Meet the Team
Mrs. Schaefer: Hello! I am so excited to be joining the 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/Certifications: MS in Library Science - UNC Chapel Hill; BA in Global Studies, BA in Spanish - Appalachian State University, Google Certified Level 1
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Ms. Yates: Hi there! I’m Hollie Yates, an elementary art educator and artist located in Durham, North Carolina. I have been teaching art for three years and could not be more in love with my career. 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. In addition to teaching, I enjoy creating illustrations, sharing personal and student work on social media, exploring new places, watching horror/sci-fi films, hiking, spending time with my dogs Pete & Margot, and taking care of my many house plants!
Degrees/Certifications: BFA in Art Education, Google Certification Lvl 1
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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:B.S. in Health & Physical Education, National Board Certified Educator in PE, NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Google Level 1 Certified
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Mrs. Schreiner: I am so excited to be a part of the White Oak Family! I have always loved music- making it, listening to it and sharing it! 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 in NY, where I am from, and I taught there for five years- K-5 General Music, 5th grade band, orchestra, chorus and instrument lessons. A few years ago I moved to NC to work with the NCSymphony. 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 knew I had found my home! I couldn’t stay away from the classroom for too long though! I am so excited to be a part of the White Oak family and I am looking forward to a great year of music making. When I am not making music, I love to cook and craft and spend time with my family and friends.
Degrees/Certifications: Master of Music and Bachelor of Music from The Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY
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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." I have taught almost every grade level K-8 including special ed and technology over the past 20-ish 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