Outstanding Elementary New Teacher, Finalists, and School Recipients

The outstanding elementary new teachers recognized at 2019 FCPS Honors

a photo of hanna nguyen2019 Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher 

Hanna Nguyen, Fifth Grade Teacher, Garfield Elementary School, Region 3

Hanna radiates positivity and greets her students with a huge smile every morning. She is there for them whenever they need a laugh on a tough day or a motivational talk to remind them to keep trying. Her students have transformed into everything from environmentalists to poets in her classroom. She has the ability to come up with innovative ways to teach content, while getting the kids to dance, rap, compete, or even let their creativity fly through a project. She has taught a hip hop dance club after school and is currently a part of a science club that meets before school. Her passion and love for her students shines through her commitment in helping them see their own true potential.



ashley adams2019 Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher Finalist 

Ashley Abrams, 5th Grade Teacher, Union Mill Elementary School, Region 4

Walking into her fifth grade classroom, it is evident that engagement is crucial to Ashley’s daily instruction. She partners with her students in the learning process and understands that teaching goes beyond well-crafted lessons and extends to crafted moments with everyone in her class. Ashley seizes every second of the day, finding spare time to reteach key concepts, provide individual support, or cheer someone up. To demonstrate that they are valued inside and outside of the classroom, she attends music performances and sporting events to strengthen her relationships. Ashley sees her job as a grand adventure for which she has planned and prepared and shows she is more than ready to take on the challenges of each new day.



a photo of jackie breslin2019 Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher Finalist 

Jacqueline Breslin, 6th Grade Teacher, Little Run Elementary School, Region 5

Jacqueline’s impact throughout the Little Run community has been impressive. Her core values of building relationships, connecting to our community, and creating meaningful opportunities for students to learn is what makes Jacqueline a vital community member. “Miss Breslin’s greatest strength,” a colleague said,  “is her ability to build positive relationships and make meaningful connections with her students.” Not only is she academically available for her students inside and outside of school, she is always available emotionally. She spends many lunches and weekends spending time with students and families. Colleagues commend her positive, collaborative attitude and willingness to help. A parent expressed: “We are so thankful and grateful for Miss Breslin’s teaching style, dedication, and commitment to help her students.”



a photo of megan gardner2019 Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher Finalist

Megan Gardner, Gifted Education Center Teacher, Churchill Road Elementary School, Region 1

Megan warmly greets each student daily with a smile and the promise of an engaging day.  Colleagues note she “has a unique understanding of every student allowing her to reach them in life changing ways” and “skillfully provides instruction that is tailored to each child,” connecting content to their lives. They reflect that her level of instruction is more typical of a highly experienced teacher. She’s often found in the cafeteria or with her classroom “lunch bunch” strengthening her understanding of who her students are, how they learn, and what motivates them.  Parents appreciate her insightful, comprehensive collaboration.  Students embrace challenges because she inspires the confidence to keep trying for that “aha” moment when their eyes light up with accomplishment.



a photo of madelyn king2019 Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher Finalist  

Madelyn King, Fifth Grade Teacher, Chesterbrook Elementary School, Region 2

There is no doubt that Madelyn is a gifted educator who touches her students’ lives. Madelyn makes learning come alive with a multi-sensory approach to teaching. She is known for writing original raps to help students review material and for sharing stories about herself to build her caring classroom culture. Madelyn has the biggest heart and would do anything to help her students succeed. She goes above and beyond to create an inclusive setting where differences are celebrated. She believes that every student has something to offer and she helps her students to believe it too. “Maddy has a way of being so genuine,” said a parent, “parents always leave her classroom knowing that their students are well cared for.”



2019 Outstanding New Elementary School Teacher - School Recipients

  • Annandale Terrace Elementary School

    • Yanneli Cortez, Kindergarten Teacher

  • Bailey's Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences

    • Munazzah Ghazanfar, First Grade Teacher

  • Bailey's Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences

    • Elizabeth Armitage, Third Grade Teacher

  • Beech Tree Elementary School

    • Lyly Lieu, Second Grade Teacher

  • Bonnie Brae Elementary School

    • Jade Payne, Kindergarten Teacher

  • Braddock Elementary School

    • Emily Gross, First Grade Teacher *

  • Bren Mar Park Elementary School

    • Aberdeen Bowman, Learning Disabilities Teacher

  • Bull Run Elementary School

    • Kate Fraser, Multiple Disabilities Teacher

  • Burke School

    • V.J. Hyde, Music Therapist

  • Bush Hill Elementary School

    • Ambler Goddin, Second Grade Teacher

  • Camelot Elementary school

    • ​​​​​​​Taylor Woller, Enhanced Autism Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Canterbury Woods Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Amanda Wajert, Third Grade Teacher

