Art, Music, and Physical Education

Art, Music & Physical Education

The Ashlawn Art, Music, and Physical Education team would like to welcome you to Ashlawn Elementary School. 

Art Team
ART Team

Ms. Leslie Argueta

Hi Ashlawn Families, I graduated from MICA, the Maryland Institute College of Art, with my undergraduate degree in Ceramics, and Masters or Arts in Teaching. I began teaching at Ashlawn in the 2008- 2009 school year, and I have loved watching this community grow. In my free time I love to cook and work in my garden with my husband and two children. My all-time favorite book is “Beautiful Oops” by Barney Saltzberg, to sum up the book in a quote from its’ text “ When you think you have made a MISTAKE, think of it as an opportunity to make something BEAUTIFUL”.  My favorite part of teaching at Ashlawn is watching the artists grow from year to year, I feel so lucky as a specialist to be able to see many children grow as artists from kindergarteners to fifth graders.

Ms. Emily Lingenfelter

Hello Ashlawn Families! I am so happy to share my knowledge of the arts and vibrant creativity with my Ashlawn artists! I started my college career at Kutztown University and accomplished my bachelors degree in Art Education.  In efforts to fulfill my love of art therapy, I continued my education at McDaniel College and received a Masters degree in Counseling. Beyond enjoying the arts culture in my home of Washington D.C., I love to cook and entertain, explore the city on my Vespa, take my dog Quincy on adventures, and sip cappuccinos. The Polar Express is my all-time favorite children’s book, but I could go on and on with the classics. My favorite part of teaching at Ashlawn is the comfort I feel when I am here.  Ashlawn is a safe, happy, fun, and positive environment because of the amazing staff and students! Happy 2018-2019 school year!

For more information on APS Arts program please visit the Visual Arts district site.

Music Team

Music – Vocal Music

Ms. Elizabeth Colosimo

Hello, Ashlawn Eagle Families! I am thrilled to be teaching here for my 5th year and my 13th year in APS. I love and appreciate the Ashlawn community especially for how we support each other and how enthusiastic we are about learning! One of my favorite books to share with students is “When Marian Sang” by Pam Munoz Ryan and Brian Selznick. I graduated from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s in Music, Vocal Emphasis, and received a Master’s in Reading Education from UVA. I am certified in Level 1 of Orff Pedagogy as well as Feierabend Conversational Solfege and First Steps in Music. It’s probably no surprise to my students that one of my favorite things to do is sing! Outside of school, I sing regularly at my church and I also sing with my husband in an award-winning mixed barbershop quartet called Better Together. I love to spend time with my husband, our 2 children, our dog, and our extended family and friends in the DC area.

Ms. Meg Clarke

Hello, Ashlawn Families! This is my 10th year of teaching elementary music. I have a Bachelors of Music Education from Nazareth College of Rochester, and a Masters of Music Education in Orff-Schulwerk from George Mason University. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, hiking, and cooking. My favorite children’s book is The Jazz Fly by Matthew Gollub. My favorite part of teaching at Ashlawn Elementary is guiding students to take creative risks and work together as a team to create amazing performances!

Music – Instrumental Team

Ms. Molly Jackson

Greetings, Ashlawn Eagles!  I am so looking forward to my 2nd year at Ashlawn and having another fantastic year in orchestra with the 4th and 5th grade students. I earned my degree in Music Education from Miami University and have been working in APS for the past 4 years teaching general music, beginning band, and beginning orchestra.  I am also a graduate student at George Mason University where I am working towards completing my MA in Arts Management. Aside from teaching and graduate classes, I love to spend my time playing the violin with the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (SONOVA), hiking/backpacking, and cooking up yummy new recipes.  I can’t wait for another year making beautiful music with Ashlawn students!

Mr. Erik Kamenski

Hello I am Erik Kamenski and I am excited to be your new band director! This is my 5th year as an APS instrumental music teacher. I am also an active chamber and orchestral clarinetist and woodwind clinician regularly conduct masters classes throughout the east coast. I received Bachelor and Master Degrees in both Music Education and Clarinet performance, as well as a diploma in instrumental conducting attending Temple University, the Ohio State University and Peabody Conservatory.  I loved reading the Goosebumps books as a child. When I am not teaching or performing music I love to paint!

For more information on APS Vocal Music program please visit the Vocal Music district site. For more information on APS Instrumental Music program please the Instrumental Music district site.

Physical Education

Physical Education Team
Mr. Paul Pavelich
I was born and raised in Michigan where I graduated from Western Michigan University with a B.S. in Health and Physical Education and a minor in School Health. I also have a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington. In my free time I enjoy exercising, playing with my kids and traveling. Right now my favorite Children’s book is Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney, my son loves to have it read to him. I became a teacher for many different reasons, but the main reason was so that I could become a long-lasting positive influence on students. I strive to foster a positive learning environment by building unique relationships with each of my students.

Mr. Jason Mastaler

I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh, PA and have been in the Northern Virginia area teaching elementary Physical Education for 11 years now.  This will be my 5th year teaching PE at Ashlawn and I spent my first 7 years teaching in Mclean, VA.  I completed my B.S. focused on K-12 Health and Physical Education at the Indiana University of PA, my M.S. on Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention at the California University of PA and am currently working my +30 by taking more graduate level courses through Greenville University (IL).  I enjoy being a lifelong learner and love having the opportunity to share my passion for learning, fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle to my students.  I also enjoy exercise, all sports and spending time with my newborn son Noah.  Some of our favorite books we read together include The Little Blue Truck, That’s Not My Puppy and Good Night Pittsburgh.  Our goal in PE is to provide a safe, positive and fun learning environment where all students can actively learn through a variety of movements and adopt a healthy active lifestyle.

Mr. Chris Bangs

I graduated from James Madison University with a BA in Political Science, it was through coaching that I decided I wanted to switch my careers and become a Physical Education Teacher.  This is my second year as a Physical Education Teacher for both Ashlawn and Discovery Elementary School.  I am very eclectic when it comes to my interests, I can be very active, but I can also lie down and become absorbed into a good book.  I have a few childhood books that I still remember to this day and one of them was Curious George.   My favorite part of being at Ashlawn is how welcoming and warm the community is for both staff and families.

For more information about Health and Physical Education program please visit the Health and PE district site.