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5th Grade

Meet the Fifth Grade Team

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  • Janice Hemric

    I have been a teacher for 31 years as of the 2015-2016 school year. I taught for nine years in Guilford County before coming to Washington in 1994. I have taught 4th and 5th grade for all of my career. I serve as co-chair of our school's School Improvement Team. I sing at my church, in my clasroom, and even in the shower! I love chocolate and all things "Snoopy!"


    Sherri DeVoto

    I was born in Winston Salem, NC. While attending Appalachian University I received two degrees. My first degree was in Child Psychology and second was in Elementary Education. This school year, 2015-2016, celebrates my 22nd year teaching. I taught middle school math and science for ten years in Morganton, NC before moving to Raleigh. I have been at Washington teaching math and science since then. Mr. Shaw and I team teach. I wanted to be a teacher because I wanted to try and make school fun and engaging. The best thing about teaching is watching the students grow and learn I love to be outside. I enjoy the mountains, the beach, and sitting by a pool. I also like animals. I have two dogs, two cats, a hamster, and a brid. My husband and I have two children. My son is in high school and my daughter is in middle school. Both children attended Washington and LOVED it.


    James Shaw

    I am so blessed to work in a profession that I love. Twenty-eight years in and I continue to look forward to the first day of school, the daily interactions with students, parents, and colleagues, and the wonderful feeling of reaching goals and accomplishments. Our school and community is very unique.  All three of my sons attended Washington and fondly refer to their wizard days.  I am a mastered certified K – 12 instructor who began my teaching experiences at Washington in the mid-eighties and will more than likely find it sad to leave.


    Fred Staley

    My long and winding road to teaching began in 1983 when I received my Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia. In the first half of my working career, I spent 20 years in advertising, direct marketing, and marketing promotions with a small ad agency first, next with the American Diabetes Association, and then finally with IBM. After digging deep to find my true calling in life, I found education. Once I made the decision to change careers, I started on the WES staff as a teacher assistant in the fall of 2003 and began working on my teacher certification at Campbell University during the following fall (2004). After several years of working and attending graduate school, I received my K-6 teaching certificate and was hired as a 5th grade teacher at WES in the fall of 2006. Once I finished my first four years of teaching, I went back to Campbell University (taking evening and summer courses) to complete my Masters in Education and add on an AIG certification (graduating in the spring of 2012). During this reinvigorated second half of my working career, I enjoy teaching language arts and social studies. My true desire as a teacher is to equip our students with the tools, experience, and passion to be the best readers, writers, historians, and, most importantly, life-long learners they can be.