Welcome to the Third Grade!Mrs. KingMs. GillisMrs. HowellMrs. HusMs. ValentineMrs. Neelan-HopkoMrs. BurginMeet the third grade team!
Ms. Gillis began her teaching career in California teaching 5th and 2nd grade students. She moved to Virginia in 2001 and taught 3rd grade at John Adams Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia. After taking time off to care for her three children, she returned to teaching six years ago. She is excited to start her seventh year in third grade at Steuart W. Weller! Ms. Gillis looks forward to meeting you. Come on by to room #35 for a visit. Let's have a wonderful year.Mrs. Howell
Mrs. Howell is excited to begin another year teaching 3rd grade at Steuart Weller Elementary. Originally from Maryland, she began her career teaching second grade in Charles County. During that time, she received her Master’s Degree at the College of Notre Dame of MD. Prior to joining Loudoun County, Mrs. Howell taught third grade for five years in Fairfax County. At home, she enjoys reading a good book and spending time with her husband and two children. Mrs. Howell is looking forward to a wonderful year with the Weller Wild Cats!Mrs. KingI am excited to be returning to Steuart Weller next year for my third year here. I moved to Loudoun County in 1997 after graduating from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA with a degree in Psychology and Elementary Education. I began teaching at Lowes Island Elementary School in fourth grade and did so for six years. At that point, I stayed home to raise my children and while doing so, I held a preschool out of my home and tutored several children. I was also a coach in Loudoun County from the years 1997-2000. I coached girls basketball at Potomac Falls High School. I have two children, ages 9 and 15. I love teaching and believe all children have a great capacity to learn and grow. I think all children are unique in how they learn and I love to teach them how to find their unique learning style. I am looking forward to a wonderful year in third grade with the Steuart Weller Wild Cats.Mrs. BurginI am truly a native of this area having grown up in Fairfax County and graduating from Oakton High School. I earned my undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Elementary Education PK-7 and Intellectual Disabilities K-12. Go HOKIES!! After teaching 6th grade Middle School regular education for several years in Prince William County, I traveled to Evanston, IL to attend Northwestern University where I completed my Masters' Degree in Learning Disabilities K-12. Throughout the years I have taught Preschool through 6th grade, regular education and special education, in both Fairfax and Loudoun Counties. My husband and I live in Ashburn, VA and have 3 beautiful daughters! I consider it an honor and a privilege to say that I am teaching here at Steuart Weller Elementary School where I am part of a wonderful faculty and staff.Mrs. Hus
I am excited to be here at Steuart Weller for my second year of teaching! I look forward to teaching third grade and bringing a lot of hands-on activities and experiments into the classroom to enhance learning.
I have a bachelor's degree in Marketing and a master's in Elementary Education. I have three children (2 of which are in college!) that were my inspiration for becoming a teacher. I have always felt fortunate when they had teachers who inspired them and I look forward to being the same kind of inspiration for your children! It is going to be a great year!Ms. Valentine
Ms. Gwenn Valentine is honored to be a member of the charter staff of Steuart Weller Elementary where she began as a kindergarten teacher and later taught first grade. Previously, she taught kindergarten at Cool Spring Elementary in Leesburg and Potomack Elementary in Sterling. She brings with her to the third grade experience an enthusiasm for early learning and a love for the developing minds of little children! She feels that it is a great privilege to play a key role in the lives of her students in these first critical years of their educational journey. Ms. Valentine holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Fairmont State University and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from George Mason University. Ms. Valentine prides herself in being a career changer from the fast-paced corporate world of telecommunications where she worked as a quality assurance specialist, receivables management trainer, and later, as a customer service supervisor. She has two daughters who attend West Virginia University.Ms. Neelan-HopkoThis is Ms. Neelan-Hopko’s first year teaching at Steuart W. Weller and she is delighted to work with the third grade Wild Cats! She has an undergraduate degree in the sciences from University of Maryland and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Mount Saint Mary's University. At home she enjoys biking, yoga, walking and spending time with her family. She has two school age boys, one yellow Labrador and a husband who also works in Loudoun County.