Teachers

Kindergarten-Jennie Robinette

jennie-robinetteJennie was handed the keys to her first kindergarten classroom in Boston in 1996 and has loved teaching this foundational grade ever since. During the ten years she spent teaching in Boston, she earned her master’s degree in Creative Arts in Learning from Lesley University. Jennie and her family moved to Asheville in 2007 to be closer to family. After teaching in Asheville City Schools and achieving National Board Certification, she was happy to begin teaching at Francine Delany, where she enjoys the supportive community and the meaningful and creative teaching that happens there. She is passionate about traveling and bringing the world into her classroom while inspiring her students to take care of the earth and make it more fair for everyone.


First Grade-Kelsey Goss

Kelsey began teaching in 1997 in Brooklyn, New York. She received her B.A. in Classics from Wesleyan University and her M.S. in Special Education from Bank Street College. She worked in Brooklyn as a second/third-grade special education teacher, fourth-grade inclusion teacher, first-grade general education teacher, and reading specialist. Kelsey moved to Asheville in 2007 and began teaching at FDNSC in 2008 as an exceptional children’s teacher, and in 2010 she took on the role of Exceptional Children’s Coordinator as well. She completed her National Board certification in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy in 2012. She lives with her family in West Asheville, and she is so excited to be returning to the first-grade classroom this year.


Second Grade-Britney Ross

Britney accepted her first teaching job, as a kindergarten interim teacher at Weaverville Primary School, in April 2010. She graduated with her B.S. degree in Elementary Education in May 2010 from Western Carolina University. There were no permanent positions at Weaverville Primary, so this led Britney to Candler Elementary where she stayed until accepting her position at FDNSC in 2013. Britney has taught both first and second grades and served on several committees. She will receive her master’s degree in Comprehensive Education with a focus in STEM Education in May 2020 from Western Carolina University. Britney loves spending time with her family and doing outdoor activities. She is so excited to be a part of the FDNSC family.


Third Grade-Roslyn Clapp

Roslyn worked as a Title I teacher’s assistant in the Buncombe County and Orono, Maine school systems from 2001-2004. She decided to become a career teacher, working on her licensure and Master’s degree at the University of Maine. In 2005, returned to the Asheville area and began teaching at Francine Delany. Over the course of her career she has worked with students K-8. She has taught third grade at FDNSC for the past seven years.

 

Fourth Grade-Naomi Marotta

Naomi MarottaNaomi Marotta came to Francine Delany in 2005 after spending three years teaching second grade in Baton Rouge, Louisiana as part of Teach for America. She grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts and earned a B.A. in psychology from Messiah College. She earned a teaching license through a lateral entry program in Baton Rouge Parish and has taught both third and fourth grade at Francine Delany. She lives in Candler with her husband, Bill, her son, Harvey, and her daughter, Ivy. When not teaching, she enjoys reading, camping, learning new things, and researching interesting recipes.

Fifth & Sixth Grades- Math & Science-Brian Pesci

brian's photoBrian received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from Western Carolina University. Brian moved to Western North Carolina in 1999 from Northern Virginia. He has always been interested in sports and played football at Western Carolina University. His love of sports has carried over to founding the Hospitality Sports League, which emphasizes sportsmanship, for Francine Delany New School and six other local charter and private schools in the Asheville area with emphasis on sportsmanship. He began teaching fourth grade at Francine Delany in 2004. He now teaches 5th and 6th grade math and science. Brian loves living in Asheville and continues his interest in sports and fitness by running in marathons, biking, playing basketball, and participating in other sporting activities.

Fifth & Sixth Grades-Language Arts & Social Studies-Robyn Moser

Robyn has been teaching since 2003 and has been at FDNSC since 2009. She earned a B,S, in Elementary Education from Ohio University and an M.A. in Middle Grades Education from NC State. Robyn lives with a strong sense of social justice and loves to help students become independent, critical thinkers and decision makers, and good, kind humans. She enjoys creating a safe space for students to learn and grow, practice reading and writing, and be curious about history and current events. Robyn grew up on a farm in Ohio and loves to go home to visit. She now lives in Asheville with her wife and daughter and likes to learn, read, walk, play music, and spend time with family. She loves being a part of the FDNSC family and looks forward to many more wonderful years.

