Meet the Fourth Grade Team

4th grade team
  • Nancy Bergquist

    I have been teaching 4th and 5th grade for the last 30 years. I love working with this age group. The students keep me on my toes and push me to learn new things everyday. I started my career in Guilford County where I worked for 18 years. In 2004 I moved to Colorado where I taught fifth grade for 8 years. We missed the east coast so we moved back to North Carolina in 2012. I have been at Washington since 2013-2014 school year. I am married and have a son and a daughter. I love to read and my favorite place is the beach.


    Lisa Laney

    I grew up in Cary, NC and after graduating from Cary High School, I went to East Carolina University and received a B.S. in Business Administration.  I worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 16 years.  During my time there, I went to Meredith College and obtained an MBA.  Although I enjoyed my time in “Corporate America”, I have always had a profound interest in teaching.  This led me to pursue my true calling.  I enrolled in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Meredith College.  I student taught in 2nd grade at Washington and then joined the 4th grade team.  I am committed to the academic, social, and emotional success of all my students.  It is a joy seeing them learn and grow!  My husband and I have two sons and one exuberant labradoodle.  I love spending time with my family, reading, and watching Duke basketball.


    Eileen Marathe

    I earned a Bachelor's degree from Penn State in integrative arts. After moving to North Carolina, I returned to school to study elementary education and finished with a k-6 teaching license. My ten years of classroom teaching experience includes...kindergarten, first grade, second grade, fourth grade and one year as a second and third grade intervention teacher. Being a teacher at Washington is important to me - I enjoy helping students find their gifts and talents while working with teachers with many gifts and talents of their own! While away from the class, I spend time with my family and make room for running and reading.


    Sara Pleasant

    I have been a teaching at Washington since 2001. I started as a resource teacher and have worked with K-5 grades. One of my claims to fame is that I have had classrooms on every floor of the school building! I love teaching kids and learning all kinds of new things in the process of being an educator.
    My own education began at Carrboro Elementary School. I graduated from Chapel Hill High School and then left North Carolina to go to Grinnell College in a little farm town in Iowa. I studied abroad in Zimbabwe and loved exploring southern Africa. After I graduated, I got my first teaching job at the Wright School in Durham. When I decided to get my master's degree in teaching, I headed out to the University of Oregon for two years.
    While I was out west, I developed a love for hiking and exploring the beautiful forests in our country. This past summer one of my lifelong dreams came true when I got the chance to take my daughter Naomi to Sequoia National Park in California. We slept under the towering 300 year old giant trees.
    I am grateful for the opportunity to teach Washington's wizards!