Fifth Grade Teachers
Mrs. Brittany Bedford

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Mrs. Brittany Bedford

BBedford@wcpss.net

Hey there Unicorns! My name is Brittany Bedford and I would love to share a little bit about myself. This is my 10th year teaching and I have loved every minute of it! I received my undergraduate degree from NC State University… GO PACK! After I began teaching, I went back to school and earned my master’s degree from East Carolina University… GO PIRATES!

I am married to my husband Sam for a little over a year and we live in Wake Forest with our son and playful kitty Alice. My parents live in Emerald Isle which is great, because the beach is one of my places to visit. My younger sister Brannan lives not too far away in Greenville. I absolutely love teaching, but I also love weekends, the beach, reading a good book, and many other things.

Mr. Mike Collins

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Mr. Mike Collins

 RCollins@wcpss.net  

Hi! My name is Mr. Collins. I grew up and attended school in Raleigh from Kindergarten all the way through college. I graduated from NC State in 2004 and although I support the Wolfpack, my true love is with the Duke Blue Devils! I’ve always desired to serve children and their families. My first jobs, both part-time and full-time, were at a local YMCA… running youth programs and summer camps.

My time with Wake County Schools began at Lynn Road Elementary in 2010. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to have been given the opportunity to work with fourth grade! I met my wife during my time at Lynn Road, and we got married soon after! I decided to transfer to North Ridge to gain new experiences within Wake County… and to give the Mrs. and I some unique opportunities for shared expertise.

I hope my students will be able to walk away from fifth grade, reluctant to leave… yet excited for middle school. Please join me with high expectations for a successful and fun year at North Ridge Elementary School!

Mr. Jeremy Ogburn

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Mr. Jeremy Ogburn

JOgburn@wcpss.net

My name is Jeremy Ogburn, and I am excited to be a fifth-grade teacher at North Ridge Elementary. I am a rare native of Raleigh, North Carolina. I am a graduate of Meredith College’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, and I have a B.A. in History from Harding University.

Before teaching at North Ridge, I worked as a museum educator at Mordecai Historic Park. I live in Raleigh with my wife, Kelli, our son Andrew, and our unusual cat, Kermit. I enjoy going to hockey games, canoeing, reading nonfiction, and cooking.

One of my goals as a teacher is to create an environment for my students where learning can happen – an environment that is safe, challenging and productive.

Ms. Alexa Schuman-Werb

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Ms. Alexa Schuman-Werb

 aschuman-werb@wcpss.net  

I am so excited to be a Unicorn! This will be my fourth year teaching and my fourth year at North Ridge.

I grew up in Wake County, but I’ve travelled all over the place since graduating from high school here. I spent a few years in France, and then attended college at NYU. I spent most of my 20's going on adventures and working odd jobs. I worked as a butcher, a baker, a demographic researcher, and an event coordinator for Disney. After lots of adventures, I returned to my hometown to get a degree in communication disorders from North Carolina State University.

I decided to become a teacher after spending every summer during my film school years working with kids as a summer camp counselor. I loved the curiosity and joy that children experience every day as they explore the world, and I knew that my heart was in the classroom. I was thrilled to obtain my Master of the Arts in Elementary Education in December of 2015 from Meredith College.

When I am not focused on school, I have MANY hobbies. I am an adventurer at heart. I love to travel and spend time outdoors. I especially love hiking with my dogs, Hazel and Edie. I also enjoy cooking, going to concerts, writing, playing guitar and cello, watching TV and movies, knitting, painting, and spending time with friends. I especially love spending time with my family, most of whom luckily live in the Triangle!

Thank you for trusting me with your child. I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with students every day as they explore and make sense of the world. We’re going to have a great year!!!