• Welcome to Fifth Grade at Davis Drive Elementary!

 Brenda Carroll

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Brenda Carroll

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I joined the DDE Family in 1996, and have enjoyed teaching fifth grade ELA and Social Studies. For a brief time, I taught fourth grade ELA and Science at DDE, before returnng to fifth grade. The annual trip to Washington, D.C. is definitely one of my favorite things about teaching fifth grade. Now I live with  my husband, son, and two Siamese cats in Cary, but I grew up in Greenville, NC, where I lived until 1981,  when I graduated from East Carolina University. I earned a Masters degree from NC State in Instructional Technology in 2005. In my free time, I enjoy reading, scuba diving, and cruising around Beaufort, NC on our power boat.

 Leann Hamstra

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Leann Hamstra

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I was born and raised in Iowa, and moved to North Carolina when I was a freshman in high school.  I graduated high school from Athens Drive.  I earned my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and my masters degree in School Administration from East Carolina University.  I have taught both third and fifth grade at Davis Drive Elementary.  I love to travel, read, and spend time with my family.  Each year I love watching my students excitement has we explore how science and math is all around them!

 Jean Jaros

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Jean Jaros

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Would you believe this is my 22nd year teaching in room 412?    Back in 1995, I helped open DDE and it has been rewarding working with so many staff members, students and family while watching this community grow.    My grandmother taught grades 1-8 in the last one room schoolhouse in rural Minnesota and my mother taught fifth grade, so I come from a family of teachers.  Oklahoma State University is where I attended undergrad and my Masters is from UNC Chapel Hill.   This is my 25th year in WCPSS schools.   Outside of school, I enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, shopping and spending time with friends and family.

 Kristin Nance

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Kristin Nance

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Mrs.Nance has been part of the Davis Drive Staff since 2012. She loves being part of the 5th grade team and teaches language arts and social studies. Mrs.Nance is also the Creative Writing Club facilitator and part of the DDE SIP committee. When Mrs. Nance is not teaching she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

 Nathalie Powell

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Nathalie Powell

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I was born in Island Falls, a small town in Maine. Soon after, my parents relocated to Lima, Peru where I grew up.  After graduating from high school, I moved back to the states and some years later I decided I wanted to be an educator.  I met my husband while going to college and the year I graduated we got married. As I started teaching I was enthusiastic with helping my students become proficient readers. Shortly, I went back to school and finished my master’s, which led to my National Board Certification in literacy. My greatest endeavor was the completion of my doctoral degree in education with a concentration in reading.

My husband and I live in Apex with our three teenage daughters. We keep busy and enjoy our family time together with our two dogs.

 Emily Roberson

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Emily Roberson

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This is my second year teaching fifth grade Math and Science, but fifth year teaching at Davis Drive Elementary School. I grew up in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, a part of the Outer Banks. I graduated from Meredith College in 2012, after student teaching at Davis Drive Elementary. I love Davis Drive Elementary, and I am so excited for the 2016-2017 school year!

 Pam Smithson

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Pam Smithson

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I have taught at Davis Drive since it opened, starting with second grade, then third, and most recently I have taught fifth grade for the past 6 years.  My favorite subjects are math and science, of course, and I love to learn!  I enjoy spending time with family, especially my grandchildren, and watching tennis is also a hobby. My favorite color is blue, my favorite, season is fall, and my favorite game is Scrabble.

Curriculum Parent Resources

  • We want our parents to have access to resources that will help them support their children's success. Below are links to various types of resources, sorted by grade and subject. Take a look, and contact your child's teacher to see how you might be able to support your child's progress at home.