An overview of fifth grade at Nottingham is below, or click here to learn more about the grade 5 teachers!
Students in this grade are issued an APS-owned Apple iPad as a tool for their personalized learning – click here for more information on this initiative.
Welcome to Fifth grade! It probably seems like just yesterday you were anxiously sending your child to kindergarten and now they are in their last year of elementary school. We will be working hard to ensure that your child has a great year socially and academically so they move into middle school well prepared and confident.
We are committed to fostering the love of learning in all of our students. We strive to meet each child where they are to guarantee that they reach their full potential. We are committed to providing classrooms in which learning is meaningful, exciting, and thought provoking. We understand our responsibility to make certain that our 5th graders are ready to spread their wings and soar when they arrive in middle school, and we will work hard to make that happen.
My name is Lori Donnaruma and I’ve been teaching 5th grade for nine years and this is my second year at Nottingham. I’m originally from upstate New York and I received my bachelor’s and master’s degree from West Virginia University. In my free time I enjoy training for marathons and cheering on my New York Jets. I am proud to be a Nottingham Knight!
I am so excited to be teaching fifth grade at Nottingham this year. I’ve been in education for all of my adult life and have worked in both public and private schools. Last year I taught third grade, but previously, I was a 5th grade teacher right here at Nottingham. I also worked in Fairfax County and in Washington, DC. My undergraduate degree is in Health Psychology from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, if you know Bastyr I’m impressed! For my masters I jumped coasts and attended Trinity University in Washington, DC, where I received a Masters in Teaching with a focus in elementary education. I love teaching and am very interested in the well being of the whole child. In my daily life I love to move and be active and explore new places and I try to bring movement and a love of learning into the classroom as well. When I’m not at Nottingham I’m out exploring and teaching my own young children Emma (4 years) and Christian (21 months) with my husband Daniel. I also love photography, outdoors, and traveling. I look forward to getting to know you and your child as we continue the school year.
I am Mrs. Zipfel! I am looking forward to my new adventure in 5th grade this year! I started teaching at Nottingham in 2012 and I have taught 3rd and 4th grades. Prior to working at Nottingham, I taught middle school for 11 years in APS and in Maryland, and 10 years at Randolph Elementary School. I graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education in 1991. I graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2006 with my first Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching. I obtained the Elementary Education endorsement on my teaching certificate in 2010. In May, 2013, I graduated from Mansfield University with a Master’s Degree in School Media and Library Science. I am certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and School Library and Instructional Technology. I am originally from Pennsylvania, where I grew up in Sunbury, which is along the Susquehanna River. I moved to Virginia after spending 5 years in Maryland. I live in Woodbridge with my husband Ray and my dog Buster.
Mr. Mayer (Special Education)
I have taught at Nottingham since 2016. I am originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin teaching in Milwaukee Public Schools. I spent 35 years in Milwaukee teaching special education students and reading intervention students at all grade levels. At the same time, I taught at Cardinal Stritch University in the Reading and Language Arts Center diagnosing reading difficulties and teaching reading clinic students. This September (2020) will mark the beginning of my 42nd year teaching students. I received my BSE from the University of Wisconsin in 1980 and my MA from Cardinal Stritch University in 1985. I have numerous post-graduate credits in curriculum and instruction. I am looking forward to the 2020-2021 school year(s) and seeing all of you at school.