• 5th Grade


    Ms. Bankert, Ms. Collins, Mr. Copperwheat, Ms. Kohel, Ms. Combs


    Meet the Team!

    David Copperwheat —dcopperwheat@wcpss.net Website Twitter

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    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.

    Degrees/Certifications: B.A. Elementary Education


    Sarah Bankert —sbankert@wcpss.net WebsiteTwitter

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    Ms. Bankert: I am excited to be starting my 12th year of teaching! This will be my 6th year teaching 5th grade! I grew up just a few minutes down the road in Apex. I attended all WCPSS schools as a child: Apex Elementary, Apex Middle, and Apex High School! Go Cougars! Upon graduation from high school, I attended Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. One reason I chose ASU was for the cold winters. I LOVE snow! I will be the first one outside when the snow starts to fall. I first worked for three years in Chatham County Schools as a 1st grade teacher. After my first semester teaching, I enrolled at Meredith College to earn my Masters degree in Elementary Education while continuing to teach first grade. Following my years in first grade, I taught 4th and 5th grade in Morrisville for four years.

    When not at school, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, especially my niece and nephew! I love day trips to the beach, relaxing at the pool, or visiting the lake.

    I look forward to meeting all of you and having a fantastic year in 5th grade!

    Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Math, Science, and Technology from Appalachian State University. Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Meredith College. Google Level 1 & 2 Certified Educator



    Krystene Kohel —kkohel@wcpss.net Website Twitter

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    Ms. Kohel: I graduated from UNC-Charlotte in 2013 in with a BA in Elementary Education. I also have an additional certification in Reading Education for K-12. This is my 7th year of teaching, and my second here at White Oak! I have previously taught at Salem Elementary, and most recently at Olive Chapel Elementary. Fifth grade is definitely my favorite grade to teach, and I'm excited to continue teaching fifth graders at WOE.

    In my spare time, I love to spend time with my friends and family, and husband. I also enjoy reading (or listening to) a good book. My idea of perfect day is staying home on a cold day with a blanket, my kindle, a cup of coffee, and one of my two cats curled up on my lap! The Harry Potter series is my favorite, in fact I started reading the series when I was in the 3rd grade!

    Degrees/Certifications: B.A. in Elementary Education, Certified Reading Education K-12


    Jaclyn Combs — jcombs2@wcpss.net Website — Twitter

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    Ms. Combs: Masters Degree in Elementary Education, NBCT

    Degrees/Certifications: I was raised in Roslyn, NY with my 3 brothers and 2 sisters - one of which is already a WOES Explorer! 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 two 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!


    Valencia Collins — vcollins@wcpss.net Website — Twitter

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    Ms. Collins: Hi! I'm excited to be your child's teacher this school year! This will be my ninth year teaching and my fourth year at White Oak Elementary. I have taught all grades, from first to fifth grade. I am originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina and currently live in Holly Spring. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time with family, traveling, and crafting. 

    I'm looking forward to working with your family to help your child have a successful fifth grade year!

    Degrees/CertificationsBachelor of Science in Elementary Education