First Grade


CainMs. Erin Kowalevicz


Erin Kowalevicz is a National Board Certified first grade teacher at Randolph Elementary. Before starting at Randolph in 2009, Erin taught at an international school in Nicaragua. Prior to teaching, she worked for the U.S. government in Côte d’Ivoire and China. Mrs. Kowalevicz received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and two Master of Education degrees from George Mason University; one in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis on International Education, the other in Special Education. In her free time Erin enjoys traveling, running, biking, and attending D.C. sports events with her husband Thom.


Ms. Bettina Arrunategui


Bettina Arrunategui is a 1st Grade teacher at Randolph. She was born in Lima, Peru. This will be her fourth year teaching First Grade. Before Randolph she was a 1st Grade Spanish Immersion teacher at an elementary school in Maryland. She attended the University of Maryland where she received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in Communication Disorders. In her free time she likes to do puzzles, hike, read, and hang out with family & friends.

FullwoodMs. Kaitlyn Fullwood


Kaitlyn Fullwood is a 1st grade teacher at Randolph. Before Randolph she was a 2nd grade teacher at an elementary school in Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended college at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania where she studied Early Childhood and Special Education. In her free time she likes to read books and watch movies. When she is not doing that she enjoys traveling to new places and hanging out with friends!

First Grade is a fantastic year filled with lots of learning, fun, and hard work.

Reading is the priority in first grade. The students will be immersed in a print-rich environment to develop oral language skills, phonetic skills, vocabulary, comprehension, and an awareness of print materials as sources of information and enjoyment. The students will use a variety of strategies to read new words and will read familiar selections with fluency and expression. The students will continue to develop an understanding of character, setting, main idea, and story sequence in a variety of texts.

In math, the emphasis in first grade is on counting, sorting, and comparing sets of up to 100 objects; recognizing and describing simple repeating and growing patterns; and tracing, describing, and sorting plane geometric figures. Students’ understanding of numbers will be expanded through learning and applying the basic addition and subtraction facts; using nonstandard units to measure; and organizing and interpreting data. Fractional concepts will be expanded. While learning mathematics, students will be actively engaged, using concrete materials and appropriate technologies such as calculators and computers. Problem solving has been integrated throughout the six content strands.

In science, students begin conducting simple experiments. They are introduced to the concept of classifying plants and animals based on simple characteristics. Students learn about the relationship between the sun and Earth, and between seasonal changes and plant and animal activities. Students will also begin to develop an understanding of moving objects, simple solutions, and important natural resources.

In social studies, students are introduced to the lives of leaders in the history of Virginia and their contributions to the Commonwealth. Students will develop basic map skills, and study the economic concepts of goods/services, consumers/producers, and making economic choices. Students learn to apply the traits of a good citizen and recognize that communities in Virginia have local governments. They learn that communities include people who have diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions, who make contributions to their communities, and who are united as Americans by common principles.