Faculty

All New Horizons’ full-time, professional faculty members hold at minimum a baccalaureate degree from an accredited or recognized college and are certified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Many hold additional advanced degrees and certifications while all continue to enrich their professional credentials through training and coursework. In the classroom, our teachers pride themselves on their ability to discover the unique attributes and learning styles of their students.

Donna Clark, Director – Every day, Ms. Donna enjoys her drive to work excited to encounter all the magic and joy that only an educational setting can provide. Donna grew up surrounded by farmland in her native southern New Jersey. From there, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Rowan University as well as a Master of Instructional Design from Florida State University. Donna’s love for the children and learning fills her day, not only as School Director but also as a gifted educator who continues to collaborate on curriculum planning as well. Outside of school, she treasures time with her husband and two sons, her grandson, reading, hiking, kayaking and pretending to sing.

Courtney Boucher, Office Manager – Courtney grew up in Boston and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Non-Profit Management from Providence College. After graduating she moved to California and was a fundraiser for major non-profits and hospitals. Courtney and her family moved to Wilmington, NC in 2015. In her free time, Courtney enjoys her young family, gardening and being on the waterways of Wilmington.

Ansley Trask, Kindergarten – Ms. Ansley’s passion and energy for learning are contagious. She enriches her classroom with intangibles that simply cannot be measured but that will stay with her students for a lifetime. An Atlanta, Georgia native, Ansley went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston. After graduating, she and her husband William made Wilmington their home. Her teaching experience spans pre-kindergarten through third grade and includes training in The Orton-Gillingham approach to reading. When she is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading a good book, or creating something crafty.

Amanda Jacobs, First Grade – Ms. Amanda feels grateful to have found a school that aligns perfectly with her teaching philosophy of active learning, community, and joyful collaboration. Born in Pennsylvania, Ms.Amanda has taught K-2 and higher education in Virginia, DC and New York. She is a lifelong learner and holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary and Special Education from Slippery Rock, a Masters in Education and Human Development from George Mason and a Doctorate in Teaching and Curriculum for the Watson School of Education at the University of Rochester. She loves to combine theory and research with silliness, songs and stories, which you will most likely hear at your dinner table. She looks forward to creating an inspiring, cooperative, stimulating learning environment with our first graders. Ms. Amanda lives in Wrightsville Beach with her husband and two rescue pups and loves to run, surf and travel.

Harriet Rickert, Second Grade – Ms. Harriet is very excited to have joined the New Horizons family because she shares their nurturing approach to education. Her teaching philosophy is to actively engage students in learning by promoting inquiry, creative problem solving, and collaboration with the local and global community. Ms. Harriet grew up in England, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Illustration at University College Falmouth, followed by a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Chichester. After teaching 1st Grade for three years in the south of England, she moved to North Carolina in 2016 and taught 2nd Grade at Onslow County schools for three years before pursuing a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Greensboro College. Ms. Harriet has also worked as an online tutor for Rosetta Stone, teaching English to adult learners from all over the world. When she’s not teaching, Ms. Harriet loves to paint, travel and volunteer at a local cat rescue organization.

Carrie Cabello, Third Grade- Ms. Carrie is thrilled to have found a new school family at New Horizons. Carrie grew up in Rhode Island, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education. She completed graduate work at Providence College. She and her husband Dan have two adult children and one very spoiled rescue pup. After thirteen moves around the country, Carrie is happy to call Wilmington home. In her free time, Carrie enjoys reading, travel, and spending time with her family.

Lee Johnson, Fourth Grade– Mr. Lee feels incredibly grateful to be part of the New Horizons learning community. His enthusiasm, passion, and positivity bring an unmistakable and engaging energy to the classroom. A native of NC who grew up in Wilson and Raleigh, Lee graduated from Wake Forest University with a bachelor’s degree in business. After about a decade toiling in the financial industry, Lee decided to follow his passion and he earned a master’s degree in literacy from Elmira College in NY. Lee has taught in elementary and middle school classrooms and as a reading specialist. He has also taught at the Hill School of Wilmington, which is an Orton Gillingham-based specialty school for children with diagnosed learning differences. Lee believes in the strong body and mind connection, so it’s no surprise that there will be plenty of movement within his classroom. This movement fits nicely with Lee’s active lifestyle; he enjoys competing in running and triathlon events, paddle boarding, and going on hikes with his wife Ginny and their dogs. 

