My name is Kari MacLean. I arrived in the Chapel Hill area in 1993, where I attended UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating with a BA in Religious Studies. The years since I have focused mostly on being a stay-at-mom, taking runs and gardening whenever time allows. My journey with Woods goes all the way back to the Cole Park location where I started guest teaching. In 2008, the oldest of my four children "won" the lottery and my involvement with the Woods community became greater as a parent, volunteer, frequent guest teacher, and a Teaching Assistant for first grade and EC. My oldest son graduated from Woods in 2019, and this year I have a senior, 3rd grader, and 2nd grader at Woods.
I spent the past year and a half as an Exceptional Children's TA and this year, I have the privilege of beginning my teaching career as an EC teacher. I love teaching EC and couldn't think of a better place to do it than in the Woods community. In my classroom (virtual and in-person), I strive to provide a welcoming and encouraging environment where students can be themselves while living up to their greatest potential.