Pre-K SpEd Teacher Vanesa Figueroa
Vanesa Figueroa is a preschool special education teacher at Randolph. She started at Randolph this year. Before Randolph she was a preschool teacher at Sunshine Elementary in Lee County Florida, and a special education teacher at Instituto Loaiza Cordero in Puerto Rico. She attended college at American University College in Puerto Rico where she studied Education with a major in Special Education and a minor in Early Education. In her free time she likes to read books and watch Netflix. When she is not doing that she likes to visit new places and hang out with friends.
Kindergarten SpEd Teacher Leo Ribeiro
Leo Ribeiro is a resource special education teacher at Randolph. He started at Randolph in 2017. Before coming to Randolph he was a second grade and a special education teacher for Baltimore City Public Schools, as well as a preschool teacher at Etz Hayim Preschool here in Arlington. Mr. Ribeiro is currently working towards earning a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Johns Hopkins University, and he holds a degree in Languages (Portuguese/English) from Universidade de Mogi das Cruzes in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a degree in Hospitality and Culinary Arts from Worcester College of Technology in Worcester, UK, and an MBA from the University of the Potomac in Washington D.C. In his free time he likes to hang out at home with his pets, read, and spend time with family and friends playing tourist around the DMV area.
1st Grade SpEd Teacher Tiffany Petzinger
Tiffany Petzinger is a Special Education Resource teacher at Randolph. This is her 1st year at Randolph. Before Randolph, she was a Special Education and ESOL teacher at Glebe Elementary, in Arlington. Tiffany graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and English from William Paterson University in New Jersey. She went to George Mason University to get her Master’s degree in Curriculum/Instruction, as well as English as a Second Language. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her 1 year old son; as well as go to the movies and hang out with her friends.
Sped Instructional Assistant Rita Amponsah
Rita Amponsah is a first year instructional assistant at Randolph. She has been in the school system for almost 2 years. Rita is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree. During her leisure time she enjoys watch movies and spending time with her friends.
2nd/ 3rd Grade SpEd Teacher Becca Jones
Rebecca Jones is a 2nd and 3rd special education grade teacher at Randolph. This is her fourth year at Randolph. Before teaching 2nd and 3rd grade, she was a 5th grade special education resource teacher. She attended college at Marist College in New York where she studied Psychology, Elementary Education, and Special Education. In her free time she likes to play volleyball and take walks with her dog, Bella. When she is not doing that she enjoys cooking and hanging out with friends and family.
3rd/4th Grade SpEd Teacher JoAnne Krisko
JoAnne Krisko is a Special Educator at Randolph Elementary. This will be her first year at Randolph. Ms. Krisko moved from Denver, Colorado this summer, having taught for many years in various school settings as a Special Educator. Prior to living in the Rocky Mountains, Ms. Krisko lived and taught in Boston, MA. While there, she 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. Reading good books, traveling, and getting fresh air are among her favorite things to do.
5th Grade SpEd Teacher Gwendolyn Irby
Gwendolyn (Gwen) Irby is a newly hired Special Education teacher for the 2018-2019 school year, and she will be primarily working with the 5th grade team. Prior to joining Randolph, Gwen had been working as an instructional assistant in a grades 3-5 self-contained class at Hoffman-Boston since the 2014-2015 school year. Gwen is currently working on her Masters in Special Education @ Regent University, and has a Masters in Management Studies/MBA from the University of Maryland. Gwen enjoys spending time with her daughter and family. She is a big Baltimore RAVENS fan. In her spare time, she loves long distance walking and going out dancing when she has the time.
Self Contained K – 2 SpEd Teacher Caitlin McGinnis
Caitlin McGinnis is a K-2nd grade special education teacher at Randolph. She started at Randolph last year. Before Randolph she was a 3rd -5th grade teacher at a public school in North Carolina, and a 7th grade special education teacher. She attended college at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied Journalism. In her free time she likes to exercise, read and hang out with her dog. When she is not doing that she enjoys cooking and hanging out with friends in her neighborhood.
Self Contained 3 – 5 SpEd Teacher Christina Jeffers
Psychologist Staci Downey
Staci Downey is a School Psychologist at Randolph. This is her first year at Randolph and in Virginia. Before Randolph she worked in schools k-12 and a program specializing in Autism, in New York and Florida. She graduated with her Masters at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York; in School Psychology. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family, be outdoors, travel, read, and cook
Occupational Therapist Jamie Marin
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).
Speech Pathologist Rebecca Firehock
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.
Social Worker Flor Gonzalez
Flor Gonzalez is a School Social Worker at Randolph. This is her first year at Randolph. She attended Catholic University of America in Washington, DC for her MSW. She was a School Social Work Intern for Alexandria City Public Schools and for Arlington Public Schools. She grew up in Arlington and attended APS schools. In her free time, she enjoys binge watching shows and movies on Netflix, and spends time with her family and friends.
School Counselor Jen Baitinger
Jennifer Baitinger is the school counselor at Randolph. This will be her 6th year being part of the Randolph family. 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.