Second Grade Team

An overview of second grade at Nottingham is below, or click here to learn more about the grade 2 teachers!

Welcome to the wonderful world of 2nd grade!  Second grade is an important year for learning and growing, while helping students learn to become more independent and responsible!  Our main goal in 2nd Grade is to provide a nurturing and rich learning environment for your child, while helping them reach their full potential.

With Responsive Classroom as an important part of our classrooms, we value our 2nd graders’ social and emotional growth to be equally important as their academic growth. To learn more about our robust curriculum in 2nd grade, please visit the Arlington County Elementary Program of Studies. To learn more about when we are teaching specific curriculum items, please view our Second Grade Scope and Sequence.

Grade 2 Teachers

Mrs. Meden

Twitter: @medenMmeden

Ms. Gallagher

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Twitter: @GallaghersOwls

Hello! My name is Kate Gallagher and I am so excited to be at Nottingham. This is my 2nd year teaching 2nd Grade, and my first in Arlington. I am from Connecticut and went to college at UCONN (go Huskies!) and then earned a Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Saint Joseph. I live in Arlington with my boyfriend, Luke, and we love going to the beach. I also enjoy reading (especially Mo Willems books), eating lots of ice cream, and walking dogs in my free time. I can’t wait for a great school year with my owls, it will be a HOOT!


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Twitter: @tigersntm

My name is Maurice Katoen and I have been working for Arlington County for 27 years. All, but one have been here at Nottingham. I live in Centreville, VA with my wife Sherri and our dog Rosey. I love to travel, sing and spend time with friends and family. I also love following our local sports teams, especially the Redskins and the Nationals. My wife and I have partial season tickets to see the Nats and enjoy spending time at the ballpark during the spring and summer. I am fluent in Spanish, thanks to my mom, who was an Arlington County Spanish teacher for 27 years. I love teaching at Nottingham. The community here is so generous with their time and talents and help our students and staff in so many ways. Go Knights!

Ms. Petro

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Twitter: @petropenguins

Hi friends! My name is Lauren Petro and I am grateful to be joining the Nottingham family this year as a second-grade teacher. I recently moved here from New Jersey where I spent the last seven years teaching in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District. During my time in New Jersey, I received extensive training in the workshop model through Teachers College and earned a Master of Literacy and Reading Specialist certification. When I am not in the classroom, you can find me baking, hiking, running, or rooting for the Chicago Cubs!