Front Office Staff
Principal - Tracy Avery
Mr. Avery is very excited and grateful to be returning to Wiley as the new principal! He is in his 16th year of education. His entire career has existed in diverse learning environments, including magnet, charter, and Title I spaces. He has also served students and led learning in both rural and urban settings. His path began as a first and third grade teacher before deciding to extend his influence in educational leadership. Outside of his short time as a substitute teacher in the Chicago Public school system, all of his experiences have been in the elementary setting.
Mr. Avery holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from North Carolina Central University in elementary education and school administration as well as a master’s of art degree in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University. He is a proud product of Wake County Public Schools. As a young learner, he attended several schools in the southeastern area of our district with an accent straight out of Garner. From a fairly large, close knit family, he is a dog dad to Drake and Sasha-Malia.
The sustainable goal that resonates most with Mr. Avery is Goal#4 to Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. This aligns with the district’s core belief #2 that Every student is expected to learn, grow, and succeed while we will eliminate the ability to predict achievement based on socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity. Mr. Avery’s vision for Wiley is that as we continue to connect the global community to the school and our school to the local community we will increase student growth and achievement while decreasing the achievement gap for all student populations.
When you get the chance, ask him what he’s reading!
Assistant Principal - Katie Ware
Ms. Ware happily joined the Wiley family as Assistant Principal in 2012. She has had many roles in WCPSS over the last two decades including French teacher, technology teacher, literacy interventionist, and literacy coach. Her love of the WCPSS magnet program, language instruction, and instructional leadership led her to Wiley and she is ecstatic to spend her days there with students, teachers, and parents.
When you ask Ms. Ware about her values, she will tell you that she believes in the importance of building and maintaining positive relationships, that we all have the choice to make lemonade out of lemons, and that there is power in acknowledging that everyone is or was somebody's baby. She is motivated by all of the UN Goals for sustainable development, but is most inspired to action by goal 17, Partnerships for the Goals, which calls us to “strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.” Ms. Ware values diplomacy as an area whose importance cannot be understated to make any of the other 16 goals attainable. She believes the skills of empathy, recognizing and weighing perspectives, finding an assertive voice, and learning to compromise begin in young children, and for that reason, she loves Wiley's international studies theme.
As a UNC student, Ms. Ware was fortunate enough to live in southern France where she studied language and civics and volunteered at a children's hospital on the breathtaking Mediterranean coast. Outside of Wiley, Mrs. Ware enjoys hitting the gym, taking photographs with her husband of their three daughters, singing, writing music, running races, cheering for the TARHEELS, organizing drives to support pediatric cancer families, and making art.
Lead Secretary/Bookkeeper - Karen Moorefield
My name is Karen Moorefield and I am new to Wiley as the Lead Secretary/Bookkeeper. I was in a classroom for 15 years before coming to Wiley, where I taught 5 different classes a year. I was fortunate enough to work with SAS Institute and Wake County Public Schools to author the Algorithms unit of WCPSS’s first Computer Science Course for middle school. I originally hail from Washington DC but moved to Robeson County, the native home of my mother, while in the 2nd grade. Following college, I settled down in Raleigh and later married.
I find myself most closely aligned with Goal 8, Decent Work and Economic Goals. I truly believe if you teach people the skills, give them fair opportunities and fair pay, they will create, manage and thrive. Families, communities and the country as a whole will flourish from their successes. Having taught Economics for many years, I know that the economy will be stimulated, entrepreneurial solutions to society’s ills will be found, and people will be happier because of their own sense of self-satisfaction.
Instructional Facilitator - Stacey Smith
Hello Wiley Family! I am excited to share a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in the great state of Alabama and am a proud graduate of The University of Alabama where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I eagerly furthered my education be completing my Elementary Education graduate degree at The University of Montevallo and earning my National Board Certification. I have had the privilege of teaching kindergarten, first, and second grade during my 15 years of teaching. I have been at Wiley since 2015 and I am thrilled to continue my journey as our Instructional Resource Teacher!
My husband, Justin, and I have two children, Bennett and Campbell. Bennett is a Wiley alumnus and Campbell is a current student Wiley student. We moved to the Raleigh area in 2014 as Justin joined the Wolfpack football staff. We have enjoyed making it our home! Together as a family, we delight in local attractions, visiting extended family, and attending sporting events. Go Pack!
As an International Studies Magnet School, we refer to the Asia Society Global Competence Matrix and the UN Sustainable Goals regularly. I, as an educator, embrace the following UN Goal: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. I not only dedicate my work as an educator to this goal in the classroom, school, and county level but I find it of utmost importance that we take action in order to promote this goal for children all over the world.
Magnet Coordinator - Claire SullivanMrs. Sullivan is excited to be joining the Wiley Family. She has worked with 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students since graduating in the Fall of 2013 and is thrilled to start her new role as Magnet Coordinator. Mrs. Sullivan graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Elementary Education and Reading Education. Outside of Wiley, Mrs. Sullivan enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, reading, and going out on the lake.The 4th UN Goal for Sustainable Development, "quality education", is a goal that Mrs. Sullivan is passionate about. Mrs. Sullivan believes that it is essential to "ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all."
