Welcome to Fifth Grade
The Ashlawn Fifth Grade team would like to welcome you to Ashlawn Elementary School.
Ms. Kelly Adams
My name is Kelly Adams. I grew up in Rhode Island, on a river in the woods. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Diplomatic History and a minor in Spanish. I moved to Boston after graduation and worked in Corporate America for 5 years. Then, I went back to school and received my Masters in Education from Tufts University. My first teaching job was in 2nd grade in Massachusetts. I moved to Arlington in 2005 and started teaching 5th grade at Jamestown Elementary School. In 2012 I switched to Ashlawn and love being and Ashlawn Eagle. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, running and of course teaching!
Ms. Christine Burke
I am thrilled to be part of the Ashlawn staff. I grew up in a small city in Western Massachusetts. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders and a Master of Education in Elementary Education. Since joining APS, I have also earned an endorsement as a Math Specialist and in Gifted Education. While not at school, I love running, biking, and swimming. I also love spending time with my three boys. We like being outdoors and watching football and hockey together. A book I remember most from my childhood was Where the Red Fern Grows. I love teaching at Ashlawn because of its welcoming feel and sense of community.
Mr. Ryan Dallas
I grew up next to the beach in the Tidewater area of Virginia. I attended Virginia Commonwealth University where I earned my undergrad and masters in pedagogy for grades k-6. Since graduating, I have taught first grade, English Immersion exclusively to native Spanish speakers, and now I am teaching 5th grade. This is my second year at Ashlawn and I’m really proud to be here working with the school staff and with the community. I currently live in Arlington and working here makes me feel really invested in the Arlington. When I am not working, I enjoy spending my free time playing soccer, trying new restaurants, exploring the area, and reading
Ms. Vicki Paris
I grew up in Arlington and am a product of Arlington Public Schools. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Gifted Education from UNC-Wilmington. I have four children who keep me very busy! I love to read and my favorite book is Bridge To Terabithia. My favorite part of teaching at Ashlawn is our school spirit. It’s great to be an Eagle!
Ms. Maggie Perreault
I grew up in neighboring Fairfax County and attended The College of William & Mary for my undergraduate degree. I recently graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with my Masters in Elementary Inclusive Education. As a native Virginian, I am excited to be back home after a few years in New York City. Outside of the classroom you can find me enjoying time with my family, attending as much community and professional theater as possible, and scouring the public library for more good books to get lost in. While my favorite fiction genres are fantasy and mystery, I love the children’s books Because of Mr. Terupt, Last Stop on Market Street, and anything by Jacqueline Woodson. This year I am looking forward to building community with my students, their families, and fellow staff to create an environment where everyone reaches their fullest potential as readers, writers, and global citizens!
Ms. Christina Stever
Prior to joining the amazing Ashlawn staff, I spent four years teaching in neighboring Fairfax County. I spent my undergrad years at the University of Delaware and got my degree in Elementary Education, with minors in Middle School Mathematics & Special Education. Recently, I also graduated from the University of Virginia with my Masters in Reading Education. When I am not teaching Monday-Friday, I love spending time with my husband, Shaun. We really enjoy trying new restaurants in the area, traveling (just visited Italy this past summer), & keeping up with our favorite sports teams. Growing up in Philadelphia, I developed a deep love of all Philly teams, especially my Flyers!
Ms. Sue Katsanis
With over 30 years experience in APS spanning every grade K-8, I am still very passionate about teaching! I am dually certified in special education (pre-K through 12) and general education (grades 3-6) with a Bachelors (BS) in Special Education from JMU (Go Dukes!) and a Masters (MA) in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. I enjoy cooking, knitting/crochet, walking, reading, and following sports, but most of all keeping up with my own 2 kids, Marie and David. A favorite book remains The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum as I still remember being rapt as a first grader when Miss Millard read it to our class. The best moments in teaching are when students notice their own growth, spiraling them to leaps of increased effort and achievement.
Ms. Michelle Grant
I am a special education teacher here at Ashlawn. My favorite part of being at Ashlawn is the amazing community support between students, staff, and families. I received my bachelors degree in Consumer Journalism at the University of Georgia and received my masters in Special Education: Learning Disabilities at American University in Washington DC. My favorite childhood book was Are You My Mother by Dr. Seuss. My whole family thought it was so funny, and I enjoyed reading it at night with my mom!
Mr. Sean Kennedy
I grew up in a very small town in western Massachusetts. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in psychology from UMass Amherst, I taught in the Boston area for several years while earning a Masters in Education and a certification in Special Education K-12. In 2006, I moved to Arlington and spent 13 years teaching Special Education students in the middle school world. In my free time, you can find me traveling, swimming, biking, gardening, and going on epic walks with my wife and two young boys. My favorite book from early childhood is Harold and the Purple Crayon. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Ashlawn family this year!