Board of Directors
Katharine Everson Katharine has taught school for over 47 years. She holds a Master's degree and is North Carolina certified in six curriculum areas primarily in special education. In addition, Katharine holds National Board Certification ( NBCT) as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. Katharine was selected for the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools System Teacher of the Year Award. Her current position is as a Home Bound Instructor for the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools System.
Ronnie Jackson. Ronnie holds a Master of Arts in Counseling from North Carolina Central University, a Master of Science in Education from The City College of New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from George Washington University. Ronnie's present position is with Chatham County Partnership for Children as a Referral Counselor for families seeking high quality child care. Ronnie has been involved in education for over 30 years. She has worked as a School Counselor in Durham and Chapel Hill and taught pre-school and kindergarten. Her previous positions in Chapel Hill include the Program Coordinator for the Blue Ribbon Mentor Advocate Program, Educational Coordinator for the National Head Start Transition Program and a Child Assessor Data Collector for Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at UNC. Ronnie served as the Lead Counselor in the Chapel Hill Carrboro City School Systems and was recognized as the Elementary School Counselor of the Year in the Durham Public Schools. She was Awarded the prestigious Comprehensive Counseling Model Recognition (RAMP) from the American School Counseling Association.
Ronnie volunteers her time as a Guardian Ad Litem and facilitates Adult Child and Family Loss Groups
Valerie Minogue. Valerie is a pediatric intensive care nurse with over 30 years experience. She has the privilege of being the school nurse at McDougle Elementary School for the past 6 years. Valerie is a middle school sports coach and has served as a girl scout leader. She has been the recipient of the McDougle Elementary Student Support Teacher of the Year numerous times. Valerie has worked closely with Kathie Guild as part of the McDougle Elementary Student Support Team where puppet plays and stories were used as part of the Social Emotional Learning ( SEL) curriculum. Valerie states, " I believe in the power and magic of puppets to help a child with therapeutic communication. It is part of our daily mission at school to help children talk through their feelings. Puppets give children an opportunity to express what is happening to them in their lives. If a child doesn't trust me, they will always trust the safety of our puppets. It is through the puppets that children are able to reveal their trusting selves."
Jane Clunie. Psychologist. Jane Clunie was a school psychologist in the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools for over 30 years, She was previously a teacher of children with learning disabilities, an educational specialist in a therapeutic nursery program through mental health and a therapist in private practice. Jane's training includes a Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, MA and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Duke University. She is the parent of two grown children and is enjoying reading, gardening and volunteer work in retirement.
Kathie Guild is the Executive Director of Puppet Show Incorporated and an enthusiastic puppeteer. Kathie taught Pre-School, Kindergarten and Fourth Grade in New York and Kansas. After earning her Masters Degree in School Counseling from Long Island University in N.Y., she became an Elementary School Counselor for the Department of Defense Dependents School in Gelnhausen and Budigen, Germany. In Germany, Kathie was introduced to the magical world of puppet theater and began incorporating puppets into her school counseling curriculum. She was honored with the Meritorious Service Award for her puppetry work with students during the Gulf War. Kathie has written seven books, three of which are curriculum guides for teaching with puppets. She is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in School Counseling (NBCT) and is a member of the Puppeteers of America and Union Internationale de la Marionnette ( UNIMA). Kathie has presented on puppets at state conferences. She has 25 years experience working in the Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools system .
Marielle Rath is a high school senior and a native of Chapel Hill. Marielle is active in the Key Club and participates in hip hop, jazz and modern dance. Marielle volunteers each month with Puppet Show Inc.. Congratulations to Marielle for her acceptance into UNC!
Darya Loika is a freshman at East Chapel Hill High School. Darya is involved in many clubs to include robotics, debate, math and model UN. Darya also volunteers with a youth field hockey team. In her spare time she enjoys piano and swimming. Darya volunteers each month with Puppet Show Inc.
Madelyn Good is from Chapel Hill and a senior at Chapel Hill High School. Her interests include graphic design, videography, and writing. Madelyn is an active club member in Cards for a Cause, she is also a member of Chapel Hill High's AOIT program. She volunteers monthly with Puppet Show Inc. Congratulations to Madelyn on her acceptance into UNCG!
Mary Grace Good is from Chapel Hill and a junior at CHHS. Her hobbies include art and writing, and in her free time she likes to hang out with friends. Mary is an active flute player in Chapel Hill High's Marching Band and Symphonic Band. She is a monthly volunteer with Puppet Show Inc.
Laurel Zeigler is from Black Mountain , NC and a Junior at UNC Chapel Hill. Her interests are animals and reptiles. Her career goals are to work in a zoo or a wildlife conservatory.
We are Proud Members of the following Organizations:
* N.C. Center for Non-Profits https://www.ncnonprofits.org/
* Puppeteers of America https://www.puppeteers.org
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Kim Kelleher’s career has spanned forty years as a school counselor, educator, exceptional children’s teacher, mentor and consultant. She won multiple grants including the $70,000.00 Fresh Fruits and Vegetables grant providing garden produce daily for her students and staff for two years. She also initiated programs such as therapy dogs, an active Student Council and a popular School Store, where over time, she earned several thousand dollars from donated items and with her students used the money to send care packages to our military service men and women stationed overseas. Thinking outside the box, she began an outdoor learning program including nature classrooms, a greenhouse, tree rescue project, Arbor Day events and a Junior Ranger Program which were all hugely successful. Ms Kelleher won the NC School Counselor of the Year and the NC Environmental Educator of the Year, among many others recognitions and accolades. She currently serves as consultant for educators of children with special needs to improve students’ attendance, behavior, social skills and academic performance.