Student Support Team
School Psychologist - Dr. Mary Whitehouse
Dr. Whitehouse is returning as our school psychologist. She is a warrior for justice and wellness who believes there's no such thing as other people's children. She suffers from a terminal case of adult onset athleticism. She’s a fan of The Dan LeBatard Show, Jemele Hill, Glennon Melton, Brene Brown, compelling stories, the cast of Ted Lasso, and most sports. Given her work on the side around education policy (and her incurable addiction to books), there's a good chance she's the biggest nerd here.
Dr. Whitehouse is a proponent of all of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, but her favorites are Quality Education, Gender Equality, Reduced Inequalities, and Good Health and Well-Being. It really all boils down to equitable access for all.
School Counselor - Nancy Omonte
Mrs. Omonte (Mrs. O) has joined Wiley this year as our school counselor. Originally from Connecticut, Mrs. O comes to us from Florida where she has spent the last 20 years working with children ranging from kindergarten through college. She received her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Connecticut. She completed her graduate work from Southern Connecticut State University where she earned her Master's in School Psychology and a Specialist Degree in School Counseling.
While several of the UN goals for sustainable development resonate close to Mrs. O’s heart, she chose goal # 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. Mrs. O grew up in a wooded area in Connecticut. She has been a lover of nature and the woods since a young child. It is upsetting for her to sees trees being cut down, thinking of the loss of habitat for wildlife and the beauty of nature. One of the reasons she and her family moved to this area is because of all the beautiful trees that surround us.
In her free time, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her pets. She lives with her husband and two teenaged children. She is excited to get to know and help everyone at Wiley!
Speech Pathologist - Emily Voliva
Mrs. Voliva is a Raleigh native and is thrilled to be back at Wiley, where she attended elementary school many years ago. Wiley has brought so many great memories and inspired hobbies, interests, and career choices. Mrs. Voliva lives in Raleigh with her husband, 3 sons, 7 cats, and 2 dogs. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill as an undergraduate, majoring in English and Theatre, and studied English literature abroad in Norwich, England. Then, after several years of exploring acting in NYC and Chicago, she returned home and completed graduate school at ECU, with an MS in Speech-Language Pathology. Mrs. Voliva enjoys animals, reading, running, traveling, gardening, and just being outdoors.
Grade Level Teams
Ms. LeighI grew up in Salem, Virginia but moved to Raleigh in 1989 and it feels like home now. I came to Wiley 23 years ago as a parent and have worked here for 19 years. Wiley feels like home, too.I love to travel and have made international journeys to Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, London, England, Matanzas, Cuba and most recently to Belfast, Northern Ireland. In the US my favorite places to go, so far, are to the Pacific North West and to visit my family in Missouri.
I am inspired daily by the smiling faces and kind hearts of the children at Wiley. I like to engage in activities within my community that promote peace and justice and can sometimes be found at protest rallies. When at home, I love to walk around Lake Johnson and read books. My favorite book is The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
My name is Jutta Moore and I am a native of Germany. I have received my education in Germany and graduated with an Associate Degree in business.
I have been in the US since 1983 and started teaching German for Wake County in 1988. In 1992 I became a teaching assistant at Wiley.
I've spent the first 15 years of my career teaching second grade. The past 13 years I've been an assistant for BED, CCR, and Spec. Education classes.
I have three children (one daughter, two sons), and two grandchildren (boy and girl). I love nature, especially animals and plants. In my spare time I love to read and spend time with my dog Lilah.
Ms. StewardI am a native of Raleigh and have also lived in New York, New Jersey, California and Florida. Before returning to WCPSS this year, I spent 10 years in the non-profit sector assisting families in crisis and transition.I appreciate the UN's Goal of ending poverty. Every human has worth and ALL should share in the world's abundance. There is more than enough, not just for some.
Mrs. Tosi is super excited for her second year with Wiley Elementary School. She is a second year Teaching Assistant and excited to continue the opportunity to learn within the Wiley institution.
She is a recent Graduate of American Military University with a Bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies.
Mrs. Tosi is a proud Military spouse who recently relocated to Raleigh from Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband and two dogs Tucker and Dixie. She loves the Raleigh area and is excited to make it her home for the next 3 years. Mrs. Tosi loves photography, music, travel, and crafting in her spare time.
The 4th UN Goal for Sustainable Development, “ensure inclusive and equitable and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” Mrs. Tosi feels passionately that every child has the ability to learn and succeed. She is passionate about all styles of teaching and learning and feels that a great educator adapts to the needs of each student in their class. Mrs. Tosi is excited to begin her teaching career as an educator at Wiley this year.
Pre K Teacher - Ms. Cara
This is Mrs. Cara King's third year at Wiley and she is delighted to bring with her the unique preschool program she has been teaching at Timber Drive Elementary.
