Sherri Sewell, 5th Grade ESOL
Sherri Sewall is an ESOL Specialist at Randolph. She started at Randolph in 2013 as a 5th grade teacher. Prior to this she was a 2nd grade teacher in Stone Mountain, Georgia and a Science Teacher at the Fernbank Science Museum. She was also a teacher for the SEMAA (Science, Engineering, Math and Aerospace Academy) as part of NASA’s Education Program. She studied Education at Mercer University where she received her Master’s in Reading. Sherri enjoys genealogical research, walking the Wilson Bridge, reading, dancing and listening to music.
Ms. Mercedes Ureña
Maria Mercedes Dones-Urena is an ESOL assistant at Randolph ES. She started at Randolph ES in November 2006. Before working at Randolph ES she was a bilingual Kindergarten teacher at Prince Williams County, Virginia. She also worked at Key ES in Arlington, Virginia as an ESOL assistant for 7 years and 6 years in Washington DC Elementary Schools as an instructional assistant, She attended University at UDC in Washington DC where she studied an Associate degree in Applied Science in Computer Science Technology. She also attended at George Mason University where she studied a Bachelor degree of Individualized Study Educational Psychology. She got her Virginia teaching license Pre-K to 3rd grade in 2010.
Dr. Terry Kita, ESOL Lead,4th Grade ESOL
Terry Kita holds a Ph.D. in Anthroplogy (University of Pittsburgh), an M.A. in History (University of Illinois/Urbana), and an Honors B.Phil. in Japanese Language and Literature (University of Pittsburgh). Before becoming a teacher, she worked in museums including the Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Pittsburgh), the Tokugawa Art Museum (Japan), and currently consults for the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University in Indiana. Dr. Kita completed her teaching courses at the University of Virginia and the Montgomery Montessori Institute. Dr. Kita is certified as an Elementary (Pre-K-6th grade), ESOL, and Montessori teacher. She has also written several books and articles, the most recent of which is “Unintentional Cooperation: The Friendship Doll Mission and the Inescapable American Image of the Kimono-clad Little Japanese Girl” for Brill/Leiden and The Sun Shines for Us All: The Friendship Dolls from Japan (Brauer Museum of Art/Valparaiso University). She lives in Falls Church with her art historian husband, Sandy Kita. Her hobbies include knitting, drawing, and doll collecting.
Karina Fasullo, 3rd Grade ESOL
Karina Fasullo is a Third Grade ESOL teacher at Randolph. Before Randolph she taught first grade teacher for seven years at ATES in Annandale, Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree from Fordham University in New York City and her Master’s in Education from the University of Virginia. In her free time she enjoys long runs on the W&OD trail, nature hikes with friends, and spending time with her nephew and nieces. Additionally, she spends her summers backpacking internationally, as she has a great zest for learning about different cultures and traditions.
Mercedes Oetgen, 1st Grade ESOL
Mercedes Oetgen is a First Grade ESOL/HILT teacher at Randolph Elementary School. This is her first year at Randolph. She received her undergraduate degree from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain and her M.Ed in ESL Education from Marymount University. Mercedes is bilingual in English and Spanish and also speaks French and Italian. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.
Rachel Gunawardena, 2nd Grade ESOL
Rae Gunawardena is teaching English Language Learners for the second grade students at Randolph. Rae has a B.A. in Spanish from Carthage College in Wisconsin and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. She has previously taught English in China and in Ecuador to various ages. In her spare time, Rae runs marathons and enjoys baking desserts.
Margie Graham, Upper Elementary ESOL Assistant
The Randolph ESOL team provides services for all students who need language-related support. This includes newcomers who need basic conversational English, students who have been in the U.S. for more than a year and need to strengthen reading comprehension and writing skills, and any student who needs differentiated instruction to help master academic content. The ESOL team includes several members with advanced degrees and several bilingual speakers. We also provide before and after school English language and test-prep clubs throughout the year.