Meet The Team


    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!  

    Design and Innovation: Courtney Cornwright | ccornwright@wcpss.net | Website | Twitter

    Mrs. Cornwright LOVES science and engineering! She was born in Tx and grew up in Indiana. In college, she was a Chemistry Biology student at Indiana University. She chose to be a teacher because she loves working with children and wanted to create a love of math and science like she has. She is married and has boy/girl twins. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, travel, read, and geocache!

    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!

    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.

    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.

    Reader's Theater: Jomarie Zon | jzon@wcpss.net | Website | Twitter

    Mrs. Zon was born and raised in Cary. She attended Wake County schools from kindergarten to 12th grade and graduated from Cary High School. Mrs. Zon is also a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. Go Heels! After graduating from college she returned to Cary and started working at Weatherstone in 2001. After teaching 2nd grade for 14 years at WES, she began teaching reader's theater during the 2015-2016 school year. Reader's Theater gives her the opportunity to share her love of reading in a fun way that will hopefully help her students foster a love for reading and learning as well. Mrs. Zon is married and has two children, Layla and Leo.