• Welcome to Fifth Grade at Davis Drive Elementary!

Mrs. Leann Hamstra

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Mrs. Leann Hamstra

Email:  lhamstra @wcpss.net

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!

Ms. Jean Jaros

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Ms. Jean Jaros

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Would you believe this is my 24th 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 27th year in WCPSS schools.   Outside of school, I enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, shopping and spending time with friends and family.

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Dr. Nathalie Powell

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Dr. Nathalie Powell

Email:  npowell @wcpss.net

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.

Mrs. Emily Roberson

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Mrs. 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 2019-20 school year!

Ms. Pam Smithson

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Ms. 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 8 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.