About Us

The Forest Class is a class of  8, 9 and 10 year olds from the Lower School at Carolina Friends School in Durham, North Carolina.


Michael Bonsignore
Forest Class Teacher
Michael found Carolina Friends School after student teaching in a British Primary School in Bristol, England. He later received a masters in Early Childhood education from UNC Chapel Hill. He has taught at CFS for the past 30 years. Michael has two children, one who has graduated from CFS and another who is a Junior in the Upper School. Both began attending CFS when they were three years old. He enjoys playing music, building, kayaking, hiking, and traveling.

Jenni Scoggin
Forest Class Teacher
Jenni joined the Lower School after teaching elementary school in Wake County Public Schools from 2005 to 2010. She holds a masters in early childhood education from Belmont University (Nashville, Tennessee) and she is a National Board Certified teacher. Prior to teaching, Jenni worked in the music industry in web marketing. She incorporates her love of technology, music, and the arts into her teaching. In her free time Jenni enjoys cooking, singing, reading, and drinking coffee.

Lynn Pickles
Forest Class Teacher

Lynn has always been passionate about teaching math, writing, and cultural geography, and feels very much at home at CFS as she was born in Nelson, Lancashire, in the shadows of Pendle Hill, a cornerstone place in the history of the Quaker movement. She and her husband John have a son, Leon, and they enjoy traveling whenever the opportunity presents itself. If neither John or Leon are able to travel with her, Lynn has been known to take her Scottish Terrier, Lewis, with her to Europe given that he is the proud owner of a European Union Pet Passport!

Her formal post-secondary education took place at St Martin’s College in Lancaster, England, and she then taught in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa for four years. She and her husband came to the U.S., to State College, Pennsylvania, in 1978 where Lynn worked as a Special Education Teacher and as a Young Adult and Children’s Librarian for the County. She undertook a second Education/Math degree and a Masters Degree in International Affairs and Linguistics at Ohio University, prior to moving to Morgantown, West Virginia. There, a group of parents asked her to start an alternative elementary school, and to create and oversee its growth from an initial KG class to a Pre-K through 6th-grade program. Lynn later moved to The Lexington School, in Lexington, Kentucky, and then to the Duke School in Durham before beginning work in the Forest Class at Carolina Friends School. She has come full circle.