Welcome to Kindergarten

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

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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 10th year teaching kindergarten at Ashlawn. This summer I spent my vacation in Maine with my husband, Mr. Butler, my two sons, Jack (Senior at W-L) and Ben (Freshman at W-L) 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!

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Ms. Caroline DeBlasis

I am so excited to be joining the Ashlawn community this school year! After teaching First Grade and a Kindergarten/ First Grade split class in Prince William county for the past three years, I am eager to teach in the community I live in! Born and raised in a small town in Maryland, I have lived in Northern Virginia since 2014 when I began attending George Mason University for a degree in Early Childhood Education. After completing my Masters degree in 2019 in Curriculum and Instruction from GMU, I moved to Arlington County and have loved it here ever since! When I am not teaching, I love gardening, traveling, cooking, trying new restaurants and foods, catching up with friends, and of course, reading (especially poolside!)! I am so excited to meet all of you and be welcomed into the warm and diverse Ashlawn community this year. We are going to have so much fun learning together!

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Patti Demsky

Instructional Assistant




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Mrs. Cara Lewis
I am so excited to be joining the team here at Ashlawn! This is my 8th year teaching and my first year back after my husband and I welcomed our son in April 2021! I was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in Loveland, Ohio. I graduated from The Ohio State University, Go Buckeyes! I completed my Masters Degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I can’t wait to teach in the community I live in!

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Mrs. Isabelle Isakson Popovic

This is my 7th year teaching kindergarten at Ashlawn. I live in Arlington with my husband, Jason, our 21 month old son Charlie, and our sweet dog, Sammy. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to the area 9 years ago. In my spare time, I love to read, spend time outside, watch Gilmore Girls and The Summer I Turned Pretty and workout at Bash Boxing. I am an avid Georgia Bulldawg fan and love watching college football in the fall. I love all things Disney, including Disney dance parties in our classroom. I am so excited to be your kindergarten teacher this year and I can’t wait to meet you!

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Lauren Walsh

Hi, Everyone! I’m Ms. Walsh and this is my 15th year teaching kindergarten at Ashlawn. Before moving to Arlington, I grew up in Northville, Michigan and studied Elementary Education at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Not long after I started 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 our students grow and change over the course of the year. I love to see the progress that our children make academically, socially, and emotionally. My favorite part about teaching at Ashlawn is our Global Citizenship Project. I love that we focus on raising children that are passionate about making their school, community, and world a better place. Since 2009, when I first moved here, I knew Ashlawn was a special place. I love our community and I am so grateful to be here!