Meet Our Staff

While scholars are the most important people in our school, our teachers and parents are the most important adults. Our teachers and staff at FDS are certified, experienced, and well-trained yet sensitive to the needs of the whole child. Our teachers share their passion and love of education by successfully promoting academic rigor while preserving the excitement and sense of discovery inherent in young scholars.

Administration

Ms. Linda Comer
Head of School
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About Ms. Linda Comer

Ms. Linda Comer, Head of School, is a proven effective educator with years of administrative experience. A native of Ohio, she was educated at Bowling Green University. Ms. Comer spent much of her professional career in the state of Michigan prior to relocating to the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. Ms. Comer has experience as a classroom teacher and over 30 years as a school principal. More recently, she has served as area superintendent in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, School District. In addition, Ms. Comer has served as a regional consultant for charter schools in Michigan and Louisiana. She has also served and chaired numerous boards with an educational focus and has worked tirelessly in the community to promote productive social change.
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Ms. Renee Harrison
Head of School Associate
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About Ms. Renee Harrison

I have taught from kindergarten to college during my 30+ year tenure in public education, spending the bulk of those years as an elementary school teacher and principal. While teaching, I served in myriad other K–12 capacities including curriculum specialist, multicultural education coordinator, entry-year teacher mentor, interim staff development director, and visiting instructor at Cleveland State University. Additional educational experiences have been as a private tutor, Sunday school teacher and curriculum developer, and holding offices in many educational and public service organizations. After retirement, I continued to tutor and teach Sunday school but also fulfilled a life-long dream of entrepreneurship. Through it all, a love of education kept whispering in my ear–and in 2020, Friendship Day School's unique and innovative private school was just the ticket to lure me back to my first passion.
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Ms. Diane W. Jones
Office Assistant
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Teaching Staff

Mrs. Ebony W. Barrionuevo
Spanish
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About Mrs. Ebony W. Barrionuevo

¡Bienvenidos a la clase de español! My name is Señora B. I have taught Spanish for more than 13 years. I have been teaching at Friendship Day School for four years. My purpose is to provide scholars with a quality and versatile immersive language experience that generates curiosity in learning and travel. My program places emphasis on communication. Classes are structured in an inviting, nourishing, and immersive environment so that each scholar can enjoy and appreciate the language and various cultures through song, dance, games, and celebrations. Students are encouraged to observe the teacher closely. Your scholar will learn the following: the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish, to introduce oneself, to answer and ask questions, the weather, the days of the week/months of the year, classroom objects, family members, body parts, Afro-Hispanic literature, numbers/alphabet, and phonetics.
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Mrs. Shannetta Bostick
Instructional Assistant - Art Instructor
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About Mrs. Shannetta Bostick

My name is Mrs. Shannetta S. Bostick, and I am the art instructor for Friendship Day School. I like to utilize my creativity and design projects for both personal and corporate use and am always eager to see the end result. Creative arts consist of a range of activities that allow individuals to utilize and intensify their imagination and express it through various vehicles such as artistic work, music, and drama. The purpose of teaching and implementing artistic work into the daily curriculum for our Friendship Day School scholars is to enhance and grow physically, socially, cognitively, and emotionally. Adopting these skill sets will foster a new level of experimentation and thinking for our scholars. Throughout the 2020–2021 academic school year, our scholars will learn about the following components specific to their age group: visual literacy through symbols, lines, shapes, colors, and themes; creating original art that allows the scholar to express ideas about oneself; utilizing the process of drawing, painting, weaving, and collage to create art. As the art instructor for Friendship Day School, I am excited about the many projects our scholars will participate in during the school year.
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Ms. Celia Chisholm
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Mr. Calvin Cunningham
Instructional Assistant - Physical Education
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Mrs. Deborah Cureton
Second Grade
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About Mrs. Deborah Cureton

Welcome to Friendship Day School. I am Deborah Cureton and most proud to be a part of this great educational environment as the second-grade instructor. With this experienced staff of educators, Friendship Day School has established a comprehensive and enriching experience for its scholars during this virtual school year. I am a graduate of UNC Charlotte with a bachelor of arts degree in early childhood education with a concentration in special needs. This is my 38th year teaching. Throughout my years in education, I have taught kindergarten, first grade, and second grade in both public and private settings. I am most proud when my undergraduate scholars return to inform me of the impact I played in their educational life. Teaching is my passion and my life. The growth and success of each scholar with parental support is my goal. Friendship Day School and each family have welcomed me in a warm and pleasant fashion. I look forward to seeing the success of each scholar.
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Mrs. Valerie Dixon
Third Grade
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About Mrs. Valerie Dixon

Mrs. Valerie Dixon is the third-grade teacher here at Friendship Day School (FDS). This is Mrs. Dixon's second year at FDS. She has 30 years of teaching experience in public school. Mrs. Dixon retired from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in June, 2019. During her educational career, she has taught K–2 multi age, first grade, second grade, and third grade and served as an International Baccalaureate Primary Years program magnet coordinator as well as a reading teacher. Mrs. Dixon will have the privilege of teaching her current scholars for two years at the end of this year. She believes it is important to teach children how to think–not what to think. Mrs. Dixon gets excited when scholars use their strategies to solve problems. She is passionate about educating others, especially children. Mrs. Dixon believes in the power of service. Her favorite quote is, "Each one teach one!"
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Mrs. Nicole Gordon
Instructional Assistant
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About Mrs. Nicole Gordon

This is Mrs. Nicole Gordon's second year as our third-grade instructional assistant. Prior to joining us at FDS, she worked in banking for 20 years. She graduated in 2016 with a master's in clinical mental health counseling. As a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist church, Mrs. Gordon worked as a youth advisor. This experience allowed her to travel to Jamaica on a mission trip in 2018 where she worked with children ages six to 10 years of age. Mrs. Gordon's passion is helping and serving. She believes that by offering a small gesture, such as a smile, she can make someone's day brighter.
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Mrs. Nicole Ivory
First Grade
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About Mrs. Nicole Ivory

Mrs. Nicole Ivory is a Penn State University graduate and has been involved in education for over 10 years. She began her career abroad teaching English. After returning to the states, Mrs. Ivory taught at CPCC in the Charlotte Meck School System and Invest Collegiate Charter school. Her commitment to excellence in education brought her to FDS as the school's first teacher. Mrs. Ivory also served on the Friendship Education Commission, which was charged with the school's creation. Nicole and her husband, Titus, are the proud parents of Talia, Titus Dominic, Nia, and Norrie.
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Mrs. Andrea Metz-Nicholson
Instructional Assistant - Mindfulness
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Mrs. Margaret Spears
Kindergarten
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About Mrs. Margaret Spears

I am an upbeat elementary educator devoted to promoting student learning and enhancing individual potential. With 45+ years of experience, I am highly adept in classroom instruction, parent-teacher relations, and innovative classroom activities. My experience has afforded me a well-rounded skill set, including but not limited to organization and differentiated instruction. I couple the aforementioned with my solid educational foundation and passion for teaching. I am focused on the academic success of every student.
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Ms. Kieran Walker
Violin
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About Ms. Kieran Walker

The students are learning the Suzuki violin method. The Suzuki method is an internationally known instrumental teaching system developed in Japan by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Dr. Suzuki referred to this system as the Mother Tongue Approach. Children learn to speak by listening. They can do the same to learn violin. Some of the values of the Suzuki method include parent involvement, constant repetition, and a nurturing environment. The purpose of our program is to enrich students with the joy of music. Our goals are to develop a solid foundation in violin playing, to cultivate listening skills, and to foster human qualities.
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