Mrs. Souada Bailoul

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Mrs. Souada Bailoul

I came to USA from Morocco, where I received my Master's Degree in Psychology in 1993. I'm happy to have realized my dream of being a teacher, the dream that always tickled my emotions. I taught for two years at the Morocco Institute of Technology. Then I got the chance to work for 2 years in a middle school.  When I came to the United States, I worked with children of all ages for ten years. After this experience, I decided to advance my skills, so I registered at NVCC to get my CDA (Child development associate degree) and become a professional in the early childhood field. I worked with LCPS for six years at Steuart Weller ES as ELL TA. I also worked with SA in Summer School. Becoming a teacher has made me realize how truly important my role is to the kids. I understand that their future depends on what we teach them everyday.  Working as an educator doesn't only help me as a teacher, but also makes me a proud mom of 2 great kids (Othman, Nasroallah).
 

I enjoy playing indoors and outdoors, reading, cooking, watching movies, and traveling with my husband and kids.
I'm so happy to be a member of Trailside School as an Instructional Assistant.

Mrs. Kalimah Davis

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Mrs. Kalimah Davis

I am very excited to start my second year here at Trailside as an instructional assistant. Prior to joining the Pack, I was an LCPS substitute and a stay-at-home mom. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. However, I’ve been on this side of the US for 10 years now. I live in Ashburn with my husband and 3 beautiful children; a preschooler, kindergartener and second grader. We enjoy going to the beach, camping and traveling. I am also a track & field coach at Potomac Falls High School. I am looking forward to working with all the students and staff here at Trailside!

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Mrs. Lisa Gallagher

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Mrs. Lisa Gallagher

I am so happy to be coming back for my fifth year at Trailside.  I began as an Instructional Assistant for my first 2 years, and then became a Resource Teacher for grades 6 and 7. I have lived in Ashburn for 14 years with my husband and four children. My youngest son is a senior at Stone Bridge HS, I have a son at Penn State, and 2 children who have graduated, one from JMU and one from UVA.

Before becoming a stay-at-home-mom, I worked for Mobil Oil Corp. and Sears Corp. in marketing and financial analysis roles. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Economics from University of Delaware. My favorite things to do include gardening, exercising outdoors, and going to the beach, especially Cape Cod! I am really looking forward to another great year with the students and staff at Trailside!

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Mrs. Carol Jones

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Mrs. Carol Jones

I am very excited to work as a Resource/Study Hall teacher at Trailside Middle School. I have been a Resource Teacher here for several years and enjoy working in the school environment. I previously taught high school math and worked in the business world for several years. I have worked at various schools but Trailside is my favorite!

I taught Algebra and Geometry in Virginia and then in New Jersey. After marrying and moving to New Jersey I got my Master’s degree in Statistics from Rutgers University and worked for a large corporation until our children arrived.  We lived in New Jersey for 12 years and then in England for 4 years. 

We moved back to Virginia and live in Fairfax County. Our children are grown now but stay with us some of the time. Our oldest son is an attorney in Virginia and our daughter is the owner and director of a local ballet studio. Our youngest son graduated last year from WVU and is in the Navy.

I am also a Realtor and occasional costume assistant for my daughter’s studio. When I have free time, I like to read or go to the beach.

Ms. Giselle Kerns

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Ms. Giselle Kerns

It is my great pleasure to be an instructional assistant at Trailside Middle School. I previously taught at Smart’s Mill Middle School for over eight years as an ELL teacher assistant. Teaching and helping children is my passion and I’m excited to be a part of opening a new school.

 

I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, specializing in child psychology, from George Mason University. I speak fluent Spanish and some French. The majority of my experience is in teaching math and science to middle school age children. I look forward to sharing my talents and experience with your children at our new school.

