Welcome to Kindergarten

K teachers

The Ashlawn Kindergarten team would like to welcome you to Ashlawn Elementary School.

Ms. Shannon Brady

Hi! My name is Shannon Brady. I have taught ten years as a Kindergarten and First Grade classroom teacher in APS, and spent the last 3 years as an EL teacher at Ashlawn. I hold an M.T. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Foreign Affairs with a minor in Global Culture and Commerce from the University of Virginia. Wahoo Wah! In addition, I have completed a teaching certificate in TESOL from George Washington University. I was raised in Sunny Southern California and love to travel, go to the beach, attend a spin or yoga class (when I have time), and spend time with my husband, daughter and son! Ashlawn is a special place that celebrates diversity and focuses on helping others. I love Ashlawn and feel very fortunate to be a part of this happy and helpful community!

Mrs. Patricia Butler

Welcome to Kindergarten at Ashlawn! I am so happy to have you in my class this year. I have been teaching for many years and this is my 8th year teaching kindergarten at Ashlawn. This summer I spent my vacation in Maine with my husband, Mr. Butler, my two sons, Jack (Junior at W-L) and Ben (8th grader at Kenmore) and our dog, Stella. I love sailing, reading and taking trips to the ice cream store. I’m so excited to get to know you, introduce our assistant teacher, Ms. Abida to you and share my favorite book series, Charlie the Ranch Dog, with you. I love Ashlawn and the amazing Kindergarten team and I know you will, too!

Ms. Susan DeMatties

I am so happy and proud to be a member of the Ashlawn community!  I have taught in a wide range of special education elementary classroom settings for over 20 years – now in my fifth year here at Ashlawn, where I am the Primary Self-Contained Special Education teacher.  I grew up in New York, lived with my family in Chicago for six years, and now live in Virginia.  I have a MS in Early Childhood Education and a dual BS in Elementary Education and Special Education and have taught in New York, Maryland, and Virginia.  When not at Ashlawn, I love to travel, read, and spend time with my family.  Two of my children are hockey players – which sometimes takes up quite a bit of travel and cheering time during the fall, winter, and early spring months!  At any given point in time during the weekend, you may very well find me at one of the few rinks in the DC area, traveling north with my daughter’s team, or cheering on one of my other favorite hockey teams – Chicago Blackhawks or Washington Capitals.  My favorite part of teaching at Ashlawn is working with my students.  We work hard to accomplish individual objectives and we all enjoy celebrating in the joy of our successes.  I also feel lucky to be surrounded by an incredibly talented, dedicated, and hard-working team of professionals!   GO Ashlawn Eagles!  GO Blackhawks! GO Caps!

Mrs. Isabelle Popovic (aka Ms. Isakson)

This is my 5th year teaching kindergarten at Ashlawn. My husband Jason and I live in Washington, DC, about a mile and half away from the United States Capitol. We are expecting our first kiddo near the end of November! I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to DC 6 years ago. We have a sweet rescue dog named Sammy. In my spare time, I love to read, cook, run outside, watch Gilmore Girls and The Great British Baking show and workout at OrangeTheory. I am an avid Georgia Bulldawg fan and love watching college football in the fall. I love all things Disney and love to have Disney dance parties. I am so excited to be your kindergarten teacher this year and I can’t wait to meet you!

Ms. Lauren Walsh

This is my 13th year teaching kindergarten at Ashlawn. Before moving to Arlington to be a teacher, I grew up in Northville, Michigan and went to college in Bloomington, Indiana at Indiana University. Not long after I began teaching, I completed my Master’s Degree in Reading Education from the University of Virginia. One of the best parts of teaching kindergarten is watching the progress that our children make. It is such an exciting year of growth! Mrs. Mamit is my instructional assistant and she is lovely! We have worked together for eight years and make a great team. Since 2009, when I first moved here, I knew Ashlawn was a special place. I love being a teacher at Ashlawn and our community! I am grateful to be here!

Ms. Laura Zielinski