I am thrilled to be your first grade teacher and welcome you to our classroom community, The Forest! This will be my sixth 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. I am married to a member of the military and have been fortunate to be able to travel and live in many different places stateside as well as overseas. We have four children, one that will get married May 2017, one that starts college this fall, a sophomore at Broad Run High School, and my youngest is a 8th grader at Farmwell Station Middle School. My high school child plays lacrosse and we spend the majority of our time cheering him on and watching his games. As a family, we think it is important to stay active, but we really love our down time where we can just do fun family activities such as watching a movie, playing a game, or doing something new. I have a passion for learning new things and I am delighted to have the opportunity to inspire that same passion in my students. I think it is important to meet students where they are and provide opportunities that challenge them to be the best they can be academically as well as personally. After all, they are the future! Together we can accomplish great things!
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!
I am so delighted to be your child’s 1st grade teacher this school year. I am committed to making sure that your child has a school year with rich and rewarding school experiences. In my classroom I will strive to make sure that I focus on building an environment where children are encouraged to try new things and never afraid of making mistakes. I will strive to continue to provide your children with hands-on-experiences, a safe environment to encourage your children to continue to build confidence and motivate them to learn new things.
I have recently graduated from Western Governor’s University and was a long term 1st grade substitute teacher at Steuart W. Weller this past school year. I have a wonderful husband and a 3 year old son named Raylan. In my free time I love spending time with my family, reading good books and working on new arts and crafts. I am looking forward to getting to know all of the children and parents and I can’t wait for this school year to begin.