Annetta Saggese, Fifth Grade – Ms. Annetta inspires our fifth graders to achieve milestones and to be confident, courageous learners. She grew up in Essex Fells, New Jersey and continued on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and English from the University of Vermont. She then became one of the founding teachers at the San Diego Cooperative Charter School. Annetta and her husband Matt were drawn back to the East Coast and she has been providing New Horizons students with a truly memorable fifth grade experience ever since. Each year, there are many bittersweet tears in Annetta’s classroom, as her students reluctantly move on to middle school, having to say goodbye to this special individual. In her spare time, Annetta loves gardening, the beach, and spending time with her daughter.

Maggie Bellamy, PE/Health – A lifelong fitness enthusiast, Coach Maggie is our new Physical Education instructor, absolutely thrilled to arrive at New Horizons following 13 years at Carolina Beach Elementary, as well as teaching and coaching stints in Middle School and as the Head Softball Coach at UNCW for 18 years. Maggie is a graduate of UNCW in Health and Physical Education, with a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision.  As the Aquatics Director and Swim Coach at Cape Fear Country Club for 40 years, Maggie loves to teach progressions and let kids find their super powers.   Once a three sport collegiate athlete in volleyball, basketball, and softball, coaching and teaching is her passion.  Coach Maggie is an avid cyclist, yoga practitioner and instructor and loves to travel and hike with her husband Danny.  Look for a wide spectrum of fundamental skills, sport skills, yoga and vigorous cooperative play. 

Suzy Altman, Music/Art – Ms. Suzy is a gifted teacher with an amazing ability to develop students’ artistic and musical talents. She is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In addition to teaching music and art enrichment classes, Suzy leads our chorus program and offers private singing lessons after school to many of our New Horizons students. She enjoys living in Wilmington with her husband and children and spends her free time at the beach, traveling, and watching sports.

Maria Elena Viglucci, Spanish – With her passion and energy, Ms. Maria Elena creates an encouraging environment for her students to delve into the Hispanic culture. She was born and raised in a bilingual home in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After leaving the Caribbean, she attended The University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Consumer Psychology and her Master of Elementary Education. Maria Elena has extensive elementary teaching experience having worked in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Louisiana, California, and North Carolina school systems. She loves to run but also enjoys relaxing at Masonboro Island with her family and friends.

Christina Satterfield, Instructional Coach (K-5) – Ms. Christina is known for being a patient, quietly confident educator who has an innate ability to connect with all students and relate to them as learners. She was born in Hawaii and spent much of her childhood in Okinawa, Japan. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from East Carolina University, Christina began her teaching career in Virginia. She married and moved to Wilmington where she earned her Master of Language and Literacy from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington along with her National Board Teaching Certification. Christina then taught and served as a literacy coach for New Hanover County Schools. Here at New Horizons, she is our resident technology guru and serves as the point person for our school-wide technology program including our upper elementary Chromebook 1:1 Initiative. In her spare time, Ms. Christina enjoys playing and reading with her two children.

Kelly Turek, Kindergarten Assistant- Kelly grew up in Hickory, NC.  She graduated from Wheaton College with a degree in Speech Communications. She later discovered her true passion of working with young children and went on to get an MEd in Early Childhood Education.  She and her husband Dan moved to Wilmington 25 years ago where she taught preschool.  She later joined St. Andrews-Covenant Preschool as their director   Her two now college age sons attended New Horizons, and she is thrilled to be working here!  In her spare time, she enjoys Team Trivia, crossword puzzles, and long walks.  

Jean Murtagh, First Grade Assistant- Ms. Jean is thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the New Horizons family and loves working with Ms. Amanda and the first grade. She grew up on the east coast and overseas and moved back to North Carolina where she earned a degree from UNC – Chapel Hill. After graduating she worked as a cartographer and GIS analyst for an engineering firm and then city urban planning offices. In 2006, Ms. Jean moved to Wilmington with her husband and three kids. Outside of school, she enjoys playing tennis, cooking and traveling.

Colleen McCarthy, After School Care– Colleen is very excited to become a part of the New Horizons family. She grew up in Long Island, NY and moved to NC five years ago. Colleen has worked as a personal aide to students and in after school care for 15 years. In her spare time she loves to visit her extended family which includes her five children and thirteen grandchildren. She also loves to read and crochet.

Board Members

Our Board is comprised of staff members and parents of students. Below is a listing of our current board for the 2021-2022 school year: