The 2019-2020 School Year Staff

Transitional Kindergarten Teachers


Goals for our Transitional Kindergarten (TK) include:


                     -SOCIAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT


                     -K & 1st GRADE HANDWRITING WITHOUT TEARS


                     -MATH & SCIENCE

                     -SOCIAL STUDIES

The term TK means "Transitional Kindergarten." This class is for children who just miss the state's age cut-off or are not quite ready for Kindergarten, even though their birthdays are within the state guidelines to attend.


They may need a little extra time to master these skills: working through anxiety, controlling melt-downs, learning to be a little more assertive, learning to be a little less aggressive or wiggly, and feeling comfortable in a classroom setting that makes several transitions throughout the day.

TK Teachers

Lori Hunter, TK Teacher


  Lori grew up in Birmingham, Alabama.  She attended Auburn University and received her degree in Early Childhood Education.  Having been in the education field for 15 years, Lori has taught preschool through 2nd grade.  Lori has been an Army wife for 16 years and through the years has volunteered with many different communities and government agencies.  She loves serving the local and military communities where they have been stationed and seeing children learn and grow from all over the world.

  Lori and her husband, Ben, have three active daughters ranging in ages from 15, 13, and 10.  Their girls attend Wake County Public Schools in Apex where they also live.  The family goes to Elevation and Hope Community Church.

  Lori loves being a mom and an Army wife.  She also enjoys running, working out and volunteering within the community.

  Lori is a co-teacher in the 5-day Yellow Bears Transition Kindergarten class.

Jan Ross, TK Teacher


  Jan grew up on the East Coast of Florida and went to Palm Beach Community College.  She received a two-year Business degree.  For the past 22 years, Jan has worked as a Preschool teacher in numerous Preschool age groups -- 4s, 3s, 2s, and 1s.

  Jan and her husband, Greg, live in Cary and attend St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church.  They have two grown children - Bobby and Julie.

  In her spare time, Jan enjoys going to the YMCA.  She also loves to garden.  Currently in her garden, she is growing tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, zucchini, and zinnias.    Other favorites that Jan loves to do are reading, traveling, cooking and baking.

  Jan is a co-teacher in the 5-day Yellow Bears Transition Kindergarten class.