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Hello!  My name is Dawn Utendorf. It is such a privilege to be teaching first grade at Cool Spring.  I have my Masters Degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy.  I love kids and helping them learn is such a rewarding experience. I have taught Kindergarten and first grade for a total of 12 years in Fairfax County and Loudoun County. I live here in Leesburg with my husband Tom and our four children. Our oldest daughter, Emily will begin her first year at the University of Pittsburgh. Claire will be a senior at Heritage HS, Grace is in 7th grade at Harper Park and our son Thomas, is in 3rd grade here at Cool Spring.

This year I will strive to make learning fun, build students' confidence and encourage them to take risks.  First grade is such an important year for nurturing a love of school and reading.  I will guide the children to go beyond what they ever thought they could do.  I look forward to working with the whole family as we form a partnership that will keep your child excited, engaged and successful.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns and we will schedule a conference.  My email is
                                     !! FIRST GRADERS ARE FABULOUS!!
Last Modified on August 18, 2016