Technology Coach, Literacy Enrichment, iOS Coordinator, Technology Contact, Testing Coordinator
I was born in Michigan where all of my family still resides. I went to Michigan State University for my undergrad and graduate degrees, GO STATE! I have my bachelor's degree in elementary education and master's degree in the arts of education with a focus on technology. I first started teaching in North Carolina in 2007 in Fuquay and have been in Wake County Public Schools ever since! I have taught both 3rd and 4th grade for 6 years and this is my third year here at Olive Chapel teaching technology. I love learning about new ways to teach students and how to incorporate 21st century skills into their education! My husband and I live in Holly Springs with our son Owen and our cat Katie. I'm the proud aunt of 5 nephews back in Michigan ranging from age 1 to age 12, most of them are twins! In my free time I like to find crafts & decorate my home, especially with great ideas from Pinterest! I also love to bake and cook for my family. My favorite season is fall, because I love chai tea lattes, eating fresh apples/cider, wearing boots and scarves, and cooler weather.
I am so excited to be a part of the OCE Team! I have big plans for AIG this year, and I can't wait for all of their creative minds to meet and work on critical thinking and problem solving skills. Making the learning FUN and engaging will be a key point to this year as well focusing on GROWTH!!!
I am originally from South Florida and went the University of Central Florida in Orlando. I moved to Atlanta where I met my Husband and started my teaching career. My son Austin and daughter Madison are the light of my life. We love living in the Raleigh area! We are so excited to have found such a wonderful place for our family to grow.
My passion is teaching and growing young mind. I hold certification in Elementary and Gifted Education (K-12). My goal this year is to build strong relationships with all my AIG students and their families as well as the rest of the Clipper Ship. I also hope to find new and exciting enrichment opportunities for everyone at Olive Chapel.
Alice Geiss, Counselor
Alice Geiss is a professional counselor and has been a school counselor in Wake County since 1997. She has earned her National Board Certification in Counseling. Prior to coming to Olive Chapel Elementary School, Mrs. Geiss was a counselor at Oak Grove Elementary School in Durham County and Jackson Park Elementary School in Cabarrus County. This is her 25th year as a school counselor. Mrs. Geiss received her undergraduate degree from Potsdam College in New York State and her Master's degree from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has been married to her husband David for almost 32 years and has one child named Jessica. Jessica attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is presently an English teacher. The family has two dogs, named Choo-Choo and Oki. When not at school, Mrs. Geiss enjoys UNC Tarheel football and spending time at the beach.
Melissa Steadman, Social Worker
I am from South Boston, VA. I went to NC State for my undergraduate degree where I majored in Social Work with a minor in Psychology. I went to Appalachian
State for my graduate degree in Social Work. This is my first year at Olive Chapel. I love elementary aged
children as they are so full of life and energy. All of my family still lives in Virginia. I have a beautiful and very rambunctious puppy named Roxie who I adore!! I am, of course, a State fan, Go Pack!! I also enjoy reading, cooking, and doing crafts.
I'm excited to start my first year at Olive Chapel Elementary School! I have a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and a Master's in ESL Education, both from UNC-Greensboro (go Spartans!). I've worked with English language learners both in and out of the U.S. for the past 15 years, teaching in non-profits, local community colleges, and schools. It is so rewarding to learn about my students' languages and cultures while helping them adjust to life in NC. Outside of the U.S., I've taught short-term in Mexico, Spain, and Bolivia, plus two years at a junior high school in Japan. In my free time, I like to run, practice yoga, knit, sew, play with my four young nieces and nephews, and read young adult fiction. I'm looking forward to a great year here!
Instructional Resource Teacher (IRT)
This will be my 21st year of teaching but my fourth year in Wake County schools. I was previously in Cumberland County for 17 years before I decided to move back home. I am certified in Dance Education, Elem. Education, and Reading from East Carolina University. I received my Master's from Fayetteville State University in 1992.
I have served as a classroom teacher, reading intervention teacher, Literacy Coach, Instructional Coach and Reading First Coordinator.
Media Specialist, Technology Contact
I am in my 11th year in the profession and am thrilled to have joined Olive Chapel as the AIG teacher for Tracks 2 and 3. I have worked with Kindergarten through 6th grade students and am certified in Elementary Education, Middle Grades English, High School Social Studies, and Academically Gifted teaching. When not in the classroom, I enjoy reading, cooking, and flying, as well as pursuing my own education. I have just begun the initial coursework for a PhD in Educational Psychology. I am excited to be an OCE Clipper and I look forward to this new year.
Christine Byers, Counselor
I have been with Wake County since the 2013-2014 school year as a school psychologist. I earned my Bachelor's degree from Bucknell University in Pennsylvania, and my graduate degree in school psychology from UNC Chapel Hill. I'm originally from Cary and was excited to return to the area after college. On the weekends you can find me spending time with my friends and family, enjoying the outdoors, or reading a good book.
This is my second year at OCE. I am originally from Louisiana but have lived in several states to pursue my goal of becoming a Speech and Language Pathologist. I received my undergraduate degree from Penn State and my masters at Fort Hays State University in Kansas. This begins my sixth year in this wonderful profession, having worked with 2-14 year olds in the school and private settings. I enjoy working in the schools as it gives me more opportunities to collaborate with families and other professionals to give our students a voice. I love to travel, cook, hike, and watch college football.