Meet the Team
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Ms. Gorman: I grew up in Cary and attended Wake County Public Schools for all of my K-12 education. I graduated from the North Carolina Teaching Fellows Program at Elon University with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. This will be my seventh year teaching. I spent two years teaching third grade at Sycamore Creek Elementary in Raleigh. I taught fourth grade at White Oak Elementary for the last four years. Previously, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica where I spent five months working in an elementary school teaching English. I am a dual-citizen of Australia and the United States and I love to travel and visit new places. I hope to bring all of these experiences into my classroom this year. I also enjoy swimming, hiking, and baking new recipes.
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. North Carolina and Elon Teaching Fellow, Google Education Level 1 Certified
Kristine Hansen —firstname.lastname@example.org — Website — Twitter
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Ms. Hansen: I love teaching fourth grade and love fourth graders! I have been teaching in Wake County since 2008 and taught in Nash County previously. I love being a White Oak Explorer! As graduates of East Carolina University, my husband and I are big Pirate fans. We also root for the Francis Marion University Patriots where our daughter plays volleyball. Our boys are 17 and 14 and are involved in lacrosse and soccer. We love camping at the beach and traveling together when sports schedules allow. My students inspire me daily and I look forward to working with each of you!
Degrees/Certifications: BS-Elementary Education, M-TESL, Google I Certification
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Ms. Welch: Hello! My name is Amanda Welch and I am excited to be your child’s fourth grade teacher. This year will be my twelfth year of teaching and third year at WOE. I grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana and attended Ball State University. After graduation, my husband and I moved to North Carolina. One thing I do not miss is lake effect snow! I love that North Carolina has beautiful beaches and mountains. Outside of school I enjoy spending time with my husband, and our two daughters. This year is going to be fantastic!
Degrees/Certifications: BS in Elementary Education from Ball State University and Level 1 Google Certification
Follow the Class: Contact Ms. Shirsekar to join Class Dojo and Remind
Ms. Shirsekar: I am Sujata Shirsekar, the lucky teacher of iExplorers. I have worked in the WCPSS system for 17 years. I have two wonderful children, one has graduated from NC State and the other is a senior at State. We are a Wolfpack family! We love to travel and explore different places, restaurants and foods. I am very passionate about teaching. My students become my second family. Together we spend almost 180 days together and truly become part of each other’s lives. Looking forward to an amazing year with the children!!
Degrees/Certifications: BA in Accounting and Economics, Bombay University, India. BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Governors University, Utah
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Mrs. Lillis: I live in Apex with my husband Kevin, daughter Ryan (17), and son Kevin (14). I am originally from Long Island, NY. However, I moved to NC twenty-three years ago. When I moved to NC, I was a police officer with the City of Raleigh for about three years. Then I decided to change careers and have been teaching for 20 years, all of which have been in 5th grade. I am excited to be a White Oak Explorer this year, joining the 4th grade team! I look forward to working with everyone to make this an amazing year.
Degrees/Certifications: Master's Degree in Elementary Education from Campbell University, Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from State University of New York at Brockport, National Board Certified Teacher Middle Childhood Generalist
Madeleine Eriksson — email@example.com — Website -- Twitter
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Ms. Eriksson: Hi everyone! My name is Maddie Eriksson and I am so excited to be joining the fourth grade team at White Oak this year! I grew up in Cary and attended all Wake County Public Schools until I went to North Carolina State University. Go pack! I graduated Valedictorian with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a concentration in STEM. For the last two years, I have been teaching in Prague, Czech Republic. Last year I taught third grade at an international school, but I am so ready to dive into this fourth grade adventure! I have dual citizenship in America and Sweden and use those passports to travel as much as I can. I have a 70 pound goofball Goldendoodle named Nellie and the cutest niece in the world. I truly believe my students can teach me just as much as I can teach them, so I can't wait to learn together!
Degrees/Certifications: BS Elementary Education with a STEM Concentration, Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certification