Trilogy School Faculty and Staff

Judy Williams

Judy Williams, Co-founder and Principal

In addition to a BA in English Education and a MA in Teaching (M.A.T.) from UNC- Chapel Hill, she has a MA in School Administration (M.S.A.) from NC State University. She is also a graduate of the Kellogg Institute and is a Developmental Education Specialist. She has also done postgraduate work in Learning Disabilities at N.C. State University. She has forty- five years' experience teaching English at the middle school, high school, and college levels and in academic support and administration, serving on the faculties of N.C. State University and William Peace University. Judy has been a Governor's Appointee to the North Carolina Council on Educational Services for Exceptional Children as the private school representative. For the past twenty-eight years, she has been co-owner and director of Triangle Learning Consultants where she specializes in tutoring students in grades 5-college in writing, grammar, SAT verbal prep, English, and study skills. She recently completed training at UNC-TEACCH. She has her NC Certification as a principal as well as a secondary English teaching certificate. She is the co-founder and principal of The Trilogy School.

Dr. Laura Wyatt

Dr. Laura Wyatt, Co-founder and School Psychologist

Laura has her BA in Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, an M.Ed. in Special Education, and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from N.C. State University. Dr. Wyatt has over forty-four years teaching and tutoring experience, working with children of all ages in a variety of subjects. In addition, she has worked with children and adolescents with traumatic brain injury, developmental delay, and other special needs. She serves on the Advisory Board of the College of Education at N. C. State University. For the past twenty-six years, she has been co-owner and director of Triangle Learning Consultants and co-founder and psychologist for The Trilogy School. She is also co-owner of Triangle Psychoeducational Consultants, a psychology practice specializing in educational evaluation and consultation.

Ann Ashby

Ann Ashby, Director of Upper School

Ann earned her BA and MA in English from East Carolina University and has over twenty years of experience teaching writing at the college and middle and high school level. As a graduate student at East Carolina, she taught English Composition and worked as a tutor in the Writing Center, and she also taught Developmental Writing and English at Durham Technical Community College. At William Peace University she taught Composition, English, Freshman Seminar, and tutored in the college's Writing Center. She has also completed additional training at the Hill Center, training in the Wilson Reading System, and has attended several writing workshops with Wake County Schools. In her nineteenth year at Trilogy, Mrs. Ashby teaches high school English as well as serving as High School Division Chair and Director of the Upper School.

Genny Smith

Genny Smith, Director of Lower School

Genny has a Masters in Education in the field of School Counseling from Wake Forest University. She has a BA in Psychology from NC State University with an emphasis in children and families. She has over 12 years of experience working in public, charter, and private schools, teaching and counseling students from preschool through college level. This is her second year at Trilogy, where she sees students throughout the day for individual counseling and works with groups each day during lunch on various topics including social skills, friendship challenges, emotional needs, family changes, and self-regulation.


Betty Woodson

Betty Woodson, Business/Office Manager

Betty has a BA in Early Childhood Education from Greensboro College. She has done postgraduate work at NC State University and Western Carolina and has completed her Reading Certification. In addition to taking workshops in Learning Disabilities and ADHD, she has over twenty years teaching experience in Wake County Schools, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, St. Timothy's, and the Title I Reading Program. She has received training in the Wilson Reading System. In addition to being the business manager for Trilogy for the seventeenth year, she will also serve as Co-Chair of the Accreditation Committee.

Trilogy School Faculty

Debbie Brown

Deborah Brown, Middle School

She attended Needham Broughton High School, St. Mary's College, Meredith College, and UNC Chapel Hill. She has also taken English and Writing courses at N.C. State University. She has a BA in K-6 Elementary Education from UNC and an Education Awareness Continuing Education certificate from Meredith College. She has also been involved with the Education Program at N.C. State hosting student teachers and working with curriculum design for the past five years and served as a Science Coordinator and Common Core advisor along with an M Class administrator. She has been teaching reading and math for 32 years and also been grade level chair and a flex reading and math instructor. Deborah has served on the school improvement team and the student support team for ten years and attained a Master teacher position in the Wake County Public School System. She has taught in Trilogy's Summer School for two years and teaches middle school science and social studies. This will be her second year at Trilogy.

Ann Dillon

Ann Dillon, Middle School Reading

Ann is a graduate of UNC- Chapel Hill with a BS in Psychology. She graduated from NC State with a Master's in Special Education and Learning Disabilities for K-12. Her teaching experience has been at Enloe High School as a Special Education Resource teacher and most recently she has been raising her five children. She will be teaching Middle School Social Studies and Reading.

Eugene Fahning

Eugene Fahning, High School

Eugene attended NC State University where he was majored in chemical engineering. He has been a long-time tutor with Triangle Learning Consultants in physics, math, and chemistry. In his sixth year at Trilogy, he will be serving as a paraprofessional teaching high school school science and math.

