Jenny believes in the necessity of bridging gaps and giving all students opportunity for enrichment and access to enhanced learning opportunities such as Horizons. Prior to her time with Horizons at CDS, Jenny held roles in primary and secondary education - first as an educator with the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan, then in private international education in Morocco, and finally while serving as a Peace Corps Fellow with the New York Department of Education. Jenny’s professional background also includes international work with Front Line Defenders, an international human rights organization, headquartered in Ireland as well as local nonprofit program management with the YWCA of Asheville.
Bess cares deeply about the families that she serves and believes in the Horizons mission of creating experiences outside of school that inspire the joy of learning. Bess Bryan has been a part of the Horizons at Carolina Day community since its inception. She started as the lead teacher for our first class and has been with Horizons ever since. Bess leads our summer and school year programming and works to forge strong long-term partnerships with our parents, students, and schools. After a 20 year teaching career, Bess is in the third year of her doctoral program in School Psychology at Western Carolina University.
Bill has a strong belief in and passion for positive youth development, and the power of the Horizons program philosophy and framework to positively impact the social-emotional and academic trajectory of our students. Bill Hansen joins Horizons at Carolina Day School as our Development and Communications Manager. He recently relocated to Asheville following a career in non-profit human services in Illinois, much of which was spent serving in out-of-school time programs in Chicago’s highest need areas. Bill brings strong fund development and marketing experience with annual fund and major gift campaigns, foundation and corporate grants, and special events. In addition to his youth development background, Bill comes to Horizons with experience in the fields of early childhood education, child welfare, substance use disorders, and mental health.
Monica Antonazzo – Grant Writer
Monica is passionate about making authentic connections with children and families in order to work together for equity and social justice. Monica Antonazzo was the founding Executive Director of Horizons at Carolina Day, served for one year as the Development Director, and has transitioned to the role of Grant Writer. She has worked at Carolina Day since 2016 in various roles, including Director of the Tutoring Connection and High School French teacher. Previously, Monica was the Director of Prevention, Education & Outreach at Our VOICE, Asheville's rape crisis center. She also taught English in France and served in the Peace Corps in South Africa 2006-2008.
Delicia Johnson-Lewis - Americorps VISTA
Delicia was initially drawn to the Horizons program as a parent seeking community involvement. Currently serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA, she's dedicated to igniting children's love for learning. Delicia's enthusiasm for education and commitment to equity make her a vital part of the Horizons program, where she strives to build community capacity and ensure quality education for all children. Her story exemplifies her dedication to bettering children's lives and her community.
Delicia is an UNC Asheville student pursuing dual degrees in K-12 Special Education and Psychology driven by her passion for nurturing young minds. With experience in Early Childhood Education and Head Start programs, she became a Child Care Partnership Mentor with WCCA, shaping the future of young learners.