1st Grade

Welcome to First Grade

The Ashlawn First Grade team would like to welcome you to Ashlawn Elementary School.1st Grade Team


Ms. Suzanne Boothby

I am thrilled to be a first grade teacher at Ashlawn.  I feel so lucky to have a career that I love so much and to be at such a wonderful school.  This will be my 4th year in first grade and my 7th year teaching.  Getting to know your children and watching them grow by such leaps and bounds in first grade is an amazing gift.  First grade is a huge year of growth.  Not only are many of them learning how to read, but they are also learning to love reading and to become life-long readers.  We will share so many new books and old favorites this year.  We will read for pleasure and read to learn.  First graders are a curious and passionate group.  When I am not working, I spend summers in my home state of Maine (Go Patriots and Red Sox!) with family and friends boating, biking, spending time at the beach and reading!  I also love to ski and teach a fitness class a couple of days a week.  Currently, I am also pursuing at certification in gifted education at UVA.  My husband Clay and I have 3 children: Will (a freshman at UNH), Matthew (10th grade at Yorktown) and Caroline (8th grade at Williamsburg.)

Ms. Mignon Dwyer

I grew up in Ohio and attended both Case Western Reserve University and The Ohio State University for her undergrad work, then moved to New York and received her master’s degree from New York University.  I have previously taught in New York City, Arlington, and Dubai. I love to travel, read, cook, watch movies, hike, explore museums, and go to the beach. I have a lengthy list of favorite kids’ books, including Giraffes Can’t Dance, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, After the Fall, Officer Buckle and Gloria, The Day the Crayons Quit, Rosie Revere, Engineer, and Knuffle Bunny, to name just a few.  My favorite part of teaching is helping kids to reflect and notice that they have learned and grown so much.

Ms. Margaret Ehlers

I feel so privileged to be a part of the Ashlawn community!  I grew up in the Netherlands and moved to the US for college.  I went to Dickinson College for a BA in French and then GWU for an MS in Environmental Health.  After working for 10 years in the environmental field, I stayed home with my 2 kids (who are now college-aged) and then went to Marymount University, where I received my Master of Education.  I have been teaching in Arlington County ever since.  I love teaching first grade – children at this age are so enthusiastic, excited to learn, and open to new ideas. My favorite book is Miss Rumphius.  Like her, I love to travel, spend time by the water, and work in my garden, where I’m always looking for more ways to attract birds, bees, and butterflies.  One of my favorite places in Arlington is Potomac Overlook, where you can find me hiking with my friends, my family, and my black lab, Jack!

Ms. Ellen Hemstreet

One of the greatest joys of being a teacher is seeing the world through the eyes of a child.  I love to teach children how to read and watch that lightbulb go on!  In my classroom, I strive to foster a respectful and caring community with the goal of teaching children to be kind, be curious, be creative, be respectful, be fair, be honest and be yourself. My favorite children’s book is My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Styles Gannett. The book is full of adventure and creativity. The main character has so many admirable traits; he is brave, kind, friendly, imaginative, resourceful and smart. I am entering my 23rd year of teaching.  This is my 4th year at Ashlawn and I love teaching in the Ashlawn community!  It is a special place to be. I have a BA in Elementary Education from Boston College and a Masters in the Social Foundations of Education from UVA.  My favorite activities include spending time with my family and friends, running, biking, hiking, cooking, reading, and traveling.

Mr. David Koppelman
Hi.  I’m extremely excited to join the team at Ashlawn.  This is my 24th year teaching in Arlington Public Schools.  I spent my first 22 years teaching at Tuckahoe Elementary.  I decided I wanted to stretch myself so last year, I did something different and taught Algebra 1 at H.B. Woodlawn.  I absolutely loved it, but I realized that I love teaching elementary-aged students even more.  I have been married for 22 years, and I have two daughters who attend Yorktown High School.  I received my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Virginia.  My favorite children’s book is Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman.  I think it’s true that if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.  I’m originally from New York so I feel that the Yankees and the Giants should win the Championship every year 🙂   In my spare time, I play many sports, and I coach soccer and basketball.

Ms. Dorothy McIntire
I have taught in a variety of classroom and school settings for the past 20 years. I have experience as a school administrator, a classroom teacher, a teacher of English language learners and I have also worked with children with special needs. I have my MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on the primary years and a triple licensure in teaching English language learners, early childhood special education, and primary education. Like my students, I love to learn and have fun! In my free time, I can be found reading non-fiction books, taking my favorite dance class and spending time with my family. I have three favorite children’s books, “The Story of Ferdinand” by Monro Leaf for the message that we should stay true to ourselves no matter what challenges we face, “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” by Dr. Seuss because it makes me laugh every time I try to read those tongue twisters and “The Book with No Pictures” by B. J. Novak because it always makes my children and my students laugh. I am thrilled to be a part of the Ashlawn community and look forward to helping our Ashlawn Eagles SOAR!

Ms. Jaime Taylor

For information on how your student is learning the concepts of multiplication and division: Graham Fletcher has created a short video that demonstrates how students conceptually learn Multiplication and Division. Go to progression video links: https://gfletchy.com/progression-videos/