I am a special education teacher, and this is my second year teaching. I am an APS alumnus. I am working on my Master of Education with a focus on English Learners. I am originally from Mexico. I am the oldest of five siblings. I like to go fishing and hiking for fun. I love my students and feel lucky to be part of the Randolph team!
James Miller is a Special Education Teacher at Randolph Elementary. Prior to coming to Randolph in 2020, James taught in Montgomery County. James is a DC area native who completed undergrad at Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature. James continued studies at George Mason University and graduated with a Masters in Special Education with a focus in Applied Behavior Analysis. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, traveling, hiking with his two dogs, and supporting DC sports teams.
Breana Orr, K / 1st Grade SpEd Teacher
Breana Orr is a Special Education Kindergarten Teacher. Prior to coming to Randolph, she was a Special Education Assistant for five years, at Hoffman Boston Elementary School, in Arlington, VA. She completed her undergraduate degree at Virginia Union University, in Richmond, VA. In her free time, Ms. Orr likes to cook, and spend time with her family and friends.
Emily LeCompte, 2nd / 3rd Grade SpEd Teacher
Emily LeCompte – I am beyond lucky to have the best job in the world! For the last five years, I taught in non-public schools for students with special needs. I loved teaching all the subjects (especially reading) and helping out during P.E. and art classes. I am eager to join the Randolph community and work in an IB school because the students, families, and staff are the best! When I am not at school, I love being outside, walking my two little dogs, and working on jigsaw puzzles. I can’t wait to get to know all of you!
Julian Mejia, 3rd / 1st Grade SpEd Teacher
Julian Mejia is a Special Education Teacher at Randolph. This is his first year at Randolph. Prior to coming to Randolph, he was a bilingual education teacher for 12 years in Houston, Tx. Mr. Mejia received his undergraduate degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and his master’s degree in special education from the University of Texas. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing tennis.
Kelly Cotter, MIPA
Kelly Cotter is the MIPA teacher at Randolph. She attended the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York for a B.S. in Childhood and Special Education and the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York for an M.S. in Teaching Students with Significant Disabilities. She has worked in both public and private schools in a variety of positions, such as a resource special education teacher, self-contained teacher for students with autism, and assistive technology specialist. Outside of school, she has worked as an autism support professional within the home setting and was a staff trainer for a recreational program for kids with autism. Kelly is active in a non-profit where she has traveled to Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands, and India, educating about evidence-based strategies for individuals with disabilities.
Ms. Lupita Rodriguez Lopez
Ms. Rodriguez is a kindergarten special education teacher. This is her first year as a special education teacher. Last year she was a third-grade classroom teacher at Randolph. Prior to teaching third grade she was an elementary school substitute teacher for three years. As a substitute teacher she worked in several schools and classrooms in Northern Virginia. Ms. Rodriguez had a WONDERFUL education growing up and all her dreams came true! She hopes to help other students have memories of a wonderful education. Ms. Rodriguez is a resident of Falls Church, Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dog Coco and baking sweets.
JoAnne Krisko, Self Contained 3 – 5 SpEd Teacher
JoAnne Krisko is a Special Educator at Randolph Elementary. Ms. Krisko obtained her Master’s in Special Education from the University of Massachusetts Boston. She attended Messiah College in PA for undergrad, studying Recreation and Psychology. Teaching Randolph Stars has been a highlight of her career. Reading good books, traveling, and getting fresh air are among her favorite things to do.
Jazmyn Beckford, Self Contained K-2 SpEd Teacher
Ms. Jazmyn Beckford is a Special Educator at Randolph Elementary. This will be her third year at Randolph. Ms. Beckford is an Arlington native. Before Randolph, she was a Special Education assistant at Patrick Henry Elementary, in Arlington. Currently, she is working on her Master’s in Special Education from the University of Virginia. She attended Florida State for undergrad, studying Mathematics. Crafting, traveling, and eating good food are among her favorite things to do.
Rita Amponsah, SpEd Instructional Assistant
Rita Amponsah is an instructional assistant at Randolph. She has been in the school system for almost 4 years. Rita is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree. During her leisure time she enjoys watching movies and spending time with her friends.
