Triangle Day School’s faculty and staff is an outstanding, highly trained group of skilled professionals. Next to the students, this group is TDS’s greatest asset. Our teachers understand children and their development and are excited to work with them each day.

With a student/faculty ratio of 8:1, teachers provide individual attention and tailored approaches. Small class sizes facilitate lively discussions and numerous activities, as teachers use best practices to engage children while delivering the curriculum. Teachers are given the freedom and support they need to pursue different techniques and continue to grow as professionals. TDS teachers set high standards for students, and they truly want each child to succeed. Recognizing that the home/school partnership is critical to achieving our long-term goals, teachers communicate regularly with the parents of the students they teach. Finally, faculty and staff are encouraged to continue their own education, and TDS supports their participation in conferences and seminars.

Administration

Doug Norry
Doug NorryHead of School

Amherst College (B.A.)
Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A.)

9th year at TDS
29th year in education

Natalie Ditmore
Natalie DitmoreLower School Director

Pepperdine University (B.A.)
ESL certification
National Board Certification

4th year at TDS
8th year in education

 Emily McAllister
Emily McAllisterMiddle School Director

UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A.)
University of Mississippi (M.A.)

7th year at TDS
12th year in education

Deb Newlin
Deb NewlinAdmissions Director

Earlham College (B.A.)

5th year at TDS
25th year in education

Sharon Myers
Sharon MyersOperations Director
Business Manager

18th year at TDS

Emma Farrer
Emma FarrerCommunications Director

Emerson College (B.A.)

3rd year at TDS

Melissa Perez-Heydrich
Melissa Perez-HeydrichTechnology Director

University of Florida (B.A., M.Ed.)
Florida International University (Ed.S.)
Google Certified Educator

7th year at TDS
13th year in education

Maria Morrison
Maria MorrisonAthletics Director

UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A.)

13th year at TDS
13th year in education

Heysha Carrillo
Heysha CarrilloDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director

University of Puerto Rico (B.A.)
UNC-Chapel Hill (M.Ed.)

2nd year at TDS
8th year in education

Mary Stillman
Mary StillmanOffice Manager
Student Records

St. Mary’s College

3rd year at TDS
10th year in education

Kimbie Sprague
Kimbie SpragueSchool Librarian

1st year at TDS

Rodney Hughes
Rodney HughesMaintenance

3rd year at TDS

Student Success Team

Liddy Stewart
Liddy StewartLearning Specialist

UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A.)

2nd year at TDS
7th year in education

Jennifer Phillips
Jennifer PhillipsLiteracy Specialist

East Carolina University (B.S.)
UNC-Chapel Hill (M.Ed.)
K-12 Reading License

4th year at TDS
20th year in education

Demetrice Via
Demetrice ViaMath Specialist

NC A&T State University (M.A.T.)

1st year at TDS

Casey Villarreal
Casey VillarrealSchool Counselor

Fairfield University (B.A.S.)
UNC-Chapel Hill (M.Ed.)

2nd year at TDS
12th year in education

Lower School Faculty

Rose DeLaTorre
Rose DeLaTorreTransitional Kindergarten

California State University (B.A., M.A.)

11th year at TDS
21st year in education

Kayla Wallace
Kayla WallaceTransitional Kindergarten

University of Wyoming (B.A.)
Western Governors University (M.S.)

5th year at TDS
6th year in education

Hilary Virdin
Hilary VirdinTK Assistant

Johns Hopkins University (M.A)

1st year at TDS

Jennifer Palmer
Jennifer PalmerTK Assistant

University of Wisconsin (M.A)

1st year at TDS

Amy Cowan
Amy CowanKindergarten

East Stroudsburg University (B.A.)

12th year at TDS
13th year in education

Jordan Qualls
Jordan QuallsKindergarten

North Carolina Central University (B.S.)

6th year at TDS
9th year in education

Kirsten Hill
Kirsten HillKindergarten Assistant

Houghton College (B.A.)

2nd year at TDS
7th year in education

Jasmin Harris
Jasmin HarrisKindergarten Assistant

Old Dominion University (B.A.)

