Welcome to FLES

The FLES team would like to welcome you. The acronym FLES stands for Foreign Language in the Elementary School.
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Ms. Maria Morales

Hi!!! My name is Maria Morales and I am very excited to be a part of the Ashlawn family, and to continue the FLES program in our school!! I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. I have a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and School Administration. I also earned my Master’s in Teaching ESOL from Greensboro College in 2007. I have been teaching for almost 20 years. I started my teaching career in my home town of Caracas, as a bilingual teacher. In 2003 I moved the United States, where I taught for 3 years in NC, and then moved to TX and taught 9 years, also as a bilingual teacher. In 2014 I moved to Arlington, and have been teaching FLES since then. When I am not working I enjoy traveling inside and outside the US, as I love to learn about different cultures. I also enjoy running, and trying different restaurants. I am looking forward to working with my FLES team members and contributing to this great community!

Mr. Hernan Restrepo

¡Hola!  My name is Hernán Restrepo.  I came to the United States with my family in 2002 from Colombia, my native country.  I have been teaching Spanish for 12 years, the first 9 at Virginia Commonwealth University, and the last 3 at Barcroft Elementary in Arlington.  In my free time I like to travel, read, and spend time with my family.

Ms. Rosemarie Tenney

I will be joining the Ashlawn team this year and this makes me very happy. I heard great things about the school administrators, teachers, parents, and students. So I can’t wait to work with them. I will be teaching Spanish FLES using the approach to have the students engage by using games and hand on. I have 10 years experience in Arlington where I started teaching Art for 5 years and Spanish later to Montessori and graded students. My background is Architecture – art (Maryland University) and also got a certification for teaching and a Masters in higher education (Bolivia) as well as Spanish Culture (Salamanca – Spanish). My biggest passion is to spend time with children. I have 4 of my own, and I love to help them accomplish their goals – as I also love to do with my students. I want for my students and my children to have a big desire to learn a second or third language as this gives me a sense of accomplishment.  We know these days Spanish is in big demand in our country so I want my students to be eager and enthusiastic about learning this language. I hope I’ll have the chance to meet you all, meanwhile have a great week!

What is FLES mission?

Our mission is to provide high-quality foreign language instruction at a developmentally critical time in a student’s language development. Students participating in the FLES program begin to develop basic communicative skills in the target language while reinforcing and enriching content in other disciplines.

Foreign Language in the Elementary Schools (FLES) Program Goals:

  • To develop high levels of proficiency in Spanish at the beginning stage of language acquisition.
  • To provide a meaningful context for developing communication skills in Spanish.
  • To build an understanding and appreciation for the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • To strengthen the language competency of Spanish speaking students (native or heritage speakers).

The purpose of the FLES Spanish Program is:

  • To prepare students to begin developing functional skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish.
  • To provide a nurturing environment where students feel comfortable learning a second language.
  • To develop proficiency in oral and written communication in Spanish through the integration of language skills and concepts taught in the content areas.
  • To encourage all students to develop an openness, understanding and appreciation for other cultures.

For more information on the FLES Spanish program please visit the FLES district site.