•  Second Grade


    Meet The Team


    Nikki Allen | nmallen@wcpss.net |

    Mrs. Allen is new to North Carolina and is teaching second grade! She grew up in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin. GO PACKERS. She has her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, Masters Degree in ESOL and Administrative degree. Mrs. Allen has taught in Kansas, Missouri, and Texas! She has taught Grades 2-6 all different subjects. She is married with three children: Austin(8), Emma(7) and Riley (5). They will all be attending Weatherstone this year! She loves running races and is currently training for her 6th marathon. 

    Bethany Cagle | bcagle@wcpss.net |

    Mrs. Cagle grew up in Cary and attended Meredith College where she majored in Psychology and earned a K-6 teaching licensure. Her entire family still lives around here including her two older brothers who live minutes away from her and her husband. In July 2018, she married her husband Chris. She spends most of her free time with her family, which is usually centered around food. Mrs. Cagle loves going to her family lake house and tubing, laying on the dock, and playing card games. She also enjoys hiking, working out, spending time with friends, and of course teaching.

    Eileen Lucas | ejlucas@wcpss.net |

    Mrs. Lucas is so excited to be a Weatherstone Explorer!  She recently moved to North Carolina with her family. She is originally from New Jersey where she spent 12 years as a classroom teacher before she had her son, Andrew. When he was old enough to begin school, she worked as an Instructional Assistant in various elementary schools.

    She loves to be outdoors. She enjoys walking, biking, and enjoying the beauty of nature on the Greenways of NC. Se also enjoys baking, reading and spending time with her amazing family. She is really looking forward to a great school year!

    Hanna-Mari Parkkila | hparkkila@wcpss.net | 

    Mrs. Parkkila has a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Education, specialized in Educational Psychology from the University of Oulu, Finland. She is a licensed teacher of educational sciences and psychology in Finland. Mrs. Parkkila has a strong background on behavioral sciences, child development, curriculum planning and teaching children K-5, and she is very passionate about teaching children new academic and life skills and supporting their social and emotional well-being. Mrs. Parkkila is married with her high school sweetheart and they have three children who attend WCPSS schools. She loves to do sports with her children, cook and bake and play with her puppy. Mrs. Parkkila learnt five languages at school. She is interested in different countries and cultures, their habits and food, and she loves to travel. Before coming to NC, her family enjoyed living three years in Berkeley, CA. 

    Jennifer Wharton | jwharton@wcpss.net | 

    Mrs. Wharton was born and raised in Queens, New York. She attended both Pace University and Teachers College, Columbia University in NYC where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Reading. She has gained much of her experience within the NYC Public School System teaching in Brooklyn, as well as the Wake County Public School System assisting in the CCK and Pre-K classes at Green Hope Elementary school. Her husband John is a retired New York City police officer. They have three beautiful thriving children Rowan, Ava, and William who attend Wake County Public Schools. They have two Beagles. Mrs. Wharton loves to read, dance, spend time with family and friends, garden, and take long walks. She is so excited to be a part of the Weatherstone family!


    Second Grade Assistants

    Janelle Scruggs

    Ms. Scruggs is a native of the Pacific Northwest.  She attended Central Washington University, majoring in Political Science.  She and her husband, John, were engaged in Vernazza, Italy, and married in 2006 in Maui, Hawaii.  She and her family moved from Oregon in July of 2016 in search of less rain and warmer weather!  She has two children, one at Weatherstone and one at West Cary Middle School.  They live at home with a Golden Retriever puppy, Hurricane Matthew rescue cat, and a 125-gallon fish tank, but miss their backyard chickens and daily fresh eggs from their old home in Oregon!  Both her children play soccer with NCFC and they enjoy going to watch NC Courage games.  One of Janelle's passions is travelling in their RV and taking long road trips.  This past summer, Janelle and her children took a 6-week trip to Maine and back, travelling 3,700 miles.  So far she has visited 26 states with her kids and numerous National Parks.  Her personal goal is to see all 50 states and every National Park.  Janelle's other hobbies include running, hiking, kayaking, biking, gardening and reading.