at WWMS.  We have two wonderful boys.  Ben is 13 and in the 8th grade.  He is on the football and baseball teams at WWMS. Caleb is 9 and in the 4th grade here at MCES.  We also have two dogs.  Sparks is a Brittany Spaniel. Buddy is a Yorkie we just adopted last week.  Sparks doesn't quite know what to think of Buddy, yet. We're working on it!

I am looking forward to great year in music!  A goal that I have for the music program is to create a chorus for 4th-5th grade students.  We had a choir camp this summer that went very well.  I hope we can continue to build on the accomplishments this group started.

I look forward to meeting YOU!

Val Parsons

Mrs. Parsons and grand baby!
Hi Millers Creek families!
My name is Val Parsons and I serve our school as the Assistant Principal, My background in education includes Special Education and Early
Childhood Education.
I have been in administration for 12 years,  Happily, I have been with my  Raven family for the last 8 years.  I enjoy being a part of the Millers Creek family and community.
My husband John and I have 4 daughters and 6 grandchildren. We are blessed!
I am looking forward to seeing all my children back at Millers Creek this year!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Jennifer Adams

My name is Jennifer Adams.  I teach Kindergarten at "the Creek".  After being a teaching assistant for sixteen years, I decided to return to college.  I graduated from ASU in 2011 and I am beginning my fifth year of teaching,  Kindergarten is the place to be!

I am married to my wonderful husband, David of eight years.  We have three awesome children, Owen, 16, Kinley, 16 and Maci, 13. I am blessed!!  My faith and family are the most important things to me. I love the outdoors and the mountains are my favorite place to visit. A sports fanatic, I am!  I'm a Blackhawk, Tarheel, and Panther fan!!!!

At "the Creek" we are one BIG happy family! I am excited to begin a new year and I look forward to meeting my new Kindergarten friends and their families!   

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kristie Brown

Hello! My name is Kristie Brown. I am a second grade teacher. I am so excited to start my 11th year of teaching at Millers Creek.  I have taught in all grades K-3. I love working at the same school I attended as a student! Millers Creek is truly the best school!

I am married to Dale Brown.  We have two awesome boys.  Jesse will  be a senior this year  and Jacob will be a freshman. They go to school at West Wilkes.  Jesse and Jacob play basketball, so if I am not at school you can find me in a gym somewhere!  Our family owns Mountain Valley Athletic Performance. We train athletes in all sports!  We spend lots of time at our facility helping kids get better at sports they play. When we have free time, we love to visit waterparks, travel, and watch Carolina basketball.  

I am looking forward to another wonderful year at Millers Creek! I am so blessed to get to teach  at our AWESOME school!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Julie Estes

Hi!  My name is Julie Estes and I am a kindergarten teacher here at Millers Creek.  This will be my 12th year teaching, with 10 of those years in kindergarten.  I have a wonderful husband, Randall, and we have been married for almost 9 years.  I enjoy traveling, shopping, and spending time with my family.
The Creek truly feels like home to me, as I attended school here as a child.  We are like a family and are so glad that you are a part of our family, as well!  I am looking forward to meeting my students and getting to know them this year!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Michele Hines

Hi! My name is Mrs. Hines. I am very excited to be starting my 11th year of teaching. I taught fourth grade for 7 years at Mtn. View Elementary before coming to "The Creek." This will start my 4th year of teaching third grade. 

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Stephen for 10 years! We have 7 year old twins, Bradeck and Madison! Bradeck and Madison will be in the second grade this year at Millers Creek. We love to spending time together. In our free time we enjoy going to the movies or vacationing at the beach! 

I have one dog named Hagen. She is like our third child. She enjoys playing with her toys and chasing Bradeck and Madison around the house. What she enjoys most though is sleeping on my lap every chance she gets. 

