Welcome to Kindergarten

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

Kindergarten Team

Ms. Patricia Butler

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

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.

Mr. Jaim Foster

I attended undergrad in my home state, Nebraska, at Wayne State College.  This December I will graduate from George Mason University with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education of Diverse Learners.  My teaching career started in Omaha, Nebraska, followed by Fairfax, Virginia before finding my home at Ashlawn.  Teaching Kindergarten is an adventure filled with great experiences.  I enjoy reading, the outdoors, history, movies, scrapbooking and traveling.  My husband, Venkat and I with our dear cat, Nena reside in Arlington.

Ms. Isabelle Isakson

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

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. Wendy Ellison

I grew up in Massachusetts and attended Simmons College in Boston for my undergrad work then, went on to Boston College in Boston to receive my master’s degree. I previously taught at Patrick Henry Elementary School in Arlington. I love to travel, read, go to the movie theater, go to live plays, jazz concerts and go to the beach. I have a lengthy list of kids’ books, including The Snowy Day, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, Black is brown is tan, The First Strawberries, The Red Comb, The Talking Eggs, Hairs Pelitos, What’s So Funny, Ketu?, Make Way For Ducklings, Mirandy and Brother Wind, and Shoes Like Miss Alice’s to name a few. My favorite part of teaching is helping students express their math thinking by using their math work to share with others how they solve math problems.

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: