Teacher Bios

Sonya Byrd

I am a believer of Jesus Christ, a wife to my partner in life Shane and a mother of three amazing girls. I enjoy teaching Matwork (Christian Yoga), Paddleboarding, coaching cheerleading for Mooresville Youth Association, spending adventurous time with my family and volunteering at my church, The Bridge. My past experiences are being the Youth Ministry Coordinator at The Bridge Church, leading children’s ministries programs and I was the School Age Director at the Lowe’s YMCA. Although I have my Bachelor’s in Business Administration, much of my professional experience has been leading groups of people that mentor, lead, teach and love children. To see a child grasp a skill or task at hand and the assurance that the students of The Bridge Academy will know who created them and loves them, Jesus Christ, is what inspires me.

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Robyn Zwilnske

My husband, Joe and I are originally from New York City, moving to Mooresville in 2010. We simply love living here. It is a great place to raise a family. We have 2 daughters, 11 and 5. My five year old has attended The Bridge Academy since she is two.

We have one dog, Brownie, and a cat, Bailey. We are a strong Christian family that believes our Heavenly Father is present in all aspects of our daily lives. We also attend The Bridge Church.

I have been in the education field since 1999. I have been at The Bridge Academy since 2011. I have several years experience and training in Early Childhood Education and Childhood Psychology. In my spare time I enjoy spending it with my family. I enjoy watching my girls grow and learn, spiritually, developmentally and academically. One of my favorite hobbies is reading.

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Tina Foskey

I attended Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, Tennessee, where I met my husband (years ago). I graduated from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina with a major in sociology and a minor in social work. I have taken continuing education classes on early childhood education through The Iredell County Partnership for Young Children, online classes through Scholastic and classes at Education Express.I began teaching preschool when my children were in high school. As a preschool teacher I taught in the two year old class for 3 years and the four year old class for 8 years. I enjoy watching your children get excited about learning and growing. It is an honor to be a part of their life and learning. It is especially exciting to see their growth from the beginning to the end of the year. As Transitional 5’s students they will learn kindergarten skills as well as sight words and reading.My daughter Ashley is an assistant manager at the Pines in Davidson where her husband Jacob also works. My son Seneca works for Davidson College and will be getting married in the fall. We have a granddaughter who is one year old. We have two dogs Max and Asher. They love to chase birds and our cows occasionally. My husband Mickey works for a doctor’s office in Concord as a registered nurse.In addition to working with your children I also enjoy spending time with my family, making crafts, taking pictures and making memory books. My husband and I attend Trinity Baptist Church.

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Transitional 5’s Teacher

 

Shannon Massi Yuri

Hi! My name is Shannon Massi Yuri. My husband and I have three children. I moved to Mooresville when I was a 7 years old. I knew that God really wanted me to work with children and continued my education and received a Masters in Elementary Education from Gardner-Webb. After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I met my husband and we were married a year later in Argentina, where we lived for five years. Because of this, I am able to speak some Spanish, as well as our children. We have been back in Mooresville since August 2015. I asked Jesus to come into my heart as a little girl during Vacation Bible School at the church I grew up in. We are members of Christ Community Church Mooresville and I am one of the two and three year old teachers on Sunday mornings and my husband is a drummer on the praise team. I have spent many years working with children, whether it was in church nursery, day camps I was a counselor for, being a teacher’s assistant while working on my Masters degree, and by being a mother. I am excited to teach your children and prepare for their futures!

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Courtney Synder

Hello, my name is Courtney Snyder and I will be the 4’s teacher for 2017-2018 school year. I am 28 years old and I am originally from Tennessee. My family and I moved to Mooresville in 2013 and have found a new place to call home. We have attended The Bridge Church for 3 years. My husband and I have one daughter. She attended The Bridge Academy and graduated preschool in 2016. In my free time, I enjoy crafting and sewing. My family and I are very active and enjoy being outdoors and hiking.I have been working at The Bridge Academy since 2014. I started as the assistant in the 2’s class and was blessed to be the 2’s teacher for the past two year. I am excited to move up to the 4’s and I know we are going to have a fun filled year full of learning and adventure. My goal is for every child to feel safe and loved while growing both academically and spiritually.

