Carlin Schwartz is a Reading Specialist at Randolph Elementary. She started at Randolph in 2011. Before Randolph, she taught 1st and 2nd grade at Carlin Springs Elementary. Carlin attended James Madison University (Virginia) where she studied elementary education, psychology and Spanish. She earned her Masters of Education degree from the University of Virginia. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends. When she is not doing that she enjoys cooking, exercising and reading all kinds of books.
Ali Goldwater is a Reading Specialist at Randolph Elementary. She previously taught second grade and was an inclusion preschool teacher. Ali has an Ed.S. in Literacy Leadership and ESL from UVA, Masters of Education from George Mason University, and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Mary Washington. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and friends, read, and do yoga.
Kerri Martin is a Reading Specialist at Randolph Elementary. Prior to working at Randolph, she ran Book Buddies for multiple APS elementary schools. Kerri has a Masters of Education from UVA and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Dayton. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, get outside, and of course, READ!
Ellen Killalea is a Reading Specialist at Randolph Elementary. She previously taught kindergarten, first grade and second grade. Ellen attended Virginia Tech and George Mason University. She enjoys spending time with her family and likes to hike, read, cook and walk her dog.
English Language Arts
English Language Arts (ELA) seeks to teach English language literacy skills, primarily expressed in the ability to effectively read, write, listen, and speak. Standards and objectives that describe grade-level expectations for teaching and learning these skills are found within the state of Virginia’s English Standards of Learning.The Arlington Public Schools ELA program seeks to develop students who are strategic readers, effective writers, engaging speakers, and critical thinkers. The focus in early elementary (grades preK-2) is the development and mastery of foundational literacy skills. Evidence-based instruction that is systematic and emphasizes phonological awareness, phonics, vocabulary development, fluency, and comprehension is prioritized to meet the needs of students in the early stages of reading and writing acquisition. As students acquire foundational literacy skills the focus shifts reading and writing through content based units that can align with IB units. Students continue to build on their foundational reading skills and become increasingly proficient readers and writers.Literacy is a division-wide priority, and Randolph teachers are embracing new approaches based on all strands of Scarborough’s Reading Rope to help our students become more proficient readers.