Because of her involvement at the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf with her youth group, Mrs. King wanted to be a teacher for the hearing impaired for as long as she can remember. Though she was born and raised outside of Pittsburgh, PA (GO STEELERS!) a series of events led her to marry a southern gentleman who brought her to North Carolina. She attended college UNCG where she learned about the many different technologies available to children who have hearing impairments and that Sign Language is not the only communication option for these students and their families. Though she took Sign Language classes, her field of study became teaching children who are hearing impaired to listen and talk through the support of devices like hearing aids and cochlear implants. Knowing that all children learn language through meaningful interactions, she has always wanted to teach an inclusive preschool program where children with hearing impairments were given the opportunity to learn language and skills through play and learning with their peers.
Prior to being a preschool teacher, she served WCPSS as an itinerant teacher for the hearing impaired for elementary students. In 2013, she was given the opportunity to open a preschool program for students with hearing impairments at Timber Drive. She was delighted to adapt this program to an inclusive preschool program in the fall of 2017 and is looking forward to opening this unique program at Wiley.
This year, her preschool family will include children with and without hearing impairments and using both spoken language and Sign Language to communicate. Mrs. King believes that understanding and the use of language is crucial to success. There are other foundational building blocks all children need in order to be successful learners including social skills, self-help skills and the ability to manage emotions and solve problems. For our youngest learners, they learn and practice all of these skills through play. It isn't that academics are not important but developmentally, there are other skills that need to be in place before rigorous academics can be accessed. According to Mr. Fred Rogers, "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is the real work of childhood."
Outside of her classroom, Mrs. King can be found either in Holly Springs, on the golf course or vacationing at the most magical place on earth, Disney World. She loves all things Disney, music and singing. It makes her heart happy to see her children perform with marching band, color guard and on the stage. Though she enjoys roller coasters, she also loves relaxing and watching movies while snuggling with her cats. She shares these experiences with her husband, Matt, daughter who is in 9th grade and son who has just graduated. Mrs. King (or Ms. Cara, as her preschool family calls her) believes she was meant to teach preschool as she is a kid at heart.
EBSK - Mrs. Dull
Mrs. Dull has been teaching in Wake County for 11 years. She was born and raised in the Buckeye state of O-H-I-O! Mrs. Dull grew up on the beautiful Great Lake, Lake Erie. Mrs. Dull was born into a family of educators. Her father and mother are retired educators and her brother is the Director of Juvenile Justice Education Services of North Carolina. Mrs. Dull earned her degree in K-12 Mild/Moderate Special Education while attending Cleveland State University. Days after graduation, Mrs. Dull moved to the Raleigh area to begin her teaching career in Wake County. She is married and has a son who just turned 14 months. In her spare time, Mrs. Dull likes to exercise, cook and spend time with her family. Mrs. Dull is so excited to be a part of the Wiley school family!
Ms. Lochbaum is beyond excited to begin her first year in kindergarten at Wiley Elementary! She received her Bachelors of Science in Anthropology at Appalachian State University in 2013 and her Masters of Arts in Teaching from North Carolina State University in 2017. She was born and raised in Raleigh and was excited to get to be a teacher in the area, which she has done for the past 3 years. Ms. Lochbaum lives in downtown Raleigh with her 5 year old Havanese dog named Fin. You may see her taking a walk around Wiley sometime! Another one of her great loves is the beach and she gets a necessary Vitamin C dose whenever the opportunity presents itself.
As a part of the Wiley community, Ms. Lochbaum is looking forward to implementing the international magnet theme. The goal that resignates most with her from the UN Goals for Sustainable Development is Goal 4, "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all." Over the last few years with so many of our regular everyday routines being shaken up, providing a quality education for all students will be so critical. Ms. Lochbaum looks forward to laying the foundational skills necessary for success in her kindergarten students and having a blast with them while doing it!
Mrs. Strom hails from the Buckeye State. O-H, I-O! She attended Miami University of Ohio and moved to North Carolina after graduation in 2002. She began her career in a 4th-grade classroom but found her passion lies in teaching younger grades. She has been a kindergarten or first-grade teacher ever since. While doing so, Mrs. Strom continued her education and earned her Master’s in Elementary Education with a Focus in Reading and Literacy from Walden University. Mrs. Strom is also the proud mama of an energetic daughter, a sweet son, and a furry four-legged friend as well!
Mrs. Strom loves travelling and tries to do so often, however, being busy with a family makes that a challenge. She enjoys learning about the history of new places, hiking new terrain, and snorkeling in tropical waters! Her travels have taken her to places such as British Columbia, Bermuda, Grand Cayman, Mexico, Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria, Cyprus, and Egypt! She is so grateful to have had so many opportunities to travel internationally but has a desire to explore more of the United States, as well.
Mrs. Strom tries to instill in her students the will to be lifelong learners. The United Nation’s Global Goal for Quality Education speaks to that desire on an international level, but Mrs. Strom is dedicated to welcoming the youngest members of the Wiley family to school every day. Even at a local level, some of our students come to kindergarten with no prior school experience and she works hard to meet all students’ needs.
Mrs. Abel began teaching in 2003 in New York, from where she originally comes. She received a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and started teaching preschool. She moved to North Carolina in 2006, where she taught First Grade in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District for two years. In 2008, she moved to Raleigh to be closer to family.
Mrs. Abel has been teaching at Wiley since 2009, and she hopes that through teaching, she can continue to share her enthusiasm for learning and help children acquire the skills they need to be successful in life. This is Goal # 4 from the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs, and entrepreneurship).