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Mrs. Laura Lyden

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Mrs. Laura Lyden

I am excited to begin my 15th year with LCPS. It's my 6th year here at Trailside, and it's a great place to be! Middle school students are my favorite group to work with. Together we can learn all there is to know about Distant Learning. Even though it will be a different kind of school year, I'm looking forward to building a community where students feel confident and successful. 

My husband, Rob and I have lived in Leesburg for 22 years, and our two children have gone all the way through LCPS schools, graduating from Loudoun County High School. Our daughter lives in Richmond and our son lives in Arlington. Hanging out with them tops the list of my favorite things. We love to travel together and see new places. I also love to read, so let me know the great books you've read.

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Ms. Alexis Payne

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Ms. Alexis Payne

I am delighted to be returning to Trailside for my third year as an Instructional Assistant. Before joining the pack, I was an early childhood teacher for 5 years and I worked for St. Johns County Public Schools in Florida. I realized my passion for teaching at a young age. Preparing and teaching my own children before they went off to school really sealed the deal. Becoming a licensed ELL teacher is one of my current objectives. As a former ELL student myself, I understand the frustration, challenges, and rewards that comes with being an English Language Learner.

 

In my free time I absolutely love spending time with my kids, either watching movies, going sightseeing or just hanging out. I have two girls, one in college, the other in high school and my youngest is in middle school. I am excited to be back! I look forward to working with the students and our wonderful staff!

Mrs. Bonnie Payne

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Mrs. Bonnie Payne

Hello Timberwolves!

I am excited to begin my fifth year as an Instructional Assistant at Trailside!  I was an LCPS substitute for two years.  Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, I was a Program Manager for Sprint.  I have a degree in Business Management from Old Dominion University. Go Monarchs!

I live in Ashburn with my husband and two children. My children are freshman in college. We have lived in Ashburn for over 20 years.  I was born in DC and grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland. Therefore, I am a huge Washington Redskins fan! My husband is an Eagles fan, so it is always an entertaining time in our house when the two teams play each other. I am looking forward to working with all the students and staff at Trailside.

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Ms. Deb Pedraza

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Ms. Deb Pedraza

I am very excited to start my 4th year at Trailside Middle School.  I am one of the 8th grade Resource teachers and I look forward to helping the students develop consistent study habits to prepare them for high school.  Before I started at TMS, I was a substitute for LCPS for 4 years mainly at Newton Lee Elementary and Belmont Ridge Middle School.   My husband and I have lived in Ashburn for over 16 years and have two sons.  One is a Freshman at GMU playing on the Men's Soccer team and the other is a Junior at Virginia Tech.   It is our first year of being an empty nester!  

I am from Latrobe, PA so of course I am a huge Steeler fan.  Latrobe is famous for many things:   the Steelers Training camp, a hometown family friend, Arnold Palmer and also my real neighbor, Mr. Rogers.  Before working in LCPS, I was in the accounting field.  I graduated from Penn State University with an accounting degree and worked several years auditing with Ernst & Young in Washington DC.  Once I had children, I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home.   

I spent lots of COVID time in our house at the beach (OCMD) and preparing our two boys to go back to college.  I love relaxing with our miniature Schnauzer, Ella.  Most do not agree but I also enjoy yardwork and reading in my spare time.    I am excited to start this year and get back to “normal” life.   

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Mrs. Debbi Zisko

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Mrs. Debbi Zisko

I am excited to begin another year at Trailside Middle School this year! This will mark my 5th year with Loudoun County Public Schools, and what a great place to be! I am a Special Education Instructional Assistant and feel very privileged to be able to work with so many wonderful and inspiring children every day.

Before working at LCPS I was previously in the banking industry for 18 years. My family and I have lived in Northern Virginia for over 10 years now and coming from the west coast, I am happy to be able to enjoy all 4 seasons on this side of the country. When not working I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, baking and especially spending time at the beach. I am an avid reader and enjoy volunteering at the local library. I look forward to another fantastic journey at Trailside. I am very proud to be a Timberwolf!