Back Row: Mrs. Ryder, Mrs. Golden, Ms. Sood, Mrs. Tonn, Mrs. Odle, Ms. Mariappan, Ms. Rahamathulla
Front Row: Ms. Young, Ms. Ledford, Mrs. Plazas, Ms. Bobbitt, Mrs. Bruce
Meet the Team
Ms. Ledford: Hi there! I am thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten at White Oak Elementary. I am from a small mountain town in western North Carolina, but moved to Raleigh to pursue my passion for educating children. I graduated from NC State with a Bachelors in English, and Liberty University with a Masters in Elementary Education. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading, doing DIY projects, traveling and being outdoors.
Degrees/Certifications: B.A. in English: Language, Writing & Rhetoric, M.A.T. in Elementary Education
Mrs. Tonn: Hello, My Name is Caitlin Tonn. I'm so excited to join the White Oak Elementary team! I have recently made a career change and I'm thrilled to start my first year as an Instructional Assistant. I grew up in Durham and now live in Raleigh with my husband, sister, and sweet puppy! In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing chess, reading, and anything outdoors.
Ms. Bobbitt: Hello! My name is Hannah Bobbitt and I am so excited to continue teaching Kindergarten at White Oak Elementary! I am originally from Laurinburg, NC, but moved to Raleigh for college and I fell in love with the city so I decided to stay. I graduated from Meredith College with a degree in Child Development and a Birth to Kindergarten NC Teaching Licensure. I love the beach and spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy spending time at Carter-Finley Stadium cheering on my favorite football team (GO WOLFPACK!).
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Science in Child Development, Meredith College; Birth to Kindergarten NC Teaching Licensure
Ms. Mariappan: Hi White Oak Families! My name is Saru Mariappan, and I am so happy to be a part of the WOE IA teachers family. I previously worked at Turner Creek Elementary school and can't wait to continue being an IA at White Oak! I love to read, go on long walks, take road trips, and spend time with my family. Looking forward to meeting you all and having a wonderful year!
Degrees/Certifications: Master of Commerce, Post graduate diploma in Computer applications
Follow the Class: Contact Ms. Bruce to follow the class.
Mrs. Bruce: I am very excited to be teaching Kindergarten at White Oak Elementary again this year! I have over 25 years of teaching experience and my heart lies with Kindergarten students. I grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky with an Elementary Education degree. I went on to pursue a Masters Degree as a Reading Specialist and 30 hours in Curriculum and Instruction. I am a National Board Certified Teacher. We moved to Apex in 2007 where I continued my passion for educating young minds. When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two sons. My oldest son is studying Engineering at the University of Alabama and the younger one is a senior at Apex Friendship HS. We have a yellow Labrador Retriever named Leo. I enjoy hiking, fishing, running, traveling and spending time outdoors.
Degrees/Certifications: B.A. Elementary Education, M.A. Reading Specialist + (Rank 1 in KY = 30 hours in Curriculum and Instruction), National Board Certified Teacher, ESL Certified
Ms. Rahamathulla: Hello everyone! My name is Nasrin Rahmathulla and this is my second year teaching at White Oak. I’m very excited to work with you and your kids this year! I have two daughters in college (Chapel Hill and NC State) and a son at Mills Park Middle. I’ve called North Carolina home for 16 years. I enjoy spending time with my family, taking long walks, cooking and traveling.
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor’s in Commerce
Follow the Class: Contact Ms. Golden to join Class Dojo
Mrs. Golden: My name is Ashtyn Golden and I am so excited to be teaching Kindergarten this year at White Oak Elementary! I graduated from Meredith College where I had many experiences teaching young children that brought me to have a passion for teaching. I was born in Illinois, but I grew up in Apex, NC. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with my friends and family, and going to the beach. I am looking forward to another great year at White Oak Elementary!
Degrees/Certifications: B.S. Child Development. B-K Teaching Licensure
Mrs. Ryder: Hi! I am so excited to continue to be a part of the White Oak Elementary team as an Instructional Assistant. My family and I are originally from NY but we have lived in North Carolina for almost 17 years. I have several years of experience teaching children in NY and NC. I have two children and a cat, Seamus. My son is a Junior at NC State and my daughter is a Freshman at NC State. GO WOLFPACK!!! I love spending time with my family and friends, traveling, going to the beach, gardening, and baking. Can't wait to begin another year with my awesome White Oak family!
Degrees/Certifications: BS in Elementary Education and MS in Special Education
Mrs. Plazas: Hello there, my name is Kristen Plazas. I was born and raised in NC, and now reside in the triangle with my husband and our two dogs and cats. I enjoy reading, traveling, movies, and spending time with my family and pets. I look forward to another great year in Kindergarten at White Oak!
Degrees/Certifications: B.A. Elementary Education
Mrs. Odle: Hi Explorer families! My name is Shana Odle and I'm thrilled to be working with your kindergartner this year! This is my fifth year at White Oak Elementary. Previously, I taught preschool and also spent several years working with local non-profits. Although I grew up in the mountains, I've called the Triangle home for more than 25 years. My husband and I live in Apex with our three kids, our dog and our cat. When I'm not in the classroom, I enjoy writing, photography, live music, travelling, and spending time with my family.
Degrees/Certifications: B.S. Psychology
Ms. Young: Hello! My name is Samantha Young and I am so excited to be teaching at White Oak Elementary this year! I grew up in Massachusetts but went to college in Connecticut. While there, I received my Bachelor's in Sociology and Anthropology from Fairfield University and my Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Sacred Heart University. I taught kindergarten for 6 years while in Connecticut, and just moved to Raleigh this summer! I am excited to begin my 7th year teaching at White Oak Elementary! Even though I am new to the area, I am already loving North Carolina so much! When I am not teaching, I enjoy kickboxing, walking on nature trails, and spending time with my cat, Ollie!
Degrees/Certifications: B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology with a Minor in Education, MA in Elementary Education
Ms. Sood: Hi, I have moved from Singapore to North Carolina in 2015. Since then I have been associated with WCPSS. This is my second year working at White Oak Elementary School. I am looking forward for a fun filled year with kids. I enjoy going for long walks, Yoga and cooking.
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Arts, Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management