Back Row: Mr. Elmore, Mrs. McQueary, Mrs. Kovacs
Front Row: Mrs. Green, Ms. Poole, Ms. Ledek, Mrs. Carr
Meet the Team
Ms. Kovacs: I love teaching 2nd grade; I have also taught Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and worked as a literacy interventionist K-6. I have my Master’s and Undergraduate degree from Appalachian State. I love the mountains and the beach so being in the middle of the state is great. My husband and I have our fur baby Bugsy and our son Luka who is 16 months. We love spending time together as a family! I enjoy traveling, singing, reading, and being a lifelong learner. I'm very passionate about teaching and I strive to help my students love learning each day.
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University in 2009. Master of Arts in Reading Education from Appalachian State University in 2013. National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy in 2014.
Ms. Carr: I have been passionately teaching for over 25 years. I have enjoyed my teaching years in PK-4th grade-spending the most time in my favorite grade, second (fifteen years). I hold a BS in Accounting and earned my Masters Degree in Early Childhood from Kent State University. Several years later, I earned my license in Gifted Education. I just love learning (and teaching too)!! Then I reached my proudest career moment when I achieved National Board Certified Teacher status in November of 2014.
I live in Cary with my wonderful husband and our adorable dogs, Cupcake and Trixie. Our sons are grown. One is an electrical engineer and the other is a Middle School Science Teacher. We love having fun and going on vacations together. We have been to Disney World over 26 times!! Shopping is my favorite ""sport""! I love searching for unique things at vintage markets, painting old furniture so that it looks groovy again, reading and watching historical fiction, and baking with my grandmother’s recipes. I love teaching with all my heart and can't imagine doing anything else.
Degrees/Certifications: MS in Ed in Early Childhood, Gifted Intervention Specialist Licensure and National Board Certification
Courtney Poole — firstname.lastname@example.org — Website - Twitter
Ms. Poole: Hey everyone! I am so excited to be joining the White Oak Team this year! I was born and raised in Raleigh and attended East Carolina University to pursue my passion for teaching. This is my fourth year teaching 2nd grade. In my free time I love to read, play with my dog Millie, go to the beach, and spend time with friends and family. I am looking forward to a great school year and am so glad to be a part of the White Oak Explorers!
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors in Elementary Education with a concentration in Science
Mr. Elmore: My teaching adventure began in Virginia in 2003 and has continued to Florida, New Jersey, and finally North Carolina today. I have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades, Intervention, and as a Technology Teacher/Coordinator. I have taught in Wake County for over 15 years and have earned my graduate degree in Education and completed my National Board certification for Early Childhood Education.
I have two wonderful teenage daughters and I enjoy taking them on weekend trips to a multitude of destinations around our picturesque state.
Degrees/Certifications: B.S., M. Ed., National Board Certified Teacher, Google Level I Certified Educator
Ms. Ledek: Hello! My name is Brittany Ledek and I am so excited to be joining the White Oak Team this year! I graduated from East Carolina University with a B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading. In my spare time I love spending time with my family/friends, exploring new places and reading a good book! I am so excited to be apart of this amazing first grade team and am looking forward to a great year!
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading
Mrs. McQueary: Hi All! I am so excited to be starting my second year of teaching here at White Oak Elementary School. I was born and raised here in Cary, North Carolina. In fact, Robin Swaim was my elementary school principal! I am so excited to be joining this awesome school and community this year. I live in Apex, NC with my husband, Ben, and our cat, Indy. We love spending time at Jordan Lake with my family, running up to Blacksburg for Hokie football games, and exploring the Raleigh-area. In my free time I enjoy crafting, reading, and indoor cycling with my Peloton. Looking forward to an exciting year ahead!
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Science - Human Resource Management & Marketing Management from Virginia Tech in 2020, Masters of Art in Teaching - Elementary Education from NC State 2021
April Green -- Instructional Assistant
Ms. Green: Hello second grade explorers and WOE families! I am April Green, I will be assisting all the 2nd grade teachers this year. This is my fourth year at White Oak as an IA. I have been a part of the White Oak family since the school opened but as a parent. I look forward to another successful year.
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors in Business