I am thrilled to be your first grade teacher and welcome you to our classroom community, The Forest! This will be my fourth year as a first grade teacher here at Steuart Weller. Previously, I worked at Steuart Weller as a resource teacher for two years before moving to Damascus, Syria where I taught Kindergarten at the Damascus Community School. Upon my return stateside, I was ecstatic to find another opportunity to teach here at Steuart Weller.
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in early childhood from Austin Peay State University and a master’s degree in Education from Saint Mary University. I have previously taught first and fourth grade in Kentucky.
Mrs. Valentine holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Fairmont State University and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University. Previously, she taught kindergarten at Cool Spring Elementary in Leesburg and Potomack Elementary in Sterling.
Mrs. Valentine prides herself in being a career changer from the fast-paced corporate world of telecommunications where she worked as a quality assurance specialist, receivables management trainer, and later, as a customer service supervisor.
Miss Apwisch is so excited to be a part of the first grade team and a member of the Weller Wild Cat family! Teaching is her passion and it is her dream come true to be an educator. She looks forward to creating a positive classroom environment for learning and growth. She grew up here in Loudoun County and graduated from Potomac Falls High School. She attended James Madison University (Go Dukes!) and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies and a Masters of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education. She is proud to be a Double Duke! In her free time, she loves to bake (especially cupcakes), read, spend time with friends and family, and travel around the world (she has dual citizenship with Denmark). She is thrilled to begin what is sure to be a wonderful year in first grade!