• 5th Grade

    Mr. Copperwheat, Ms. Lawrence, Ms. Gramlich, Mrs. Heideman, Ms. Combs, Mr. Lynch


    Meet the Team!

    David Copperwheat —dcopperwheat@wcpss.net Website Twitter


    Mr. Copperwheat: I am originally from Rochester, New York and moved to North Carolina for the sunshine and warm weather. I began my teaching career in Nashville North Carolina, where I taught 2nd and 3rd grade. I moved to Wake County in 2000 and taught 3rd grade at Dillard Elementary followed by nine years at Salem Elementary. My wife and I are the proud parents of twin girls, who are in their 1st year at NC State.

    Degrees/Certifications: B.A. Elementary Education

    Jaclyn Combs — jcombs2@wcpss.net Website — Twitter


    Ms. Combs:  I was raised in Roslyn, NY with my 3 brothers and 2 sisters. I attended West Virginia University (Go Mountaineers!) and received my Masters in Elementary Education. I moved to Raleigh in 2012 and love everything NC has to offer. Some of my favorite things are spending time with my friends and family, ice cream, pizza and snuggling with my four nieces and nephew! I love to travel - I've visited over 15 countries outside of the US and can't wait to add more to my list! I'll be getting married to my fiancee, John, in February of 2024 and will officially be Mrs. Hardy!

    Degrees/Certifications Masters in Elementary Education, National Board Certified


    Heidi Lawrence — helawrence@wcpss.net Website — Twitter

    Ms. Lawrence: Hello! I am excited to be your child's fifth grade teacher. I grew up in Washington, D. C. and have enjoyed living in many places within the United States. Most recently, I served as the Director of Curriculum at a private school and have taught multiple grades throughout my career. I enjoy traveling, time at the beach, exercising, and spending time with my family. I look forward to an incredible year with your child!

    Degrees/Certifications: Ed. S., Higher Education, Appalachian State University, Graduate Certificate- School Leadership K-12, 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


    Lindsay Heideman — lheideman@wcpss.net Website Twitter


    Mrs. Heideman: I was born and raised in Austin, TX and my family and I moved to North Carolina 2 years ago. My husband and I have 2 children: Camilla will be in 6th grade at Holly Ridge Middle School and Finn is a White Oak Explorer entering 2nd grade.

    I graduated from Texas State University in 2012 with a Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6th. This is my 12th year teaching and my fifth in 5th grade. I have taught all elementary grade levels except 2nd & 3rd.

    I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, listening to music, traveling, exploring our new town, Target runs, and reading!

    Degrees/CertificationsBachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6th, ESL Certification, SPED Certification


    Audrey Gramich —  @wcpss.net Website — Twitter


    Ms. Gramlich:  I was born in Rochester, New York. I have experience teaching 3rd and 4th grade. I believe that communication is important and I am excited to make new connections at White Oak. When I’m not working, I am trying to stay active doing activities like riding my bike, playing disc golf, and swimming.

    Degrees/Certifications: English Literature, Childhood Inclusive Education & Birth-12 Grade Literacy


    Terry Lynch — @wcpss.net Website Twitter

    Mr. Lynch: I’m thrilled to return to the White Oak 5th grade team for year #2! This will be my 12th year as a teacher, 9th as a fifth grade teacher. My wife Amy is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner at Duke Children’s Hospital and we are the proud parents of our son Jack who will be a junior at Apex Friendship High School this year. I love being outdoors, especially running the local trails and parks in the cooler weather!

    Degrees/Certifications: Masters degree in Elementary and Special Education from Long Island University- CW Post