The Compass

"Unlock the Treasure in Every Child" - July 20, 2020

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Meet Our New Staff Members!

Ms. Carol Ann Saldo ~ 5th Grade

My name is Carol Ann Saldo and I am a former resident of Cleveland County. My husband and I recently relocated to Lillington, North Carolina in December 2019. This will be my second year with Wake County Schools, prior to teaching in Wake County I taught for seventeen and a half years with Cleveland County School District. For my first eleven years, I had the pleasure of educating young minds at Grover Elementary School. For three years, I worked at North Elementary School as their Curriculum Technology Coordinator (for two years) and as a fourth-grade teacher. For the last three and half years with Cleveland County, I have had the pleasure of educating young minds in sixth grade at Kings Mountain Intermediate School and for two of those years I severed as their Curriculum Technology Coordinator. Every year has been exciting and memorable, as I have been lucky to teach such wonderful students. I joined Wake County District Schools in January 2020, where I taught fourth grade at Hortons Creek Elementary. I am looking forward to being a part of the Buckhorn Creek family and working with enthusiastic colleagues, students, and parents as we begin a new educational journey together.


I am a graduate of Limestone College and Appalachian State University. I graduated in 2002 from Limestone College with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. In 2013, I graduated from Appalachian State University with a Master's Degree in Elementary Education. In 2019, I obtained a National Boards Certification in education. My husband’s name is Jeff and we have been married for twenty-seven years. We have one child; his name is Zackery. Zackery is a graduate from Kings Mountain High School and a graduate from Campbell University with a Pharmaceutical Doctorate Degree. When I am not teaching, I enjoy exercising, working in my yard, reading a good book and enjoying time with my family.

Ms. Danna Thurow ~ 2nd Grade

Hi there, my name is Danna Thurow and I am super excited to be teaching at Buckhorn Creek Elementary this year. I have been teaching for over seven-teen years and I look forward to having another wonderful year with all of you.


I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland where I graduated from Towson State University. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree and taught for four years at private pre-school. Later I moved to Tampa FL. where I taught kindergarten and second grade for 12 years. While teaching I earned my Master’s degree in Educational Curriculum and Instruction. I relocated to Wake County four years ago and taught kindergarten at Cedar Fork Elementary.

As an elementary teacher I believe that learning is a life-long process and I cannot wait to share my love for education with your children. I am so excited to be apart of the Buckhorn Creek Buccaneers!


When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family and cheering on my daughter who is on the gymnastics travel team and will be a Buckhorn Buccaneer as well. My family loves to be outdoors, traveling, going to the beach and just being together.

I can’t wait to meet everyone and have an amazing year as a Buccaneer!

First Window for Virtual Academy Closes Today!


Information is available for the WCPSS Virtual Academy, which will offer fully-online instruction for families who wish for their children to learn at home full-time. The first application window closes today!


Please check out the WCPSS Virtual Academy Website by following this link.


You may complete the application for Virtual Academy by following this link.

Water Bottles

Students will need to bring a water bottle to school when we are utilizing any option for instruction that allows for students to be in the school building.


In order to increase safety, students will not be able to drink directly from water fountains. However, student will be able to use the bottle filling stations.


  • Individuals are recommended to bring their own bottled water and/or reusable water bottles to minimize use and touching of water fountains
  • All water bottles should be clearly labeled with the student’s name.
  • It is the student's responsibility to keep track of their water bottle and take it home for regular cleaning.
  • If someone wants water and does not have a water bottle, they may ask a staff member to provide a cup to get water from the water fountain and drink from the cup.