Welcome to Second Grade
The Ashlawn Second Grade team would like to welcome you to Ashlawn Elementary School.
Ms. Suzanne Boothby
I am thrilled to be a second 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. After 6 years in first grade, this will be my 1st year in second grade and my 8th year teaching. Getting to know your children and watching them grow by such leaps and bounds in second grade is an amazing gift. Second grade is a huge year of growth. We will share so many new books and old favorites this year. We will read for pleasure and read to learn. Second 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. My husband Clay and I have 3 children: Will (a senior at UNH), Matthew (a freshman at William and Mary) and Caroline (a junior at Yorktown)
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 Marymount University, where I received a Master’s of Education. This is my 14th year teaching in Arlington and my 8th at Ashlawn … and I am super 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 and family.
Ms. Wendy Ellison
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.
Mr. Eric Sokolove
This is my 20th 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 13 and 15), 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.
Mrs. Wendy Ward
This is my fourth year teaching at Ashlawn, and it is a joy to work with our Global citizens and the outstanding staff and administration at Ashlawn. I love coming to work each morning! I decided to become an English language teacher after living, working, and tutoring English in Japan. I received my undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, and I received my Master of Education degree, Teaching Second Languages, from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. I am a native Virginian and enjoy spending time with my husband and two teenage sons outdoors, walking our dog and reading. My favorite children’s book is “Click, Clack, Moo” written by Doreen Cronin.