Welcome to Kindergarten

2020-2021 Ashlawn Kindergarten Team

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

From left to right: Ms. Walsh, Ms. Popovic, Ms. Worek, and Ms. Butler

Ms. Shannon Brady

Ms. 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 7th year teaching kindergarten at Ashlawn. This summer I spent my vacation in Maine with my husband, Mr. Butler, my two sons, Jack (Sophomore  at W-L) and Ben (7th 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. Michelle Grant

My name is Michelle Grant and I am so excited to be the special education teacher for Kindergarten this year. I have been at Ashlawn for 3 years supporting students in 4th and 5th grade. Prior to Ashlawn, I worked in primary grades (K-2) at private schools in the DC/Maryland area. I grew up in Potomac, Maryland, about 20 minutes outside of Arlington. I went down south to The University of Georgia for my undergraduate degree. Go Dawgs! I went to graduate school at American University in Washington, DC for my Masters in Special Education with a focus in Learning Disabilities. I love exploring new ways to instruct and connect academics to real life applications. I strongly believe in focusing equally on social emotional and academic learning to best help all students!This summer I spent time getting to know my newly adopted dog Mac! He is half Great Pyrenees and part Husky. He is a big boy! I also enjoyed many trips to the Delaware/Maryland beaches. I can’t wait to dive into Ashlawn’s Kindergarten community and meet all of your students. I can’t wait to hear their summer stories and get to know one another. Here’s to a great year in Kindergarten!

Mrs. Isabelle Popovic (aka Ms. Isakson)

This is my 4th year teaching kindergarten at Ashlawn. I am getting married on August 22! Jason and I live in Washington, DC about a mile and half away from the United States Capitol. I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to DC 5 years ago. We have a sweet rescue dog named Sammy. In my spare time, I love to read, cook, run outside and workout at OrangeTheory. I am an avid Georgia Bulldawg fan and love watching college football. 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 12th year teaching kindergarten at Ashlawn. Before moving to Arlington to be a teacher, I lived in Northville, Michigan and Bloomington, Indiana. I like living in Arlington because there is so much to do here! I love to run in the Bluemont neighborhood and on the W&OD trail. You can also find me enjoying exercise classes in Ballston and eating at the Ballston Quarter Food Court I love to read and especially love to read aloud children’s books to my students. My all time favorite children’s book is Bark, George by Jules Feiffer. I love Ashlawn and our team! Mrs. Mamit will be our kindergarten assistant — you are going to love her! We’ve worked together for seven years and we can’t wait to meet you!

Ms. Megan Worek

I’m thrilled to be your kindergarten teacher! This is my second year of teaching and I love being a part of the Ashlawn community. I grew up in Northern Virginia but spent 4 years at East Carolina University before returning to Arlington. Go Pirates! This summer, I spent a lot of time outside reading, playing with my dogs, and exercising. Speaking of my dogs, I have two mini Australian Shepherds named Twyla and Bondi. They are named after some of my favorite people and places. This summer, I challenged myself to read a new book every week. I can’t wait to hear what you’ve been reading this summer! I am so excited for you to meet our kindergarten assistant, Ms. Brenda! She is wonderful and this will be our second year working together.