Miss Willis, Ms. Kat and Mrs. McLoughlin are so excited to meet their new Kindergarten students! Please bring your supplies with you to Open House!Miss Willis is so excited about the upcoming school year at Discovery! This will be Miss Willis’ 13th year teaching! Miss Willis has taught 10 years in first grade and is beyond excited to be teaching in Kindergarten again this year! In addition to teaching at Discovery since it opened, she previously taught right down the street at Ashburn Elementary. Miss Willis has lived most of her life in Virginia. Miss Willis grew up in Herndon and lives in Cascades. She received her Bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University in Elementary Education with a concentration in Social Studies. Miss Willis also received her Master’s Degree from George Mason University in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Learning, Cognition and Motivation.In her spare time, Miss Willis loves to take spin (indoor cycle) classes. She takes 3-4 spin classes a week! Many of her classes start at 5:30 AM! So when you see her in the morning, she is full of energy. Miss Willis loves college football. She is a huge fan of the East Carolina Pirates and the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen. Go Pirates! Go Navy! Miss Willis is also a Washington Capitals fan and was so thrilled to see them win the Stanley Cup in 2018. She also loves watching tennis. Miss Willis enjoys spending time outside and if she could live anywhere, she would definitely pick somewhere with a beach. Miss Willis traveled to Australia this past summer and had a great adventure.Miss Willis in KindergartenMiss Willis knows that Kindergarten is such an important year of school. This is the year where students are introduced to the school routine and learn to love learning. Miss Willis believes that her classroom is a community and she is looking forward to watching her students take responsibility with classroom jobs. She also cannot wait to watch her students learn and grow academically and socially. Miss Willis is very thrilled and excited to be working in Kindergarten at Discovery, and is looking forward to a fantastic year.
Ms. Kat Shamloo is excited to be at Discovery for another year in Kindergarten staff. This will be her fourth year with LCPS. Ms. Kat completed her Bachelor’s from Walden University, and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Special Education from George Mason University. Ms. Kat comes to us from Cedar Lane Elementary, where she worked with 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grade students.
Ms. Kat has been married for 28 years and has four wonderful boys. Her youngest is leaving home, going to JMU, yay Go Dukes! Ms. Shamloo and her husband live in Ashburn for the past 15 years and before that they lived in sunny Florida.
In her spare time, Ms. Kat enjoys sewing, knitting, reading and spending time with her family. Ms. Kat family enjoys camping, fishing and going to the beach.
Ms. Kat is looking forward to getting to know her new students, and have adventures this year.
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken the joy in creative expression and knowledge." - Albert Einstein