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From the Principal's Desk
What a wonderful start to the school year! We enjoyed meeting so many of you at our Back to School Open House Event last Friday, and it has truly been a delight to have your children back in school this week! This year, our theme is "cWEs CAN collaborate!" We are excited to provide your children with many instructional opportunities to learn how to create, communicate, and collaborate with their peers. We are looking forward to partnering with you to make this year a happy and successful one for your children! Here are just a few photographs of our first day of school, from the classrooms of Ms. Ferguson, Mr. Svercl and Mrs. Crump!
Meet our Resource Teachers
We are fortunate to have so many staff members devoted to the success of each and every student at CWES. Below are staff members who support our teachers and our students, addressing a variety of needs and serving a variety of grade levels!
Amelia Abd, Reading Specialist
My name is Amelia Abd and I am excited to join CWES as the new Reading Specialist! Previously, I have worked as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in Central Virginia, Brazil, and Alexandria. In my free time, I love taking my three kids to the park to walk and play.
Jill Boucher, Learning Disabilities Teacher
I am Jill Boucher, a military spouse who has taught in three states and the Republic of South Korea. Recently I taught Reading at Key Middle School. I'm excited to join my two children at CWES as a special education teacher working with sixth grade!
Nilofar Naderi, School Social Worker
I am Nilofar Naderi, a native NOVA resident who enjoys traveling and exploring different cultures. After graduating from Catholic University, I worked as a Social Worker for Lutheran Social Services in DC and Therapeutic Foster Care before transitioning to FCPS.
This is my 13th year with the county. I look forward to meeting the students and their families at Canterbury Woods.
Carson Pursifull, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teacher
I'm Carson Pursifull and I graduated from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology. I have taught in both itinerant and classroom settings. I just moved from New Jersey to the area and am very excited to join the team supporting students in grades K-4!
Marisa Straub, School Psychologist
I'm Marisa Straub and I’m the school psychologist at Canterbury Woods this school year. I have been a psychologist in the county for the past two years and previously served as an intern for CWES. I attended Gallaudet University for graduate school and have been learning and developing my skills in sign language since the start of my undergraduate career. I am originally from upstate NY and enjoy a good laugh about the winters here in Virginia (and the snow days!). I am eager to see some familiar faces at CWES and meet new students and families!
Meet Our Specialists
Back row: Maggi DeLamater, long-term sub for Natalie Riordan, art; Brad Healey, P.E; Mairead Bauer, library; Kim Mitchell, strings; Dr. Jake Kohut, band.
Front row: Theresa White, STEAM; Laleh Omaraie, music/chorus; Dr. Solomiya Gorokhivska ("Dr. G"), music/chorus; Brittani Ko, art; Patricia Talmadge, theater.
Miller Susens, Strings
I’m Miller Susens, new strings teacher. I am originally from Dallas, Texas and graduated from the Jacobs School of Music with a bachelor’s degree in music education. In my free time I like to read, play the cello, and make dinner with friends.
Brittani Ko, Art
My name is Brittani Ko and I’m so excited to be joining CWES as the new art teacher! Before coming here I was the art teacher at Wakefield Forest ES. This is my second year teaching so I’m looking forward to working and learning from everyone during this upcoming school year!
Patricia Talmadge, Theater (K-3)
I am starting my sixth year as a teacher with FCPS. Prior to CWES, I taught English 9 & 10, and Theatre Arts I & II at Cedar Lane HS, and Theatre Arts at Burke MS. I am also an actress, appearing in commercials, television shows, movies, and on stage. In addition, I teach an early childhood music program for a private company. I am excited to work with our primary students at CWES!
Solomiya Gorokhivska, Music
I am Solomiya Gorokhivska, but our students call me Dr. G. I was born in Ukraine. I play multiple instruments and I love to sing. My favorite thing to do is enjoy different outdoor activities with my family and travel to interesting places. I'm looking forward to joining the music team at CWES!
Cortnee Williams, P.E.
My name is Cortnee Williams and I am excited to partner with Mr. Healey in P.E. this year at Canterbury Woods. I have coached cheer at the high school and college levels. This will be my first year teaching elementary school students. I love cheerleading and spending time with my family.
Choose Your Music Electives!
This is an exciting week for our fourth through sixth graders as they select the music electives they will take this year! Fourth graders can choose to learn a strings instrument, while fifth graders and sixth graders can choose to learn a strings or band instrument, as well as the option to join chorus. Forms went home in Take Home Tuesday folders, and links to Google forms were sent via email this past weekend. Families need only submit ONE response (paper or Google) by TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3. The form links are below:
FOURTH GRADE FORM
FIFTH GRADE FORM
SIXTH GRADE FORM
Cougars Go Green
Help us go paperless.
Every Tuesday, students bring home a folder with paperwork from the teacher, the school and the PTA....that adds up to a LOT of reams of paper used each year. This year, Canterbury Woods is offering a green option! Starting October 1st, you can access digital copies of Take Home Tuesday flyers through the CWES PTA website, the PTA newsletter, and News You Choose. (Classroom level communications—work, assessments, etc.—will still be sent home each week in the Take Home Tuesday folder.)
Please return this form or scan the QR code and fill it out electronically if you want to opt into going paperless for weekly flyers starting October 1. We only need you respond ONE WAY (by paper or by Google form).
GO PAPERLESS FORM
Please Return Your Forms
Be sure to return Emergency Care forms, Health Information forms, and the signature page to the Student Rights and Responsibilities booklet!
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