Mrs. Abel lives in Wake Forest with her husband and her son. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time outdoors with friends and family. Some of Mrs. Abel's favorite children's books are A Chair for My Mother and Something from Nothing.
Mrs. Pruden is a graduate of UNCG where she majored in elementary education and minored in Spanish. Originally from Waco, Texas, Mrs. Pruden loves eating barbecue and wearing her cowboy boots-Hookem'! In her spare time, she loves to read, bake, workout, hangout at coffee shops, and watch movies with her husband. First and foremost, Mrs. Pruden loves to travel. She’s been all over the US, as well as Cuba, Costa Rica, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Ghana, Senegal, and most recently, Mexico on her honeymoon. Mrs. Pruden is thrilled to bring her own travel experiences into the classroom and share her passion for learning about other cultures and languages with her students!
Wah gwaan (Hello) my Wiley family! My name is Denya Hewitt and here’s a little bit about me!
I am from Jamaica and attained my diploma in primary education at Bethlehem Moravian College, my bachelor’s degree in education at the International University of the Caribbean, and my masters’ of education at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. I'm a dedicated, resourceful, highly motivated, and goal-driven educator who wants all children to be successful learners.
I was an educator for seven years at a primary school in Jamaica and joined the Wiley staff in 2016. Over the years I have watched students that I have interacted with accel and this has helped me to develop a passion for teaching. Every school year, I work towards improving my ability to engage students in their learning by attending and implementing what I acquired from workshops and training seminars. When I am not teaching, I am out shopping, talking with my friends back home or just catching up on my TV series.
What I love learning about people is where they come from, their story. This fascinates me because I realize that society often misjudges people, and I believe that knowing their story leads to better understanding.
Ms. Outler is incredibly excited to join the 2nd Grade team at Wiley! Dating back to her own days in elementary school, Ms. Outler has had a love for reading and writing and she is so eager to share that love with her students. She is originally from Voorhees, New Jersey and she earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Fordham University in New York City.
She has a strong passion for education and equal opportunity for all young students. It is this passion that keeps Achieving Gender Equality, number 5 of the UN Goals for Sustainable Development, an important part of Ms. Outler’s values. She has always strived to strengthen policies that aim to empower young girls.
When she’s not teaching, she is broadening her own horizons by reading, traveling, or playing with her dog, Theo. Ms. Outler is an enthusiastic educator who is thrilled to continue her journey with the Wiley community!
Mrs. Guerra was born and raised in Raleigh and is happy to still call it her home. She attended William Peace University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, receiving dual certifications in regular and special education. She is excited to continue working at Wiley where she first called home in 2015. She has always wanted to be a teacher and is excited to be surrounded by the amazing Wiley community again this year.
In Mrs. Guerra’s free time she enjoys traveling. She has traveled to France, London, Germany, Switzerland, and the Bahamas. Switzerland is her favorite place so far but she is excited to travel to other places in the near future. Through exploring places outside of the United States, she has developed a passion for ending poverty in all its forms everywhere which is Goal #1 from the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Mrs. Guerra is a huge sports fan too….GO HEELS! She loves to spend her time cheering on the Heels at home football and basketball games!
Mrs. Vaughan was born in Pennsylvania, but grew up right here in Raleigh. She attended The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, as well as her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instructional Supervision.
Mrs. Vaughan joined Wiley in 2004 after teaching her first 7 years in Brunswick County, North Carolina. After 6 years at Wiley, she took a break from teaching to enjoy her three young children at home. In 2014 Mrs. Vaughan excitedly returned to Wiley as a parent, then in 2016 once again as a teacher! Wiley is a special place and there is no place she would rather be. “There’s no place like home!”
Mrs. Vaughan has traveled to Sweden, Jamaica, Ecuador, Mexico, Bahamas, England, France, and Australia, but some of her favorite spots would have to be the North Carolina Coast! Outside of school, she loves to read, cook, grow her vegetable garden, and mostly spend time with her family. If you are looking for her afterschool, there is a good chance she is on the soccer field sidelines, cheering on one of her three children!
One of the most important aspects of education to Mrs. Vaughan is that it can take us down any path we choose. It doesn’t matter where we start, but we have this amazing road ahead of us and education is our ticket. That is why goal #4 under the 2030 United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” speaks to her.
Hi! My name is Hadley Cairns-Heath, but the kids at Wiley call me Mrs. C.
I was born in Chicago, IL and lived there until I was about ten. I have so many fond memories of growing up in the city – going to fantastic museums, visiting Chicago’s zoos and aquarium, gardening on our front porch, and feeding the fish at nearby koi pond. My love of science comes from these wonderful early life experiences!
When I was 10, we moved to Wilmington, NC, where I lived until I graduated from high school. I loved living in Wilmington for many reasons, but primarily because I was surrounded by extended family and I was so close to the beach.
