Tym Cleve

PE Teacher

Tym Cleve has been with us since opening day 2014 and absolutely LOVES TES. Not only is he our PE teacher, but he also runs our safety patrol program, greeting all our students each morning with a smile and trying to get their day started off right. His goal as our PE teacher is to make health, nutrition and fitness fun and engaging for all our students as well as helping them learn how to stay active and fit for life-long health and wellness. Tym holds an undergraduate degree from Elon University in Health and Physical Education with minor focus on Exercise Sports Science, Coaching and Religious Studies. Before teaching Tym was president and CEO of a custom home/commercial audio/video/data install company for twenty years. He has also coached varsity baseball, basketball and middle school tennis for many years. Tym has a wonderful, amazing and supportive partner, Nitya Fiorentino who works at the library, and also serves on the TES Steering committee. She is our lower school room parent coordinator. They both love TES and the school community. Tym adores the family they raise together with her two amazing children, both students here at TES. Zeke is in 4th grade and Virani is in 2nd. He also has three grown children, a granddaughter that he loves to spoil and a new grandson on the way. Tym is committed to our education model and devotes himself each day to the betterment of all our students education. TES ROCKS!

Emily Thewlis

Art Teacher

Emily Thewlis is honored to be an art teacher and facilitate the creative process for children. Finding artistic inspiration from nature and the vibrant cultures across the planet, she aims to share this beauty with her students. She believes artistic expression unites humanity in a universal language that engages our bodies, minds, and spirits. She studied Art and Education at UNC-Asheville upon receiving the NC Teaching Fellows Scholarship. Student teaching at ArtSpace Charter School in Swannanoa validated her passion for the power of Arts Integration. Prior to TES, she taught at Hillside High School in Durham. In her spare time she is busy being a Mama and enjoying cycling, dancing, cooking, and playing music whenever she can.

Amanda Shanks

Music Teacher/Band Director

Amanda Shanks studied music education at Coastal Carolina University and is certified to teach K-12. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in 2015. Amanda completed the Master’s program coursework and internship in the spring of 2018. She will be taking the SC PLT in August to obtain the degree. She interned at a PreK-5 elementary school and a middle school (6-8) in South Carolina. This past school year, Amanda worked in Chatham County Schools as a high school and middle school band director where she also taught guitar. Amanda is very excited to be joining the team at TES!

Marla Kasper

Yoga Teacher

Marla Kasper is a Registered Nurse (UNC ’04) and has worked extensively in pediatrics, public health (RPCV Malawi 2009-2011), and clinical research.  Marla has always had a strong interest in complementary and alternative therapies, particularly yoga and essential oils.  In 2016, Marla completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Wilmington Yoga Center.  In 2017, Marla trained with Sonia Sumar, creator of Yoga for the Special Child Method, a comprehensive program of yoga techniques designed to enhance the natural development of children with special needs.  Marla has since become a licensed practitioner of Yoga for the Special Child (the first and only one in NC!) and launched her business Rooted Together Yoga & Wellness, and recently completed an additional 95 hours of yoga training to be a Registered Child Yoga Teacher (RCYT).  She is also a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA essential oils.  Learn more about Marla at www.rootedtogethernc.com



  Photos courtesy of Laura Wessell at Honor Roll Portraits.

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