I cannot wait to get the 2016-2017 school year started! 
This is going to be a Great year at The Creek! 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Kimberly Parsons

Greetings MCES family!  My name is Kimberly Parsons and I am the instructional specialist at MCES.  Prior to becoming an instructional specialist four years ago, I served as a classroom teacher for 18 years.  I taught mostly grades 4 and 5.  I started my career at Ronda Clingman Elementary for three years followed by 15 years at Mt. Pleasant Elementary.  In my opinion, this is one of the greatest, most rewarding professions.  I love teaching children and now working along side teachers.  What a blessing that we get to "make a difference" every day!  My family is amazing.  I have been married to my sweet husband, Chris, for 25 years.  We have two precious daughters, Haley, 18 and Kinsley, 16.  They are the light of my life.  I am a family loving gal, so most of my time is spent with them.  We love watching movies, eating out at fun places and traveling to the beach.  I am looking forward to a wonderful year at MCES!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Debby Nunn - Third Grade

Hello Millers Creek Families! My name is Debby Nunn and I teach 3rd Grade at MCES. This will be my 20th year teaching and my second year teaching 3rd Grade. Even with all the testing, I still love third grade!!

My husband Sam and I have been married 39 years. We have two children and three grandchildren. We also have our little granddaughter Savannah due any day now. Sam and I love spending time with our family and cheering our boys on in their many sporting events.

I am looking forward to meeting my new group of third graders and their families. I know we are going to have a wonderful school year!

See you soon!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Mr. Robertson - Second Grade


  My name is Shane Robertson and I am a second grade teacher at Millers Creek Elementary.  I am beginning my 17th (!!!!) year of teaching.
     I could not imagine any other job I could enjoy doing more than teaching.  It definitely has its challenges.  But, meeting and overcoming those challenges (both the students and myself) is what makes this job AMAZING!!
     My wife, Christy, and I have a "blended" family with five outstanding children.  They are involved in piano, basketball, football, volleyball, soccer and track.  We stay busy!!  Nothing is more important than our family and spending our time with them enjoying every minute (well....I'm sure the kids would say not EVERY minute).  

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Hello everyone!  My name is Cindy Shatley and I teach second grade here at the Creek!   This will be my 10th year teaching and I love what I do.   I’ve taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades.   My favorite subject to teach is math.  I'm currently teaching 2nd grade, and it’s amazing! 

I have been married to my best friend, Kevin, for 24 years.  We have two children:  Chance (23), and Alexa (20).  We are also grandparents to Cooper who is nine months old.   I’ve always heard that being a grandparent is fabulous, and it’s true- I cherish every moment!

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, making jams and jellies, and spending time with my family.   I also like sitting in my rocking chair on my front porch- enjoying the sounds of summer (sounds old-fashioned doesn’t it!!) 

It’s amazing to witness what each child can accomplish and become in one short year.   I am so excited to meet my upcoming 2nd graders – we’re going to have a sensational year! 

Hi! My name is Wanda Rutledge. I teach second grade at MCES. This will be my 12th year teaching and I love my job! The Creek is a great school and I love the staff and students. My husband Ben and I have been married for 22 years. We have two amazing daughters, Lakyn (20) and Raegan (16). Lakyn is a Junior at ASU and Raegan is a Senior at WWHS. I enjoy spending time with my family. We love traveling and all types of outdoor activities. We are huge sports fans! Spending time with them is simply the BEST! It's almost time for school to begin and I'm super excited to meet my new kiddos! See you soon!
Hello! My name is Laura Babb. I am a wife, a mother of 2 and a 4th grade teacher... Yes, you read that right, I am moving on up to 4th! I started teaching in 1996. Since then, I've taught every grade from 1st to 5th. I'm often asked which grade level is my favorite, and my answer is always the same- "Whatever grade I'm in at the time"! I truly love teaching, and I appreciate the time I get to spend with the kids. I also appreciate the time I get to spend with my family.

My husband and I have been married for 18 years. We love spending time together and with our children. There never seems to be a dull moment when we are together... It doesn't matter what we are doing, if we are together, you will most likely find us laughing and cutting up.

If you (or someone you know) have been in my class, you know that my kiddos quickly become my extended family. Just like with my real family, I want the time I spend with my school family to be filled with laughter and happy memories. As long as we work hard, and do our best, we will have a great time together!!! I am looking forward to another great year at "The Creek".

Monday, July 18, 2016

Tasha Blankenship

Hey, I am Tasha Blankenship and I teach first grade. I enjoy being outside, growing flowers and spending time with my family. This is a picture of my son, Gavin, husband, Michael, and me taken on vacation in Florida.

