First Year Academy Faculty & Staff

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Stacy Barnes is passionate about student success at Wake Tech and beyond. With a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and a Master’s of Education in Reading, Mrs. Barnes enjoys teaching students of all ages. Her office is located at Southern Wake Campus (SB 365), and she can be reached at 919-866-5223 or [email protected].
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Cathleen DiDonato has been teaching the past 11 years in North Carolina.  She joined Wake Tech full-time in 2014 and is passionate about student success and engaging online learners. Mrs. DiDonato is EPIC certified and looks forward to working with students in seated or online classes!

She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Westfield State University and a Master’s in Reading from Meredith College. Her office is on the Southern Wake Campus (SB 359), and she can be reached at 919-866-6178 or [email protected].
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Nicole Gantt enjoys teaching ACA because each student in her class is unique and has great potential.

Ms. Gantt is originally from Baltimore, MD, and came to North Carolina to attend Campbell University (CU). She earned a B.S. in Education and a Master’s in Math Education, both from CU. Her office is located at Southern Wake Campus (SB 365), and she can be reached at  919-866-5310 or [email protected].
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Tonya Greene has been working at Wake Tech since 2003 in a variety of faculty and administrative roles. Currently, Mrs. Greene is the First Year Academy Department Head. She is also an On Course Ambassador and is committed to student success through active learning strategies.

Mrs. Greene earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master’s of Education in Reading from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her office is located at Southern Wake Campus (SB 364), and she can be reached at 919-866-5303 or [email protected].
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Diane Haigler has worked at Wake Tech since 1999 in a variety of roles. In 2014, she began developing the newly required ACA 122 course and has been teaching the course in both seated and online formats since that time.

Dr. Haigler is originally from Morgantown, WV and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from West Virginia University. She earned both a Master’s of Science and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her office is on the Southern Wake campus (SB 359), and she can be reached at 919-866-5198 or at [email protected].
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Sara Jones enjoys teaching ACA 122 because of the unique opportunity it affords students to research things they are interested in like colleges and careers.

Mrs. Jones is a North Carolina native who obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is EPIC30 certified and teaches seated, online, and hybrid courses. Her office is located at Northern Wake Campus (NF 304), and she can be reached at 919-532-5856 or [email protected].
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Christina Migielicz joined the First Year Academy team in August 2014 and works daily to promote student success and achievement.  Mrs. Migielicz was born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs but relocated to North Carolina after she completed her bachelor's degree. She continued her education at North Carolina State University earning a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

She serves as an On Course Ambassador and on Wake Tech's On Course Leadership team. Mrs. Migielicz is EPIC 30 certified and is currently working to improve Wake Tech's online EPIC training program. Her office is located on the Northern Wake Campus (NF 312), and she can be reached at 919-532-5721 or [email protected].
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Marcia Toms is enthusiastic about helping students learning how to navigate college and career choices.  She is a native of Raleigh, NC and has degrees in English Literature (BA, MA) and Educational Research and Policy Analysis (Ph.D.), all from NC State University. Dr. Toms’s office is on Northern Wake Campus (NF 304), and she can be reached at 919-532-5867 or [email protected].
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Jetta Williams is dedicated to helping students achieve their goals. Ms. Williams is a New York native who also spent many years in Greenville, NC. She strongly believes that ACA courses, along with the many resources at Wake Tech, will better assist students as they move forward in their endeavors.

She has a B.A. in Psychology from Winston-Salem State University and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from North Carolina Central University.  Her office is located on the Northern Wake Campus (NF 304), and she can be reached at 919-532-5931 or [email protected].