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The Reading Team

Hello, my name is JoAnn Kowalski.This is my sixth year at Liberty Elementary,
but my 32nd year of teaching. I was a reading teacher for eight years in a western suburb of Illinois. I attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois for my Bachelors degree. I obtained my Master's degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University. When moving to Virginia I went back to school at Shenandoah University to obtain my Reading Specialist certification.  I eagerly look forward to working with Liberty Elementary School teachers and eagles. Presently I live in Berryville, VA with my husband, one weimaraner and three horses. Our grandchildren, Auggie and Isaac, prompted our move here. In addition to teaching I enjoy trail riding, quilting and spending time with my family.


Hi! My name is Jennifer Heidary and I am originally from south east Pennsylvania from a very small town called Airville, just north of the Mason Dixon line. I have been teaching in Virginia for the past twelve years, six of which have been in Loudoun County. I have a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Lock Haven University. Additionally, I have a Masters in Special Education from George Mason University. While taking some time off to raise my two sons I went back to school and earned my literacy certification also from George Mason University. I currently live in Ashburn, VA with my two sons, Cameron (5th grader) and Darek (4th grader) and my husband of 15 years. I enjoy gardening, reading and spending time with my family. I am also a huge Baltimore Orioles and Ravens fan. This will be my fourth year at Liberty as a reading specialist and I look forward to another wonderful year working with the students, parents and staff in the South Riding community.