Padilla, Karina (Kindergarten)

Hi! My name is Ms. Padilla. I will be your kindergarten teacher. Our year will be filled with learning, excitement, and new adventures.  This is my first year as a Candler Cat and I cannot wait! Prior to Candler Elementary, I worked at Sand Hill Venable with Title 1.  I am also a member of our North Carolina National Guard. I joined in 2005, at the age of 17 and am now a Staff Sergeant.  

My Education

In December of 2015, I graduated from Mars Hill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Prior to that, I received my Associates degree in criminal justice from A-B Tech.

My Life

I was born in Mexico, and return every few years to visit family. I moved to North Carolina when I was in the second grade, and attended schools in Richmond County. My parents still live there, so I get to visit often. Spending time with my family is one of my favorite things to do. 

In addition to myself, our class will also include a teacher assistant.  Ms.  Gautreaux is eager to begin the school year!  Her positive attitude and caring personality will be a great addition to our Candler family.

A note from Ms. Gautreaus- 

I was born and raised in Louisiana. I moved to North Carolina over the summer. I've been a preschool 3 & 4 teacher the past four years at St. Louis King of France in Metairie, LA. I completed the Elementary Education 1-5 Program at the University of New Orleans. Obtaining my BA this fall. I enjoy reading, fishing,seafood boils,SEC football, and attending festivals. I'm very excited to spend this school year learning and growing with you!



Contact Me


School phone: (828) 670-5018

or text @k20162 to 81010 to join our classroom on the Remind app.