• Meet the Team

    Healthful Living (PE) - Sean Brady —pbrady@wcpss.net — Website — Twitter

    Coach Brady: I am a K-12 Certified Health and Physical Education Teacher and have been teaching since 2000. I spent my first five years teaching Health and Athletic Training classes in High School and have been teaching Elementary PE since 2005. I love learning new things and find physical activity to be vitally important in my life. When not teaching at school, I can usually be found teaching fitness class, rock climbing, or paddleboarding on Jordan Lake. As a Physical Education Teacher, I hope to help students find a passion for physical activity. I enjoy working with students helping them to discover and develop new talents. I try to create an environment where students can experience new activities and make them more efficient movers.

    Degrees/Certifications: BS in Health and Physical Education, National Board Certified Educator in PE, NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

    Media Specialist - Cheryl Franklin cfranklin3@wcpss.net — WebsiteTwitter,  Clerical Assistant: Aimee Bryce

    Mrs. Frankllin: I am a 24 year Educator, teaching Self-Contained 5th grade and Middle School Math, before serving as a Library Media Specialist for the last 19 of those years. I taught in 3 Texas Counties prior to moving to North Carolina last year. My goal is to transform students into the best information consumers and producers they can be, while fostering a love of reading!

    Degrees/Certifications: BS Accounting and MLS Master of Library Science


    Media Specialist - Rachel Schaefer rschaefer@wcpss.net — Website — Twitter,  Clerical Assistant: Aimee Bryce

    Mrs. Schaefer: Hello! I look forward to working with our White Oak community! I was born and raised in Raleigh—it is a joy to return to WCPSS now as a media specialist. I received BA’s in Global Studies and Spanish at Appalachian State University—much of my heart still lies in the NC mountains. Since moving back to the Triangle, I earned my MS in Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill. Books have always been a love of mine, and I have the fondest memories exploring the shelves of my local library as a child (especially the Nancy Drew section!). Libraries have totally transformed since then, and now more than ever embody discovery of knowledge, and not only through books—the opportunities are endless with technology and “making.” I have absolutely found my home in libraries, creating and exploring. I cannot wait to share this love with the White Oak Explorers!

    Degrees/CertificationsMS in Library Science - UNC Chapel Hill; BA in Global Studies, BA in Spanish - Appalachian State University, Google Certified Level 1


    Media Center Clerical Assistant -- Aimee Bryce

    Mrs. Bryce: I am so excited to be back at White Oak Elementary! I grew up on Long Island and lived in Southern California for a few years before I moved to Cary 24 years ago with my husband, Brandon. We have two kids, Madison and Jackson who are students at Green Hope High School. I worked in publishing when I first graduated Hofstra with a BA in English Lit and I love books! You can usually find me reading Science Fiction, but I will read almost any genre! I love White Oak Elementary School and our library- I cannot wait to help students again this year!

    Degrees/Certifications: BA English Literature

    Art - Hollie Yates —hyates@wcpss.net — Website — Twitter

    Ms. Yates: Hi there! I’m Hollie Yates, an elementary art educator and artist located in Durham, North Carolina. I began my career path as an artist and educator after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2018. I have previously taught in Wake County at East Garner Elementary and have found my new teaching home at White Oak Elementary! I am lucky to have the opportunity to teach visual arts to hundreds of children from all socioeconomic statuses, backgrounds, and abilities. I am incredibly passionate about modeling my own artistic abilities as a way to inspire and instill a love for the visual arts in each one of my students. I consider myself beyond lucky that I get to live out my passion every single day at my job.

    Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education

    Music - Amanda Schreiner — ameliosky@wcpss.net — Website - Twitter

    Mrs. Schreiner: Greetings Explorers! I have always loved music- making it, listening to it and sharing it with others and making music with our students at White Oak is just the best!
    I love to sing and play instruments, the clarinet being the one that I have played the longest. (Since I was 10!) I started teaching music in upstate NY, where I am from, and I taught there for five years- elementary music, band, orchestra, chorus and instrument lessons. In 2015, I moved to North Carolina to work with the North Carolina Symphony! I loved being a part of the action - programming concerts, working with the artists and getting to see the beautiful state of North Carolina. I couldn’t stay away from the classroom for too long though and returned in 2018.
    I am so excited to be a part of the White Oak family and I am looking forward to a great year. When I am not making music, I love spending time with my husband Adam and two daughters; Elise and Caroline and, of course, cooking up something yummy.

    Degrees/CertificationsMaster of Music and Bachelor of Music from The Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY


    STEM - Stephanie Overton — soverton@wcpss.net — Website - Twitter

    Mrs. Overton:  I am so excited to be your child's STEM teacher this year! Originally I am from Hamlin, New York which is outside of Rochester and spent my childhood on the shores of Lake Ontario. I have lived in North Carolina for over half my life and since beginning my own family, this is my "home." My family includes my husband, Reid, and twin daughters, Abigail and Maggie. I have taught almost every grade level K-8 including special ed and technology over the past 20+ years. In my free time I love spending time with my family, reading, jogging outside, and being crafty. I am looking forward to getting to know all Explorers this year!

    Degrees/Certifications: M.Ed. Special Education from University of Virginia, B.S. Elementary Education from St. Bonaventure University, National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy

    Healthful Living (PE) - Caleb Hughes —jhughes5@wcpss.net — Website — Twitter

    Coach Hughes: Hi, My name is Caleb Hughes I have 2 wonderful but young children and and amazing wife. I love anything sports but love golf the most. Most summers I’ll be trying to go to the beach or somewhere near the ocean.

    Degrees/Certifications: Bachelors in Health and Physical Exucation

    Arts in Motion - Lynda Burise —lburise@wcpss.net — Website — Twitter

    Mrs. Burise: Hi! My name is Mrs. "B" or Mrs. Burise. I am so excited to be back teaching Arts in Motion at White Oak this year. My passion is empowering students to use their creativity to connect poetry, art and music to classroom concepts and real world experiences. This year will be my 41st year of teaching. I continue to love motivating students to find their full potential through the arts.

    Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor's in Music Education and a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction