Fourth Grade Team

An overview of fourth grade at Nottingham is below, or click here to learn more about the grade 4 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.

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

Ms. Zipfel
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I have been teaching for 28 years. I spent 11 years teaching middle school and the last 17 years teaching at the elementary school level. I have taught grades 3rd, 4th, and 6th – 8th. This is my fourth year teaching 4th grade. I am looking forward to continuing my adventure in 4th grade! I graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education in 1991. I received a Certificate of Instructional Technology from George Mason in 2000. 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. I grew up in Sunbury, which is along the Susquehanna River. In 1991, I moved to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where I taught for 5 years. Then, I moved to Virginia. I currently live in Woodbridge with my husband Ray, my mom Ann, and my dog Buster.

Ms. Johnson
Twitter: @MsJohnson4th

Hi! My name is Ms. Johnson, and I am thrilled to be teaching fourth grade at Nottingham Elementary. I attended Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, and graduated with a BA of Sociology/Elementary Education. I also attended the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, where I graduated with a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. This is my eighth year of teaching, and I have previously taught first and third grade. I grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and I visit family and friends there often. In my free time I enjoy traveling, reading, running, and spending time with family, friends, and my sweet dog, Penelope.

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. Arnett
Twitter: @ArnettMs

HI! I’m Ms. Arnett! I have been teaching for 12 years now and found myself at Nottingham this year! I graduated from West Virginia University (where I was also a cheerleader) with a dual masters in Child Development/Family Studies and Elementary Education and I also have a masters of education in Reading. I grew up in western Maryland and moved to the area five years ago. In my spare time I enjoy playing with my fur-baby, Ottis, continuing my passion of cheerleading through the non-profit I co-founded called Cheer DC, and reading! I am thrilled to be at Nottingham this year and I’m looking forward to a year full of FUN and LEARNING!