Marsha Smith has been in education since 1995. She has worked in private schools with Pre k-5th graders. She has also worked in a Montessori School and has Montessori experience.
Preschool/PreK Teacher Assistant
I am Janien Quinones from Tampa, Florida. I have lived in Florida my whole life until five years ago. My family and I moved to Fayetteville, North Carolina for the church and to be more involved with God. I am married and my husband and I have five lovely children, four which attend Kid Stars Rising. My youngest is in preschool. I started teaching kids in my church nursery as a child at eight years old. I have been in love with teaching ever since.
Shannon Ray-Covington is a resident of Fayetteville, North Carolina, originally born and raised in Laurinburg, North Carolina. She is a college graduate with a degree in Arts with the focus of Business Fundamentals. Mrs. Covington is also a Licensed Minister, A Licensed Hair stylist, a new Author and much more. Mrs. Covington has worked with after school child care in Scotland County Schools and she has also operated as a Youth Leader in multiple churches.
First Grade Teacher
I am blessed to be joining the Kid Stars Rising Academy. I am so excited to join such an amazing team and to work with each of you and your children. It is my goal to educate, encourage, and love every child on an individual basis according to their academic needs in a way that will help them reach their goals and their full potential in all areas of the curriculum. I was lucky to attend Galveston University during my senior year of high school then transferred to graduate Lamar University in 2005 with a Bachelor Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Having graduated top 1% of my class I was invited to pledge Kappa Delta Pi. I have been an educator for 15 years collectively across the states of Texas, Louisiana, California, and North Carolina. The past seven years I have worked at Morganton Road Elementary gaining experience in Kindergarten-3rd grades and was named Teacher of the Year in 2018. God has blessed me with my fiancee Jamie Scott, my son Lane, my adopted daughter Donna, three step-sons, Dolen, David and Adam, and a beautiful grandbaby named Landen. Thank you for welcoming me into the Academy. I am very grateful and super happy to begin this journey with you and your family.
Second Grade Teacher
Terrie Jordan has over 30 years teaching experience in Cumberland County Public Schools. She is a licensed, certified, retired elementary teacher. She has a Master’s degree in Reading Education, is a National Board Certified Teacher and certified in Montessori Education. She also worked as an adjunct teacher at UNC-Pembroke in the Birth thru Kindergarten Program. She has a heart for teaching the whole child in a Developmentally Appropriate manner.
Math Teacher MS/HS
Caitlin Hunt has been in education since 2015. Prior to finishing her education degree, she worked as an assistant teacher and long term substitute at Fayetteville Christian School. She graduated from Fayetteville State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. Mrs. Hunt continued her education career as a sixth grade ELA teacher for Cumberland County Schools for 4 years.
English/LA Teacher MS/HS
Michelle Hulon has held various positions in public education for 23 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Methodist University in 2010 and taught full-time in Cumberland County Schools from 2011-2022. With teaching experience in all grades (K-12), Mrs. Hulon brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the KSR family.
Science Teacher MS/HS
My name is Mrs. Garna Parsley and I’m very happy to be a part of the KSR Academy family. I will be teaching the middle and high School Science program this year and am looking forward to getting to know each one of you while celebrating your academic successes here at KSR Academy.
Social Studies/History Teacher - MS/HS
I am originally from southern Louisiana. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. I moved to North Carolina in 1984. I have a daughter and step son, daughter-in-law and three beautiful grandchildren. I received my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Pembroke University. I received my National Board Certification in 2006. I love teaching children and am excited to be part of KSR Learning Academy.
Dr. Simmons has twenty years of experience working in the field of education. She is a licensed classroom teacher and former school administrator in North Carolina Public Schools. She has earned an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Fayetteville Technical Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (K-6), and a Master of School Administration, both from Fayetteville State University.
K-12 Resource/Electives Teacher
Tanya Fortune comes to Kid Stars Rising with a variety of skill sets and strengths. She has been with the Academy since the inception and has served wherever needed as an administrative assistant, classroom teacher, and teacher assistant.
Business & Technology/Media - MS/HS
Ms. Willoughby brings a thirty-year career of working in Cumberland County Schools to Kid Stars Rising. She holds an Associate Degree in Computer Science from Fayetteville Technical Community College. Her knowledge of technology and data is outstanding, which provides a great benefit to our students and staff.
Spanish I & II Teacher - MS/HS
Hi my name is Nancia Marie Carreras. I am a native New Yorker. I have been an ordained minister since October 1994 and moved to Florida in 1988. I have dedicated and devoted my life to the Lord Jesus Christ. My walk with him has been a great adventure and life style. I am Hispanic and speak several languages.
After School Care Support
After School Care Support
Ashley Miller is a loving mother of four children. She holds an Associate Degree in Funeral Services from Fayetteville Technical Community College. When the opportunity arises, she continues to support funeral services as a mortuary transport assistant. We are excited to have her as a part of our family at Kid Stars Rising Christian Learning Academy!
Online Academy Teacher Grades 1-8
Ms. Sandra Elliott is a special education consultant assisting in training staff, developing legally proficient IEP's and FBA's, guiding progress monitoring efforts, and ensuring students receive an appropriate education. Her unique background combines knowledge of special education practices and procedures as well as special education law, allowing her to offer a range of services, including one-on-one consultations, district-wide professional development, IEP/FBA reviews, due process hearing preparation, and on-call support. Ms. Elliott prides herself on being informative yet personable, willing to listen to her clients while providing expert, up-to-date advice. In presentations, she is able convey complex ideas, particularly regarding the intricacies of special education law, through an accessible, user-friendly manner. She also offers tutoring services on a sliding rate scale (see attached flyers).