The Ashlawn ESOL/HILT team would like to welcome you to Ashlawn Elementary School.


Ms. Amy Fong

I grew up across the continents of Africa, Asia, and North America which developed in me a love for cultures and learning from others. I love working with students from other cultures and places. I am going on my fourth year as an ESOL teacher at Ashlawn and I have been teaching for 12 years. Prior to coming to Ashlawn, I worked as a classroom teacher at a private school. I have an MSE degree in early childhood education with an ESOL endorsement from John Brown University and an Med in reading education from the University of Virginia. I love spending time with my husband and daughter, reading, exercising, eating tasty ethnic food, and exploring new places. My favorite children’s book is “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. I love working at Ashlawn because of the people. It’s such a supportive and inclusive community which I’m so thankful to be a part of.

Ms. Shannon Brady

Hi! My name is Shannon Brady. I have spent the past ten years as a Kindergarten and First Grade classroom teacher, and am excited to be a part of the ESOL/HILT team this school year. I hold an M.T. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Foreign Affairs with a minor in Global Culture and Commerce from the University of Virginia. Wahoo Wah! I am currently working toward a certificate in TESOL from George Washington University. I was raised in Sunny California and love to travel, go to the beach, attend a spin or yoga class (when I have time), and read with my daughter. We love to read any of the Olivia books, Madeleine, and Elephant and Piggie! Ashlawn is a special place that celebrates diversity and focuses on helping others. I love Ashlawn and feel very fortunate to be a part of this happy and helpful community!

Ms. Dana Crepeau

I received my bachelor’s degrees from The College of William and Mary (English and Elementary Education) and my master’s degree from Georgetown University (Teaching English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education).  My career in education has been varied and exciting. In Arlington, I’ve been teaching for fourteen years! I’ve taught preschool, first grade and ESOL at four different schools.  In addition, I have had opportunities to tutor and be a youth advocate for students with special needs in DC Public Schools.  In 2003, I was awarded a Washington Post grant to study Spanish and culture in Galicia, Spain, and in 2004, I received a scholarship to study at the Universidad de las Americas in Quito, Ecuador for the summer.  Outside of the classroom, I love spending time with my husband and two children, singing with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, hiking, cooking, learning and speaking Spanish, and reading.  One of my favorite children’s books is My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett.  I also love the humor and quirky characters in Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson series.  I am grateful to be a part of the Ashlawn community and am inspired by our school focus on service toward others through the Global Citizenship Project!

Ms. Wendy Ward

Ms. Terry Hill

I am a Marymount University graduate and a retired APS elementary teacher. After teaching 31 years in APS, I was Ashlawn’s school-based substitute for 4 years and is currently a part-time HILT assistant. My favorite children’s books are The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and the Mr.Putter &Tabby series by Cynthia Rylant. I enjoy yoga, cooking, and spending time with my family and friends. I can assure you that going into my 17th year at Ashlawn, I truly love the community, my colleagues, and especially the kids!

Ms. Grecia Machicado

ESOL/HILT Program Vision

Arlington Public Schools believes that all English Language Learners achieve their fullest potential while building upon their diverse language and cultural backgrounds. The ESOL/HILT office collaborates with APS staff to guide, support and monitor instruction that develops academic language and content knowledge to accelerate student progress. The ESOL/HILT Office also collaborates with APS staff to build effective parental and community involvement that promotes student achievement.

For more information about the ESOL/HILT program in Arlington Public Schools, please explore the ESOL/HILT district site page.