I love to see my students enjoy learning. I am excited to meet my crew of first graders and get started on our learning adventure together.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Jamie Miles

Hey, y'all!  My name is Jamie Miles, and I love Room 401 (fifth grade)!  I've taught for six years, in third and fifth grades. Coach Miles, who also works at The Creek, is my fabulous husband.  Our son, Caleb, surpassed my height when he was 13 years old (please don't mention it - it's a sensitive subject). ;0)

The furriest member of our family, Bandit, loves to be taken on rides and to eat.  He likes toilet water but hates baths.  He's also a much cheaper alternative than Terminix!

I find joy in the small things in life like watching hummingbirds interact, growing a garden from seed, and cooking for friends and family.  I love to teach (especially messy science) and support my students, both past and present!  So, I also find joy in the big things in life like watching my kids succeed in and out of the classroom - and loving the life that God leads me through!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Adrian Church

Hello from the former "Ms. Bridges," newly married and with a new last name...Mrs. Church!

This has been an exciting summer as I married my best friend, Banks, went on a honeymoon in Antigua and now settling into married life as a farmer's wife. Banks and I have a herd of Black Angus cows and we love spending time on the farm. I love being outside and enjoy doing almost any activity that allows me to enjoy God's beautiful creation.

This will be my sixth year teaching at Millers Creek and my fourth year teaching fifth grade. I love teaching and I absolutely love my students even more. I consider it a true joy and blessing to have the opportunity to get to know each group of students personally and investing in their lives. I look forward to meeting my new group of kids and I am so excited to start a new year at the Creek!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Victoria Norwood

Hi! My name is Victoria Norwood. Most people call me Tory. I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2002 with a degree in Birth Through Kindergarten Education and received my Masters degree in Elementary Education in 2008. I have been teaching Pre-K for 14 years.

I love teaching the little ones because they have such joy and love of learning. I love seeing how much they absorb during the year and how they learn to relate to others in the classroom. I enjoy helping the children to think about problems and encouraging them to find solutions to their problems.

I have been married for 12 years to my husband Mike. I also have two sons, Caleb who is 9 and Tyler who is 3. We enjoy playing outside, hiking at Stone Mountain, and visiting with friends.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Laurin Mayberry

Hello!  I'm Laurin Mayberry, and I have been teaching for ten years, eight of which have been at Millers Creek Elementary. My most recent experience has been in fifth grade, but I am thrilled to be returning to fourth grade this school year.   I absolutely love teaching science.  Although I will miss the fifth grade science curriculum, I am looking forward to teaching fourth grade science again.  

My husband, Quinn and I have been married for three years.  I about have him fully trained to do the laundry, cooking, and cleaning.  I've been attempting to get back in shape this summer, as I tend to pack on the pounds during the school year by eating the majority of the candy intended to go to the students. 

I'm very passionate about teaching and love learning from other educators.  I look forward to year of awesome collaboration and planning!  Can't wait to meet my kiddos and new teacher faces in August!

Sandy Kilby

Hi I'm Sandy Kilby and I will be starting my 12th year as a teacher assistant at Millers Creek and my 16th year in the school system.. The Creek truly is a special place. It is my home away from home and I call the staff part of my family. They have always been there for anything if you need it. I look forward to the new school year. Meeting new faces and getting to see the faces I've known for a long time. I love to hear Mrs. Kilby wherever I go. It puts a smile on my face. And to have a mom of one of your students say she heard them playing school and the child was playing Mrs. Kilby. Children truly are remarkable they seem to sense when you are having a bad day and will come up to you with a hug and I love you. On a personal note I have been married to my husband Randy for 26 years and we have three boys Austin age 25, Dylan age 22 and Nicholas age 9. One granddaughter Olivia 2 1/2 and soon to be two new daughter-in-laws Jamie and Josie.Can't wait to see all of you in August.

Kelly Blevins

Hi, I'm Kelly Blevins. This will be my 11th year teaching at MCES. I have taught Kindergarten, 1st Grade and currently teach 2nd Grade. This is an amazing school with wonderful students.  I love teaching and can't wait to meet my new class. Watching them learn makes my job very rewarding. We are going to have a super year in 2nd Grade!!!!

