• 3rd Grade


    Meet the Team!


    Ashton Boger — aboger@wcpss.net Grade Level Website Twitter

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    Mr. Boger: Hello! My name is Ashton Boger. I grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University where I earned my Elementary and Special Education Degrees. This is my 6th year teaching and my 2nd year at White Oak Elementary. After school I enjoy playing with my dogs, working out and gardening.

    Degrees/CertificationsElementary Education and Special Education


    Jennifer Cao — jcao@wcpss.net Grade Level Website - Twitter

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    Ms. Cao: I am thrilled to join the White Oak Elementary Explorers this year! I was born and raised until my teens in Los Angeles, California then moved to Columbus, Ohio for high school. I then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio for college and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education, Go Bearcats! I recently relocated to North Carolina in early August. I stayed in Cincinnati for 3 years post-graduation and taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade throughout that time. I have experiences in departmentalized teaching, self-contained classrooms, and in Montessori. I have three big fur-babies named Stink, Peanut, and Chewy. During my down time, I love to explore new places to eat, travel, play with my dogs and Facetime with my 1 year old niece, Rylie. I am so excited to be a part of this growing community! 

    Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education 


    Erin Drexler — edrexler@wcpss.net Grade Level Website Twitter

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    Ms. Drexler: After living in New Jersey for 22 years I made the decision to move for a job. I packed up my one dog Beau and we left to move in with my mom after college. I start teaching that following fall at Middle Creek Elementary. I just finished my third year and now am starting my fourth year at White Oak! I am super excited and can’t wait to start!

    Degrees/Certifications: Elementary Education/American Studies Google Certified Level 1 and 2

    Heidi Lawrence — helawrence@wcpss.net Grade Level Website Twitter

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    Ms. Lawrence: Hello! My name is Heidi Lawrence and I am excited to be your child's third grade teacher. I grew up in the Washington, D. C. area and have lived throughout the United States. I have taught 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th...and absolutely love third grade! Prior to WOE, I served as the Director of Curriculum at a local private school. I enjoy spending time with my family at the beach. It is going to be a wonderful year!

    Degrees/Certifications: Ed. S., Higher Education, Appalachian State University, Spring 2021 Graduate Certificate, School Leadership, Appalachian State University Master of Science, Elementary Education, Syracuse University Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture, The Ohio State University North Carolina Standard II Professional License: Birth to Kindergarten, Elementary Education (K – 6), Language Arts (6 – 9), Exceptional Children: Generalist, Reading (K – 12), Principal License



    Chelsea Sullivan — csullivan3@wcpss.net Grade Level Website - Twitter

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    Ms. Sullivan: Hi! My name is Chelsea Sullivan and I am so excited to be your child's third grade teacher this year! I have been at WOE since we opened in 2016 and have taught both second and third grade. I graduated from the NC Teaching Fellows Program at UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) in 2013. When not teaching, I enjoy travelling, reading a mystery novel, exercising, or trying out a new restaurant! My fiance, Josh, and I love exploring Raleigh together and playing with our Golden Retriever, Jordy. I look forward to working with you and your family to make this year a great one!

    Degrees/CertificationsBachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from UNC Chapel Hill, National Board Certified - Middle Childhood Generalist, Level 1 Google Certified


    Leigh Williams — vwilliams@wcpss.net Grade Level Website - Twitter

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    Ms. Williams: Hi! I'm excited to be your child's teacher this school year! This will be my eighth year teaching and my fifth at White Oak Elementary. I have previously taught both fourth and fifth grade. I am originally from Mebane, North Carolina and currently live in Cary. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy traveling and reading. I also have a six month old mini Goldendoodle puppy named Maisie who loves to go on walks! I'm looking forward to working with your family to help your child have a successful third grade year!

    Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Elon University, National Board Certified - Middle Childhood Generalist, Level 1 Google Certified 


    Karen Wiltse — kwiltse@wcpss.net Classroom Website & Grade Level Website - Twitter

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    Ms. Wiltse: I am excited to begin my 21st year teaching in public schools by joining the White Oak Elementary family. While I have taught students in second through fifth grades, teaching 3rd grade has always been my favorite and where I will, again, be growing minds this fall.

    Following my graduation from the State University of New York College at Brockport, my new husband (& high school sweetheart) and I moved to Florida where I started my teaching career. Over the next thirty years I taught in Florida, North Carolina and Taiwan as we raised our two beautiful daughters. Both girls are grown now, live in Atlanta and are raising two furry grand-dogs.

    I am pleased to be returning to the traditional school calendar and regaining my long summer break to enjoy our pool, gardening, our Peak Lab Rescue puppy and time with family.

    Degrees/CertificationsBA Early Childhood and Elementary