Marchelle Flowers

Marchelle Flowers, Elementary School

This is Marchelle's second year at Trilogy after having taught for Wake County School for thirty years. Her primary focus was on teaching elementary students with cross-categorical disabilities in a resource setting. She also served as Lead Teacher of Special Education within the schools she taught. Marchelle graduated cum laude from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, Cum Laude. This school year she will teach reading comprehension, writing, and math, as well as serve as Elementary Division Chair.

Beth Hardee

Beth Hardee, Middle School

Beth attended Peace College and graduated from UNC-Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She has an MA in Special Education/Cross Categorical from The University of Phoenix. At UNC- Wilmington she did two internships working with school counselors (middle and elementary). She completed workshops in Methodology and Study Skills at the Hill Center and received training in the Wilson Reading System and Fundations. She is a NC Certified and is licensed for K-12 Special Education. In her fourteenth year at Trilogy, she teaches middle school social studies and Academic Enrichment.

Beth Hobgood

Beth Hobgood, Elementary/Middle/High School

Beth is a graduate of East Carolina University with a B.S. in Special Education and a minor in Psychology with a concentration in developmental disabilities. She holds a NC Teaching Certificate for Cross Categorical K-12. Beth was trained by UNC TEACCH program while working in Wake County as a high school self-contained teacher for students with autism. She also has experience as a developmental therapist for at-risk children needing intervention and worked as a pediatric certified nurses' assistant at UNC Children's Hospital. In her fifth year at Trilogy, Beth will be teaching social skills, life skills, Functional Math, and Motion and Movement Physical Education.

Jean Hockenyos

Jean Hockenyos, Elementary/Middle

Jean brings to Trilogy over thirty years of experience in education. She graduated from Winthrop University with a BS in Elementary Education and from the University of Charleston with a Master's in Early Childhood Education. She has been a literacy specialist at Wakefield Elementary and in Mt. Pleasant, SC, Sumter, SC, and San Antonio, Texas. While at Wakefield, she was awarded Teacher of the Year. IN addition, she is National Board Certified, NC Certified, and has served as grade chair, on school improvement leadership teams, as a mentor, and a presenter and officer of statewide professional organizations. She will be teaching reading at Trilogy.

Donna Holland

Donna Holland, Elementary/Middle/ High School

Donna is a graduate of Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia) where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a dual Certification to teach nursery school through seventh grade. Upon graduation, Donna worked for Virginia Beach Public Schools, teaching both third and fourth grades, before moving to the Raleigh area. Donna was a stay-at-home mom from 1986-1994. Once returning to work, Donna was a Kindergarten assistant for many years as well as a second grade teacher at Hunter GT Magnet Elementary School in Wake County. While at Hunter GT Magnet, she gained much experience working with children with various learning styles and abilities. In her thirteenth year at Trilogy, she will teach elementary social studies, middle school Academic Enrichment, high school math, and Math Enrichment.

Sharon Kenan

Sharon Kenan, Elementary

Sharon has a BS degree in Special Education K-12 from Appalachian State University. Sharon has thirty-one years' teaching experience at Dorothea Dix Hospital/Spring Hill School and Wake County Public Schools, and has her NC Teaching Certificate. In her fifth year at Trilogy, she will teach elementary math and writing.

Sally Melvin

Sally Melvin, Middle/High

Sally joins Trilogy after a 36-year-long career teaching math in a variety of settings in both South Carolina and North Carolina. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS in Education and Secondary Level Certification in Mathematics. She gained her Middle School certification in 1986. Sally retired from Wake County Public Schools in 2014 after teaching 29 years at Daniels Middle School. While at Daniels, she help facilitate workshops for math teachers in Wake County, earned National Board Certification in Mathematics, and was elected Daniels Middle School Teacher of the Year in 2011-2012. In her second year at Trilogy, Sally will teach middle school math and Algebra and will serve as Middle School Division Chair.

Lee Merritt

Lee Merritt, Middle School

Lee brings over twenty-five years of experience to Trilogy. She received her BA from Meredith College and is NC Certified as well as National Board Certified. She taught at Washington GT Magnet and most recently at Jeffrey's \Grove Elementary. She has collaborated with NC State for a Science Grant and was awarded Teacher of the Year. She has served in leadership positions as Grade Chair, SIP Reading Chair, PLT Chair, and the Leadership Team. She will be teaching science at Trilogy and plans to start a school garden.

Stephanie Morales

Stephanie Morales, Middle/High School

Stephanie Morales comes to us with over thirty years of teaching students on all levels. She has taught in the New York public and private school system, at Aldert Root Elementary School, The Achievement School, and at Lacy Elementary. She has a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and a Master's in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. She has been in Wake County Schools for thirteen years and has her North Carolina certification. She taught summer school this summer at Trilogy and tutors for Triangle Learning Consultants. She will be teaching high school English, middle school writing and social studies in her second year at Trilogy.

Lisa Phipps

Lisa Phipps, High School

Lisa has a BA from Meredith College with a major in History and Elementary Education. She has her NC Teaching License and is Certified K-6. She taught at St. Timothy's Lower School for18 years and served as lead teacher for 14 years. Her expertise is in parent-teacher communication, assessment, guided reading, and technology integration. She teaches History and Academic Enrichment at Trilogy.

