Art, Music, Physical Education, and GCP-Global Citizenship Project
The Ashlawn Art, Music, and Physical Education team would like to welcome you to Ashlawn Elementary School.
Ms. Leslie Argueta
Hello Ashlawn Families! I began teaching at Ashlawn in the 2008- 2009 school year, and I have loved watching this community grow. I graduated from The Maryland Institute College of Art, where I received my undergraduate degree in Ceramics, and Master of Arts in Teaching. In my free time I love to cook and work in my garden, and travel 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 as artists.
Ms. Emily Wilborn
Hello Ashlawn friends! I LIVE what I LOVE and can’t wait to share it all with YOU! Let’s CREATE!
For more information on APS Arts program please visit the Visual Arts district site.
Music – General Music & Eagle Ensemble
Ms. Jessica Harmon
Hello! This is my eleventh year teaching and first year at APS. I received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Seton Hill University, in Greensburg, PA. The clarinet was the first instrument that I learned to play, and I am an active performer in the area. My favorite part of teaching Music is getting to see my students grow up, from Pre-k to 5th grade, and beyond. I enjoy traveling to different countries and learning about cultures, painting, running, and spending time with my dog, Milo. I am looking forward to joining the Ashlawn community, and making music with the talented Ashlawn musicians!
Music – Chorus
I have been teaching Music and Latin in Virginia for over 20 years now. I grew up in Cleveland Ohio and had the opportunity to sing with the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus as a young person, an experience which was life-changing for me. My degrees are from the Catholic University of America and the University of Georgia. One of my favorite things to do is to write musicals with my students. With my Latin students we have written over six musicals about the ancient Greeks and Romans. I love singing and chorus and have a passion for vocal music from opera to hip-hop to doo-wop. Favorite hobbies for me are gardening, hiking and ballet.
Music – General Music
Josh Readshaw is entering his eighth year of teaching and his first in Arlington. He holds a B.S. in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. While at IUP, Josh had the pleasure of performing under the baton of Jack Stamp, a world renowned wind band conductor and composer, as well as learning music pedagogy from some of the finest professors in the state. Josh is an active musician in the DC area and has performed with Benny Benack III, Nicholas Peyton, Joe Eckert and others. He has performed at the 2009 International Trumpet Guild Convention, The 2011 National Trumpet Competition and the American Musicological Society’s national conference. Mr. Readshaw has also served as the assistant conductor of the NOVA Alexandria Community Band. He is very excited to join the Ashlawn family for the 2020/2021 school year!
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!
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.
GCP – Global Citizenship Project
Ms. Vicki Paris
I grew up in Arlington and went to Reed, Tuckahoe, and Swanson before moving to Fairfax. I attended James Madison University (Go Dukes!) and graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education after marrying my Marine Corps husband and moving with him to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. I later graduated from UNC-W again with a Master of Arts in Gifted Education. In addition to Camp Lejeune, my family has lived in San Diego, California; Quantico, Virginia; Okinawa, Japan; Quantico again; Tampa, Florida, and finally back to my hometown of Arlington. I have four children. My two middle children attended Ashlawn and my youngest will be in 1st Grade at Ashlawn this year! When I am not at school, I love to read and watch the Nats! I am so excited to be the GCP teacher again this year. I have been thrilled to watch our students and staff grow and continue to accept all people, protect the environment, help those in need, and work for peace since the Global Citizenship Project began at Ashlawn in 2008!