1st Grade

Welcome to First Grade

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

Ms. Mignon Dwyer


I am thrilled to be a part of the First Grade Team at Ashlawn! I grew up in Ohio and then made my way to NYC where I earned my master’s degree in elementary and special education and began my teaching career. I then spent time teaching in both Arlington and Dubai before landing at fabulous Ashlawn. I love getting to know my first grade students and guiding our class to become a joyful learning community. First graders learn and grow so much and it is such an honor to get to work with them during the year! In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, crafting, cooking, hiking, and spending time with my family and friends.

Ms. Elizabeth Granny


I am so excited to join the first grade team! I have been part of the APS community for a few years as an assistant, but this is my first year teaching and I am so happy to be back at Ashlawn where I completed my student teaching last fall! I was born and raised in Ohio, where I graduated from Miami University with my Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology with a minor in child studies. I also recently graduated from American University with my Masters in Teaching! In my free time I love to swim, read books and try to cook or bake new recipes! Some of my favorite children’s books are The Day the Crayons Quit, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates and Rosie Revere Engineer.

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 light bulb 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. Maria Morales


Hi!!! My name is Maria Morales. I am very excited to be a part of the Ashlawn family, and to continue to be part of the EL program in our school!! I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. I have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and School Administration, I also earned my Master’s in Teaching ESOL from Greensboro College in 2007. I have been teaching for over 20 years. I started my teaching career in my home town of Caracas, as a bilingual teacher. In 2003 I moved the United States, where I have taught in NC and TX as a bilingual teacher. In 2014 I moved to Arlington, and have been teaching FLES and now EL. When I am not working I enjoy traveling inside and outside the US, as I love to learn about different cultures. I also enjoy running, and trying different restaurants. I am looking forward to working with my EL team members and contributing to this great community!

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/