Degrees and Certifications:

Queens University of Charlotte: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (K-6) Queens University of Charlotte: Master of Education in Instructional Technology (K-12) Licensed Health and Pe (K-12)

Jake Balmas

Welcome!  My name is Jake Balmas and I am a first year teacher at Hickory Ridge.  I am going to be teaching the Sensory and Mindfulness Encore class this year.  I am licensed in K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 Health and Physical Education.  This class creates a unique opportunity for me to combine these two areas together.  

My favorite hobby is coaching wrestling. I wrestled through my undergrad and grad school years at Queens, so I enjoy giving back to the sport in my free time.  This is also what sparked my interest in teaching, which is one of the main reasons I am in the position I am today!  I am looking forward to working with everyone this year!