Not many people at Wiley know this about me, but after I graduated from high school, I went to UNC-CH for two years. I loved the classes I took at Carolina, but I never really connected to life as a Tarheel. My junior year I transferred to NC State, much to the horror of everyone in my very liberal-arts-centric family. I majored in Botany and loved everything that my program offered. I also met my husband, Walter, at State. He is an avid State fan, so I am forever grateful that he was able to look past my sordid (college) past!
After a year of working in the Aquatic Botany lab at NCSU after college, I realized that I needed more human connection than scientific research could offer, so I decided to become a WCPSS lateral entry middle school science teacher. I taught my first class of seventh graders with literally zero teaching experience. It was terrifying and exciting and meaningful…and from that moment on I was hooked on being an educator!
After six years of teaching middle school science, I had my first child, Walt. I made the tough decision to stay home with him and found joy in working at his wonderful little preschool. I had my second child, Scout, when Walt was four. Our family wasn’t complete until we added our wild fur-baby, Gunner.
My history with Wiley began when Walt started kindergarten here. My husband and I fell in love with Wiley immediately. When Scout started kindergarten, I joined the staff as a TA with Julie Thompson, where I learned so much about how to be an educator. During the summer of 2019, I was offered the job of 3rd grade science and social studies teacher, which I enthusiastically accepted.
To say that I am thrilled to be joining the Wiley staff as a lead teacher, with an amazing team beside me, is an understatement. Wiley is a special place and I am excited to be continuing my journey as an educator here!
Mr. RobertsonThis is Mr. Robertson's fifteenth year teaching and his tenth year at Wiley. He grew up on the farms of central Illinois where he still enjoys spending time with his six and four-year-old niece and nephew. He earned a degree in elementary education at Indiana Wesleyan University and a Masters of Education from UNC-Chapel Hill, specializing in math.Mr. Robertson regularly travels around the country, and internationally, to rock climb and also enjoys running. He’s done many half marathons and was grateful to have run the Boston Marathon in 2017. Outside of the U.S., some of the places Mr. Robertson has traveled to include Mexico, Wales, England, France, Italy, and Switzerland. He also spent several months doing his student teaching in Puerto Rico. Mr. Robertson encourages his students to continually investigate the world. He believes it’s important to understand the diverse perspectives of cultures from around the world and enjoys incorporating this into the classroom.Although all of the United Nations Goals for Sustainable Development are very important, the one that stands out to Mr. Robertson is Goal 15: Life on Land. As someone who spends a lot of time in the outdoors, Mr. Robertson believes it’s important for citizens of the world to work together to protect, restore, and promote the sustainable use of our planet’s ecosystems.Mr. Robertson is looking forward to another great year of exploration and adventures with his students!
I'm so excited to be teaching third grade again at Wiley this year! I'm a Raleigh native who attended N.C. State (Go Pack!) for undergrad. I then went on to receive my Master's from State for Elementary Education in 2016. I've previously taught 2nd grade and Intervention.
I firmly believe relationships with students are at the heart of teaching and I look forward to getting to know my students and their families this year. I'm passionate about creating a classroom community in which students are encouraged to collaborate with each other, take risks, and maintain a growth mindset.
In my spare time, I love to go to the gym, listen to podcasts, and check out new restaurants around the Triangle.
I'm so grateful to be part of this amazing community and look forward to another great year!
Mrs. Bohm is elated to be teaching 4th-grade mathematics at Wiley this year!
She has taught in many different grade levels throughout her career, grades 2-7, mostly teaching math. She started her career after graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill teaching middle school math for 16 years then transitioned to teaching elementary school. She is excited to be able to focus on 4th-grade math this year.
Mrs. Bohm is a native North Carolinian growing up at the coast and has called Cary home for the past 35 years. She lives there with her husband, Bill, and cat, Max. She has a daughter working in Miami, Fl. and a son that is attending NC State. Outside of school Mrs. Bohm enjoys exercising, golfing, gardening, and being outdoors.
Goal 17 of the UN Goal for Sustainable Development, “Partnerships for the Goals”, instills in Mrs. Bohm the importance of teamwork and working for the greater good. She believes that by working together and striving for a common goal we can achieve success for all. Mrs. Bohm hopes to inspire students to incorporate the Global Competencies in achieving their goals. Mrs. Bohm believes that these are lifelong skills. She welcomes the opportunity to grow and learn with the students.
Hello Wiley Family and Community!
I am excited and humbled to serve in the role/capacity as the 4th Grade Science and Social Studies teacher at Wiley Elementary. I have an abiding commitment and passion to driving student success. I am widely known to the students as "Mr. Q" and feel so fortunate and blessed to be named amongst the Wiley Family!
As a native of the nation's capital- Washington, D.C., my parents desire to return to their roots led our family to North Carolina where I completed secondary and high school education. I am a proud graduate from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where I majored in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. I have a conferred Master's degree in Public Administration and a Master's degree in Human Resource Management.
In 2013, I retired from the airline industry after 24 incredible years. Hobbies and interest include traveling with family, spending time with my family, and watching my favorite sport teams- Carolina Panthers, Houston Rockets, Washington Football Club ( formerly known as the Washington Redskins), and the Los Angeles Lakers. I am an avid movie-goer and aspiring chef.
I look forward to an exciting year of learning and building meaningful relationships with parents, students and faculty at Wiley.
