**Please note that Pre-K students do not directly enroll at White Oak Elementary. They are assigned by the WCPSS Office of Early Learning. Click on this link for more information on preschool programs.
Meet the Team!
Marni Ostrander — email@example.com — Website — Twitter — Instructional Assistant: Ashley Dennis
Ms. Ostrander: Hello! My name is Marni Ostrander and I love being part of the White Oak PreK team! I am originally from upstate New York and then moved to Michigan for a few years before making Apex North Carolina my home. I have a degree in early childhood and elementary education and a Masters degree in elementary education. I am early childhood National Board certified. My husband and I have three children and I spend most of my time outside of school cheering them on during their many activities. Our classroom motto has become “ it’s OK, try again!”, with the sincere belief that perseverance and acceptance will lead to growth and success.
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Master's degree in Elementary Education, National Board Certified.
Ms. Denis: I am so excited to be back in the classroom and working at White Oak this year. Prior to moving to Apex in 2016 I was a Special Education teacher for ten years. I taught in New York specializing with children on the Autism spectrum as well as in Wisconsin where I worked with kids with varying special needs. I grew up on Long Island, New York and shortly after I married my husband Josh we moved to his hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin. We have been living in Apex for 3 years and have a daughter who is 9 and a son who is 6. Our family loves to go to the beach, play golf, visit our family, and travel. Special Education is truly where my heart is and it is a privilege to work with and watch students grow!
Michelle Leykum — firstname.lastname@example.org— Website - Twitter — Instructional Assistant: Silpa Romy
Ms. Leykum: I am originally from Long Island, NY and have been in NC for 15 years. I have spent my career focusing on educating children and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, as well as consulting to special education teachers across the state. When I am not working, I like to read, hike, ride my Peloton, and spend time with my husband, four children (11 year-old twins, 14 year-old step-son, and 20 year-old step-daughter) and our three dogs. We live in Chapel Hill, near Jordan Lake, where we love to enjoy the outdoors and natural beauty that surrounds us.
Degrees/Certifications: Master's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education (K-12), Advanced certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, and Advanced certificate in birth-Kindergarten early childhood education (in progress)
Ms. Romy: Hi! My name is Silpa Mohan Romy and I am so excited to continue to be a part of the whiteOak preschool team as an Instructional assistant. I have been part of wake county school systems since 2013. My husband and I have lived in Cary for the past 12 years and have two boys. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling and camping. I am looking forward to another great year at White Oak elementary.Degrees/Certifications: Masters in Physics