Meet The Team


    Music: Christy Blazey | cblazey@wcpss.net | Twitter

    Ms. Blazey is a graduate of The Hartt School of Music. She has her National Board Certification in elementary music education. She was born and raised in upstate New York just outside of Rochester. She has two children, Michael and Rachel, and a sweet black, mixed-breed dog named Toby. She has been singing since she was three years old and has played piano since late elementary school. She has a very strong bond with Boston, Massachusetts since her sister's family has lived there for more than twenty years. Of course, if you love Boston, you have to love the Red Sox as well! One unique fact about Ms. Blazey, she has a little bit of an addiction to puzzles.

    Reader's Theater: Misty Foster | mfoster@wcpss.net | Website Twitter

    Mrs. Foster loves to learn and watch her students achieve their goals! She grew up in Raleigh and can't think of anywhere else to live and teach! She is married with two children, Cayden and Nathan, and two dogs. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and from Meredith College with a Master's Degree in K-6 Curriculum and Instruction. She is also a National Board Certified teacher in middle childhood. In her free time, she loves to be outside whether that is traveling to somewhere new, tailgating for NC State football games, playing with her kids or going for a run. Mrs. Foster loves to teach math and science and help her students create a lifelong love of the two subjects! 

    Design and Innovation: Sean Hogan | shogan@wcpss.net | Website | Twitter

    Mr. Hogan has a passion to promote lifelong learning in and outside of the classroom. He is eager to not only teach his students but also learn from them as well. He is originally from Vestal, NY near the Binghamton area. He went to college at SUNY Oneonta in New York and received an Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Education and Computer Art and a Master's Degree in Educational Technology. He has a flat-haired retriever dog named Charlie. He absolutely loves the Green Bay Packers and it may or may not be a goal of his to make sure his students are fans by the end of the year as well. He certainly has a sweet tooth for pretty much any dessert out there. He is a big Harry Potter fan and had a chance to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. When he is not at school, he might be walking his dog or spending time with friends and family. Go cheeseheads!

    Art: Erin McConnell | emcconnell@wcpss.net | Website

    Ms. McConnell is happy to be a part of the Explorers! She has lived most of her life in Ohio and taught Art/GT there for eight years.  Ms. McConnell has a BA in Art education and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (Gifted Education).  She loves to paint, build legos, rock climb and yoga.  She has a son named Brennan who is also an Explorer!  

    PE: Rod Mulford | rmulford@wcpss.net | Twitter

    Coach Mulford is a sports enthusiast who has spent his entire life playing or teaching athletics. He is originally from upstate NY where he graduated from Stamford Central High School and College at SUNY Brockport. After relocating to Tempe, AZ and then to Monterey CA, coach Mulford spent several years as a golf professional and mini tour player. He was also the Director of Golf Instruction at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Courses in Monterey CA. where he mentored one of the best junior programs on the West Coast. It was also in Monterey where coach Mulford resumed his teaching career at Monterey High School before relocating to Raleigh in 2010 and coming to work at Weatherstone Elementary. Coach is married to Erica Mulford. They have four children; Davis, Haley, Annie, Margaret.

    Media: Heather Whalen | hwhalen@wcpss.net | Website | Twitter | 

    Ms. Whalen comes from a family of educators and is a lifelong learner. She moved to North Carolina after graduating from University of Delaware, but her roots are in Westchester County New York. She received her Masters in Curriculum Instruction and Supervision from NC State. In addition, she holds a Masters in Library Science from NCCU. She is currently a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in Middle Childhood Development. She is a mom of two wonderful boys named Sean and Jayden. Reading is her passion and she hopes to instill a love of reading in all students at Weatherstone. Ms. Whalen loves dark chocolate, Starbucks coffee, and Gerber daisies. She spends summers at the pool playing, digging in the sand at the beach, or reading a good book! At our school she has the pleasure of being the mentor coordinator of all our wonderfully talented new teachers. However, what she loves to do best is teach and learn from students. Let’s have a wonderful year!