EL Team

EL Team

English Learners Teacher Team

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

Ms. Shannon Brady

Hi! My name is Shannon Brady. I have taught ten years as a Kindergarten and First Grade classroom teacher in APS, and spent the last 3 years as an EL teacher at Ashlawn. 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! In addition, I have completed a teaching certificate in TESOL from George Washington University. I was raised in Sunny Southern California and love to travel, go to the beach, attend a spin or yoga class (when I have time), and spend time with my husband, daughter and son! 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. Amy Fongamy.fong@apsva.usI 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 have been an EL teacher at Ashlawn for six years (going on my seventh year) and I have been teaching for a total of 14 years. Prior to working at Ashlawn, I worked as a classroom teacher (various grade levels between 1st-3rd grade) 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, 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son, reading, exercising, eating tasty food from all over the world, 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. Wendy Ward

This is my fourth year teaching at Ashlawn, and it is a joy to work with our Global citizens and the outstanding staff and administration at Ashlawn. I love coming to work each morning! I decided to become an English language teacher after living, working, and tutoring English in Japan. I received my undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, and I received my Master of Education degree, Teaching Second Languages, from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. I am a native Virginian and enjoy spending time with my husband and two teenage sons outdoors, walking our dog and reading. My favorite children’s book is “Click, Clack, Moo” written by Doreen Cronin.

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!


Office of English Learners

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

For more information about the Office of English Learners program in Arlington Public Schools, please explore the Office of English Learners website.