My husband, Jeff, and I have been married for 25 years. We have two sons, Forrest (23) and Jarrett (17). We also have a 2 year old granddaughter, Kadynn. We have 3 fur babies as well; Gracie, Belle and Gabby. We love all types of outdoor activities, biking, kayaking, and golf. The beach is our favorite place to be :)  

Friday, July 1, 2016

Brenda Davis

Hello, my name is Brenda Davis and I am a kindergarten teacher here at the "Creek". This is my 3rd year teaching at Millers Creek, and my 26th year of teaching! I have taught all grades in K-6 except for 2nd. Kindergarten is my very favorite grade to teach! I love this age and enjoy watching them learn and grow. I love how at this age, they are so eager to learn new things and are like sponges,absorbing information and new skills and concepts! It is so amazing to see their growth throughout the year. At the beginning of the school year, we get these little people, some of who can barely hold or grasp a pencil, and by the end of the year, they are reading and writing! Kindergarteners LOVE coming to school!! They are exciting about every new thing we teach them. I cannot think of a more rewarding job than teaching kindergarten! I am told on a daily basis how much they love me, and the hugs are never-ending!  I look forward to meeting all my new students and getting to know them each and every year. It is so fun learning and making memories together!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

My name is Dianne Griffin and I am a kindergarten assistant with Julie Estes. I love flower gardening, hiking, and being outside. I have been at the "Creek" for 16 years, 12 of them as a
full time assistant. I have substitute taught in all grades kindergarten to 8th, been a tutor, and did after school daycare. I have been an assistant in 5th, 3rd, 2nd. 1st, and kindergarten. I love working with children and watching them learn and grow. I believe a good year in kindergarten sets a firm foundation for a love of school and learning.
Looking forward to another great year at the "Creek."

Shanna Bumgarner

Hey! I'm Shanna Bumgarner. This upcoming school year will be my 10th year of teaching all at "The Creek"! I love to teach first grade! Teaching reading is my passion. I was always a math geek in school too so it's equally fun for me to teach. The growth your child will make as a first grader will be Aaaamazing! I can't wait for you to see it and for me to experience it another year. It makes my job so rewarding. 

My husband, Eddie, and I have 2 kids. Our son, Isaac, will be a sophomore at WWHS and our daughter, Bailey, will be in 3rd grade right here at MCES. Our family loves sports like basketball, football and dance. I love to spend time with my family, make new things for my home and to read in my free time. I can't wait to meet my new students and work alongside you to help your child become a successful first grader!

If you would like to get in touch with me at any time, you may email me at bumgarners@wilkes.k12.nc.us.

Gina Ortiz

Hello! My name is Gina Ortiz and I am entering my 11th year teaching at Millers Creek. I love my job teaching third grade. My favorite part of teaching is watching my students grow and enjoy learning. Reading is my favorite subject to teach.  When I was in third grade, I loved my teacher and would "play school" and pretend to teach. It was at that age that I knew I wanted to be a teacher.

My husband Joey and I have been married for 25 years and have 3 sons (Andrew 23, Adam 21, and Alex 16). Our family LOVES sports (especially baseball), the beach, and spending time together. I am excited to meet my new students and parents. We are going to have a SUPER year!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Hi! I am Sherry Caudill.  This will be my 13th year teaching at Millers Creek where I have taught 2nd and 3rd grade.  I love teaching and seeing my students grow.  My husband, Greg, and I have been married for 24 years and have 2 wonderful daughters (Hanna 22 and Rachel 19).  We have a Christmas tree farm, raise rabbits, garden, and love all water and outdoor activities.  I am excited to begin a new school year!
Hello! My name is Lee Ann Minton and I am a school counselor at Millers Creek Elementary.  This is my 28th year in the counseling field, with 24 of those here at MCES. My husband, Greg, and I have 2 daughters, Katherine and Elizabeth, as well as 2 dogs, Maggie and Lucy and they all keep us very busy. With having spent nearly half of my life at "The Creek", it holds a very dear place in my heart! I am looking forward to the new school year and all it has to offer!

Marissa Thompson

Hello! My name is Marissa Thompson! This is my second year teaching at Millers Creek in the third grade. I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2014. I went on to teach 7th and 8th grade math at Valle Crucis for a semester. I recently moved to Purlear in May. I am excited about having a short drive to work. I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter named Avery, and two stepdaughters (Autumn and Savannah). I love teaching third grade because my third grade teacher is the one who inspired me to become an educator! I love to see students enjoying learning as much as I did when I was a child. I look forward to meeting my future students and parents at open house! We are going to have an AWESOME year!