Baxter Smith

Baxter Smith, High School/Elementary School

Baxter has an A.A. degree from Saint Mary's College and a BB.S. in Child Development from Meredith College. She is k-6 certified and completed credits for certification at Shaw University. She has taught at Weatherstone Elementary and pre-school in Chapel Hill for children on the spectrum. Most recently she taught pre-school at St. Michaels' Parish Day School. She has completed many workshops at Project Enlightenment on classroom organization and teaching children with special needs. In her second year at Trilogy, Baxter will teach high school Academic Enrichment and elementary Academic Enrichment/Reading Comprehension, Science and Social Studies.

Susan Starnes

Susan Starnes, Elementary/Middle School

Susan brings to Trilogy 28 years of experience in special education to Trilogy. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS and MA in Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology. She has taught at Reedy Creek Elementary and Lincoln Heights Elementary in Charlotte and at Daniels Middle School in Raleigh. For the past twenty-five years, she taught Language Impaired/Cross Categorical classes at Daniels in Math, Reading and Writing. She is trained in Wilson Reading, MCI Rewards, Academy of Reading, Read to Achieve, SRA Decoding, and CORE Reading Assessment. She was elected Daniels Middle School Teacher of the Year for 2014-2105. In her second year at Trilogy, she will teach Reading, Math, and Academic Enrichment/ Life Skills and serve as Assessment Coordinator and Registrar.

Margaret Stroud

Margaret Stroud, High School

High School-Margaret received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Guilford College and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver. She has worked with a variety of students in residential treatment centers, worked as a family service worker, and created assessment and counseling plans for children and adolescents. In her third year at Trilogy, she will teach Psychology, U.S. History, World History, and Civics.

Blair Teague

Blair Teague, Elementary/Middle School

Blair earned her BS in Elementary Education with a Concentration in Psychology from East Carolina University. She is also NC certified to teach K-12 Reading. She has seven years' experience teaching fourth grade in the Wake County Public School System. She has also tutored, substituted, and worked in preschool. In her seventh year at Trilogy, she teaches elementary social studies, science, reading, reading enrichment, and Motion and Movement.

Suzanne Williams

Suzanne Williams, Elementary

Suzanne has her BA degree in Early Childhood Education from UNC-Wilmington. She holds a NC Certification for grades K-4. She has spent the last twelve years teaching at St. Timothy's School, Lynn Road School, Stough Elementary, and York Elementary. In her seventh year at Trilogy, Suzanne teaches elementary science, social studies, and reading enrichment.

For the past several years, The Trilogy School faculty has attended the following in-service workshops held at the school:

  • "Introduction to AimsWeb and Data Collection to Improve Reading"- conducted by Dr. Gail Rodin
  • "Executive Functioning and its Impact on Learning"- conducted by Dr. Laura Wyatt
  • "Using iPads in the Classroom"- conducted by Eugene Fahning
  • "Collaboration to meet Student Needs- An interactive Workshop"- conducted by Judy Williams
  • "Lost at School and its Application to Collaborative Problem Solving"- conducted by Judy Williams
  • "Introduction to Collaborative Problem Solving Techniques and Ross Greene's book Lost at School"- conducted by Judy Williams and Laura Wyatt
  • "Creating a Partnership with Students and Parents on Improving Allied Behaviors Associated with Learning"- conducted by Judy Williams
  • "Developing Social Intelligence through Social Skills Training: An Introduction to Adventures in Pepi's Island"- conducted by Dr. Susan McClure
  • "Positive Behavior Support for Students with Learning Disabilities"- conducted by Dr. Emily King
  • "Interpreting Test Results for Maximum Interventions in the Classroom"- conducted by Dr. Laura Wyatt
  • "Supporting the Family and Teachers of Students with High Functioning Autism and Learning Disabilities"- conducted by Dr. Barbara Still
  • "Adapting the 'Structured Teaching' model to The Trilogy School"- conducted by Judy Williams
  • "Overview of Incoming Student Needs- Individualization vs. Individual Instruction"- conducted by Laura Wyatt
  • "A Report on Shifting Trends in Special Education"- conducted by Judy Williams
  • "Variations on a Theme: Fitting Social, Emotional and Academic Pieces Together"- conducted by Judy Williams and Laura Wyatt
  • "How to Create Positive Classroom" conducted by Ann Ashby and Sharon Hahn
  • "Project-Based Learning for the Trilogy Classroom" conducted by Beth Hobgood and Lisa Gallelli
  • "Incorporating Technology and Reading into the Social Studies and Science Classroom for Elementary and Middle School Students"- conducted by Beth Ellis
  • "Latest Trends in Technology for all Levels of Math Classes" - conducted by Blain Patterson
  • "Understanding and Supporting the Self-Regulation of Students" -conducted by Dr. Emily W. King
  • "Mental Health First Aid- An Eight Part Workshop" -conducted by Meg Hill
  • "Advancing Technology with Chromebooks and Smart TV's"- conducted by Ken Carmack