Welcome to the Third Grade!Mrs. KingMrs. HusMs. ValentineMrs. Neelan-Hopko
Meet the third grade team!Mrs. KingI am excited to be returning to Steuart Weller to begin my fourth 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, a son who is 10 and also attends Steuart Weller and a daugher who is 16 and attends Briar Woods High School. 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 help them find their unique learning style. I am looking forward to a wonderful year in third grade with the Steuart Weller Wild Cats.Mrs. Hus
I am excited to be here at Steuart Weller for my third year of teaching! I look forward to teaching third graders 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 - one is in her last year of at West Virginia University and the other is a graduate of WVU and also works for Loudoun County Public Schools at Potomac High School in Sterling.Ms. Neelan-HopkoThis is Ms. Neelan-Hopko’s third 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 boys, one yellow Labrador and a husband who also works in Loudoun County.