4th Grade

Welcome to Fourth Grade

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

picture of Katie Avila

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.

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Ms. Gianni

Hi! My name is Brooke Gianni and this will be my second year teaching 4th grade at Ashlawn. I grew up in Northern Virginia and received my B.S. and Master’s degree in Elementary Education from James Madison University. Outside of teaching, I enjoy spending time outside, visiting the beach, traveling with friends, trying new restaurants, and reading. A few of my favorite books are Walk Two Moons, Our Class is a Family, and Out of My Mind. I am so incredibly excited for this upcoming school year and to continue my journey with the Ashlawn team and community!

Ms. Amy Fong

I grew up across the continents of Africa, Asia, and North America which developed in me a love for cultures and learning from others. I love working with students from other cultures and places. I have been an EL teacher at Ashlawn for six years (going on my seventh year) and I have been teaching for a total of 14 years. Prior to working at Ashlawn, I worked as a classroom teacher (various grade levels between 1st-3rd grade) at a private school. I have an MSE degree in early childhood education with an ESOL endorsement from John Brown University and an Med in reading education from the University of Virginia. I love spending time with my husband, 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son, reading, exercising, eating tasty food from all over the world, and exploring new places. My favorite children’s book is “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. I love working at Ashlawn because of the people. It’s such a supportive and inclusive community which I’m so thankful to be a part of.


 Ms. Amy Slavin

Hello, Eagles! I grew up pretty far away from where we all live now — all the way on the other side of the country. I am from northern California, so if you find San Francisco on a map, you’ll be pretty close to where I used to live. I went to the University of California at Davis, which had a really special program. You could sign up to live in Washington, DC for a semester with an internship (which is like a part-time job for college students) in our nation’s capital. I did that and I loved it! So after I finished college in California, I moved back to Washington and went to work on Capitol Hill, where Congress meets. I worked for two representatives from my home state. I love talking about how our government works and can tell you all about it! But eventually I decided to be a teacher… just like my mom and my grandma! I moved to New York City for a special teaching program. We were called the NYC Teaching Fellows, and we got to learn how to be teachers while living in Brooklyn for two years. Then I moved back to Virginia, and I’m so happy that I get to be a teacher here. Now I live in Alexandria (right next door to Arlington) with my husband, our two daughters, a big shaggy dog, and a cat who climbs on everything. We really like checking out all the special places and things to do around our area, especially the ones that are special in Virginia history. I enjoy going to the Bay Area to visit my family when I can. gardening, reading… and I love teaching and learning as part of the Ashlawn community!


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!