Welcome to Second Grade
The Ashlawn Second Grade team would like to welcome you to Ashlawn Elementary School.
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 attended 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 two now-grown up kids and then attended to Marymount University, where I received my Master of Education. I have been teaching in Arlington County ever since. I recently graduated from being a first to a second grade teacher and am so excited to be part of the second grade team! 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 thing I really love about Ashlawn is that students have an opportunity for hands-on learning, exploration, and tasting in the Reevesland gardens. 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. Elizabeth Howard
Growing up in Egypt, China, and the States imparted an early interest for me in international relations. This initially drew me to the Washington, D.C. area, specifically the trade arena, after finishing UCLA. When earning my graduate degree at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, I helped oversee the Minority Outreach Model U.N. Program in D.C. schools awakening my interest in teaching. I am now a decade into the profession and entering my fifth year at Ashlawn. Evident in Ashlawn’s daily instruction is the premium its teachers place on reading, global citizenship and the right dose of fun. Comic relief is important in my class, so I am in constant pursuit of books that are laugh-out-loud funny. Candice Fleming’s books continue to rise to this occasion. Outside of school, I am always on the search for an adventure and excuse to exercise. To this end, last year, I reached an altitude above 16,000 feet in the Andes.
Ms. Brittany Lee
My name is Brittany Lee and this will be my 14th year as a teacher! I am originally from Ohio (go Buckeyes!) where I received my degree in Early Childhood Education. I am currently pursuing my Masters of Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) while also chasing after my 2 and 3.5 year old children at home. My family takes up most of my free time, but some hobbies that I enjoy are reading, hiking, and working in the garden. My favorite children’s book is Oh! The Places You’ll Go!, by Dr. Seuss—which I read to students at the beginning of the year to help us plan our hopes and dreams. I absolutely love teaching here at Ashlawn and my biggest joy is creating a classroom environment where children feel connected, safe, and valued so that they are open to try new things, make mistakes, and celebrate success.
Ms. Becky Pettinelli
I’m celebrating my twenty-second year here at Ashlawn! I have a bachelors in Education from The American University and a masters in Education from George Mason University. My favorite activities include kayaking, running, cooking, reading, writing poetry, and most of all, spending time with my family. My favorite children’s book is Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman. I love reading this book to my students because it’s an inspiring story about an adorable African American girl who is very confident and believes “she can do anything if she puts her mind to it!” I’ve never had a reason to leave Ashlawn. Although the school has tripled in size, it still has that small community feel. I attribute that to all the caring and supportive families. Also, the hardworking staff has been exceptional, (they are my second family)! Besides the students, one of my most favorite things about teaching is when students over the years come back to tell me of their successes. Then I know I’ve done my job.
Mr. Eric Sokolove
This is my 18th year as an elementary school teacher. Before coming to Ashlawn, I taught 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade at Carlin Springs and Glebe in Arlington, as well as Garfield Elementary School in D.C. Public Schools. I was born in Massachusetts (go Red Sox!) and moved to the DC area to attend college at The George Washington University. I earned a Master’s degree in Education at the University of Virginia in 2003 and a certificate in School Administration from George Mason University in 2007. My wife (a school counselor) and I have two children (ages 11 and 13), so we’ve read LOTS of children’s books. My favorite is “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch because it shows the unending love of a parent for a child. My favorite thing about teaching at Ashlawn is being a part of the Global Citizens Project because the whole Ashlawn community (students, teachers, families, and neighbors) all share in the culture of peace and social justice.
Ms. Lindsay Cronin
I grew up in Arlington and attended APS schools through high school. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education Dual Certification at Hood College located in Frederick, Maryland. I enjoy swimming, baking, and going on long walks with her Golden Retriever. My favorite children’s book growing up was Rainbow Fish, which sparked an interest in sea creatures. I enjoy being a part of Ashlawn, as I was a former Ashlawn student. Now, I am a Special Education Teacher. While the school has grown in size, I enjoy that several of the small school traditions such as the ASPAN Walk to End Homelessness, Cereal Mountain, and much more, have stayed the same. I enjoy being apart of old and new school traditions. I enjoy seeing my students learn, grow, and develop each school year. I am thrilled to be at Ashlawn Elementary!
I am ecstatic to be a part of the Ashlawn family! I earned a Masters degree in Special Education from Liberty University and this is my 15th year teaching. My husband, three children, and I relocated to Arlington from Iwakuni, Japan in December 2018. Although, I do miss my favorite authentic sushi and ramen from Japan, we are super excited to settle back in the U.S. Prior to joining the Ashlawn family in February 2019, I was a Special Education Teacher in Japan at a Department of Defense school. I also taught within the Virginia Beach School system for many years and served as the Director of a Department of Defense program, STARBASE Academy in Colorado Springs. One of my favorite children’s books is Horton Hears A Who because it teaches that our differences should be celebrated. This ideology is also why I love teaching at Ashlawn Elementary, where celebrating the uniqueness of our students and staff is part of our mission.
Ms. Susan DeMatties
I am so happy and proud to be a member of the Ashlawn community! I have taught in a wide range of special education elementary classroom settings for over 20 years – now in my fifth year here at Ashlawn, where I am the Primary Self-Contained Special Education teacher. I grew up in New York, lived with my family in Chicago for six years, and now live in Virginia. I have a MS in Early Childhood Education and a dual BS in Elementary Education and Special Education and have taught in New York, Maryland, and Virginia. When not at Ashlawn, I love to travel, read, and spend time with my family. Two of my children are hockey players – which sometimes takes up quite a bit of travel and cheering time during the fall, winter, and early spring months! At any given point in time during the weekend, you may very well find me at one of the few rinks in the DC area, traveling north with my daughter’s team, or cheering on one of my other favorite hockey teams – Chicago Blackhawks or Washington Capitals. My favorite part of teaching at Ashlawn is working with my students. We work hard to accomplish individual objectives and we all enjoy celebrating in the joy of our successes. I also feel lucky to be surrounded by an incredibly talented, dedicated, and hard-working team of professionals! GO Ashlawn Eagles! GO Blackhawks! GO Caps!
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/