Mrs. Ahmadzai was born and raised in Afghanistan. She has a Bachelor of Science + 30 in Elementary Education and holds a Virginia teaching endorsement in English as a Second Language.This is her 26th year teaching in Arlington County and her 22nd year teaching at Patrick Henry Elementary. She has taught grades K to five. Married for 30 years, Mr. and Mrs. Ahmadzai have four children, two of which have their graduate degrees, one in college and one in high school. Mrs. Ahmadzai enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling and cooking Afghani cuisine.
B.S., Early Childhood Education, University of Virginia
M.Ed., Reading, University of New Hampshire
English as a Second Language, Virginia Certification
Ms. Lewis grew up in Arlington County where she spent countless hours reading at the Glencarlyn Library and participating in children's theater. Naturally, she became a reading specialist and an ESOL/HILT teacher to share her love of literature and languages. She has taught in Maine, Virginia, Ecuador and Thailand. Ms. Lewis enjoys baking, hiking off the calories and art.
B.A. Sociology, Mary Washington College
M.S. Elementary Education, concentration in mathematics, Mary Washington College
Mrs. Lynch is a native of Arlington County. She graduated from Arlington County Schools and moved back here after college. Some things she enjoys are reading, being outside (except in the winter), talking with new people, and pasta!
Karen Reich is in her fourth year in Arlington Public Schools and at Patrick Henry. Ms. Reich was born in Maryland but lived in Illinois for several years. She majored in psychology and the University of Maryland and continues to be an avid Terrapins fan. She went on to receive a Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from George Mason University and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She enjoys getting to know the Reich loves traveling, cooking, reading, crafts, and spending time with her family and friends.
B.A. Elementary Education, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN
Mrs. Cowden grew up in
MA in Education (Reading) from Virginia Tech
BS in Art Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Ms. Service grew up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania the home of the weather forecasting groundhog. Earlier in her teaching career, she taught elementary art in Arlington as well as in New Jersey. Additionally, she helped to establish and provide instruction to Patrick Henry students through the Drawing on Language program.
Her outside interests include reading, art, developing conversational Spanish, music and traveling. She enjoys spending time with her husband John and their two cats, Henry and Inky. One of her great passions is to travel to Mexico each summer along with a team of others from the US. They work with the Mexican community on various educational projects.
| Ms. Deasy|
| Speech Pathologist|
|Ms. Deasy was born and raised in Massachusetts (Go Red Sox!), and received a B.A. in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross in the 1980’s. Her initial career was in business. She moved to Northern Virginia in 1988 to work in telecommunications. After she married her husband Jack they moved to Santiago, Chile for three years for his job. Upon returning to the U.S., she stayed home for several years to raise their three children, Anna, Tim and Matt. They all attended Arlington Public Schools, and loved living here. When she was ready to return to work, her sister-in-law inspired me with her glowing satisfaction with her work as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Ms. Deasy went back to school with the tremendous support of her family, and received a degree from George Washington University in 2005. While there, she concentrated studies on their new auditory learning program, which supports the development of spoken language in children who are deaf and hard of hearing. Upon graduation, her family moved to Guilford County, NC so she could work in a private practice that contracted with the public schools to provide auditory, speech and language therapy to children, especially those who were deaf or hard of hearing. In 2008 her husband’s job brought them back to the DC area, and they decided they had to live in Arlington, of course! She was thrilled to be offered a position in the school system, and is excited to have colleagues with so much expertise in other areas of speech-language pathology, hearing impairment and education.|
Ms. Platz is originally from the suburbs of Chicago. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Illinois State University. Bridgett worked for two years in the Chicagoland area before she and her husband moved to Capitol Hill. She joined the team at Arlington Public Schools in 2010 and is currently working as the speech-language pathologist in the Communications Classrooms at Patrick Henry. Ms. Platz’s great loves in life are exploring the city with her husband, spending time with her cats, and trying new and interesting food.
Raised just outside of Cleveland, Ohio, Miss Page received her B.A. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from University of Cincinnati (Go Bearcats!!). She received her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from the George Washington University. When she isn’t hoping her hometown will win a major sports title, Miss Page loves to read, watch movies & play kickball on the National Mall!