Mrs. Bailey is super excited for another wonderful year of teaching and learning at Wiley Elementary School!
She has been teaching grades 3-6 since 2005. She spent her first 11 years teaching in Prince George's County, Maryland where she was born and raised and has been teaching in Wake County since 2016.
Mrs. Bailey earned a bachelor’s degree from Howard University in Washington, DC and a Master’s in Education and Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education from The Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.
Mrs. Bailey lives with her middle school aged son, husband, and their two dogs Thor and Ghostie. She also has two young adult daughters who both study/live in different cities in North Carolina. Being from Maryland, she of course absolutely loves Blue Crabs and buys them whenever she can here in North Carolina. She loves playing board games, attending escape rooms, outdoor concerts and of course THE BEACH!
The 10th UN Goal for Sustainable Development, “Reduce Inequality Within and Among Countries”, is a goal that is close to Mrs. Bailey’s heart. It is her hope to use her classroom as an arena where students can examine the human impact on all facets of the world and contemplate how they can actively contribute to this goal. Mrs. Bailey is elated to serve as an educator at Wiley and looks forward to an amazing year!
Ms. Britt is thrilled to be joining the Wiley family as the 5th grade math teacher.A new North Carolina resident, Ms. Britt was born and raised in New York City and spent the past four years living and teaching grades 4-5 in Buffalo, NY. It was during her time in Buffalo that Ms. Britt realized her passion for teaching children from diverse backgrounds and urban settings. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies at SUNY Brockport and MSEd degree in Childhood Education and Special Education from Canisius College.Whenever she has the opportunity to, Ms. Britt pursues her wanderlust by traveling and meeting new people. Since she was a teenager, she has explored cities within the United States and outside of it. Ms Britt has taught English in India and has visited Mexico, the Dominican Republic, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK, and Canada, with more trips being planned for the coming year. Her other hobbies and interests include being in the sun, exercising, watching anime, reading, laughing, and socializing with friends.As an advocate for traveling and cultural exploration, she believes that surrounding yourself with various cultures, people, and outlooks on life creates positive change, increases self-awareness, and provides exposure to new experiences. It's with this in mind that Ms. Britt values one of the UN's Goal for Sustainable Development "to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all." Ms. Britt looks forward to the upcoming school year and being able to bond and form new relationships with her students at Wiley.
Mrs. PriceMrs. Price has been at Wiley for twenty years, and she teaches Language Arts to all fifth grade students. She is looking forward to another great year interacting with her students where new exciting adventures await.
Mrs. Price earned a BS in Education from Peru State College (the oldest teaching college west of the Mississippi). She also obtained a Masters from SDSU in Curriculum and Development. Mrs. Price has taught in Germany, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and South Dakota before coming to North Carolina. Having taught not only in the United States, but in Europe and the Middle East, she blends global experiences into her teaching.
Mrs. Price began traveling internationally at the age of five. She still loves to travel internationally, as well as stateside. When you speak with her, you will sense her enthusiasm for teaching as well as the desire to bring many global experiences into her classroom. Once you have visited her classroom, you not only see the global connections, you will also sense her desire to take her students on global adventures.
Mrs. Price encourages her students to investigate the world through novel studies, projects, and inspires them to take action. Her inspiration for teaching comes from her desire to make a difference in the lives of her students through education. She would like to instill in her students a desire of discovering the world around them as well as becoming life long learners. Mrs. Price's core classes are a learning environment that embraces a teaching model called co-teaching. Mrs. Price will be co-teaching with Ms. Brandt (AIG) this year, and they will once again incorporate several of the UN Sustainability Development Goals of 2030. By using novel studies, they will incorporate many of the goals by taking "action steps" throughout the year. The first novels, A Long Walk to Walker, Refugee, and Esperanza Rising will help students gain an understanding of the U.N.'s Sustainability Development Goals. They will focus on the following goals during the school year: Gender Equality; Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Life on Land; as well as Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. Students will also be learning more about the continent of South America.
Mrs. Price is an avid reader. A few of her favorite books are Esperanza Rising, and Fever, 1793. Other novels she has enjoyed reading include Weedflower, Blue, Hidden, and The Hunger Games. Mrs. Price's favorite adult author is James Patterson.
Mrs. Price's hobbies/interests include activities with her family, traveling, reading, writing, quilting, painting/drawing, and of course, living life to the fullest.
P.E. - Mr. LaVanwayHello Wiley Family! My name is Ryan LaVanway, and I am so honored to be serving as the Physical Education teacher here at Wiley. You may hear the kids refer to me as "Coach" due to my lengthy history in sports and a tricky last name.I moved to the Raleigh area from northern Michigan in the summer of 2022. In Michigan, I attended Ferris State University where I played baseball and earned my Bachelor of Science in Social Studies with a minor in Kinesiology. I immediately began by career at a local high school where I taught Social Studies, Woodshop, and coached varsity baseball. The following year, I switched roles to PE at another nearby school and served as the varsity football coach and junior varsity baseball coach. Sports and coaching have truly always been a passion of mine, and I am excited to bring that passion to Wiley.The UN Sustainable Development goals that resonate with me most are Goal #3: Good Health & Well Being, and Goal #4: Quality Education. As a Physical Education teacher, I have the ability to promote and provide aid in achieving both of these goals. It is my strong belief that all individuals should have an inalienable right to health and education. My goal is to provide all of my students with the resources and knowledge they need to be healthy individuals through quality education.I am looking forward to the relationships and memories that will be created this year!
