In fifth grade our goal is to help our students become independent learners and thinkers so they can problem solve and grow as individuals. Since they will be going to middle school next year, we spend a lot of time in fifth grade talking about different ways students can be more responsible for their thoughts, actions, and attitudes, and take even more ownership of their learning and the choices they make. Fifth grade is a unique year in which our students get a chance to go on an overnight camping trip at the outdoor lab! There, they will have the chance to fish, kayak, test water samples, learn about the animal kingdoms, prepare community meals, hike, and go on a nighttime nature walk. In addition, the fifth graders also look forward to middle school visits and their graduation ceremony. Throughout the course of the school year students have the opportunity to study ancient civilizations in social studies, as well as states of matter, oceanography, electricity, biology, geology, and physics in science. In writing, students are learning how to draft, revise, edit, research, describe, explain, and develop well written and thoughtful pieces of work in a variety of genres. As readers, our students are continuing to build on their ability to analyze, infer, predict, draw conclusions, interpret, and identify the main idea and details in both fictional and nonfictional texts. As our students embark on their final year at Randolph Elementary School, we encourage them to take all of the valuable lessons they’ve learned thus far and use them to grow into the well-rounded and successful individuals we know they can be.
Andrew McDaniel is a 5th grade teacher at Randolph. Before Randolph he was a 3rd grade teacher at a public school in Nashville, TN. He attended the University of Virginia where he studied Urban and Environmental Planning. He also attended Vanderbilt University where he studied Elementary Education. In his free time he likes to read, listen to music and watch movies. When he is not doing that he is spending time with friends or traveling.
Ms. Stefanie Fleenor
Stefanie Fleenor is a 5th grade teacher at Randolph. Before coming to Randolph, Stefanie taught 4th and 5th grade in DC Public Schools. Before that, she taught 4th grade in Charlotte, NC. She attended undergrad at the University of Tennessee and graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, she likes to travel and spend time with her family, friends, and two dogs.
Ms. Megan Mangione
Megan Mangione is a 5th grade teacher at Randolph. Before to coming to Randolph, Megan taught 3rd and 5th grade in Stafford County Public Schools. She attended Old Dominion University for her undergrad, as well as her graduate schooling. In her free time, she likes to take care of her plants, read, and travel.
Ms. Ashley Omekam
My name is Ashley Omekam. This is my first year teaching at Randolph Elementary. I love to teach just as much as I love to learn. Outside the classroom my twin sister and I run an ecommerce business called Ejima Yarn, I plant, listen to lots of music, and create short films about the world around me. I am excited to meet and continue to grow the minds of our future.