Meet the Team
Follow the Class: Contact Ms. Gorman to join Google Classroom
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 sixth 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 three 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
Follow the Class: Contact Ms. Hansen to join Remind, Seesaw & Google Classroom
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 am excited to be a White Oak Explorer! As graduates of East Carolina University, my husband and I are strong Pirate supporters. We also root for the Francis Marion University Patriots where our daughter plays volleyball. Our boys are 16 and 13 and are involved in lacrosse. 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
Follow the Class: Contact Ms. Welch to join Class Dojo & Google Classroom.
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 eleventh year of teaching and second 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: Bachelors of Science 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 16 years. I have two wonderful children. My son just graduated from NC State and my daughter will be a junior at NC State. I am a proud Wolfpack mom! My family and I love to travel and explore different places, restaurants and foods. I am passionate about empowering elementary school children and helping them develop to their full potential. Together we will help your child succeed and make it a great year!
Degrees/Certifications: BA in Accounting and Economics, Bombay University, India. BA in Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Governors University, Utah
Follow the Class: Contact Ms. Green
Ms. Green: Originally from Northern Virginia, I graduated from Elon University and fell in love with North Carolina so much that I wanted to stay. I have lived in Raleigh for 3 years and have previously taught 1st and 3rd grade. When not at school, I enjoy exploring new restaurants, exercising and watching football in the fall. I look forward to sharing my love for reading with each of my students and very excited to join the 4th grade team!
Degrees/Certifications: Special and Elementary Education; Special Education: General Curriculum K-12, Elementary Education K-5