Welcome to Fourth Grade
The Ashlawn Fourth Grade team would like to welcome you to Ashlawn Elementary School.
Ms. Katie Avila
I am originally from Long Island New York and decided to move to Virginia to pursue my dream to be a teacher. I got my undergrad in Elementary Education at York College of Pennsylvania and furthered my education with a masters degree in reading from Queens College. One of my all time favorite books is Thank You, Mr. Falker because it reminds me of so many of my teachers that helped me when I was in school. When I’m not teaching I enjoy spending time with friends and family, exercising, traveling and listening to live music. Working at Ashlawn has truly been a dream come true for me. The staff, the parents and the community are so supportive and have become my second family. I am truly thankful to be a part of the Ashlawn staff.
Ms. Kim Klaus
I’m thrilled to be joining the Ashlawn community and the 4th grade team. Before I entered the teaching world, I grew up in Richmond, Virginia and attended the University of Mary Washington. After college, I followed my love of history and became a park ranger, where I ran outdoor children’s programs at Civil War battlefields. My love of working with children led me back to school to get my teaching degree. I have a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason and a Master’s in Reading Instruction from the University of Virginia. I previously worked at Claremont Immersion Elementary for 15 years, where I taught 1st grade and 4th grade and was most recently a part of the reading team. My favorite picture book is Pink and Say, a book that makes me cry every time I read it. When not at school, I love spending time with my wonderful husband and two sweet sons.
Ms. Hannah Magnolia
The best part about being a teacher is getting to know my students and see them grow academically and socially throughout the year. Witnessing that “a-ha” moment, when a student makes a new connection or grasps a concept they have been working on for a while, makes this job worthwhile. I earned my bachelor’s at The George Washington University and my Master of Education at Marymount University, and I’ve been teaching in Arlington since 2008. I am thrilled to be a part of the Ashlawn fourth grade team again this year!
Ms. Amy Slavin
I am excited to join the fourth grade team at Ashlawn! I am originally from northern California, and I moved east to work on Capitol Hill after college. Soon I entered the teaching profession, just like my mother and grandmother! I became a New York City Teaching Fellow, and then I was so lucky to find my next teaching home in Arlington, where I’ve been for 17 years now. I live in Alexandria, where my husband and I spend time with our daughters when we’re not chasing after our dog. (We spend a fair amount of time chasing after our kids, too.) I love to read, garden and explore the Washington, DC area.
Ms. Maria White
After growing up in DC, I attended Denison University where I majored in Political Science and minored in French. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years teaching English in Cameroon and, shortly thereafter, I earned my Master’s degree in Education from Boston College. From there I taught second grade French Immersion for six years in Massachusetts as well as third grade in Amman Jordan. In 2008 I moved back to the DC area and began teaching at APS and in 2014 I joined the Ashlawn team. As a child, my favorite author was Shel Silverstein and I adored his books The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends. My favorite part of teaching at Ashlawn is its commitment to community service and the GCP program. Also, I truly enjoy being able to foster a love of reading and writing each day while using books to promote the ideas of tolerance and acceptance in our classroom and school. When I am not teaching, I enjoy cycling, reading and spending time with my husband and two kids. I’m looking forward to another wonderful year at Ashlawn!
Ms. Montana Wrigley
Hi! My name is Montana Wrigley and I’m a 4th grade teacher here at Ashlawn. It is my 2nd year teaching and I couldn’t be more excited for what this year has in store. I graduated from East Carolina University in 2016 with a degree in Elementary Education. I’m getting married on September 29th, 2018 and will soon be Mrs. Riley! I love all things Target, Chick-fil-a, school supplies, and cats. One of my favorite children’s books is “Henry’s Freedom Box.” One of my favorite parts about teaching at Ashlawn is the amazing community here and how welcoming everyone is. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by such supportive and dedicated staff, parents, and students. It’s going to be an awesome year!
Ms. Meggie Scogna
I was born and raised in Ohio with my three siblings. I think I have always thought of myself as a teacher since I was the oldest of my two female siblings. I attended Syracuse University where I got my teaching degree in K-6 Elementary Education and K-12 Special Education. I continued in my education and got my Master’s of Education at the University of Virginia. I fell in love with everything Virginia and couldn’t wait to get my first teaching job in Northern Virginia where I eventually met my husband while running. I have always had a passion for working with children that had learning differences in school, where often their success could be measured by their smile or a high five. This is my 14th year teaching in Virginia with a short break while I stayed home to watch my own 3 girls grow. I have been so fortunate that I have taught in schools where my children also attended. My 3rd year here at Ashlawn also represents the first year that my last daughter will be with me at school. I don’t have a favorite children’s book as every year I am introduced to a new book that inspires me to want to do more and see more in the growth of children. In my spare time, I love to run, read and spend time with my family in various outdoor activities. I love my Ashlawn family and I can’t wait to see what new school year holds.
Ms. Margaret Bleicher
I graduated from Vanderbilt University where I studied both elementary and special education, and since then I have taught elementary grades 1-2 as well as special education grades 1-4. When not at Ashlawn, I love to spend time with my husband and 3 children, read, cook, travel, and do DIY projects. My favorite children’s book is “The Big Orange Splot” by Daniel Pinkwater, because it teaches us about the unique contributions we can all make to our community, creative problem solving, and most importantly, being true to yourself and following your dreams. There are so many things I love about teaching at Ashlawn- the supportive community, great students, and especially the wonderful teachers and staff who are “all-in” every day to help our students become their best selves. I feel so lucky to be at Ashlawn!