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Lynn Miller

Lynn Miller​ Lynn Miller is a Watauga native from the Bethel community with extensive experience in Early Childhood Education. Most recently, she has been a Lead Teacher at Mary’s Montessori for 20 years. She will also begin her 23rd year with Watauga County Schools with the After School program. She excited to begin my first year at Kinderwood/ Imagine with the 3-5 year olds. When she is not working with children she enjoys spending time with family and friends, two dogs and a cat, and trying new foods. 

Classes Taught:  3-5 year olds

Melissa Garner

Melissa Garner has her B.A. in Early Childhood Education and has completed her training in Montessori education. She has been teaching 3 - 9 year olds for over 25 years. Melissa is a passionate teacher with a wealth of experience. Her unique teaching style has become well-known and respected among parents and children in the community.

Classes Taught: 4.5 to 6 year olds

Addie Henderson

Addie Henderson was born in Athens, Georgia so of course she is a huge Georgia BullDawgs fan!  She graduated from Piedmont College in Athens in 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education. Addie has taught Pre-K thru 2nd Grade for 14 years. She has a passion for animals and lives on a farm with her husband and an array of animals. She is excited to be a part of Imagine Bilingual!

Classes Taught:  4.5 to 6 year olds

Kellie Cross

Kellie Cross holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M. Edu. in Curriculum and Instructional Development and Montessori elementary certification (2001) from Seacoast Montessori.  Kellie has been an elementary school teacher since 1993 and has taught every grade level therein.  She is originally from Vermont.  After living in Raleigh, NC, for almost 15 years, Kellie, her husband and their pug (her “baby”) moved to Valle Crucis and are thrilled to be living back in the mountains!


Kellie’s passion for teaching children in a natural learning environment, and in a manner that suits their individual learning styles best, continuously motivates her to strive to find methods and materials that will help her students reach their maximum potentials.  Kellie is keenly aware that learning is not a function that happens within the vacuum of the school building, but instead is a process that is constant.  To this end, Kellie is also dedicated to working with her students’ families to help extend learning opportunities far beyond the school day. 

Classes Taught: 4.5 to 6 year olds

Kristy Hackler

Kristy Hackler Kristy has a B.S. in Horticulture from North Carolina State University and an M.A. in Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University. As a lifelong learner herself, she also has her paralegal certification from Auburn University, Georgia and Stormwater Management Inspector Certification from North Carolina State. Kristy taught at A.I. Montessori, an international Montessori School in Naples, Italy for three years where she received her certification in Upper Elementary. She then taught the 9-12 for 15+ years at Mountain Pathways Montessori School where she also started Farm Camp, a summer program that included community building, learning gardening and farming skills, and cooking snacks from the garden. Kristy is celebrating her 21st year of teaching at Imagine Bilingual. She is a mom of two boys, Woods, 5 and Ash, 8. Both attend Imagine Bilingual. She loves bringing her experience and sense of adventure to Imagine and looks forward to many years to come! 

Classes Taught: 9-12 year olds

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Stephanie Bennett

Stephanie Bennett has a B.S. in Psychology and Spanish and a M.A. is Elementary Education. She has taught a wide variety of ages and subjects, but most enjoys working in Spanish Immersion programs. She began her teaching career at Tianjin Hexi No. 8 Kindergarten in Tianjin, China.  Stephanie’s mother is native to Ecuador and she enjoys spending time there with her family. She is also a mother of four and has spent a great deal of time in helping her children become bilingual. She is very excited to bring bilingual education to the High Country!

Classes Taught: Middle School

Mercedes Evans

Mercedes Evans is originally from Perú and has been living in the US for the last 9 years. She has a degree in Business Administration and an Associates degree in Art. She gardens and raises animals on a farm in Wilkesboro and is active in the Watercolors at the Wilkesboro Art Gallery.  She loves teaching and  spending time with the children at Imagine Bilingual and is so grateful she has found a new passion in helping them with their journey of life-long learning.

Classes Taught: All ages, Spanish-language immersion

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Bill Campbell

USAF Major (Retired) William "Mr Bill" Campbell served 20 years as a Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (~10 of those years as a Commander).  Bill has an MA in National Security Affairs with Latin American focus; a BA in Criminal Justice; and an AA in Portuguese.  Primarily working in Latin America, Bill used his Spanish and Portuguese language skills (and even some French!) while safeguarding US military personnel working in those countries. He has lived in, worked in, or vacationed in, all but a few of the Latin American countries (including the Caribbean).  Bill has attended numerous language training and immersion courses, and has a passion for teaching language!

Classes Taught:  All ages, Spanish-language immersion

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