• 1st Grade

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    Meet the Team

    Leslie Ludington — lludington@wcpss.net Website Twitter Instructional Assistant: Jennifer Bennett

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    Ms. Ludington: Hi there!  My name is Leslie Ludington and I am excited to have you in my first grade class this year!  I am very proud to have been a part of WOE since the start in 2016! This will be my sixth year teaching first grade.  I attended N.C. State University and am a huge Carolina Panther's fan! I reside in Fuquay-Varina with my husband and I love to shop, cook and be outside.

    Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors in Elementary Education with a concentration in Science. Google Certified Educator

    Ms. Bennett: My name is Jennifer Bennett and I’m thrilled to be an Instructional Assistant at White Oak ES. I am originally from Tennessee, but spent a decade in Boston (Go Pats!) before returning south to NC. I taught 4 year olds in Pre-K for four years. I also spent many years in development with non-profits for children and adults with developmental disabilities and with NC Partnership for Children. I live with my family in Cary. When not in the classroom, I enjoy running, reading, cooking, watching football,, and spending time with family and friends.

    Degrees/Certifications: B.A. English Literature


     

    Hannah Green — hgreen@wcpss.net Website Twitter Instructional Assistant: Tara Valdini

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    Ms. Green: I am so excited to be joining the White Oak Explorers! Originally from Northern Virginia, I graduated from Elon University and fell in love with North Carolina so much that I wanted to stay. I have lived in Raleigh for the past 2 years and taught 3rd grade previously at Salem Elementary. In my free time, I enjoy work out classes, baking and most of all-cheering on the Dallas Cowboys during the fall! I look forward to sharing my love for reading with each of my students!

    Degrees/Certifications: Special and Elementary Education; Special Education: General Curriculum K-12, Elementary Education K-5

    Ms. Valdini:  Graduate of SUNY Oswego. Working for Wake County Public Schools since 2000. Teacher Assistant in Kindergarten 2016-2018.

    Degrees/Certifications: Secondary Education/Social Studies


     

    Hannah Mathis — hrmathis@wcpss.net Website Twitter Instructional Assistant: Aditi Sheth

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    Ms. Mathis: Hello!  I am so excited to join the White Oak Team this year! I was born in Raleigh, NC and I have lived here my whole life! I have attended Wake County Schools since Kindergarten and I am a Meredith College alum. I participated in the Teaching Fellows program at Meredith where I majored in Child Development and received my K-5 teaching license. I love visiting the beach and walking around Lake Crabtree with my dog, Sammy. My parents and my brother live in Raleigh and I loved visiting with them and spending time as a family. I am looking forward to a great year at WOE!

    Degrees/Certifications: Child Development Degree/ K-5 Teaching license/ Teaching Fellow

    Ms. Sheth: Hello first grade explorers and WOE families! I am Aditi Sheth, I assist 1st grade ( Ms.Mathis). I have been a part of WOE since it opened in 2016. Before White Oak, I was at Fuller magnet school in Raleigh for 3 years in a special education class. My family moved to Cary from Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. It’s my 6th year in Wake county and we love it here! I am also a parent to a 7 th grader at Mills Park Middle. I look forward to working and exploring with you and watch you grow!!

    Degrees/CertificationsBachelors Degree in Commerce. EEC certification from state of Massachusetts.


     

    Michelle Kenward — mkenward@wcpss.net Website Twitter Instructional Assistant: Jennifer Bennett

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    Ms. Kenward: Hello! My name is Michelle Kenward. I am new to White Oak this year. I recently moved to Cary, NC all the way from Portland, OR. This will be my 12th year teaching 1st grade! I have a passion for lifelong learning and hope to instill the same love within each and every one of my students.
    I have been married to my wonderful husband, Ryan, for 1 year. In our free time we enjoy trying new restaurants and going on hiking adventures. I also really love corgis, cooking, and reading. I am excited to be joining the White Oak family and I'm looking forward to a wonderful school year!

    Degrees/CertificationsBS Elementary Education (K-6) with concentration in Communication

    Ms. Bennett: My name is Jennifer Bennett and I’m thrilled to be an Instructional Assistant at White Oak ES. I am originally from Tennessee, but spent a decade in Boston (Go Pats!) before returning south to NC. I taught 4 year olds in Pre-K for four years. I also spent many years in development with non-profits for children and adults with developmental disabilities and with NC Partnership for Children. I live with my family in Cary. When not in the classroom, I enjoy running, reading, cooking, watching football,, and spending time with family and friends.

    Degrees/Certifications: B.A. English Literature


     

    Gladys White — gwhite@wcpss.net Website Twitter Instructional Assistant: Tara Valdini

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    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. Valdini:  Graduate of SUNY Oswego. Working for Wake County Public Schools since 2000. Teacher Assistant in Kindergarten 2016-2018.

    Degrees/Certifications: Secondary Education/Social Studies