Meet Our Teachers

Meet Your Insight Teachers

Melissa Amoabeng, Science Instructor

Originally from Maryland, Melissa spent much of her youth engaging in environmental education in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Her passion for nature led her to study environmental science at UNC Chapel Hill where she went on to earn a Masters of Science in Public Health. After a year teaching English in France, Melissa returned to the Piedmont to spend two years teaching in school gardens with Guilford County Cooperative Extension 4-H. This experience led her to NC State University where she received a Masters in Horticultural Science while serving as a teaching assistant for eight college courses. In addition to six years of teaching experience, Melissa has professional skills in landscape design, ornamental horticulture, and sustainable agriculture. These days you can find her teaching and farming at the Durham Public Schools Hub Farm, engaging K-12 students in experiential learning outdoors.

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Contact: melissa (at) insightcolearning (dot) org

Current Courses: Botany

Cheyenne Solorio, Literature Instructor

Cheyenne Solorio has been a passionate Language Arts teacher for the past 6 years, and she is excited to bring her passion and approach to learning to Central Park. She received her undergraduate degree from UNC Chapel Hill and received her AIG Licensure from Duke University. Her approach to learning is based in Restorative Practices. She believes in developing meaningful relationships with her students, facilitating a culture of support, allowing students to be their true and complete selves, and challenging them with rigorous and unique material. 

Contact: cheyenne.solorio (at) insightcolearning (dot) org

Current Courses: Indigenous Science Fiction


Kriddie Whitmore, Science Instructor

Kriddie is a research scientist and a lover of freshwater streams. She is a native of Durham, NC who completed a Masters in Forestry at Virginia Tech, studied aquatic macroinvertebrates in Montana, and eventually found her way back to her hometown. She currently works as a Research Assistant at the UNC Institute for the Environment where she studies the chemistry of rivers in the piedmont of North Carolina and the mountains of Ecuador. Kriddie is very excited to teach Environmental Chemistry at Insight Colearning where she hopes to encourage students to approach questions using the scientific process, and to foster a curiosity in the nature of the world as a sum of its smallest parts. 

Contact: kriddie.whitmore (at) insightcolearning (dot) org

Current Courses: Environmental Chemistry

Chrissy Nesbitt, Math Instructor

Chrissy started teaching immediately after graduating from Princeton University, and she’s been helping people learn ever since. As a former Montessori teacher in the public school system, she has unique experience in combining student-led discovery with standardized test prep. Chrissy loves radishes and daffodils, Ang Lee and Lu Xun. She can knit a Möbius strip and a pretty good approximation of a Klein bottle. When she’s not tutoring or working on her mini-homestead with her family, Chrissy can most often be found swimming in the Eno, paddling on Jordan Lake, or taking a road trip to visit friends.

Contact: chrissy.nesbitt (at) insightcolearning (dot) org

Current Courses: Math I, II, III, and Advanced Math

Susan Haws

Susan Haws, Executive Director

Susan started her career as a Teach for America Corps Member and middle school teacher in Donna, Texas. She went on to teach English and ESL in New Orleans, LA, and Wake County, NC. After observing first hand the persistent and complex barriers to well-being that her students faced, Susan found her way to the discipline of public health. Susan earned a Master of Public Health degree and a PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her research has focused on a variety of topics, including health-promoting schools, teacher professional development, prevention of adolescent health risk behaviors, and youth mentoring. Susan and her family have lived in Durham since 2005. She led a grassroots effort to add a middle school to Central Park School for Children in downtown Durham in 2013 and 2014.

Contact: susan (at) insightcolearning (dot) org

Current Courses: Health and Social Justice

Jason Lord, Art Instructor

Jason has been teaching music, drama and art in the Triangle since 1997 with specialization in arts integration and Project Based Learning, mostly at Duke School and then Central Park School for Children. He’s passionate about teaching and learning, and he’s enthusiastic about making art with Insight students this semester.

Kyle McQuillan, Spanish Instructor

Kyle McQuillan completed her undergraduate studies at William & Mary, where she received a B.A. in Hispanic Studies and minor in Biology. She is interested in contemporary Latin American literature and interdisciplinary approaches to cultural studies. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Spanish Language and Literature at UNC Chapel Hill.

Contact: kyle (at) insightcolearning (dot) org

Current Courses: Spanish II