Our Faculty - Hopewell Academy
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Meet Our Remarkable Team!

How do we achieve the high goals we have for ourselves and our students? We hire only the very best staff. Below you will find the most extraordinary teachers in the Triangle.

 

Dr. Kenneth A. Branch

Head of School

k.branch@hopewellacademy.org

Dr. Branch holds degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. He served as the principal of two elementary and two middle schools in the Wake County Public School System as well as director of the districts middle schools. In 2012 Dr. Branch was Wake County’s Principal of the Year. Additionally, he has served as adjunct professor of educational leadership at North Carolina State University as well as executive coach for the University’s Northeast Leadership Academy. In this position, Dr. Branch provided real-time coaching to students who were completing internships in school administration as well as training and support for them as they moved into school leader positions.

Dan Teitelbaum

Assistant Head for Academic Affairs

d.teitelbaum@hopewellacademy.org

Mr. Teitelbaum joined Hopewell Academy as Assistant Head for Academic Affairs in 2017. Formerly, Mr. Teitelbaum served as Chair of the World Language Department at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh. He has 29 years of teaching experience, serving his first tenure at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, Va. and later teaching for 12 years at Carolina Day School in Asheville. Mr. Teitelbaum completed his Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Curriculum Development and Supervision, (with Licensure in Educational Leadership, Administration and Supervision) at N.C. State University, graduating in 2012.

Will Cook

Director of Admissions

w.cook@hopewellacademy.org

Mr. Cook joined Hopewell Academy as Director of Admissions in 2017. Previously, Mr. Cook served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Episcopal Collegiate School, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Before Episcopal Collegiate, Mr. Cook served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, VA. At VES, he also coached football, wrestling and baseball and served as a dorm parent. Mr. Cook is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in History.

Rebecca Flock

Science Teacher

r.flock@hopewellacademy.org

Ms. Flock has a degree in Social Sciences from Washington State University with North Carolina teaching certifications in High School and Middle School Sciences, Exceptional Children, and Special Education. She has taught middle and high school sciences and mathematics for over fifteen years in area public and private schools. At her schools, she pioneered clubs such as Science Olympiad, Forensics, Psychology, and the Science Fair. She joined the Hopewell Academy in 2013 and uses inquiry-based learning and projects for strong student-centered instruction. In her spare time Ms. Flock raises four children and plays volleyball and tennis.

Cornelia Russo

English Department Chair

c.russo@hopewellacademy.org

Ms. Russo joins the Hopewell Academy family with twenty years of certified experience instructing students with a wide range of educational talents and learning challenges in grades 6-12. A French, English, and Secondary Education graduate of Notre Dame College and with a Master’s Equivalency from Maryland, her expertise includes identifying and addressing the needs of students, teaching productive study skills, and improving performance and academic confidence. Moreover, she uses her Advanced Placement English Literature and Language credentials throughout her classes. Cornelia has been a freelance writer for many NC and out-of-state publications, a radio commentator, lecturer, and curriculum program writer. Among her interests are the great outdoors, writing, design, and history.

David Traini

Math Teacher

d.traini@hopewellacademy.org

Mr. Traini is a graduate of Glassboro State College with a master’s degree from Princeton University in educational administration and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He received his teaching certificates in science and physical science from Rutgers University. Before joining Hopewell, Mr. Traini was the assistant principal at a high school in New Jersey for fifteen years. Impressively, Mr. Traini is a 14-time competitor on the game show Jeopardy. He is well-known in our school community as a punster and trivia expert. Mr. Traini has been with Hopewell since 2009 and lives with his family in Cary.

Ansor Lopez

Spanish & ESL Teacher

a.lopez@hopewellacademy.org

Mr. Lopez holds degrees from the National Pedagogical University of Honduras and the Catholic University of Honduras. He also studied Health Information Technology at Delgado College in Louisiana and he has North Carolina certifications in Spanish and English as a Second Language. He has taught ESL at both the high school and college levels in Honduras for over fifteen years. More recently, Mr. Lopez has been working as a translator, interpreter, and language instructor in Mexico and the USA. Last year he worked as an ESL teacher in Franklin County Schools. Mr. Lopez and his beautiful family have fallen in love with Cary, and they look forward to contributing to the success and growth of the Hopewell family.

Karen Daley

History & Art Teacher

k.daley@hopewellacademy.org

Karen Daley teaches Social Studies and Art at Hopewell Academy since 2011-2012 school year and before that in high school and middle school in California and Oregon. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Social Sciences and received her teaching credentials for secondary education from Concordia University, Irvine, CA. She is also a freelance writer for local publications and an vg artist, completing many murals in the Triangle. Mrs. Daley moved to Cary, North Carolina thirteen years ago with her husband and three daughters. In her free time, Mrs. Daley loves to be outside. Originally from California, it is in her nature to love being outside. She likes to run and has completed four half-marathons plus you will find her walking her dogs around the town of Cary. Also, Mrs. Daley loves to spend time with her family watching movies, baking, or completing family projects.

Jake Engebretsen

Athletic Director

j.engebretsen@hopewellacademy.org

Mr. Engebretsen joined Hopewell Academy as Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher in 2017. Previously, Mr. Engebretsen served as the Assistant Athletic Director at Asheville School, where he was also the Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach and Head Varsity Girls Lacrosse Coach. Before Asheville, Mr. Engebretsen taught and worked at Greensboro Day School as a fulltime substitute for all 3 divisions and worked in the Athletic Department. Mr.Engebretsen graduated from Guilford College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management and played basketball for the varsity team.

Barbara Pearman

Administrative Assistant

b.pearman@hopewellacademy.org

Barbara Pearman is an educator who has spent twenty-two years in the public system. She has a current teaching credential and national board certification. Ms. Pearman received her bachelor’s degree from California State University in Dominguez Hills. In 2007, she took a sabbatical from teaching and worked for three and one-half years in Iraq and Libya. Ms. Pearman joined Hopewell Academy in August of this year as Administrative Assistant and is very excited about being part of this exceptional team.

Kristy-Harper

Science & Math Teacher

k.harper@hopewellacademy.org

Karen Daley teaches Social Studies and Art at Hopewell Academy since 2011-2012 school year and before that in high school and middle school in California and Oregon. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Social Sciences and received her teaching credentials for secondary education from Concordia University, Irvine, CA. She is also a freelance writer for local publications and an vg artist, completing many murals in the Triangle. Mrs. Daley moved to Cary, North Carolina thirteen years ago with her husband and three daughters. In her free time, Mrs. Daley loves to be outside. Originally from California, it is in her nature to love being outside. She likes to run and has completed four half-marathons plus you will find her walking her dogs around the town of Cary. Also, Mrs. Daley loves to spend time with her family watching movies, baking, or completing family projects.

Lissy Wood

Digital Learning Coordinator

l.wood@hopewellacademy.org

Ms. Wood joined Hopewell Academy as Digital Learning Coordinator in 2017. Ms. Wood has 17 years teaching experience from teaching in a regular education classroom to a gifted education resource teacher and now at Hopewell. Ms. Wood completed her Masters of Education in Educational Technology with Licensure in Academically Gifted at N.C. State University and East Carolina University, graduating in 2008.

Rhonda Prince

After School Program Coordinator

r.prince@hopewellacademy.org

Ms. Prince joined Hopewell Academy as After-School Program Coordinator in 2017. Ms. Prince has more than 30 years of experience in education; serving as an elementary teacher for Wake County Public Schools, a middle school teacher for Durham County Public Schools, and a Preschool Director in Green River, Wyoming. Ms. Prince is a graduate of Campbell University and received her masters from Southwestern Seminary.