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, Co-director –Every day, Ms. Donna enjoys her drive to work in anticipation of all the magic and joy that New Horizons can provide. Donna grew up surrounded by farmland in her native southern New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Rowan University as well as a Master of Instructional Design Systems from Florida State University. Donna’s love for children and learning fills her day, not only as school director but also as a gifted educator who continues to collaborate on all areas of the school with her dedicated staff. Outside of school, she treasures time with her husband, her sons, her three grandchildren, reading, hiking, and riding her bike.
Amanda Jacobs, Co-director – 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 both elementary 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. Amanda is thrilled to step into a director role and will continue to help foster an inspiring, cooperative, stimulating learning environment among NHES students and staff. Ms. Amanda lives in Wrightsville Beach with her husband and two rescue pups and loves to run, surf and travel.
Courtney Boucher, Operations 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.
Ana Valle-Greene, Kindergarten– Ms. Ana is so excited to be teaching kindergarten at New Horizons Elementary. She looks forward to building a learning community that will thrive academically and personally through collaboration and exploration. She has taught several elementary grades in New Hanover County Schools, including first grade in the Spanish immersion program at Forest Hills Global Elementary. Ms. Ana earned her teaching certificate from UNCW after working close to 20 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. She earned her first bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Virginia. A native of El Salvador, with ties to Cuba and Costa Rica, Ms. Ana came to the U.S. at age 12. She lives in Wilmington with her husband and two teenage daughters and enjoys the beach, reading, music and traveling.
Carole Ann Moses Wittman, First Grade– Ms. Carole Ann is grateful to have found a home at New Horizons Elementary. Carole Ann grew up in Georgia and moved to Wilmington in 2018 from South Carolina where she received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Columbia College. A lifelong singer and dancer, Carole Ann loves to bring music and movement into the classroom to create an active learning environment that is welcoming and engaging for all learners. Carole Ann enjoys spending time at the beach, sailing, and paddle boarding with her husband or curled up at home with a book or craft project and their rescue cat.
Harriet Rickert, Second Grade – Ms. Harriet loves being a part of the New Horizons team 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. She moved to North Carolina in 2016 and completed a Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Greensboro College. Ms. Harriet spends her free time travelling, painting and volunteering for a local cat rescue charity.
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.
Jon Wallace, Fifth Grade- Jon is a Wilmington native who loves sharing his passion for learning with his class. He received both his B.A. in Art History and M.Ed. in Elementary Education from UNC-Greensboro. Jon began his teaching career in the triad of NC before boomeranging back to Wilmington and is excited to be back home surrounded by his close friends and family. Jon is level 1 certified in the Wilson Reading System and believes in bringing a blend of the best of all strategies to meet the individual needs of each learner. Jon is also an award-winning fiber artist, Jane Austen bookworm and Disney enthusiast; he is very excited to be part of the New Horizons family!
Tyler Mauldin, Physical Education- Coach Tyler is so excited and grateful to start his first year teaching at New Horizons. Tyler grew up here in North Carolina, in a small city called Sanford. He attended Western Carolina for his first two years and transferred to University of North Carolina at Wilmington for his last two years. Graduating with a Bachelor’s in Healthful Living and Fitness with a concentration in K-12 Education, he is passionate about the importance of staying active and making a difference in children’s lives. While not teaching, Tyler likes to read, kayak, workout and play baseball.
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 piano 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 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.
Courtney Lee, Second and Third Grade Assistant- Courtney grew up in a military family so she moved around quite a bit as a child. She graduated from Meredith College with a degree in marketing. She has lived in Wilmington for 25 years. Before New Horizons she taught Preschool at St. John’s Episcopal Church Preschool for 10 years. All three of her children attended New Horizons so she is happy to be a part of the New Horizon’s family again. She loves working with both Ms. Harriet and Ms. Carrie in second and third grade and filling in anywhere else she is needed. When she’s not working she enjoys reading, gardening and walking with her dog.
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.
Our Board is comprised of staff members and parents of students. Below is a listing of our current board for the 2022-2023 school year:
- Jason Wheeler, Chair
- Lilian Loizeaux, Vice-Chair
- Carrie Rankin, Treasurer
- Katie Sherwood, Secretary
- Amanda Jacobs, Faculty Liaison
- Donna Clark
- Liz Carroll
- Marilyn Rush