English Language Arts Team

The English Language Arts/Reading Team
The Ashlawn English Language Arts/Reading team would like to welcome you to Ashlawn Elementary School.
Coaches
Ms. Jennifer Ellington
jennifer.ellington@apsva.us

I am Jennifer Ellington and I have been one Ashlawn’s reading specialists since 2011. I completed my undergraduate degree at Eastern Illinois University and earned my master’s degree in Reading from University of Virginia. My free time is spent with my husband and two children watching their baseball, softball and soccer games. As a family we enjoy hiking, playing board games and traveling. In my downtime, you will find me curled up with a good book. One of my favorite parts of our Ashlawn community is our dedication to the Global Citizenship Project.


Ms. Allison Gordon
allison.gordon@apsva.us

As a young girl, my Army family moved nine times before I graduated high school in Northern Virginia. Experiencing new homes and cultures was an integral part in developing my passions today for travel, fashion, and hiking. With a Bachelors in Education and Masters in Reading, for the past 22 years I have most proudly worked to help young readers achieve success in reading, through the Reading Recovery program. Having two sons, 13 and 9, with my Army husband Erik, we impart our understanding of the world on to them. One son, a reluctant reader, discovered his joy of reading through the same series I did 35 years prior in the Choose Your Own Adventure series. As a child I wanted to be riding bikes and playing in the woods, this series was the first to hook me in by drawing upon my excitement and choice for the next action. Living in Ashburn, Virginia today and working at Ashlawn, you can’t take the “Ash” out of me!


Ms. Meg Bransford
megan.bransford@apsva.us

A native Arlingtonian, I attended James Madison University where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in Early Childhood and English.  Shortly after beginning my teaching career at Ashlawn in 1995, I decided to pursue a Masters in Education at the University of Virginia where I received my reading specialist license.  I enjoy working with Ashlawn’s talented, supportive and fun staff.  In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer, driving my children all over Arlington, and taking family walks with my sons Riley and Casey, husband Tim and sweet pup Elphie.  My favorite children’s book is Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey.


The English Language Arts Program 

The English Language Arts (ELA) program seeks to develop students who are strategic readers, effective writers, engaging speakers, and critical thinkers. Work on this goal begins early in kindergarten classrooms and continues in elementary school, into middle school, and all the way through high school.

The APS English Language Arts (ELA) Program includes:

  • READING (K-5) – Harcourt StoryTown
  • WRITING (K-1) – Units of Study for Primary Writing
  • WRITING (2-5) – Being a Writer
  • WORD STUDY (K-5) – Words Their Way in Action
  • HANDWRITING (K-3) – Handwriting Without Tears

To learn more information of the English Language Arts program explore the English Language Arts district site page.