Meet the Team
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Ms. Kovacs: I love teaching 2nd grade; I have also taught Kindergarten, 3rd grade, and worked as a literacy interventionist. 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. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being a doggy Mom, traveling, singing, reading, and being a lifelong learner. I have a passion for teaching, and I love to share that passion with my students 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.
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Ms. Carr: I have been passionately teaching for over 25 years. I have enjoyed my ""learning"" years in PK-4th grade-spending the most time in my favorite grade, second (eleven 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 terrific husband and two amazing sons and our adorable dogs, Cupcake and Trixie. We love having fun and going on vacations together. We have been to Disney World over 22 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
Melissa Furnier — firstname.lastname@example.org — Website - Twitter
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Ms. Furnier: I begin my 25th year of teaching and have loved being part of the White Oak Family. I taught second grade last year and look forward to another awesome year! Prior to joining, WOE, I spent the last 17 years of my career teaching locally at Morrisville Elementary. I was honored to be chosen as Morrisville's Teacher of the year in 2003 and have been a two- time recipient of the Clara Knoll Excellence in Teaching Award by the Cary Chamber of Commerce in 2006 and 2018. My husband Ron and I have lived in Cary for the past 26 years and have two grown sons. I enjoy the outdoors, walking, and spending time with my family at the lake.
Degrees/Certifications: BS in Elementary Education, Certified in NC for Elementary Education and Middle Grades Language Arts and Social Studies.
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Ms. Heverly: Hello! My name is Robin Heverly. I have been teaching grades 1st-3rd for the past 15 years. I absolutely love my job as a teacher and cannot wait to teach your child in my 2nd grade class this year! Prior to White Oak, I have taught at Wiley International Magnet School in Raleigh, Featherbed Lane Elementary School in Baltimore, and at Sandy Ridge Elementary School in Durham. I was Teacher of the Year at Sandy Ridge Elementary School in 2014 and also received my National Boards Certification while working at Sandy Ridge Elementary School in 2015. In 2017, I was Teacher of the year at White Oak Elementary. This will be my 4th year teaching at White Oak and I am super excited for another great year! In the summer, I am employed by The Hill Center where I am a teacher to small groups of children with specific learning disabilities in reading and writing. Reading and writing are my passion, but of course I love math, too! In my free time when I am not working I love to decorate my house, shop, read, and exercise at OrangeTheory Fitness. I love my little dog Woodley and enjoy spending time with my husband, friends and family, who are located in Durham and Cary.
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors in Elem Ed/Minor in Child Development East Carolina University. National Boards Certified Teacher Early Childhood Generalist
Ashton Bullard — email@example.com — Website — Twitter
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Ms. Bullard: Hello, all! My name is Ashton Bullard. I am originally from a small town outside of Fayetteville, North Carolina, but spent my college years at the coast before finding my way to Wake County. I live in Raleigh, where I spend my free time trying new restaurants and finding good spots for walking my dog, Sophie. I also enjoy reading, baking, and traveling.
I'm excited to begin another year at White Oak! My favorite part of teaching second grade is watching the students grow in their learning and confidence. I love building a classroom community where students feel comfortable challenging themselves and sharing concerns.
Degrees/Certifications: University of North Carolina Wilmington- Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Follow the Class: Contact Ms. Dochtermann to join Class Dojo & Google Classroom
Ms. Dochtermann: Hello! My name is Andrea Dochtermann. I look forward to getting to know you and your child this year in second grade! I am originally from the Midwest. I graduated from the University of Missouri with my Bachelors degree and the University of Kansas with my Masters degree. I love my Missouri Tigers and SEC football! I am also a Duke fan as my husband is almost finished with his graduate program there. Go Blue Devils! My husband and I have a daughter and a son. One is an Explorer here at White Oak and the other is in middle school.
This is my third year at White Oak Elementary and my twenty-second in education. I have taught several elementary grade levels, K-6 music in Australia, and eighth and ninth grade Spanish. Please feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions or concerns. Working together, we make a wonderful team!
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, Masters Degree in Educational Administration, NC & SC Educator Licenses: Elementary Certification
April Green -- Instructional Assistant
Ms. Green: Hello second grade explorers and WOE families! I am April Green, I will be assisting all the 2nd grades teachers this year.This is my second 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 the school year with some familiar faces as I assisted first grade last year.
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors in Electronic Business