Third Grade Team

An overview of third grade at Nottingham is below, or click here to learn more about the grade 3 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.

We believe that all children can learn and be successful. Each child is an individual and should be provided the opportunity to an environment to learn at his or her own pace. We believe that each child should be given the opportunity to develop his or her best potential mentally, physically, and socially so he or she can become a productive, creative, and responsible member of society. In 3rd grade, we encourage the development of responsibility, independence, and autonomy.

Students will be occupied in a variety of individual and collaborative work designed to accommodate their diverse and individual learning styles. The third grade curriculum will combine basic skills, authentic learning, and critical thinking.

Grade 3 Teachers

Ms. Brandt

Photo of Ms Brandt

Hi there! My name is Shannon, and I am so excited to be joining Nottingham this year! This will be my 6th year teaching. I previously taught first grade for 5 years in Fairfax County. I received both my undergraduate and master’s degree from Christopher Newport University. I grew up close by in Manassas, VA, and love being so close to home. I love the beach, traveling, hiking, soaking up the sun, practicing yoga, and spending time with my husband (Brendan), family, and friends. I can’t wait to meet everyone and become a part of the Nottingham community. I look forward to a great year!

Mrs. Ready

Twitter: @mrsready3

I moved to Arlington when I was in 5th grade. I attended Oakridge, Gunston, and Wakefield. I went to the University of Virginia for my undergraduate work and The George Washington University to become a teacher. Since 1988, I have taught at Taylor, Jamestown, and Nottingham Elementary Schools. I have four children, Shannon 28 (a recent graduate of Harvard Business School), Courtney 25 (a student at Stanford Business School), Kelly 22 (a graduate of Northwestern), and Tim 22 (a graduate of and graduate student at William & Mary). My husband and I enjoy spending time at our beach house in New Jersey. I enjoy learning and using technology, so I look forward to some really cool projects with the iPads! I also enjoy ocean kayaking, knitting, and walking to meet my FitBit goal

Ms. Teresa Foeckler

Twitter: @TeresaFoeckler

Hi everyone! My name is Teresa Foeckler (pronounced “Fek-ler”) and I am so excited to be joining the Nottingham team as one of your third grade teachers! I earned my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas where I student taught in a 2nd grade classroom and earned my first teaching license. After college I moved to Los Angeles, obtained a California teaching license, and taught Kindergarten for three years while working on a Master’s degree in Reading Instruction/Chid and Adolescent Literacy at Loyola Marymount University. After three years on the West Coast I decided to move back home to the East Coast to be near my family and I now live in Arlington, VA. As soon as I moved back I accepted a job teaching 5th grade in Arlington County and stayed in that position for two years before moving to 3rd Grade here at Nottingham.

Ms. Rachel Benowitz

Twitter: @MissBenowitz

I was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Coopersburg, Pennsylvania when I was 5 years old. After I graduated high school, I started off going to Northampton Community College for three years and finished my undergraduate at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. One of my favorite teaching experiences was being a writing teacher for a summer enrichment program back in Pennsylvania called Lehigh Valley Summerbridge. I am the second oldest of six siblings and I love to FaceTime them whenever I get the chance. I also love to read, play games, cook, travel, and use technology.