Fourth Grade Team

Independence and responsibility are key characteristics of Fourth Grade. Through daily assignments and long-term projects students practice organization and time management skills. Students develop the ability to independently problem solve and learn from each other. Mutual respect, empathy, and communication are explicitly taught utilizing the principles and practices of Responsive Classroom.

Curriculum Resources

Grade 4 Teachers


Mr. Konstantin
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Hi! My name is Alexander Konstantin. This is my first year teaching at Nottingham Elementary School. But, this is not my first year here at Nottingham. I am thrilled to be teaching at the school I attended as a child (class of 2005)! I’ve been working with children for over ten years at The Congressional School in Falls Church. I am ready and excited to begin my career as a teacher in the community that raised me. I’m a big DC sports fan, I’m passionate about competitive drum and bugle corps, and I love reading about military history. I cannot wait to meet you and your family!

Ms. Zipfel

Tricia Zipfel

Hello! I am Mrs. Zipfel and I will be teaching Math and Science this year. I started teaching at Nottingham in 2012 and I have taught 3rd, 4th and 5th 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 a 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. 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. I enjoy going to the OBX, reading Nora Roberts’ books, watching tv, and listening to music. I am looking forward to a great year in 4th grade!

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My name is Kayla, and I am so excited to start my fourth year at Nottingham! I grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and moved to Arlington in 2020. I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for my undergraduate degree and for my Master’s in Elementary Education. Go Heels! I love to travel, spend time with my family and friends, and read lots of books. I am thrilled to meet everyone and get started learning!

Ms. Lewin (Special Education)

Dina Lewin

I started teaching at Nottingham at the start of the 2019 school year, after a 12-year hiatus as a stay-at-home mom. Prior to that, I provided special education support in kindergarten at McKinley Elementary School and then taught 6th-8th graders in the Life Skills program at Swanson Middle School. I have an undergraduate degree in Family/Child Development & Psychology from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and a Masters in Special Education from George Mason University. Teaching is my second career, after having worked as a social worker serving adults with intellectual disabilities in the City of Alexandria for over five years. My hobbies include cooking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. I live in Arlington with my husband, our two kids, and our adorable, fluffy mini goldendoodle named Chewie. I love being part of the Nottingham team!