Art Teacher

Mrs. Kristen Ciannamea

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Mrs. Kristen Ciannamea

Mrs. Ciannamea received her degree from Peace College and has certifications in Art, Special Education, and Elementary Education. This is her seventh year teaching, and she loves her job! In her class, she hopes to inspire students to appreciate art and find their creative voices. Students will be learning about a variety of unique artists, styles, cultures, and media.

When she is not at school, she enjoys creating art, being outside, traveling, and spending time with her husband and one-year-old daughter.

Band Teacher

Mr. Damon Underwood

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Mr. Damon Underwood

Mr. Underwood received his Bachelor of Music Education from Western Carolina University and his Masters of Music Education from East Carolina University. He currently serves as band director for Cedar Creek Middle and Franklinton High Schools in Franklin County, NC. He also obtained his National Board Certification in 2008. Prior to Franklin County, Damon has also served as band director, visual designer, and instructor for several successful programs throughout central North Carolina and Virginia. 

Mr. Underwood is in his 22nd year of teaching and has had numerous superior and excellent ratings with bands under his direction throughout the years. His bands have traveled throughout the southeast in competitions and festivals. He began teaching at Cedar Creek Middle in 2011.

As a freelance trombonist, Mr. Underwood performs locally and regionally with several musical acts on the East Coast Entertainment roster. He is the tour manager and trombonist with the Sleeping Booty Band out of Raleigh, NC. He has opened for or performed with such acts as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Chicago, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Wayne Newton, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Mother's Finest, Buddy Baker, Marvin Stamm, Chris Vidala, and Chubby Checker. He is a former member Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps and former drum major of Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps and the WCU “Pride of the Mountains” Marching Band.

Chorus/General Music Teacher

Mr. Ted Willis

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Mr. Ted Willis

Mr. Willis received his Bachelor of Music degree from East Carolina University ('03) with a concentration in Choral Music Education. He is also a National Board Certified Teacher and a North Carolina Teaching Fellow. In addition to holding a certification in K-12 Music, he is also certified in Middle Grades Math. Because one can never a perfect performer, Mr. Willis believes that it is important for his students to know that he continues practicing; therefore, he continues to perfect his craft by performing on stage as an actor/singer/dancer in several theaters in the Raleigh area. He is also a cook and baker!