Ms. Christine Swift
Christine R. Swift is a 3rd grade teacher at Randolph. She is happy to be returning to Randolph Elementary for her second-year teaching in Arlington. She has been a reading specialist for DC Public Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools. She has taught in Indiana, New York and Washington D.C. She attended Butler University in Indiana where she studied Effective Teaching and Reading. Her undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education from the State College of New York at Oneonta. She also has been trained as a Reading Recovery scholar through Purdue University and worked as Reading Recovery teacher for 10 years. In her free time, she attends PAL (People Animals Love) events to visit nursing homes, hospitals and libraries with her certified therapy dog, Frosty. Her dog Frosty is part of the Randolph Community and often visits the classroom to read with her students. She is a member of the Greater Washington Reading Council and enjoys visiting her childhood home in New York often with her family.
Ms. Heather Fenton
Ms. Kathy Hall
Kathy Hall is beginning her third year at Randolph as a third grade teacher. Mrs. Hall is certified to teach school in seven states and has taught 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th grades. She holds a bachelor of science degree in Education: Instruction and Curriculum from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts degree in Instruction and Curriculum with an emphasis in Elementary Education from Chapman University, Orange, California. Mrs. Hall is originally from Texas and is a proud Dallas Cowboys fan! She is married to Brad, has two young adult children, Abigail and Ethan, who are both W-L graduates, two dogs, Trixie and Brutus, and a cat named Juliet.
Mr. Ward Merritt
Ward Merritt is a 3rd grade classroom teacher who started working at Randolph in the 1995-’96 school year. Randolph is his first and only school! Ward received a BA from Amherst College, and a M Ed. from Lesley College/Shady Hill School. When he’s not at school, he can be found reading, working in my vegetable garden, taking long walks, or exploring different neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.
Third grade students learn about Ecosystems and Simple Machines in science. The students will visit the outdoor lab for the first time, to enhance their learning about simple machines. In social studies, they learn about 5 important Ancient Civilizations: Egypt, China, Rome, Greece, and Mali. It is a big year for mathematical learning! Students learn everything from place value for numbers up to 6 digits, to multiplication, to geometry. In Reading, students make a shift from learning to read, to reading to learn- with a big focus on comprehension skills in both fiction and non-fiction. Near the end of the year, students take SOL’s for the first time in reading and math. The third grade team works collaboratively with the math coaches and reading team to ensure student growth and learning. Students in third grade also learn a variety of new concepts in the arts and physical education including playing the recorder and taking swimming lessons.