7th/8th Grade Teacher
Mr. Moran teaches seventh and eighth grade Nonfiction Studies. Originally from Buffalo, NY, Mr. Moran attended SUNY Geneseo, where he majored in History, and then went on to earn a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Niagara University. Mr. Moran taught for five years at Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, NC, before relocating to the Triangle last year. In his second year at Maureen Joy, Mr. Moran is enjoying all of the high-level discussion occurring in his classroom. He says that through debate and thoughtful inquiry, his scholars have even pushed his own knowledge of historical concepts this year. What Mr. Moran loves most about working at Maureen Joy is “the culture of excellence that permeates the entire building”. He states, “every teacher here would be among the best teachers at ANY school in the area, and it is so rewarding to work with such a talented staff.” Mr. Moran lives with his wife in Durham, where they love to enjoy the city’s independent restaurants and shops. Mr. Moran’s hobbies also include running, reading, and keeping up with his favorite sports team, the Buffalo Bills.
4th Grade Teacher
Ms. Everett is in her first year of teaching 4th grade at Maureen Joy this year. Originally from Apex, NC, she attended Lynchburg College in Virginia, where she obtained a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in May of 2013. Ms. Everett previously taught for two summers with Student U, a Durham-based summer enrichment program that many Maureen Joy scholars attend. Ms. Everett loves the immense support system Maureen Joy has in place for new teachers. She states: “I am able to receive feedback on how to improve my classroom that can be quickly and effectively inserted into my teaching. All of the staff at Maureen Joy shares a love for kids and teaching that helps the employee atmosphere.” In her classroom this year, the scholars love to make connections, predictions, and summarize the stories they are reading in their ImagineIt! Program. Ms. Everett is already seeing her scholars take ownership of their learning by connecting their lives with the characters they are reading about. A resident of Apex, Ms. Everett’s hobbies include dinner with friends, cooking, exercising, and reading.