• Third Grade


    Meet The Team

    Shannon Almand | salmand@wcpss.net | Website | Twitter

    Mrs. Almand is a rare WES alum who is thrilled to be back at her former elementary school as a classroom teacher! She is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2019. She is originally from New Jersey but has lived in Cary the majority of her life, so North Carolina has always been home. Mrs. Almand is married to her high school sweetheart, Will. Together they have a sweet little boy, Liam and a chocolate lab mix named Arnie. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, training for races with her husband, spending time with her little one, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs!

    Shanna Darwish | smdarwish@wcpss.net | 

    Bio Coming soon!

    Michelle Finnamore | mfinnamore@wcpss.net | Website | Twitter

    Mrs. Finnamore’s oldest son completed kindergarten here at Weatherstone Elem. in 2004; while a great deal of time has passed I am happy to say I loved the school then and still do. Cary has been my family’s home for 2 decades. We have loved the schools, parks and proximity to the beaches and mountains. Our winter weekends are spent watching my youngest son play hockey. We love to bike, scuba dive, generally stay very active. My older boys are now in College and loving this new experience. Recently our family moved onto 4 acres where we happily tend to our dogs, cat, and chickens.

    Karen Harris | kharris7@wcpss.net | Website | Twitter | 

    Ms. Harris is a true southerner from Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from The University of Alabama ... Roll Tide !! She has 3 older children, Jessica, Dustin, and Zac. She has an adorable, red-headed grandchild named Mason. She was a pharmaceutical sales representative in her earlier life but always had a desire to return to her love of teaching. She returned to school at East Carolina University where she received her teaching certification. She LOVES college football, obviously, and enjoys gardening and reading psychological thrillers. She will escape to the beach when any opportunity exists.

    Rachel Love | rlove2@wcpss.net | Website

    Mrs. Love and her husband moved to Cary from Brooklyn, NY over a decade ago. She taught third grade both in Brooklyn and in Wake County. Her daughters, Isabella and Elsie, are students in WCPSS. Mrs. Love enjoys spending time reading, camping, hiking, and traveling.

    Hillary Strengholt | hstrengholt@wcpss.net | Website | Twitter

    Mrs. Strengholt started her career at Weatherstone as a third grade teacher in 1998! She moved from the Washington, DC area to NC to attend Meredith College. Mrs. Strengholt is a huge NC State fan and loves cheering for the Carolina Hurricanes. She is married to Phil Strengholt who works for Citrix, loves the Wolfpack too, but Michigan (GO BLUE) and the Detroit Lions are his true loves! Mrs. Strengholt has two amazing children MaryWest and Reid and 2 dogs named Maize and Blue. She loves spending time with her family, vacationing at Topsail Island, visiting family in DC, working in her yard, and team teaching with Mrs. Finnamore!

    Jen Zoller | jzoller@wcpss.net | Twitter 

    Mrs. Zoller loves sharing her passion for education with the aWESome students and staff at Weatherstone. She grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and attended college at The University of Michigan. Mrs. Zoller has degrees in both psychology and elementary education. She and her husband are busy raising two kids and two dogs. While not at school, Mrs. Zoller can be found cheering on the Michigan football team (GO BLUE!) and The Carolina Hurricanes (Go Canes!). She also enjoys vacations with her family, relaxing with a good book, and goofing around with new technology.

    Taylor Beitler | tbeitler@wcpss.net | Website | Twitter

    Ms. Beitler grew up in a suburb of Buffalo, NY, received her bachelors from Kent State in Ohio and is now residing in Apex, NC! When she is not teaching she spends most of her time coaching cheerleading at Apex High School. On the rare occasions that you will not find her here at Weatherstone or at Apex she loves to spend time with her dog, Nala, watching Disney movies!