•  First Grade


    Meet The Team

    Shannon Barnhart | Website | Twitter

    Mrs. Barnhart is very excited to be teaching at Weatherstone this year! She has previously taught as a first grade, third grade, fourth grade, and ELL teacher. She is originally from Southern California. She lived in California until she graduated from the teacher preparation program at California State University, Bakersfield. She then spent ten years teaching in Utah before moving to Iowa to teach for one year. While living in Utah, she earned her Masters in Education from Southern Utah University. She is happy to be living in North Carolina now and to be within driving distance from the beach! She has been married for many years but does not have any children. She has two brothers and one sister, all of whom live in different states. In her free time, she loves going to the beach, reading, listening to music, baking healthy desserts, playing board games, spending time with friends and family, and doing crafts. One fun fact to know about Mrs. Barnhart is that she played the trumpet from third grade through eleventh grade!

    Debbie Cahill | dcahill@wcpss.net | Website | Twitter |

    Mrs. Cahill has been with the Weatherstone team for many years and strives to pass along a joy for learning to her students. She is originally from Long Island, New York. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Cortland College and earned a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College. She is married to Scott, who is also from New York, and have two children, a son named Ryan and a daughter named Madison. Both of her children went here for Elementary School. Mrs. Cahill enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing tennis, hiking and visiting the beach or mountains. 

    Jennifer Ivarsson | jivarsson@wcpss.net | Website | Twitter

    Mrs. Ivarsson has a love of learning new and innovative 21st century skills. She is a veteran teacher. Mrs. Ivarsson grew up in a little county town of Stedman, North Carolina. She is married to John Ivarsson. They reside in Apex, North Carolina and have twin boys and a dog Belle. Mrs. Ivarsson is a graduate of Campbell University. She enjoys reading, spending time with her family, shopping, listening to music, and traveling to the beach. One fun fact about Mrs. Ivarsson is that she played the trumpet and piano for many years in school.

    Alyssa O'Neill | Website

    Ms. O’Neill graduated from East Carolina University in 2018.  Go Pirates!!! She previously taught First Grade in Spring Lake, NC.  Originally from Holly Springs, Ms. O’Neill is a product of Wake County Schools!  Her dream was to become an Elementary School Teacher since the Third Grade.  Ms. O’Neill loves her two dogs (Sadie and Lola), her family, coffee, Pirate Football, and friends.  She looks forward to meeting you at WES!   

    Teresa Pennell | tpennell @wcpss.net | Website

    Mrs. Pennell has lived in Texas and South Carolina, but is very happy to be back in her home state of North Carolina. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Early Childhood Education. She received her Masters in Elementary Education from Lander University in South Carolina. Mrs. Pennell is married to Gary Pennell, whom she met at ASU. They have two adult children, Stephen and Kari. She shares custody of Boo, a fiesty Yorkshire terrier, with her daughter, Kari. Mrs. Pennell is a veteran teacher and loves teaching young children! If she wasn't a teacher, she would work for a landscaping company because she loves working in the yard; planting flowers and pulling weeds is her "happy place".

    Joanna Woodrum | jmwoodrum@wcpss.net | Website | Twitter | 

    Mrs. Woodrum loves building a classroom community and has a big heart for meeting the needs of students! She grew up outside of Polkville, NC (a tiny town in the foothills) and has lived in Raleigh since 2013. Mrs. Woodrum received her Bachelor’s from Gardner-Webb University and worked for many years as a college advisor before receiving her Master’s in Elementary Education from NC State. She is married to Sam, an elementary school counselor in Raleigh, and they live with their two cats. Mrs. Woodrum loves to create (woodworking, knitting, sewing, painting, etc), hike, stare at waterfalls, play board games, garden, travel, and have fun with her 7 nieces and nephews.  She also loves math and is very excited to be in room 314 (pie day, here we come)!

    Instructional Assistants

    Ms. Boughton was born in Philadelphia and grew up near the beaches in New Jersey. She graduated from Stockton University in NJ with a BA in Anthropology and Sociology, she loves history and is an avid reader. Mrs. Boughton studied abroad in England and Ireland for a year and then moved to Washington, DC where she worked at non-profit organizations. In DC, she met her husband, Steve, who is a British native. After they relocated to England for five years they moved back to the States and have settled in NC with their three daughters Grace, Hannah and Catherine, and their dog Roxy. All of her girls attended WES and are year-round swimmers with the TITANS. Mrs. Boughton is passionate about education and really enjoys working at WES. She loves traveling to new places with her family, especially visiting different countries abroad. She and her family also love exploring the great outdoors hiking and spending time at the beach.

    Ms. Hickman is originally from Long Island, New York. She studied at UNCG and Peace College. She previously worked as a certified Teaching Assistant for the Newburgh Enlarged City school district in New York. She and her three younger sisters all attended Wake County public schools from K-12. Her youngest sister even attended WES! She enjoys reading, going to art museums, cooking and the color pink.

    Ms. Dunston is from Franklin County, NC. Previous to working in Wake County, she worked with Durham Life Insurance Company for 15 years. Ms. Dunston attended Raleigh School of  Data Processing. She has worked as a teacher assistant with Wake County for the past 16 years. Ms. Dunston also works part time for the YMCA. The YMCA has been a big part of her life for many years. Ms. Dunston has two children, a boy and a girl. Her daughter, Quinta, works for First Citizens Bank.  Her son, Haywood, attends NC State. Ms. Dunston enjoys spending time with family and friends. Traveling is something she also enjoys doing.