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Karen Winston grew up on Long Island, NY, She graduated from the University of Miami with a BA in Graphic Design/Illustration.  She went on to earn her MS in Art Education from CW Post at Long Island University.

She relocated to Holy Springs, North Carolina with her family in 2006.  She taught Pre-K at Little Dreamers Preschool for 7 years. While teaching there, she created an after school program called Kid Quest which focused on Phonics and Science. She also taught Art at the New School Montessori Center in Holly Springs. Her focus was on the upper elementary and middle school grades. 


Karen is an avid runner, running all distances from 5ks to full marathons. She also enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with her family. Her husband works in the restaurant industry. She has 2 sons: 9th and 11th graders at Holly Springs High School. She also has 2 shih-tzus- Jett and Mr. Peabody. She is very excited to be working at Active Tracks.

Sue Ellen Stiegler aka Ms. Tees or Mrs. Stiegler

Karen Winston aka Mrs. Winston

Poppie McNierney aka Ms. Poppie

Active Tracks founder, Sue Ellen Stiegler, earned a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida and a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification in Elementary Education. As a 10-year teaching veteran, six of those years in the Holly Springs Community, she has worked with a variety of age groups and has learned how to use children’s own interests to keep them actively engaged and involved in their learning. 

Her teaching experience, as well as her time as a before and afterschool care teacher and camp counselor, have taught her how to effectively organize and manage large groups of multi-aged children. She is CPR, First Aid, and AED certified for adults and children.


When she is not working, Sue Ellen, enjoys spending time with her husband and extended family including her 9 nieces and nephews.  Her family has been a very supportive and integral part in helping her start Active Tracks.


Poppie McNierney grew up in Northern Virginia, and graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in Education.  She went on to earn her MS in Education and Sports Administration at the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse.

While in Wisconsin, Poppie taught Physical Education and Health at Winnequah Middle School, and worked in the athletic department at Monona Grove High School.  After several years of teaching, she moved to back to Virginia, and started working as a meeting and event planner in the hospitality industry.  She moved to Holly Springs, North Carolina in 2007, and is excited to now be back working with children at Active Tracks.

In her spare time, Poppie enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her family.  She has two kids: her daughter is a freshman at Holly Springs High School and her son is an 8th grader at Holly Grove Middle School.  She also has two dogs (Hershey and Chili) and two cats (Bella and Boots).