 

 


Seventh & Eighth Grades Math and Math Intervention – Rachel Harris

Rachel Harris graduated with a B.S. degree in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Environmental Toxicology from North Carolina State University. She spent the majority of her career working as an Engineering Consultant. She later transitioned to working as a Communications Professional, and then a Teaching Assistant at FDNSC before joining FDNSC as the 7th/8th Grade Math Teacher. In her spare time she enjoys reading, traveling, getting outdoors, spending time with her family and dog, and ballroom and swing dancing. She is very excited to be in her new role, teaching at Francine Delany.

Seventh & Eighth Grades Science, Exceptional Children – Julie Springsteen

Julie SpringsteenJulie is originally from Michigan where she graduated from Western Michigan University, earning a bachelor’s degree studying earth science and textiles. She spent the next four years in New York City working a variety of different jobs, from advertising to engineering, before moving to Asheville in 2002 to work for the North Carolina Outward Bound School. Julie’s classroom teaching career began in 2012 after receiving her North Carolina teaching license from Western Carolina University. She then received her North Carolina certification in Special Education in 2017. In her spare time, Julie competes in Ironman triathlons and is very involved in the running, cycling, and triathlon communities in Asheville. She coaches cross country at FDNSC and Warren Wilson College, serves on the board of directors for the Asheville Triathlon Club, and is a member of the Baucco Squad Triathlon Team.


Seventh & Eighth Grades- Language Arts & Social Studies- Brady Rochford

Brady RochfordBrady began her teaching career in Raleigh, North Carolina after graduating with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education from NC State University.  While in school there, Brady participated in an international studies program in Pskov, Russia, and worked in farmworker advocacy in rural North Carolina.  She obtained her Master’s degree from Appalachian State and her National Certification while working in Watagua County.   In 2011, Brady studied indigenous and biological diversity in Oaxaca, Mexico with the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Although she looks forward to another international adventure, she is most grateful to be living in Asheville and enjoys the thrill of middle school, running in the woods and spending time with her family.


Exceptional Children’s Staff, Middle School – Melissa Murphy

Melissa received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her Master of Education degree in Language and Literacy Studies from the University of Texas. She began teaching in 1996 in McAllen, Texas, and taught in Austin, TX, and Henderson County, NC, before coming to Francine Delany in 2002. She has taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 6th grades at Francine Delany and currently serves as the middle school Exceptional Children’s teacher and assists in middle school math. She completed her National Board Certification in 2008. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys reading, coaching, playing music, attending FDNSC & Cougar sporting events, road trips with her family, and working on voter education with the League of Women Voters.


Exceptional Children’s Staff-Amy Powchak

Amy grew up in New York state and attended SUNY Brockport, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science. She spent the next two years working at an outdoor therapeutic wilderness program for adjudicated youth in Lowgap, North Carolina. This experience changed her career trajectory and inspired her to become an Exceptional Children’s teacher. She then pursued this passion, earning a Master of Arts in teaching through Western Carolina University. Amy has worked in Buncombe County and Asheville City Schools at the elementary and middle school levels prior to joining the Francine Delany team. She lives in the West Asheville neighborhood with her husband and 2 teenage children and enjoys spending time in nature running, camping, and traveling. She is delighted to be part of the Francine Delany New School for Children community.

Exceptional Children’s Staff and Coordinator – Angie Rardin

Angie has been teaching for over 30 years. She received  both a B.A. in psychology and an  M.Ed in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Angie became involved with Francine Delany on day one in 1997 as a parent, and in 2002, joined the Delany faculty as an Exceptional Children’s Teacher. Being a member of this uniquely supportive learning community has been a true gift! Away from school, Angie enjoys spending time with her three grown children (all FDNSC alums) and her husband. Her hobbies include tennis, reading, hiking, traveling, and of course, watching Tar Heel basketball!

Title One Teacher- Elana Froehlich

Elana Froehlich, has been teaching at Francine Delany since 1997, where she  taught Kindergarten/1st grade for 11 years. She, along with 6 other teachers and 5 parents, founded Francine Delany New School for Children. Elana began her career as a Montessori teacher in Alabama. She received a B.A. in education from Warren Wilson College and went on to teach in Asheville City Schools as a K-2 teacher before working on the charter for Delany. She presently is the Title 1 reading teacher and serves on the Executive Council and the Directorate. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dogs and  family, playing the ukulele, and loving the outdoors.

 

Music Teacher –  Gabrielle Tee

Gabrielle teaches our kindergarten through 4th grade music program along with music electives for our 5th through 8th grade students.

 

 

 

 

Art Teacher –  Vicki Partridge

Vicki teaches our kindergarten through 4th grade art program along with art electives for our 5th through 8th grade students.