Carly Penny

Private School 3-4 Teacher Carly Penny

Third and Fourth Grade Teacher

Being surrounded by artists, inventors, craftspeople, and naturalists has shaped Carly’s life. A life-long North Carolinian, she grew up in Raleigh, later living and working in Durham and Apex. She and her husband made Asheville their home in 2004. Carly is a true generalist, being involved in an array of experiences such as travel (Italy, Greece, Spain, Mexico, Canada, and much of the United States), clothing design, illustration, and flute performance. She sees everything as being connected, believing that an integral education is imperative for teaching the whole child and making meaning that lasts. She brings this into her classroom as she leads her students to think deeply about patterns from the sensorial to the philosophical. As a teacher, Carly strives to help her students have experiences that allow them to make connections across the curriculum and in everyday life.

Being an educator since 2000, Carly brings her experience as a gifted specialist for elementary and middle grades as well as her understanding and appreciation for differentiation into her classroom. She also has years of experience teaching fourth grade, third grade, reading skills, child development, clothing design, and music.

Carly holds her post-baccalaureate undergraduate degree in elementary education, retaining a concentration in design and a music minor. She earned her gifted education licensure on the masters level and she continues to be an avid learner from thought leaders on issues, new developments, and best practices in education.

When she is not teaching, Carly spends time with her daughter, Emaline, and husband, Grant. You can find them laughing, hiking, reading, and creating works of art.


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