Ms. LaCouture, Mrs. Wombacher, Ms, Furtado, Mrs. DelSorbo, Ms. Lawrence, Ms. Anderson, Mrs. Needell
Meet the Team!
Mrs. Needelll: After living in New Jersey for 22 years I made the decision to move for a job in teaching. I packed up my one dog Beau and we left to move in with my mom after college. I started teaching that following fall at Middle Creek Elementary in fall of 2016. This is my fifth year here at White Oak Elementary and my eighth year of teaching! I am super excited for this year and can’t wait for it to start!
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, American Studies, and educational technologies.
Ms. Anderson: Hey everyone! My name is Abby Anderson and this will be my third year teaching at White Oak Elementary. I graduated from Appalachian State with a BS in Elementary Education and Masters in Reading Education. I am originally from South Carolina, but moved to the triangle area in second grade. For fun I love to lounge on the beach, spend time on the river, travel, read, shop and play with my three year old cat Zuko. I am thrilled for another great year as an explorer :)
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors in Elementary Education with a concentration in Literacy, Language and the English Learner,
Masters in Reading Education with a certificate in Autism
Ms. Furtado: I am thrilled to be back at White Oak Elementary School for the second year and teaching third grade! I was born and raised in Massachusetts where I earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Elementary Education at Stonehill College. I taught fourth and fifth grade up north before seeking out warmer weather. Last summer, I relocated to North Carolina with my fiancé and two dogs. When I’m not teaching, you can find me hiking trails, enjoying the sunshine at the beach, or exploring the community. I am looking forward to the year ahead!
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Psychology
Mrs. Wombacher: Hi, White Oak Families! I grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and earned a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics at Rhode Island College.
I taught third grade in Rhode Island for two years, then moved to Cleveland, Ohio where I also taught third grade. We decided to move to the Raleigh area (much warmer) in 1999 and I stayed at home to raise our four children. This will be my 19th year teaching and I love being a part of the White Oak school community.
My husband Bob and I have 4 children: Kai, Sierra, Raynee, and Rio. Kai graduated from Brown University twice; Undergraduate with an Applied Mathematics degree and a Masters in Data Analytics. He is currently a Data Scientist and Product Manager in New York with a start-up firm, Sierra is a 4th year student in the Dental School at UNC Chapel Hill, Raynee graduated UNC Wilmington and is teaching 2nd grade in Wake County, and Rio is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill studying statistics and mathematics.
I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, going to the beach, shopping, and watching my beloved Patriots.
Degrees/Certifications: BS Elementary Education ~ Concentration in Mathematics
Mrs. DelSorbo: I am a wife and mom of 2 girls. My oldest is 14 and youngest is 11. I am originally from Virginia and went to Virginia Tech. Go Hokies. I love sports, football in particular. We love the Buffalo Bills in our house. I love to exercise and travel. I love 3rd grade and getting to be around these kids every day!
Degrees/Certifications: Degree in Communications from Virginia Tech, PreK-6 Licensure from Old Dominion
Ms. Lacouture: Hi, Explorers! This is my first year at White Oak! I moved here from West Palm Beach, Florida this summer and have taught in Florida for the past 3 years! I have experience teaching Kindergarten, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, and gifted classes. I'm looking forward to having the best year in 3rd Grade! I love to explore the outdoors in my free time and moved to North Carolina so I could have the best of both worlds with the beach AND the mountains! I'm dedicated to helping my students grow not only academically, but personally as well. I love what I do and I can't wait to share that love with my new Explorer family!
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors in Elementary Education with a Certificate of Community Engagement; Reading Certified; ESOL Certified
Ms. Lawrence: Hi everyone! My name is Abby Lawrence and I am thrilled to be joining the White Oak Team this year! I graduated from Clemson University in 2022 with a B.A. in Elementary Education (Go Tigers!!), and am pursuing my Master's in Elementary Education with a concentration in AIG. Outside of the classroom I love to travel, spend time with friends and family, shop, and find new music. I am looking forward to a wonderful year!
Degrees/Certifications: B.A. in Elementary Education