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. Please view our Second Grade Scope and Sequence to learn more about when we are teaching specific curriculum items.
Hi! My name is Maurice Katoen and I am so excited to be a part of the Nottingham community! I joined the Nottingham staff in the 1992-1993 school year. I have taught first, second, and third grade, all here at Nottingham. I received both my undergraduate and master’s degree from George Mason University. I was born in Colombia S.A. and I am fluent in Spanish. My mother taught Spanish in Arlington for 26 years, both at Williamsburg and Wakefield. I love to travel, bowl, sing and play the handbells at my church. My wife and I live in Centreville, Virginia. Go Knights!
My name is Madison, I’m so excited to be in Second grade this year at Nottingham! I grew up in Wake Forest, North Carolina. I moved to Washington D.C in January of this year. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I love to travel, spend time with family and friends, and go to the beach. I am so excited to meet all of you!
Hi! My name is Laura Zielinski, and I am so excited to be a part of the 2nd grade team at Nottingham this year! I am originally from Buffalo, NY, and live in Arlington with my husband, Rik. I completed both my master’s and undergraduate degrees at the University of Pittsburgh. I began my career teaching with FCPS for 8 years before moving out to the SF Bay Area for 4 years teaching at the kindergarten, first and second grade levels. In my free time I love to bake, read, travel, workout, cheer on the Buffalo Bills, and spend time with family and friends.
Ms. Baumeister (Special Education)
Hi! My name is Lauren Baumeister and I’m from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. I graduated from Bloomsburg University with a dual degree in Special Education and Early Childhood Education. Go Huskies! After graduation, I moved to Arlington, Virginia and taught 1st Grade for Fairfax County Public Schools. In 2019, I started teaching Special Education at Nottingham Elementary School. My hobbies include working out, hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family. I can’t wait for another great year at Nottingham ES!