1st year at TDS

Julie Beyer
Julie BeyerFirst Grade

University of Georgia (B.F.A)

5th year at TDS
9th year in education

Karen Fisher
Karen FisherFirst Grade

Duke University (B.A.)
Professional Educator’s License for NC

14th year at TDS
38th year in education

Kiera Olson
Kiera OlsonFirst Grade Assistant

Duke University (B.A.)

4th year at TDS
4th year in education

Abigayil Lowe
Abigayil LoweSecond Grade

Appalachian State University (B.S.)

2nd year at TDS
13th year in education

Bianca Murphy
Bianca MurphySecond Grade

NC Central University (B.A.)

5th year at TDS
8th year in education

Katherine Ciccarelli
Katherine CiccarelliThird Grade

UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A.)
UNC-Greensboro

1st year at TDS

Ashley Lauber
Ashley LauberThird Grade

Binghamton University (B.A.S.)

2nd year at TDS
11th year in education

Tiffany Philbeck
Tiffany PhilbeckFourth Grade

UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A.)

7th year at TDS
4th year in education

Amie Tedeschi
Amie TedeschiFourth Grade

Duke University (B.A.)
UNC-Greensboro (M.Ed.)

27th year at TDS
28th year in education

Dan Forringer
Dan ForringerFifth Grade

Elon College (B.A., NC Teaching Fellow)
National Board Certification

16th year at TDS
22nd year in education

Samantha Lazar
Samantha LazarFifth Grade

Appalachian State University (B.S.)
Meredith College (M.Ed.)

13th year at TDS
23rd year in education

Ansis Perez-Lajara
Ansis Perez-LajaraLower School Assistant

2nd year at TDS

Middle School Faculty

Ali Carnes
Ali CarnesMS Math

Grinnell College (B.A.)
Duke University (MEM)

9th year at TDS
11th year in education

Jonathan Dowd
Jonathan DowdMS Spanish

UNC-Asheville (B.A.)
Middlebury College (M.A.)

14th year at TDS
15th year in education

Josh Hyden
Josh HydenSocial Studies & Language Arts

University of Colorado-Boulder (B.A.)
UNC-Chapel Hill (Post-Baccalaureate)
Poggio Civitate Archaeology Field School

3rd year at TDS
4th year in education

 Lori Khan
Lori KhanScience

Purdue University (B.S., M.S)
North Carolina State University (M.S.A)
National Board Certification

5th year at TDS
18th year in education

Emily McAllister
Emily McAllisterLanguage Arts

UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A.)
University of Mississippi (M.A.)

7th year at TDS
12th year in education

Jaime Morin
Jaime MorinMath & Science

Elon University (B.A.)

2nd year at TDS
6th year in education

Clayton Spencer
Clayton SpencerSocial Studies

University of Oregon (B.A.)
Florida State University (M.S.)
University of Colorado-Boulder (Cert.)

5th year at TDS
7th year in education

Kolby Hunter
Kolby HunterMiddle School Assistant

UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A.)

3rd year at TDS

Complements & Electives Faculty

Ali Carnes
Ali CarnesMiddle School Chimes

Grinnell College (B.A.)
Duke University (MEM)

9th year at TDS
11th year in education

Caro Frias Arce
Caro Frias ArceLower School Spanish

CETYS Universidad, Mexico (M.Ed.)

1st year at TDS
year in education

Jodi Hughes
Jodi HughesLower School Art

San Diego State University (B.A.)

8th year at TDS
20th year in education

Miles Jenkins
Miles JenkinsLower School Music

University of Tennessee (M.M.)

1st year at TDS

Cindy Lucas
Cindy LucasMiddle School Art

Duke University (B.A.)

26th year at TDS
26th year in education

Jaime Morin
Jaime MorinYearbook Advisor

Elon University (B.A.)

2nd year at TDS
6th year in education

Maria Morrison
Maria MorrisonPhysical Education

UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A.)

13th year at TDS
13th year in education

Erin Nelson
Erin NelsonLower School Science

Trinity University (B.S.)
Emory University (Ph.D.)

14th year at TDS
17th year in education

Kimbie Sprague
Kimbie SpragueSchool Librarian

1st year at TDS