Chinese - Zhang Laoshi
Ms. Zhang is excited to be part of the Wiley family. As a native Chinese speaker, Ms. Zhang grew up in Beijing, completed her undergraduate study in English there and obtained her master degree in International Affairs in Washington, DC. Since she was young, she has always been curious to know the outside world and hopes to experience different cultures. Ms. Zhang has traveled to Asia, Europe and Africa. She looks forward to exploring the Americas more in the coming years. Since she moved with her family to the Triangle region, she found her passion in teaching one of the most beautiful (and challenging) languages to American students. Ms. Zhang feels fortunate to be Wiley's Chinese teacher to take Wiley students to embark on the journey to explore and learn the Chinese culture as well as the language.There is a Chinese saying that "no one is too old to learn". It echoes with one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals -- Ensure Inclusive and Quality Education for All and Promote Lifelong Learning. Being a teacher is a noble mission. Ms. Zhang would like to live and learn in her life so that she can support her students to obtain a quality education.
French - Madame PennyBonjour! I began learning French in high school and quickly grew to love the language and the French culture. I then lived in Normandy, France as an exchange student for a year and spent two summers as a nanny in the south of France. I have returned to France numerous times to visit friends and host families... France feels like my second home. I am excited to share with you my love of learning languages. I am married with two sons. I love working with children and strive to help all children I work with to feel safe and welcome in our French classroom. In my free time, I love to quilt, travel, garden and cook (especially French food). Check out my website to learn more about French class at Wiley. www.madamepenny.weebly.comAll of the UN Goals for Sustainable Development are so important, but as a human being, I find the goal of ensuring zero hunger and clean water for all to be of utmost important. I believe we have a responsibility as human beings to ensure that everyone's basic needs are being met. As an educator, I feel that reducing inequalities is most important to me on a day-to-day basis in my classroom. Throughout history, mankind has done many wrongs to each other. I hope to teach our students the importance of treating each other with respect because each person has value and deserves to be treated as an equal.
German - Frau VerhoevenI am a native from Germany, grew up in the beautiful Black Forest region where the delicious Black Forest cake, the smoked ham and the Kuckuck clocks originated. I earned my Bachelor and Master degree in Education at the Pedagogical University in Karlsruhe, my hometown. I then taught several years at the elementary level in Germany as a classroom teacher. After moving to my neighbor country France, I taught German in Paris to children whose German parents had moved to the city for work reasons as well as French children who showed interest in learning the language. I stayed there for 10 years. A move to North Carolina followed, and I have lived in Wake Forest for the past 23 years. Over these years I taught French and German at different schools and levels in the Raleigh area. I am a returning teacher for Wiley where I previously taught for 1 year before the care for my older parents brought me back to Germany.My heart is with the elementary students and I am very happy to be back at this wonderful school. In my free time I enjoy cooking, baking , knitting, laughing as much as possible and watching or reading mystery stories from England or Norway!
Japanese - Yoshikawa Sensei
Ms. Yoshikawa joined Wiley in 2011. She was born and raised in Ise City, Japan. The UN sustainable development goal that resonates with her is 'Good Health and Well Being'. She totally agrees with Roman poet, Juvenal who said "A sound mind in a sound body." She is teaching Japanese language and electives which help students investigate the world such as Japanese Society through Anime and Around the World in 9 Weeks.
Spanish - Senora Henderson
Ms. Henderson has been a part of the Wiley family since 2007. She graduated from Abilene Christian University with a bachelor of Art in Exercise Science and Spanish. She has vast experiences traveling through many countries in the world. As a professional athlete, former Olympian from Colombia, she had the opportunity to travel to many countries from South America to Central and North America and Europe. She enjoys traveling and learning new things about different cultures. She has a collection of soda cans from each country she has visited. As a little girl, one of Ms. Henderson's jobs was to make sure her younger brother and stepbrothers were successful in school. Though it was a big task for a little girl, she was always checking their notebooks, making sure they did their work at school. As a child, she remembers playing the role of teacher. Her brothers have inspired her to be a teacher. Her favorite book is Your Best Life Now by Joe Osteen.
Instructional Support Staff
Ms. Molloy was born and raised on Long Island and attended college at the University of Richmond in Virginia. After living in Colorado, California, and NYC, she moved to North Carolina in 2002 and put down roots. She is certified in NC as a middle school language arts and social studies teacher, an AIG coordinator and a media specialist. She was the media specialist at Wiley for five and a half years, and now she is one of Wiley's AIG teachers.Ms. Molloy lives with her husband, two children and a dog named Willow who has been nicknamed "Mushy." She has traveled quite a bit, but there are many places still on her list. She would like to sleep in a treehouse in Washington state, swim with the bioluminescence in Puerto Rico and to visit the geothermal mud baths in New Zealand.
