English Language Arts Team

PALS Score report explanation for parents:

Kindergarten PALS

Parent PALS Kindergarten letter in English

Parent PALS Kindergarten letter in Arabic

Parent PALS Kindergarten letter in Amharic

Parent PALS Kindergarten letter in Mongolian

Parent PALS Kindergarten letter in Spanish

1st – 3rd grade PALS:

Parent PALS 1st/2nd grade letter in English

Parent PALS 1/2nd grade letter in Spanish

Parent PALS 1/3 grade letter in Amharic

Parent PALS 1/3 grade letter in Mongolian

Parent PALS 1/2 grade letter in Arabic

Dibels Score report explanation for parents:

Parent Dibels Score Report in English

Parent Dibels Score Report in Spanish

Parent Dibels Score Report in Amharic

Parent Dibels Score Report in Arabic

Parent Dibels Score Report in Mongolian

The English Language Arts/Reading Team
The Ashlawn English Language Arts/Reading team would like to welcome you to Ashlawn Elementary School.
English Language Arts Team


Ms. Meg Bransford


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.

Ms. Jennifer Ellington

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

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, reading, fashion, and hiking. With a Bachelors in Education and Masters in Reading from Virginia Tech, for the past 26 years, I have proudly worked to help young readers achieve success. After years of teaching experience and reading research into the brain science of reading, I believe the best method for teaching children to read is through a structured literacy approach. Orton Gillingham training provided one of the necessary tools for me to ensure all students succeed. Having two sons, 16 and 12, with my husband Erik, we work to 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 Loudoun County with my family and our four legged son/dog, Cash, we manage to find lots of adventure in the beautiful nature surrounding us, too!

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

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