• 1st Grade 

     

    Grade Level Website

    Back Row: Mrs. Roberts, Ms. Damle, Ms. Seaboch, Ms. Sheth, Ms. White, Mrs. House, Ms. Renus, Ms. Osgood

    Front Row: Mrs. Mellin, Mrs. Issler, Mrs. Kellogg

    Meet the Team

     

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

    Ms. Roberts:  Hello Explorers! I am passionate about teaching and really work hard to help every child become the best possible version of themselves academically, socially, and emotionally, serving in first and second grade positions for the past 14 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 of visiting 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 and our beloved cat. We are an "outside" family and love playing in the 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 — bmellin@wcpss.net Website — Twitter     Instructional Assistant: Deepali Damle

    Ms. Mellin: Hello Explorers! My name is Brittany Mellin and I am so excited for another year on the first grade team at White Oak. I am originally 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, 3 year old son Tanner, 1 year old son Reese, 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. 

     


     

    Lindsay Osgood — losgood@wcpss.net — Website Twitter           Instructional Assistant: Christine Renus

    Ms. Osgood: Hi everyone! My name is Lindsay Osgood and I am excited for another wonderful year at White Oak! I am a passionate eighth-year teacher. I began my career in my home state of Virginia where I taught second grade for three years. After relocating to Apex, NC with my husband and our dogs, Sadie and Hazel, I have been teaching first grade in Wake County ever since.

    I am thrilled to be your child’s first grade teacher! I love watching my students grow and discover new things. It is my hope to instill a love of learning in your child that will last beyond our time together in the classroom.

    In my spare time I enjoy reading, exploring new places, taking spontaneous shopping trips to Target, and spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to partnering with you to make this a successful and fun year for your child!

    Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors in Elementary Education from Radford University

     


    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's in Elementary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Management and Administration. My philosophy for learning is that each child is unique and learns differently. I believe in hands-on experiences and learning creatively, differentiating students' learning and contributing to their academic achievements. My priority is ensuring that each "Firsty" moves to the next level of excellence.

    Degrees/Certifications: Master's in Elementary Education and Bachelor of Science in Management and Administration

     


    April Kellogg — adkellogg@wcpss.net— Website- Twitter        Instructional Assistant: Christine Renus

    Mrs. Kelloggg: Welcome Explorers! This is my 12th year teaching first grade and my 3rd year at White Oak. Before moving to North Carolina in 2003, I taught for 2 years as a teaching assistant at a private school in Massachusetts. After moving south, 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. While away from the classroom, I was able to keep up my teaching skills by tutoring K-5 students. I returned to the classroom in 2021 and began my teaching at White Oak Elementary! I can't wait for another wonderful year in first grade!

    Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors of Science In Early Childhood Education

     


    Lindsay House — lmhouse@wcpss.net Website -- Twitter       Instructional Assistant: Deepali Damle

    Mrs. House:  Hello! My name is Lindsay House (formerly Ms. Raymer) and I am happy to be a part of the White Oak staff and the amazing first grade team! This will be my 10th year teaching, six 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. I believe students learn best through hands-on activities and when they are actively engaged. Each day I seek to provide those opportunities for all students in my class. 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: Master's in the Art of Teaching 


     

    Instructional Assistants:

     

    Ms. Sheth: Hello! My name is Aditi Sheth. 2023-2024 will be my 7th year as a first grade instructional assistant at White Oak Elementary since it started in year 2016. I love working with elementary age kids as they start their schooling . One of the greatest joys and privilege I have is to be a part of the students’ journey through this first phase and help them as they learn and grow.


    I am a parent of a high school senior and I love spending time with my dog and my family traveling and doing outdoor activities in my free time. I look forward to meeting the first graders and cannot wait to start the school year! It will be a lot of fun!

    Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Commerce, Certification in Early Education from the state of Massachusetts. 

     

    Mrs. Issler:  Hi WOE families. My name is Lisa Issler and I am excited to be assisting in first grade again this year. I grew up in Delaware, but moved from Nashville, TN to Cary 18 years ago. I love music, going to the beach, running, reading, and spending time with my family. I have three wonderful children that keep me very busy. I am looking forward to a fabulous year!

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

     

    Ms. Renus: Born and raised in Upper State New York. I have three beautiful children, one girl and two boy, as well as three young grandchildren. Moved to North Carolina in 2020 following my youngest son. I love dogs and helping young children grow and and achieve independence.

    Degrees/Certifications: AAS Degree & New York State Teachers Assistant Certification

     

    Ms. Damle: Hello families! My name is Deepali Damle. I am excited to start my first year at White Oak Elementary school. I will be working as an Instructional Assistant for the 1st grade. This is also my first year with Wake county public schools. I previously worked at a private school as an Instructional Assistant.

    I live in Cary with my husband and two boys, a senior at UNC (Go Tarheels!!) and a sophomore at Green level high. I enjoy long drives, outdoors, hikes, spending time with family and friends. I love to try new cuisines and cooking different recipes.

    I am excited to be on this new journey and look forward to meeting the students and families.

    Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Arts from Mumbai University