The UN Sustainable Development Goal that resonates with her the most is Goal 1: no poverty. While this lofty goal may seem out of reach, she believes it is vital to keep striving to eradicate poverty and its effects from our world. High-quality education, when it is free and available to all, is such an important part of eliminating poverty. That makes Ms. Molloy proud to be a public school teacher.
Mrs. Ziada Brandt was born in Jeanette, PA but has lived both in the US and overseas. She moved to Raleigh, NC in 2006 from Seattle, WA. Her parents are both Egyptian and her stepmother is from Venezuela. Having grown up in a multi-cultural family, she appreciates, values and embraces all cultures. She loves providing opportunities for her children and students to explore and learn about the world. She is tri-lingual in English, Arabic, and Spanish. She also had several years of learning French in school when she was younger. Ever since she was a baby she has traveled to many countries around the world and has continued that tradition of traveling with her own family. Mrs. Brandt has two sons, one in high school and the other in college. She graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Psychology and a double minor in Sociology and Spanish. She has her Masters in Teaching and is National Board Certified. She is certified in Elementary Education K-6, Spanish K-12, Reading Specialist, and AIG. Mrs. Ziada Brandt loves to travel the world, camp, read, entertain, and play games with her family and friends when she is not teaching at school.Goal number 10 of the UN Sustainability Development Goals of 2030 is to ‘Reduce inequality within and among countries’ Eman feels it is important for our future that all people are treated equally. No one is better than anyone else because of where they are from or what situation they born into. While thinking globally, she hopes to continue to provide real-world experiences for her students to know they are never too young to make a difference locally and globally.
Literacy Intervention - Ms. Foglia
Ms. Foglia is excited to be back at Wiley this year as one of the literacy intervention teachers. This will be her 19th year teaching as a proud public school teacher. In addition to teaching literacy intervention for many years, she has taught in a special education setting as both a self-contained and CCR teacher. Additionally, she taught in the regular education setting as a second-grade teacher. Ms. Foglia has a Master's Degree in Special Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities and Reading from N.C. State. She is mom to Jack and Milena and lives in Raleigh with her husband, daughter, and spoiled dog. She enjoys her Peloton, walking her dog, bike-riding, reading, and spending time with her friends and family in her free time. As an educator, the UN goal that most inspires her most is providing inclusive and equitable education and lifelong learning opportunities for all. This goal motivates her daily in her interactions with children!
Math Intervention - Mrs. Keagy
Mrs. Keagy is excited to have joined the Wiley family this year! A native of Nashville, Tennessee, she earned a degree in Special Education from the University of Mississippi and found her passion for reading intervention while teaching at an elementary school in Boston. Mrs. Keagy has taught students in every grade from Kindergarten through 12th, and after relocating with her husband to North Carolina, she started her own practice and served as a consultant for Wake County. Mrs. Keagy is married and has two sons, a daughter and a sweet, old dog named Max. She loves spending time with her family and friends and taking trips to the mountains and beach.
One summer during her high school years, Mrs. Keagy was selected to participate in an exchange program in England. This opportunity broadened her global perspective and instilled a love for learning about the people and cultures of our world. She has been fortunate enough to visit many other countries, including Japan, Italy, Switzerland, France, Mexico and Canada. She loves being a part of a school with an international studies program.
As a literacy interventionist, the UN Sustainable Development Goal she feels most connected to is #4 which is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. As a parent, teacher, consultant and family advocate, she has worked tirelessly for the growth of every child. She teaches lifelong reading, writing and self-advocacy skills that students can utilize into adulthood. As a lifelong learner herself, her hope is that her students leave feeling more confident in themselves and are inspired to learn as much as they can because they love to read.
ESL - Mrs. Berwanger
Mrs. Berwanger began teaching in 2005 in Ohio. She graduated from college at the University of Akron where she majored in elementary education and minored in early childhood education with a reading endorsement. Shortly after graduation, she moved to the Raleigh area and began teaching in Wake County. Once in Wake County, Mrs. Berwanger taught for many years as a classroom teacher in kindergarten, first, second, and third grade before moving into ESL. She joined the Wiley staff in 2018.
Outside of school, Mrs. Berwanger enjoys yoga, soccer, basketball, hiking, camping, reading and traveling. She’s traveled to France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Netherlands, Germany, Northern Ireland, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Canada. She also enjoys discovering new national parks, state parks, beaches and cities here in the US and has explored nearly half of the 50 states. Mrs. Berwanger is married and has two daughters who she loves to share these interests with.
CCR - Mrs. Durway
Mrs. Durway was born and raised near the beaches of Delaware. She graduated from the University of Delaware, with a dual certification in both Elementary Education and Special Education. This will be Mrs. Durway’s sixth year teaching. She is excited to begin her fourth year at Wiley serving as the CCR teacher for grades K-2nd!
Outside of teaching, Mrs. Durway enjoys hiking with her dog Duke, finding new recipes to try in the kitchen, and traveling to new places. She has traveled to some exciting and unique places like Hawaii, California, New Mexico, and Arizona and has plans to visit other countries soon.
CCR - Ms. Owens