Kindergarten

Welcome to Kindergarten

Kindergarten

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

Ms. Patricia Butler
patricia.butler@apsva.us

Welcome to Kindergarten at Ashlawn Elementary School! My name is Patty Butler and I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am a native of Massachusetts and still spend much of my summers in New England. I earned a B.A. in Psychology from the  University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I live in the Ashlawn neighborhood with my husband and two boys ages 11 and 13, and our dog, Stella, who all keep me super busy. In addition to spending time with my family, I love to cook, entertain, exercise, travel and read. I have many favorite books, but if I had to pick one, it would be the Charlie the Ranch Dog series. I love teaching and being a member of the Ashlawn family. I look forward welcoming you into our supportive learning community.


Ms. Holly Fischer 
holly.fischer@apsva.us

I’m an Arlington native and proud graduate of James Madison University where I studied Early Childhood Education as well as International Studies.  I started my career in Arlington teaching kindergarten at Barcroft Elementary School and then moved to New Orleans where I taught at a wonderful preschool while also enjoying all the music and culture of the Big Easy.  When I returned home, I happily joined the Ashlawn kindergarten team, where I have been since 2014.   In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two young children.  You will most likely find us exploring local nature centers, playgrounds, museums, and checking out all the dinosaur books at the library.  Personally, I’m very passionate about traveling, the outdoors, reading, cooking and attending concerts.  My favorite book as a child was The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein because of its message on the importance of generosity and kindness.  Now that I am a mother, my favorite books to read to children are Someday by Alison Meghee and What Do You Do With an Idea by Kobi Yamada.  My favorite things about teaching at Ashlawn include the strong sense of community at the school and the focus placed on being a global citizen.  Ashlawn is a place where students, parents, and teachers show up everyday with enthusiasm and celebrate the joy of learning together.


Ms. Megan Worek
megan.worek@apsva.us

Hello! I am thrilled to be teaching Kindergarten at Ashlawn this year! I graduated from East Carolina University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and am presently pursuing my Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. In my free time, I love reading, traveling, and spending time with friends, family, and my dog. Something I love about teaching is sharing new books and stories with my students, one of my favorite children’s books is Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae! I can’t wait for a great year! Go Eagles!


Ms. Isabelle Isakson
isabelle.isakson@apsva.us

My name is Isabelle Isakson and I am so excited to start my second year at Ashlawn! I teach kindergarten and love everything about it! I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and moved up this way 3 and a half years ago. I received a degree in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. I also have a Masters degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Georgia State University.  I am a dog mom to a 60lb lab/shepherd mix named Sammy. When I am not teaching, I love to read, bake, cook, spend time outside and cheer on my Georgia Bulldawgs! Picture books are my jam, so it is hard to pick a favorite. However, I have read the Harry Potter series at least 5 times! I am so thankful to be a part of the Ashlawn family. This community is incredibly supportive and has made me feel so welcome!


Ms. Lauren Walsh
lauren.walsh@apsva.us

I grew up in Northville, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. I love my home state and travel there on school breaks to be with my family. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University Bloomington in 2009 and my Master’s in Reading Education from The University of Virginia in 2013. Right after graduating from Indiana University, I moved to Arlington when I was offered a kindergarten teaching position at Ashlawn. I have taught kindergarten at Ashlawn for nine years. Having recently completed part of my student teaching in Kenya for a cultural immersion project, one of the things that initially drew me to Ashlawn was the Global Citizenship Project. I love how this exemplary project provides children with opportunities to learn how to be global citizens. Outside of teaching, I love to spend time with my friends and family, read, try new recipes and restaurants, go for bike rides, and go to exercise classes.


Ms. Jaime Taylor

jaime.taylor@apsva.us


For information on how your student is learning the concepts of multiplication and division: Graham Fletcher has created a short video that demonstrates how students conceptually learn Multiplication and Division. Go to progression video links: https://gfletchy.com/progression-videos/