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. Halvorson

I am so excited to be apart of the first grade team at Ashlawn! I have taught for over fifteen years, sometimes taking time off while my Navy family was growing, deploying or relocating. We are lucky to have lived in Virginia, Rhode Island, Florida, California and Japan before making Arlington our home. The thing that excites me most about first grade is the opportunity to spread my passion for reading with my new school family.  I love to read aloud, and I have so many favorite books that I can’t wait to share! I’m a big fan of The Gruffalo, The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes, and The Lines on on Nana’s Face. When I’m not at Ashlawn, I like to spend my time walking our golden retriever, Ava, or planning our next visit with our daughter in Ithaca, NY or our sons in San Francisco.

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.

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. Wendy Ellison

I grew up in Massachusetts and attended Simmons College in Boston for my undergrad work then, went on to Boston College in Boston to receive my master’s degree. I previously taught at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Arlington. I love to travel, read, go to the movie theater, go to live plays, jazz concerts and go to the beach. I have a lengthy list of kids’ books, including The Snowy Day, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, Black is brown is tan, The First Strawberries, The Red Comb, The Talking Eggs, Hairs Pelitos, What’s So Funny, Ketu?, Make Way For Ducklings, Mirandy and Brother Wind, and Shoes Like Miss Alice’s to name a few. My favorite part of teaching is helping students express their math thinking by using their math work to share with others how they solve math problems.

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/