  • Centre Ridge Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Emily Dohse, Music Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Centreville Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Collin Cogan, Fifth Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Chesterbrook Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Madelyn King, Fifth Grade Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Churchill Road Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Megan Gardner, Third Grade Advanced Academics Program Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Cunningham Park Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Mackenzie Kowal, Third Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Deer Park Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Matthew Taylor, Multiple Disabilites Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Dranesville Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Abbey Knoll, Preschool Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Eagle View Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Kelsey Martin, Multiple Disabilities Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Fairfax Villa Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Madison Romano, Kindergarten Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Fairhill Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Daniela Pastor, Learning Disabilities Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Flint Hill Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Brittany McClellan, Kindergarten Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Floris Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Madison Elliott, Sixth Grade Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Forestdale Elementary School​​​​​​​

    • Kathy Taylor, Third Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Fort Belvoir Primary School

    • ​​​​​​​Bhendari Moore, Multiple Disabilities Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Fort Belvoir Upper School

    • ​​​​​​​Emily McGovern, Learning Disabilities Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Franconia Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Claire Branson, Kindergarten Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Franklin Sherman Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Jessica Pisani, Multiple Disabilities Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Freedom Hill Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Linda Oh, Fifth Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Garfield Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Hanna Nguyen, Fifth Grade Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Great Falls Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Devon Walker, 3rd grade teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Greenbriar West Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Mackenzie Roth, First Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Halley Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Sylvia Song, Kindergarten Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Haycock Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Caitlin Baker, Second Grade Teacher

  • Hollin Meadows Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Angie Palma, Sixth Grade Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences

    • ​​​​​​​Courtney Kim, Fifth Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Island Creek Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Charlene Belanger, Third Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Keene Mill Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Rowan Shartel, Gifted Education Center Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Kent Gardens Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Ted Frederick, Band Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Kings Glen Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Jennifer Houck, ESOL Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Kings Park Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Chelsea Koryak, Second Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Lane Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Taylor Neuhart, Fourth Grade Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Lanier Middle School

    • ​​​​​​​Lisa Wiswell, History & Social Studies Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Laurel Ridge Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Christine Connor, Music Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lees Corner Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Jeanette Peterson, Kindergarten Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Liberty Middle School

    • ​​​​​​​Meagan Riley, Seventh Grade English Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Little Run Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Jacqueline Breslin, Sixth Grade Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​London Towne Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Molly Haas, Fifth Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Mantua Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Kathleen Irwin, First Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​McNair Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Pamela Gehle, Multiple Disabilities Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Mosby Woods Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Jane Eur, First Grade Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Mount Eagle Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Megan McGregor, Fourth Grade Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Michael Abouraad, Sixth Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Navy Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Kelli Taranto, First Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​North Springfield Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Meghan Lynn, Third Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Oak Hill Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Katie Blandon, Learning Disabilities Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Oak View Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Kelly Hurry, First Grade Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Parklawn Elementary School

    • Erin Stewart, Preschool Teacher, Autism

  • Pine Spring Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Kayla Cruz, First Grade Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Poplar Tree Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Katrina Hutzell, Third Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Providence Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Kaylee Homyk, First Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Riverside Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Amy Eckardt, Learning Disabilities Teacher

  • Rolling Valley Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Michael Klucker, Strings Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Rose Hill Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Edward Windhausen, Preschool Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Sangster Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Brittany Liberatore, First Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Saratoga Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Christina Hanafin, Learning Disabilities Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Shrevewood Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Shelby Aleksejczyk, Fourth Grade Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Silverbrook Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Jaclyn Fishler, Multiple Disabilities Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Sleepy Hollow Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Gabriel Segal, Physical Education Teacher *

  • Springfield Estates Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Christina Miller, First Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Sunrise Valley Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Alison Donahue, Second Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Terra Centre Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Katie Hardy, Second Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Terraset Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Elise Bender, Kindergarten Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Union Mill Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Ashley Abrams, Fifth Grade Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Wakefield Forest Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Jessica Clark, Fifth Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Waples Mill Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Jordyn Jelstrom, Third Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Westbriar Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Caitlin Welch, Second Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Westgate Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Sally Sommers, Kindergarten Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Westlawn Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Kashif Bhatti, Sixth Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​Weyanoke Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Christy M. Spear, First Grade Teacher

  • ​​​​​​​White Oaks Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Katherine Gilmore, First Grade Teacher *

  • ​​​​​​​Willow Springs Elementary School

    • ​​​​​​​Alison Willison, Kindergarten Teacher *​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

* Denotes Pyramid-Level Recipient

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