• Ms. Mastrocola, Ms. Lawrence, Mr. Copperwheat, Ms. Kohel, Ms. Combs, Ms. Heideman

    5th Grade


    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


    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 8th year of teaching, and my fourth year here at White Oak! I have previously taught at Salem Elementary, and Olive Chapel Elementary. Fifth grade is definitely my favorite grade to teach, and I'm excited to continue teaching fifth graders at WOE.

    I became a mom in 2020 to an energetic little boy who usually takes up all of my spare time! However, I also love to spend time with friends and family, and of course my husband. Whenever possible I enjoy reading (or usually listening to) a good book. The Harry Potter series is my favorite. (I'm in Ravenclaw House for those wanting to know!) In fact, I started reading the series when I was in the 3rd grade thanks to my teachers recommendation!

    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, National Board Certified

    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 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!


    Heidi Lawrence — helawrence@wcpss.net Website — Twitter

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    Ms. Lawrence: Hello! My name is Heidi Lawrence and I am excited to be your child's fifth grade teacher. I grew up in the Washington, D. C. area and have lived throughout the United States. I have taught fifth grade at different times throughout my career and have enjoyed it very much. Prior to WOE, I served as the Director of Curriculum at a PreK-Grade 8 private school. It is going to be a wonderful year together! I can't wait to meet your child!

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

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    Ms. Heideman: I was born and raised in Austin, TX and my family and I recently moved to Cary, NC! We love it here and are so excited to continue to explore our new home! My husband and I have 2 children that will be White Oak Explorers! My sweet and shy daughter, Camilla will be in 4th and my wild silly son, Finn will be in Kindergarten.

    I graduated from Texas State University in 2012 with a Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies EC-6th. This is my 10th year teaching and my third 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, SPED Certification


    Marcella Mastrocola —mmastrocola@wcpss.net Websitee — Twitter

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    Ms. Mastrocola:  Hi! I am excited to be your child's teacher! This is my third-year teaching fifth grade and my first year at White Oak! I am originally from Massachusetts and graduated from Elon University with a BA in Elementary Education! When I am not teaching, I enjoy traveling, reading, and exercising. Also, I am currently enrolled in a master's program part time online with UNC Charlotte for a master's degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in K-6 Mathematics. Looking forward to a great year! 


    Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Elon University