Miss Zinsser was born and raised right outside of Pittsburgh, PA. This is her first year teaching and she couldn't be happier to be at Patrick Henry Elementary! Miss Zinsser graduated in May 2012 from Penn State University with a Bachelors in Elementary and Kindergarten Education (K-6). After being selected to student teach first grade for her whole last year of college, she is excited to have her own first graders to teach this year! Miss Zinsser is so excited for a fun year in first grade and can't wait to see how much her students will learn!
Amy Casillas was born and raised in Arlington County. She is the youngest of five children and has an identical twin sister. People still often confuse them, which is easy because they live less than a mile apart. Amy graduated from LaSalle University in Philadelphia with her Elementary and Special Education Certification and did her graduate work at the University of Virginia in Special Education. This is Amy's 14th year teaching in Arlington County, but her first at an elementary school. She previously taught at Jefferson and Gunston Middle School and Yorktown High School. Although nervous at first, she absolutely loves teaching elementary school - especially at Patrick Henry! Amy has two sweet boys, Nicolas age 10 and Henry age 7. Amy loves spending time with her family,exercising, and coaching her son's basketball team!
BA Elementary Education K-8
BA Special Education K-12
Master of Arts Degree Special Education
Severe Emotional and Behavioral Disorders K-12Degrees from University of Northern
Mrs. Bovino grew up in
Miss Magid was born in El Salvador, but grew up in Washington, DC. Upon graduating high school, Miss Magid attended McDaniel College where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Miss Magid moved back to D.C. to attend Graduate school at American University where she received her Masters in Special Education. She taught for 5 years at The Lab School of Washington, a private school in D.C. specifically for students with learning disabilities. After receiving her Masters Miss Magid moved from D.C. to the Arlington area and is very eager and excited to be working with the students, parents, and staff here at Patrick Henry!
Miss Magid loves to play soccer and tennis in her free time. She enjoys running, reading, shopping, watching football, and spending time with her friends and family. Miss Magid is a huge Redskins fan. Football season is her favorite time of year! She is thrilled to be teaching at Patrick Henry for another year!
Ms. Christian Nelson is ecstatic to begin a new school year with the amazing Henry students. Ms. Nelson is originally from Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Special Education-Deaf Education. She has worked in Detroit and Stafford Public Schools. Also, Ms. Nelson attended Strayer University and obtained a degree in Education Management. Ms. Nelson has worked with elementary and middle school age children servicing various academic needs. She is a true advocate in helping student’s reach their highest potential
This is Ms. Blackwell’s fourth year working at Patrick Henry Elementary. She grew up in Arlington and attended Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson and Wakefield. After graduating from Wakefield High School, Ms. Blackwell attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and earned her Bachelor of Science then continued on to receive her Masters of Science in Special Education. Ms. Blackwell returned to Arlington with the hopes of working for Arlington Public Schools. When Ms. Blackwell is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, and playing with her two dogs.
Mr. Perez is a native of the area. He was born in Washington D.C. and has lived in the northern Virginia area most of his life. He completed his undergraduate degree in Communications from George Mason University and has received a graduate degree in Elementary Education from Mary Washington University. Not only does he teach kids, but he has also taught adults English as a second language while living in Europe. His favorite sports teams are the Nats, Skins, Caps & O's. Baseball is his favorite sport as he often visits the batting cage. He is thrilled to be part of the Patrick Henry community!!!
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University of Virginia - Administrative Endorsement; Roosevelt University - M.A. - Special Education; University of Illinois - B.S. Elementary Education; M.Ed. - Reading
Karin Edgell grew up in central Illinois, but she has lived most of her adult life in Alexandria, Virginia. After graduating from college, Karin has spent her entire career in education. Currently, she is a Principal's Designee and a Special Educator at Patrick Henry School. Teaching English and Social Studies in middle school and English and Special Education in high school were prior experiences. She is married to an intellectual property attorney and has one son, who is with the Department of Commerce. Leisure time activities include golfing, biking, walking, exercising, and attending cultural events. Professionally, Karin believes that all children can be successful learners given the appropriate opportunity and an effective environment. Positive encouragement for every student in essential. Personally, Karin believes that teachers will be more effective if they broaden their outside interests and engage in healthy, diverse activities.