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. 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 in various parts of the country during my time as a (now former) military spouse. This is my 4th year at Ashlawn and I’m so excited to be in 4th grade again this year! Outside of teaching, I love to spend time with my husband and 3 children, read, cook, travel, and do DIY projects around the house. My favorite children’s book author is Kate DiCamillo- especially the Mercy Watson series, and The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. There are so many things I love about Ashlawn- the supportive community, great students, and the wonderful teachers and staff who are “all-in” every day to help our students become their best selves as global citizens. It’s going to be a great year!
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. Montana Riley
Hi! My name is Montana Riley and this is going to be my 3rd year teaching. I’m originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and I graduated from East Carolina University in 2016. This school year is going to be amazing and I’m so excited to see what this year has in store! One of my favorite parts about teaching at Ashlawn is the incredibly supportive community here and how welcoming everyone is. Ashlawn is an amazing place to teach and I feel so lucky to be surround by such supportive staff, parents, and students. Some of my favorite things include Target, Starbucks, Chick-fil-a, school supplies, and cats! One of my favorite hobbies is reading and I am always looking for a new book to read. Some of my favorite books include Henry’s Freedom Box, Wonder, Say Something, and Each Kindness.
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. Wendy Ward