Creativity, compassion, and critical thinking are three of the values that Tara Reardon strives to instill in her students. Tara earned a Bachelor's in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland, a Masters of Business Administration from the George Washington University, and is currently pursuing an endorsement in Gifted Education from the University of Virginia.
This school year, Tara is starting her fourteenth year in education. She has taught second, third, and fourth grade and has educated students with a myriad of talents, skills, and challenges. She is currently the 5th-grade Gifted Resource Teacher at Walker Elementary School in Charlottesville, VA. Before moving to Charlottesville, Tara spent many years teaching in MCPS. She is a volunteer for the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA and is a board member for the HOWS Project. When Tara is not in a classroom, she is most likely hiking with her rescue dogs, Tilly and Zoe.
Sylvie Herberg taught ninth and eleventh-grade honors and on-level English, AP Language & Composition, and Journalism at Walter Johnson High School for 10 years. While at WJ, she taught a College and SAT Preparation class and sponsored the award-winning student newspaper, The Pitch. Most recently, Sylvie spent four years living in Fort Hood, Texas where she continued teaching tenth grade, AP Language & Composition, and private remote tutoring in the areas of general essay writing and editing, college essay writing, SAT, and ACT preparation, and grammar instruction.
Sylvie holds a Master of Arts degree in English Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Journalism Education from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with a double major in English from the University of Maryland, College Park. Sylvie currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband who is an Army surgeon, her two children Nathan and Ellie, and rescue dog Carly. Sylvie spends most of her time playing with her children and developing creative ways to prevent the dog from destroying her house.
Andrea was a classroom teacher teaching first and second grade for 10 years. She taught first grade for five years at Ardmore Elementary in Prince George’s County, first grade and second grade for four years at Kensington Parkwood, in Montgomery County, and spent one-year teaching first grade at National Heritage Academies, a charter school, in Syracuse, NY.
Andrea holds a Master of Science degree in Reading from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in history from St. Bonaventure University. Andrea also participated in a study abroad eight-week program at Oxford University where she studied the history of Europe.
Andrea enjoyed her years in the classroom teaching, creating a positive learning environment, and instilling the love of learning in all her students. She worked incredibly hard helping them all to grow into confident readers. She believes it is important to understand each student and meet them at their level to help them reach their fullest potential. Andrea has a passion for Children’s literacy.
Andrea now resides in Danville, PA. She absolutely loves being a mother to her four little ones, Andrew, Eliana, James, and Carolyn. Andrea is taking a break from the classroom while she stays home with her children. She enjoys gardening, spin classes, and spending time with her husband.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Elliott has traveled widely to pursue his career in higher education. He moved first to St. Paul, Minnesota to attend Macalester College, with brief stints abroad at the Goethe Institute in Berlin, as well as King’s College in London. Focusing his studies on Medieval Christianity, he earned a BA from Macalester with majors in History and Religious Studies in 2009. Next stop: Cambridge, Massachusetts. There, he studied Philosophy of Religion at Harvard Divinity School, serving as a non-resident tutor for the undergraduates of Eliot House; he received an MTS (Master of Theological Studies) from HDS in 2012. Following this brief tenure at Harvard, Elliott went out west to Missoula, Montana. In 2014, he completed his MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing at the University of Montana. While at UM, he taught collegiate writing for two years, predominantly the required freshman composition class Writing 101, but also one section of a Creative Writing Poetry Workshop.
From 2014 - 2018, Elliott worked full time as a freelance writer and editor, executing a wide variety of writing contracts. Some of the projects to which he contributed writing include The Manifesto in Literature, Histories of Ordinary Life in Totalitarian Regimes, the Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations, the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Legal Issues Across the Globe, and Immigration and Migration In Context, among others. Many of these writing projects are textbooks geared for a target audience that overlaps advanced high school classes, as well as introductory college courses.
In the fall of 2018, Elliott joined the PhD program in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, with research foci in Religion and Literature, Modern Jewish Thought, and the Philosophy of History. He currently serves as a Teaching Assistant in the Religious Studies Department at UVA, teaching discussion sections on a wide variety of Religion courses. In addition, he also works as a Writing Tutor at UVA's Writing Center, tutoring both undergraduate and graduate students, with topics that range from brainstorming ideas and writing strategies for first-year college essays, to polishing up the very final draft of research grant proposals for recent PhD recipients applying to post-doc positions. In his free time, Elliott enjoys traveling, hiking, biking, and watching both football and football (soccer)
Alexia Chatfield is a secondary ELA teacher in Montgomery County. She grew up in the DMV area and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. Upon graduation, Alexia continued her studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English Literature and a Teaching Certificate in Secondary English Education. Alexia was also a teaching fellow for the national nonprofit Breakthrough Collaborative, which is where she first realized her passion for education.
Alexia currently teaches 9th grade English at Walter Johnson High School but previously taught 7th grade English at Silver Creek Middle School. This year, Alexia will also be advising the literary and arts magazine at Walter Johnson, Spectator and this past summer she taught an online summer SAT course. Throughout her career Alexia has had a variety of experiences tutoring students of different ages and with different needs. Her work has mostly focused on improving students’ writing and grammar skills, reading comprehension, and executive functioning skills (organizational management), but she has extended her tutoring to some other content as well. Most of Alexia’s students have been in middle school and early high school (6th-10th grade). When Alexia isn’t teaching, you’d likely find her painting, reading, roadtripping, eating, or doing crossword puzzles
Damani J Davis
Damani is a teacher in MCPS currently at Tilden Middle School. He is certified to teach all mathematics classes from grades 6-12. He has experience teaching in both middle and high school. Damani's particular areas of expertise are Algebra 1, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus.
Ashley is entering her tenth year teaching! After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master’s Degree in Secondary Education, she taught a variety of English classes at Montgomery College. Having graduated from MCPS, she was eager to teach in the county where she was raised.
Ashley has a pretty unique experience having taught everything related to English from 6th grade (at Eastern Middle School), drama, creative writing, and currently teaches 9th and 12th grade at Walter Johnson High School. She’s been able to teach the whole spectrum of building fundamental skills to finessing those skills to create effective arguments and strong critical analyses. She strives to instill a love of reading, writing, and critical thinking in her students. Ashley is determined to show each student she works with that they can be successful writers.
When not in the classroom Ashley can be found going to concerts, playing with her dog Max, with a book nearby, traveling, and desperately wishing for snow in winter so she can go skiing.