All of our after-school instructors are dedicated teachers with something meaningful to share with our children. They embody the Woods' Mission, which is to empower students to achieve their full potential in academics and in all areas of their lives.

Eric Hale and Erin Collins

Erin & Eric aren't running FROM the Wolf, they're running WITH the Wolf!

Eric and Erin are both committed to getting our students up off their chairs and out to run in the fresh air!  

Eric  and Erin teach third grade at Woods.  

Both have active lifestyles and have personally experienced the many benefits of running.

Jake Weaver, Karoline Mangra & Emma Durham


Hello! My name is Jake Weaver. I’m a Siler City, NC native and Jordan Matthews High School Alumni. I am so excited to announce that I will be the new Director of Before & After School Programming here at Woods Charter School. A little about myself, I am twenty-one years old have worked with children for almost 7 years. I started out my career of childcare at the Boys & Girls Club in SIler City as a Teen Volunteer and within a year of dedication and volunteerism, I was offered a job as a Program Leader. After I graduated from High School in 2016, I began working with the YMCA. I was placed here, at Woods Charter, as a Site Coordinator. Now, I will be transiting from the YMCA to become Woods Charter’s Director of Before and After School Programming. In addition to working full-time, I will continue attending CCCC as a part-time student majoring in Elementary Education. I cannot wait to work with some familiar faces, and meet some new ones!


Hi, my name is Karoline I am seventeen years old and I am a senior in high school.  I enjoy doing arts of different forms. I like pottery, small wood work, photography and computer graphics. I plan to study dentistry in the near future, and my goal is to go to school for orthodontics. I would like to continue studying sign language in hopes of using it in my career setting.

 I had the privilege of volunteering at my community church tending to school age and pre-school kids in addition to volunteering at Woods Charter Summer Camp. These experiences allowed me to grow socially and develop my leadership skills. Moving forward, I hope to gain an enriching job experience while working with Woods Charter School's after-school program!



Hello! My name is Emma Durham, and I am currently a senior at Woods! I have been attending Wood since first grade and I am extremely blessed to have grown up in such an incredible environment. I have played basketball and soccer for woods since 8th grade, and I love art of all kinds! I want to be an elementary teacher, preferably teaching kindergarten/1st grade age range! I have had the opportunity to work with kids through babysitting, Church functions, and at Woods! I love Woods because of the community it creates between the elementary and high school wing. Through this, I have been able to lead several Big Buddies groups between the high school and elementary, TA for Ms. Valgus’ class, and get to know all of your lovely children! I am so grateful and excited for the opportunity to work for Woods’ After School program! 

Jordan Driving School of the Carolinas

Jordan Driving School of the Carolinas operates throughout greater eastern North Carolina with a full-time staff of instructors, offering private and public instruction to NC Eastern Region school districts.   

Karen Pullen

Karen Pullen is a licensed instructor of Food for Life, a nutrition curriculum developed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. She's worn many hats--engineer, owner of a vegetarian B&B, mystery writer--but when she learned about the relationship between food and health, she became truly inspired by plant-based cooking. She is certified in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies at Cornell, and an affiliate member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. As a grandma of seven, she loves introducing kids to cooking delicious plant-based meals.

Marney Whitney


Marney received her Teacher Training Certification from YogaWorks in 2008. She has concentrated on working with preschool andelementary aged children and hopes to spread the “YogaJoy” across the Triangle.


Taylor Transue

My name is Taylor Transue. I am the mother of two great girls- Ellie and Lucy Poitras. I love being a mom and I love doing lots of activities with my girls.  We like to run, ride bikes, swim, play sports, and spend lots of time outside! We have two dogs named Honey Jane and Bea, 6 pet hens, and two pet rabbits.
Tobin Logan

Coach Tobin Logan has  25 years of experience working with children and holds a bachelor's degree in U.S. History from UNC.   He has played in over 800 tournament chess games and is rated over 1700 USCF.  He has taught chess to children in many individual and group settings since 2008.  In chess training, he uses a whole-game approach that centers around focus, patience, and consistent ongoing effort to find each individual talent level.  He encourages a tournament-style orientation and decorum in pursuit of these goals, and allows plenty of time for the sheer enjoyment of the game and all of the life lessons that come along the way.