Meet the Team
Back Row: Ms. Ledek, Mrs. McQueary, Mrs. Green, Mr. Elmore
Front Row: Mrs. Frasz, Ms. Poole, Mrs. Kovacs
Ms. Kovacs: This is my 15th year of teaching and 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 a fun and loving toddler named Luka and 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.
Courtney Poole — firstname.lastname@example.org — Website - Twitter
Ms. Poole: Hello everyone! My name is Courtney Poole and this will be my 5th year teaching 2nd grade! I was born and raised in Raleigh and attended East Carolina University to pursue my passion for teaching. In my free time I love to read, try new recipes, go to the beach, and spend time with friends and family. I am so excited for a great school year at WOES!
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 16 years and have earned my graduate degree in Education and completed my National Board certification for Early Childhood Education.
I live in Chapel Hill with my wonderful girlfriend, Diane, my two wonderful teenage daughters, and I enjoy taking them all 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 apart of the White Oak 2nd grade team this year! This will be my 5th year teaching here at White Oak - 2 years in first grade and this will be my 3rd year teaching second! I graduated from East Carolina University with a B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading. I grew up in NY but currently reside in Raleigh with my fiancé David and pup Tucker! In my spare time I enjoy being outside riding bikes and running on the local trails! I especially love spending time with my family/friends, watching football (GO Jets!) and reading a good book! I am so excited to be apart of this amazing second grade team and am looking forward to another great year!
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors in Elementary Education with a concentration in Reading from East Carolina University
Mrs. McQueary: Hi All! I am so excited to be embarking on my third year of teaching here at White Oak Elementary School. I am so excited to be returning to our awesome school and community this year. I was born and raised here in Cary, North Carolina. I live in Apex, NC with my husband, Ben, and our cats, Indy and Charles. We love spending time at Jordan Lake with my family, running up to Blacksburg, Virginia 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
Mrs. Frasz: Hello explorer families! My name is Jill Frasz and I am thrilled to be joining the White Oak Elementary second grade team. I have spent all of my career teaching second and third grade and I am excited to begin my 20th year of teaching! I graduated from Arizona State University in Elementary Education and earned a Master's Degree of education from the University of North Carolina. I am originally from Michigan but have lived in NC for 23 years. My three wonderful children and I live in Apex. I love traveling with them and watching them play the sports they love! I cannot wait to meet all of you and to be a part of the White Oak community.
Degrees/Certifications: BS- Early Childhood Education , Arizona State University, Masters of Education- UNC-Chapel HIll, NBCT Certification- early childhood education
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