Jen Baitinger, School Counselor
Jennifer Baitinger is the school counselor at Randolph. Before Randolph she was an elementary teacher at various grades, but loved being a Kindergarten teacher for 4 years in Fairfax County. She attended the College of Wooster in Ohio where she majored in psychology. She got her Masters in elementary education from George Washington University and a Masters in school counseling from George Mason University. She has two sons, one daughter, and two dogs. She likes traveling and spending time with her family. She also enjoys going for walks and hanging out with friends.
Jamie Marin, Occupational Therapist
Jamie Marin is the occupational therapist for Randolph Elementary School. She graduated from Southwestern University in Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Child Studies/Language Development and Psychology. She then attended Texas Woman’s University in Houston, Texas where she received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. After passing her board exams, she worked at Texas Children’s Hospital and its satellite clinics in the Houston area for several years. Upon moving to Arlington, Jamie initially worked in the Adult Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation setting but she always knew that she wanted to work with children again. Approximately three years ago, she was thrilled to be hired by Arlington Public Schools and, even more, to be assigned to Randolph. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing guitar and spending time with her husband (Victor), her daughter (Dylan) and her dog (Winnie).
Danielle R. Miles is a special educator and began her teaching career in 2003. Danielle earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising from the University of Florida in 1996; her MBA from Nova Southeastern University in 2003, her Masters in Education/Special Education from George Mason University in 2006, and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2013. She started her career as a long-term substitute with Manassas City Public Schools. In Prince William County Public Schools, she served in the capacity of special education department chair for 10 years at Fred Lynn Middle School and Potomac Middle School. She continued her career with the District of Columbia Public Schools as an intervention specialist working with special education and at-risk students to improve their reading skills. She also served as athletic director and served on the discipline team. She is currently a Student Support Coordinator and previously served as a team leader and special education department chair and substitute AP at Kenmore Middle School. In 2005, Danielle was selected to be a Japan Fulbright Scholar where she traveled to Japan with 200 educators and administrators to learn about their education system. In her spare time, Danielle works with DTEC (Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign) TAG (Teachers Advocating to Lead Great Change). ESSA implementation, Equity and a Quality education for ALL students. Danielle is also a member of the Arlington Education Association (AEA)/Virginia Education Association (VEA)/National Education Association (NEA) where she has held several leadership positions. She works with the Special Olympics as a Coach and assisted in getting Kenmore with being recognized as a “Special Olympics Unified Champion School.” Her team started the “#Inclusion Revolution.” She was selected by her principal to serve as one of the Academic Parent Teacher Team (APTT) Champions. She was a facilitator for Challenging Racism: “Learning how through stories and conversations.” She is a member of the illustrious sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Danielle started an all-girls mentor group for at risk black and brown girls in 7th and 8th grade called ASPIRE (Ambitious, Sensational, Passionate, Intelligent, Radiant, & Extraordinary young ladies) to improve self-image awareness, self-confidence, self satisfaction and reaching personal potential.
Alex Baldwin attended Frostburg State University for both his Bachelors and Masters Degree. His Bachelors is in Communications and Masters is in School Counseling. His interests include going to the beach, spending time with his wife and puppy, and coaching football at Justice High School in Falls Church. His favorite children’s book is Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. I am really looking forward to meeting all new the students and staff at Randolph this year!
I am looking forward to my fourth year as a school psychologist with APS. I am so excited to work with the children , families, and staff members at Randolph ES. Previously I worked as a Reading Teacher and helped to strengthen student’s literacy skills. My foremost goal is to foster a supportive learning experience for our students.
Rebecca Firehock, Speech Pathologist
Rebecca Firehock is a Speech Language Pathologist at Randolph Elementary. She has been assigned to Randolph for the last 5 years. Before joining the Randolph team, she worked in early intervention, clinic based services as well as public and charter schools in Washington D.C. She received her Master’s Degree at Loyola College in Maryland in Speech Language Pathology. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter and rescue dog. When she’s not spending time with her family, she enjoys spending time with friends, cooking and traveling.