• Meet Our Second Grade Teachers


     

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Ms. Donaldson

Second Grade Track 1

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eMail: kdonaldson@wcpss.net

I am excited for our time together in 2nd grade! I have taught for over 12 years. Reading and writing are my favorite subjects to teach. I hope you fall in love with reading and writing just like me! I am from a little town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I earned my teaching degree at Western Carolina University. Fun fact: my parents still live in the house that I grew up in. I currently live in Holly Springs with my family and my very lazy cat, Lego. This year, we are going to work hard but have fun. We are going to encourage each other and be a little silly, too. I look forward to a great year with you.

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Ms. Cabaleiro

Second Grade Track 1

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eMail: bcabaleiro@wcpss.net

Welcome to Second Grade! My name is Mrs. Cabaleiro. I've been teaching for over 15 years. I have taught first and second grade. Second grade is definitely my favorite!

I was born in Atlanta, GA but my family moved to Cary, NC when I was just a baby. I grew up in Wake County Schools and I graduated from Apex High School! I went to Campbell University where I played 4 years of volleyball. GO CAMELS! I graduated in 2007 and then again in 2011 with my Masters in Education.

When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my amazing children. My son, Jackson, and my daughter, Campbell, both go to school at OCE. We love playing with Legos, going to the pool, playing at the park, riding bikes, and taking trips to the beach. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you!

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Ms. Turnau

Second Grade Track 1

eMail: vturnau@wcpss.net

Hello! My name is Mrs. Ginny Turnau, and I am so excited about being part of the Olive Chapel Elementary family. I have been teaching in Wake County for the past 11 years, 7 of them in first grade.I have been calling Apex, North Carolina my home for 25 years! I love it here!

Second grade is such a fun and exciting year in a child’s educational journey. The students become more independent, have new interests in academics, and challenge themselves to be successful. I believe that communication, collaboration, and respect are a few of the key elements in my classroom. I encourage us to work as a team to help your child soar to new heights and exceed their goals this year. My door is always open to parents and families so please feel free to reach out to me.

When I am not teaching, I spend time with my husband Bill, my dog Cody, and my cat Nara. I have three grown sons, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons. My grandsons live with their parents in the Netherlands. I enjoy going to the beach, playing pickleball, traveling, spending time with family, and relaxing with a good book on my screened porch. I have had the wonderful opportunity to explore parts of France, Italy, Denmark, Croatia, The Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Poland, The US Virgin Islands, St. Martin, and Antigua.

I cannot think of a more rewarding career than being a teacher who inspires children to love to read, helps each student reach their full potential, and guides them to appreciate and love all learning that takes place each day!

I look forward to working with you and getting to know you this year!

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Ms. Levesque

Second Grade Track 2

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eMail: tlevesque@wcpss.net

Hello! My name is Mrs. Tuyetnga Levesque and I am a 2nd Grade Teacher and love being part of the Olive Chapel Elementary family. I have been teaching in North Carolina for over 16 years and cannot think of a more rewarding job than inspiring children to love reading and most of all learning! When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my husband Christopher and my son Oliver. Oliver also attends OCE and loves being a OCE Clipper! We love to go to the park, shopping, movies, and trying out new places to eat. We also enjoy visiting our family in parts of N.Y. and Florida.

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Ms. Abramo

Second Grade Track 2

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eMail: sabramo@wcpss.net

Hi! My name is Mrs. Abramo and I'm looking forward to being your child's 2nd grade teacher. It’s going to be a fun year full of challenges, learning, and excitement. This year your child will continue the work of becoming a great reader, mathematician, author, scientist, community leader and good friend. I have a daughter named Aubrey who attends Olive Chapel and a toddler named Greyson who keeps me smiling and busy!  

I grew up in a small beach town in New Jersey called Point Pleasant. I moved here in 2007 and absolutely fell in love with it! I graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2011 and have been teaching ever since.

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Ms. Martin

Second Grade Track 3

eMail: mmartin12@wcpss.net

My name is Mrs. Martin and I am very excited to be part of the Olive Chapel family. I am originally from High Point, NC. I attended and graduated from UNCG with a Bachelor of Science in Education with K-6 certification/licensure and Minor in Sociology in 2016. This is my 7th year teaching. I have experience teaching grades 1st, 2nd, and 4th, but truly enjoy teaching 2nd grade. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family. My husband, three boys, and I love exploring various attractions, trying new foods, and relaxing in our spare time.

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Ms. Herman

Second Grade Track 3

eMail: kherman@wcpss.net

Hello! Welcome to 2nd grade! I am Ms. Herman. I am so excited about being your teacher this year. This will begin my 4th year of teaching, and my 2nd year at Olive Chapel! I can not wait to meet each of you! This year is going to be so fun!

I am originally from western North Carolina, and currently live in the area. I live with my husband and 2 pups. I love being outdoors with my family, going kayaking, and traveling.

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Ms. Cowell

Second Grade Track 4

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eMail: jcowell@wcpss.net

I graduated from the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program at UNC Chapel Hill with a degree in Elementary Education and a teaching certificate (K-6).  I taught fourth grade for many years before moving to the second grade team at Olive Chapel Elementary School. 

I love to go on "adventures" and learn new things with my family. We enjoy spending time outside and we feel blessed to live in North Carolina. We have recently reached our goal of "going on an adventure" in each of the 100 NC counties. Our favorite locations included Kitty Hawk (sand dunes), Shackleford Island (wild horses), Ocracoke (lighthouses), Merchants Millpond State Park (cypress swamp), Mount Mitchell (highest peak east of the Mississippi), and the Great Smoky Mountains. Of all of the towns that I have visited in NC, I love Apex the most and I am thankful to have the opportunity to work at OCE.

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Ms. Scala

Second Grade Track 4

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eMail: coscala@wcpss.net

Hello, my name is Cathy Scala. I am an Apex High School graduate. I earned my K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 Reading Instruction from ECU. I have 27 years of teaching experience and am starting my 25th year at Olive Chapel Elementary. My family lives in Apex with our chocolate lab, Tullah and our two cats, Miss Harley and The Dude. I like to read, listen to music, and swim.

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Mr. Falcone

Second Grade Track 4

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eMail: mfalcone2@wcpss.net

I am super excited to be your child’s 2nd grade teacher. This will be my 3rd year of teaching and my 2nd year at Olive Chapel. I have previously taught 3rd grade as well! My goal for your students is to discover their best, try new things, and be the best student they can be. It’s going to be an amazing year in 2nd grade!

 
I was raised in the triangle and went to Wake County Schools all of my life. I grew up playing Basketball, Baseball, Football, and Golf. I graduated from Middle Creek High and then went on to graduate from NC State with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education with a STEM Concentration.
 
If I’m not in the classroom you can find me doing a lot of different things. I spend a lot of my time finding new places to eat food, I serve as an Advisor for Leaders Clubs at the YMCA, and I play in an orchestra as well. Go PACK!