About the Teacher

 Mrs. April Orel



Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. April Orel

I am a Richlands native who loves teaching. I have a wonderful husband and three beautiful daughters. I believe that "all children have gifts, they just open them at different times."


  • I received my Associate in Arts degree from Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, North Carolina. I then transferred to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to complete my Batchelor's degree in Elementary Education, K-6.


Teaching Experience

  • 2000-2005     Taught first grade at Blue Creek Elementary School

    2005-2007     Taught third grade at Blue Creek Elementary School

    2007-2018     Taught first grade at Richlands Primary School

    2018-current  Teaching fifth grade at Heritage Elementary School (previously Richlands Primary)

    *UNCW Partnership Teacher for field oberservation students and teaching interns

    *Onslow County Mentor for beginning teachers


Classroom Mission Statement

  • We want to be successful leaders and learners by mastering strategies and following the 7 Habits. Our goal is to pass 5th grade and be ready for the future.