Principal’s Notes from Nottingham – Back to School

The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.                                                                                                        __ Michelangelo

Dear Parents/Guardians, Regarding:  Patrol Belt Pick Up Information and Launch into Literacy Information 2016 – 2017 School Year Patrol Belt Pick Up Ms. Matthews, Nottingham’s Patrol Sponsor, asks that parents/guardians remind their 5th grade children to visit the main office on Thursday, September 1, after 9:45 a.m. to pick up information and equipment necessary to carry out their duties beginning the first day of school.  We are proud of the Nottingham Safety Patrols and appreciate their help in keeping all of our Knights safe as they travel to and from school! Launching into Literacy Presentation

  • September 6
  • 9:05 – 9:40 a.m.
  • Library

Please consider joining us Tuesday morning, September, 6th at 9:05 a.m. in the Nottingham Library. Reading Specialist Jennifer Brown will be presenting a “Launch to Literacy” event. Join her for a brief overview of early literacy stages, including concept of word, sight words, and Robust Vocabulary. Attendees will receive helpful activities to do with their child and academic links for websites to enrich the literacy experience in your home. I hope to see many of you at my Principal Meet and Greet, scheduled for Thursday evening, September 1st, from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Childcare will be provided. Afterwards, consider bringing your children out back on the back field for a picnic dinner at our “Knight to Remember!” family event, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

New Staffing Updates

Please join Mr. Koutsouftikis and me in extending a warm Nottingham welcome to:
Becky Johnston- Third Grade. My name is Becky Johnston and I am so excited to be joining the Nottingham community this year! I recently moved to Virginia with my husband after living in Kansas for a year. We have moved around a lot as my husband is in the military. This has given me the opportunity to teach a wide variety of students around the world. I taught first and third grade in Savannah, GA. We then moved to Japan, where I taught 5th and 6th grades to Japanese students learning all subjects in English. In Kansas, I taught 6th grade for the 2015-2016 school year. I have loved every grade that I have taught, but am happy to be coming back to third grade! I am originally from Wilmington, NC and attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington for my undergraduate studies. I earned my master’s degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. I am a lifelong learner and strive to instill the love for learning in my students. When I’m not teaching, I love to travel, read, and ride my bike. I’m looking forward to a great school year!

Brianna Wine – Third Grade
My name is Brianna Wine and I am excited to be teaching third grade at Nottingham this year! I taught two years of fourth grade for FCPS after I received my degree from Towson University near Baltimore. Although I consider myself from Maryland, I have lived in eight different states.  I love cooking with my husband, traveling, games, and baking chocolate chip cookies. What I love most is helping students grow!

Juanita H. Gibbons – FLES K-5
Hola!  My name is Juanita Gibbons.  I am very excited to be teaching Spanish at the elementary level after having taught English as a Second Language (ESOL) at Gunston and Thomas Jefferson Middle Schools.  While teaching ESOL the thought was always in the back of my mind that I would one day want to change my career and begin teaching Spanish to elementary students.  Consequently in the Spring of this year, I decided to act on that interest and received my certificate in teaching Spanish.  Colombia is my country of birth, but shortly after graduating from high school, I traveled to the United States to pursue higher education in Latin American Studies (BA) and in English Linguistics (MA) with an endorsement in ESOL. My husband and I live in Arlington and we have one daughter who just finished her first year of college.

Katherine Corke – Art
My name is Katherine Corke, but everyone calls me Katie. I am excited to be teaching art at both Nottingham and Reed-Westover this year! I am a New Jersey native, but attended college in Virginia at James Madison University for Art Education and Psychology. This will be my first full time teaching job since graduating, and I am really excited! In my spare time I love to spend time with my two dogs, read, swim, and of course, create art.

 Kendra Hackenberg – Part-Time Reading Specialist
I am looking forward to working with and getting to know everyone at Nottingham this year!  My teaching career started in Montgomery County, where I taught grades 3, 4, and 5.  The past three years I have been a reading specialist in Fairfax County.  I received my undergraduate from Penn State University and my Masters from Johns Hopkins University.  I am a huge Penn State fan!  I have a 14 month old son and two rescue dogs:  a labradoodle and bichon frise/poodle mix.  My husband and I love being outdoors, hiking and traveling.  I love spending time with friends and family, reading, and working out (after the workout!)

Karina Vargas – Clinic Aide
Hi! My name is Karina Vargas. I went to George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. I previously worked as a substitute teacher for pre-k to twelfth grade, summer camp counselor, and iCamp counselor teaching robotic engineering with LEGOs and video game programming. I enjoy watching movies, playing soccer, reading and writing, playing video games, sewing, traveling, and taking a lot of pictures. This year I hope to help every parent and child that comes into the clinic with the best care

.Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education.

Mary Beth Pelosky
Marybeth.pelosky@apsva.u s@NTMPrincipal  @NTMKnightsAPS