• 1st Grade 


    Meet the Team


    Crystal Roberts — ciroberts@wcpss.net — Website — Twitter — Instructional Assistant: Aditi Sheth 

    Ms. Roberts:  I am passionate about teaching and really work hard to help every child become the best possible versions of themselves academically, socially, and emotionally, serving in first and second grade positions for the past 12 years. I absolutely love helping your child come into their own as a young learner!

    I grew up in Mount Airy, NC, and attended Meredith College to major in English and of course, Education. I've had the privilege to visit almost all 50 states and a handful of countries. Even though I love to travel, I am so glad to call North Carolina home.

    Mr. Roberts and I now live in Fuquay with our two children, two dogs and a cat. We are an "outside" family and love playing in water, going on hikes, riding bicycles, and doing anything together to enjoy the sunshine!

    Degrees/Certifications:BS Elementary Ed, Google Level 2 Certified Educator, Youth Mental Health First Aid Certified


    Brittany Mellin —@wcpss.net — Website — Twitter — Instructional Assistant: Aditi Sheth

    Ms. Mellin: Hello Explorers! My name is Brittany Mellin and I am so excited to join the first grade team at White Oak this year. I am from Ohio (Go Buckeyes!) and graduated from Bowling Green State University. I have been living and teaching in North Carolina since 2010. I live in Fuquay Varina with my husband Keith, 18-month-old son Tanner, dog Murphy, and box turtle Little Buddy. In my free time I enjoy cooking, baking, reading, walking/running/exercising, and spending time with my family. I look forward to meeting and working with you all, and having a wonderful school year!


    Degrees/CertificationsBachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from BGSU, OH. 


    Ms. Sheth: Hello explorers, my name is Aditi Sheth. I an instructional assistant in first grade. I have been a part of the first grade team at White Oak Elementary since it opened in the year 2016. Prior to joining White Oak, I was at Fuller Magnet Elementary in Raleigh. My family moved to Cary from Massachusetts and we love it down here! My daughter is a sophomore in high school and in our free time we love to be outdoors with our dog Goose. I cannot wait to meet all the first graders and have a super fun year!

    Degrees/Certifications:Bachelor of Commerce, Certification in Early childhood education from State of Massachusetts



    Abigail DelPrete — adelprete@wcpss.net — Website — Twitter — Instructional Assistant: Lisa Issler

    Ms. DelPrete: Hello parents and first grade explorers! I am so excited to be back at White Oak Elementary this year. I graduated from Elon University in 2019 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I am originally from Annapolis, Maryland, but wanted to stay in this beautiful state after college. In my free time I love to exercise and take workout classes, cook, and discover new coffee shops. I cannot wait to spark curiosity and a love of learning in each of my students. It is going to be a great year in First Grade!

    Degrees/CertificationsBachelors Degree in Elementary Education, Google Certified, Seesaw Ambassador


    Gladys White — gwhite@wcpss.net — Website — Twitter — Instructional Assistant: Lisa Issler

    Ms. White: My name is Mrs. White and my passion is teaching Firsties! I am looking forward to getting to know my new little explorers. I attended the University of Phoenix and LSU. I have a Master in Elementary Education and a Bachelor in Science in Management and Administration. My philosophy for learning is that each child is unique, and each child learns in a different way. I believe in hands-on experiences, and learning creatively differentiating students learning and contributing to their academic achievements. My priority is to make sure that each "Firsty" moves to his/her next level of excellence.

    Degrees/Certifications: Master in Elementary Education; BS in Management and Administration (Doctorate in Household Administration - AKA MOM -  :)


    Ms. Issler: Hi WOE families. My name is Lisa Issler and I am excited to be assisting in first grade. I grew up in Delaware, but moved from Nashville, TN to Cary thirteen years ago. I love going to the beach, taking walks, and spending time with my family. I have three wonderful children, who keep me very busy! I am looking forward to a fabulous year!

    Degrees/CertificationsB.S. Elementary and Special Education; M.Ed. Speech Language Pathology/Audiology



    Leslie Ludington — lludington@wcpss.net Website Twitter

    Ms. Ludington: My name is Leslie Ludington and I am excited to have you in my first grade VA class this year! I am proud to have been a part of WOES since the start in 2016. This will be my ninth year teaching first grade. I attended N.C. State University and am a huge Wolfpack fan! I reside in Fuquay-Varina with my husband and my son. I am looking forward to another year teaching virtually and seeing all of my students grow academically, socially and emotionally.

    Degrees/Certifications:Bachelors in Elementary Education with a concentration in Science. Google Certified Educator. Class Dojo Mentor. Seesaw Ambassador.


    April Kellogg — adkellogg@wcpss.net— Website- Twitter  Instructional Assistant: Tara Valdini

    Ms. Kelloggg: I taught for 2 years as a teaching assistant at a private school before moving to North Carolina in 2003.  I taught first grade for two years in Granville County.  In 2005 I began teaching first grade in Wake County at Highcroft Drive Elementary.  In 2013 I left the classroom to stay home with our first child, Riley and we welcomed our second child, Jack in 2016.  I was able to keep up my teaching skills by tutoring K-5 students while away from the classroom!  I am excited to be at White Oak Elementary and back to teaching first grade!

    Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Gordon College located in Wenham, MA


    Lindsay Raymer — gwhite@wcpss.net — Website- Twitter  Instructional Assistant: Tara Valdini

    Ms. Raymer: Hello!  My name is Lindsay Raymer and I am thrilled to be joining the White Oak staff and the amazing first grade team! This will be my 8th year teaching, four of which have been in first grade (it’s the best!).  In May of 2012, I graduated from Biola University with a B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics.  I followed that up with a master’s degree from NCSU in 2014.  My family recently returned to North Carolina after spending the last three years in Colorado.  I love to read, visit the beach, spend time with my friends and family, and take my dog, Bella, on a walk on the greenway.  I am so excited to meet you and look forward to making this the best school year yet! 

    Degrees/Certifications: BS and Master’s in Elementary Ed with Mathematics Concentration



    Ms. Valdini: Hello to all our students and their families. My name is Mrs. Valdini. I have been working with Wake County for over 20 years and with White Oak Elementary since it opened 6 years ago. Kindergarten fo rthe first two years and then moved to 1st grade. I love and enjoy working with all ages but especially elementary school students. Celebrating the seasons is my favorite things to do in school and home. My family and I love all outdoor activities especially the beach in the summer and the mountains in the winter. I am looking forward to another great year and can't wait to meet all our students.

    Degrees/Certifications: Secondary Education