Shannon Hamby

Hello, I am Shannon Hamby and this is my 12th year teaching 5th grade at Millers Creek Elementary.  My husband Brian and I have been married 15 years and have 3 amazing boys: Carter 9, Scout 7, and Deacon 5, who will all be students here at MCES this coming school year!   Our family loves spending time outdoors and playing.  I am looking forward to meeting my new class and having another great year of learning here at "The Creek".

Jenny Cockrell

Hi! I am Jenny Cockrell.  I am starting my 15th year of teaching. I am very excited about moving to 4th grade this year!  I love to teaching math and science. I also love to read. My husband Jed is a elementary school principal in Yadkin County.  We have one daughter, Mallory, who will start kindergarten at Millers Creek this year.  I can't wait to meet my new students in August!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Paula Bryant

Hi!  My name is Paula Bryant.  This will be my 22nd year teaching and I am so excited to meet my new class of first graders!  My favorite part of teaching is watching my students grow as learners and individuals.  When I was in elementary school I used to pretend I was a first grade teacher.  I loved teaching my cousins to read and do math problems.  Reading and math are still my favorite subjects to teach!
My husband, Scott, and I have a six year old daughter, Ansley.  We also have two fur babies, Lacey and Minnie.  I love spending time with my family, reading and shopping.

You may email me at: bryantp@wilkes.k12.nc.us

Jenni F. Roope

Hi! I am Jenni Roope! I am starting my 18th year of teaching and am so excited to be having the same great kids as last year! 5th grade is going to be so much fun! My favorite part of teaching is being with kids all day who love to learn. 

I am married and have a 5th grader, Drew, and a 3rd grader, Grey. We also have a precious dog, Finley. He is like my child, too! He loves to eat McDonald's french fries!

Brittany Brady

Hello there! I'm Mrs. Brady. This will be my fifth year teaching and my fourth year at the Creek! I absolutely love teaching at MCES and love teaching third grade! When I was in elementary school my third grade teacher was my all time favorite and most likely the reason I chose to become a teacher.  My favorite subject to teach is math!

My husband Greg and I are expecting our first child! Our sweet "Turkey" is due Thanksgiving 2016 and as you can see in the picture we recently found out it's a girl! I also have two fur babies. Lily is a hyperactive miniature dachshund and Apollo is a very timid but lovable lemon pointer.  In my free time, I like to read, scour Pinterest for new ideas, and help my husband with our business, Anchor Coffee! 

Ashley Szyjka

Hi! My name is Ashley Szyjka and this will be my second year teaching fifth grade. When I was in elementary school my favorite subject was math. I hope to bring the joy same of learning to my students that I found when I was in school! In my free time I like reading, hiking, and shopping at Target. Parents and students of my classroom are encouraged to visit my website throughout the year to find out more about me and what we are doing in the classroom. msszyjka.weebly.com

Debbie Baity

Hi, I am Debbie Baity, mom to three children, one cat, one dog, and Nanny to two grandsons. I teach second grade. I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Educational Media, both from Appalachian State University. I love the outdoors especially hiking, snow, and rain.

Rosanna Bare


Hi! My name is Rosanna Bare.  This will be my 10th year as a teacher, and I will be teaching a Kindergarten and 1st grade combination class.  I LOVE teaching and I love to read.  My favorite thing to teach is Science! My husband, Scotty, and I recently welcomed our first son, Nathaniel, into the world.  When I was in elementary school, I loved singing and being in class plays.  I can't wait to meet my new class of students on August 29th, my birthday!

You may email me at barer@wilkes.k12.nc.us .

Monday, June 27, 2016

Cindy Price

My name is Cindy Price.  I am the principal at Millers Creek and LOVE my job.  I have two sons, Sam (in sunglasses) and Nate.  My husband David and I have been married for 30 years..he's really old!  I have been a teacher, a school counselor, an assistant principal and a district administrator, but my favorite is being principal at MCES!   I love being outside and like to ride my bike, hike, play golf, and water and snow ski.  When I was in elementary school, I loved to play in the woods and build tree houses.