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Lacy Burton

Hello! My name is Lacy Burton and I am proud to be the Teacher for the 3’s class this year. This will be my second year of teaching at the Bridge Academy and I am so blessed to be apart of this amazing team. I was born and raised in Statesville, NC and recently married my soulmate. My husband and I live in Concord, NC with our sweet black lab and cat. Together we enjoy traveling, art, music and photography. Before moving, I volunteered as a Sunday school teacher and youth leader at my church. My husband and I love serving in any capacity! We now worship at Elevation Church and love helping others to see what God can do through their lives.

My experience as a teacher has come full circle as I have been working in childcare for 5+ years, continuing my education online and just received my certification for early education. It is a joy to teach and learn alongside children. They bring much happiness to my life and this year is going to be an amazing journey together! Each child is a blessing from God and through Him we will learn how to love others, love learning, and live intentionally.

Something you will hear often in my class is… “God is so good!” and “Jesus loves you and I do too!”

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Marge Densley

I am a native Chicagoan, but have lived in Philadelphia and New York before moving here to Mooresville with my husband and two wonderful teenagers. I attend Christ Community Church of Mooresville and have been a christian for 19 years. Raised Catholic, I was called by God in 1998 after having my first baby. I hadn’t gone to church in many years and I was driving by a community bible church with a marquee that said: “Contemporary and Accepting.” That word accepting caught my attention and I went in, took a first steps christian class, committed my life to Christ and have been never been out of church since! I have a BA from the University of Chicago and am a veteran homeschool mom, having taught my children from pre-k through high school. I’ve also taught pre-k through 8th grades in various teaching positions at christian homeschool co-ops in New York and North Carolina. As a private tutor, I am passionate about helping children learn and develop successfully both in character and academics. I am thrilled to join the Bridge Academy Team as we enter the new year, excited to make this the best year yet for teaching, encouraging and loving your children in Christ.

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Jennifer Franco

Hi! My name is Ms Jen. I am married to my amazing husband and friend, Freddie and have 4 beautiful children ages 8, 4, and 1 year old twins. I have been a resident of Mooresville for 12 years and have regularly attended the Bridge Church for about 3 years. My oldest daughter was in Mrs. Tina’s class 4 years ago and my son is a third year current student. The church and preschool has always felt like family so it was so natural for me to work here. I am blessed to be working as the 2’s teacher this year and have the opportunity to love, guide, and teach every child that walks through our doors! I look forward to watching their little minds grow academically, emotionally, physically, socially, & spiritually

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Rachel Boyd

Hi!! My name is Rachel Boyd. I was born and raised in Mooresville, NC. I am married to my high school sweetheart Raheim and we have two kids of our own, a son and a daughter. We also have a dog named Queen. I have attended The Bridge Church since I was a little girl. I love taking pictures and spending time with my family. I am blessed to have a relationship with Jesus. I am thankful for His grace and love. He is my everything!

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Nanette Bowman

My name is Nanette Bowman. I’ve been married to Bob Bowman for 26 years. We have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. I’ve lived in Mooresville for 31 years. I retired from the state of NC as a teacher assistant June 1, 2017. I worked at Mt.Mourne Elementary for 4 years. The last 10+ years I’ve worked at Pine Lake Preparatory Charter School. I have been an active member of The Bridge Church for 16+ years. I’m very excited to work at The Bridge Academy as a preschool assistant.I hope I will not only be a Godly inspiration to our students and families but them be an inspiration to me.

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Christina Buter

Hello! My name is Christina Buter. I was born and raised in Michigan and moved to Mooresville, NC in March 2016. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 5 years and we have 2 boys. My oldest, will be in the 4’s class and my youngest will be in the 2’s class here at The Bridge Academy! We have been attending The Bridge Church since moving to Mooresville. There I serve with the children’s check in, as well as the youth ministry! As a family we enjoy camping, biking and all things outdoors. I am excited for the opportunity to be working with children and watching them grow spiritually, socially, academically, physically and emotionally throughout this school year!!

I hope I will not only be a Godly inspiration to our students and families but them be an inspiration to me.

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Preschool Assistant