Leesville welcomes new counselor, CTE staff


The new school year brings new faculty members to Leesville in Student Services and the CTE departments.

Ms. Cherie Williams, CTE teacher, is in her second year of teaching. After one year in Alamance County, she is now here at Leesville.

When asked what made her want to become a teacher, Williams said, “As a… parent, I was very involved in my child’s education, so when she went off to college I decided to pursue my career in teaching.”

Before becoming a teacher, Williams worked for the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Williams went to school at North Carolina A&T University and received a teaching degree from East Carolina University.

Ms. Laura Ausby, also new to the Leesville CTE department, teaches Marketing and Principles of Business and Finance.

Ausby started her career in auditing and accounting, but she didn’t think she could spend her whole life in that field. When an old professor asked if Ausby would consider teaching, she found her new calling.

She has taught on both the high school and college level. When asked which one she likes more, Ausby said, “ I love the maturity of college level, of course, but I love the excitement of the high school students here.”

Ausby went to Elizabeth City State University for her undergraduate, University of Phoenix for her masters, Duke for her postmasters, and she is now enrolled online at Capella University for her Ph.D.

A new counselor also started this fall. Ms. Nadara Albanese — counselor for students with last names A-C.

Having such a great experience with her counselor in high school lead Albanese to become one herself. She started at Cary High School seventeen years ago and has loved every minute of it.

“I love being around the high school environment and working with students who are preparing for their future,” said Albanese.

Albanese was born in Thailand; her parents met in the Vietnam War. Her father served in the military and as a result she lived in four different countries and five different states.

These three new faculty members are sure to be a great addition to an already amazing staff here at Leesville.


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