Williams Elementary welcomes new staff to school

Sally Withers, Special to The Black Mountain News

W.D. Williams Elementary in Swannanoa welcomed five new staff members to the school this year.

Interim principal Sheila Gibbs came to the school with more than 30 years of experience in administration and elementary education in Buncombe County.  She earned degrees in elementary education and leadership from Western Carolina University.  Gibbs lives in the Erwin district and is married with two adult children.  In her spare time, she enjoys quilting and traveling.

Sheila Gibbs, left, and Carrie Lynch

Assistant principal Carrie Lynch is a native of Black Mountain. She graduated from Appalachian State with a degree in elementary education and taught at Black Mountain Elementary for eight years. She earned her masters of education from Western Carolina University and has served as an assistant principal in Asheville City Schools for two years. She is married with two stepdaughters and has a baby girl.  She loves outdoor activities and cooking.

Diana Cueller

Diana Cueller is the new kindergarten dual language teacher at W.D. Williams.  She is from Bogata, Colombia, where she earned a degree in humanities and languages from Universidad Libre de Colombia. She taught for five years at bilingual and multi-language schools in Colombia and is fluent in French.  She likes working out, music and reading.

New fifth-grade assistant teacher Karen Ahner is from Ohio, where she earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees in art certification.  She has taught art to adults and children for 29 years in schools and other community organizations in Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina.  Currently living in Weaverville, she has two sons in college and enjoys hiking, kayaking and dancing.

Karen Ahnerleft, left, and Hulda Pollock

Hulda Pollock is working with the Title I program.  She was born and raised in Iceland, moving to the U.S. in 2005 at the age of 28.  She has a degree in early childhood education from the University of Iceland, where she taught English, Danish, and math in a tiny village school.  She has also lived in Norway and Sweden.  She lives in Fairview with her husband and two elementary school-aged sons.