Dear K-1 families, Welcome to Stratton! My name is Mrs. Nolan (Ashly Nolan) and I will be your teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. In kindergarten, students will learn to make new friends, play, and become part of the classroom community. Together we will read lots of new books, write, count, discover, and explore the world around us!
Here's a little bit about me...Teaching has always been my passion. From the second I stepped foot into a classroom, I knew it’s where I was meant to be. In 2008, I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After graduation, I taught ballet to kindergarten aged students at the Joanne Langione Dance Center in Newton. In 2011, I began my teaching career in Waltham as a pre-kindergarten paraprofessional in an Intensive Special Needs classroom. In 2013, I moved into a Grade 1 Inclusion classroom and earned my masters degree shortly thereafter from Lesley University in Early Childhood Education. Over the summer of 2014, I was given the amazing opportunity to join the Stratton team as a kindergarten teacher and that's how I got where I am. This will be my eighth year in Arlington and I am beyond thrilled to begin another year!
When I am not in school, I enjoy spending time with my husband Mark, three year old daughter Brielle, and our little chihuahua Junior. I love dancing, at home workouts, listening to music, and going to farmers' markets.
On your kindergartner’s first day of school please be sure to bring the following:
1 complete set of extra clothes in a bag (labeled with their first and last name to keep in the classroom) in case of spills or accidents.
A large backpack that students will take to and from school each day. The backpack should be large enough to fit a lunchbox and folder.
A lunch box to take to and from school each day.
A pair of corded headphones (no earbuds please) in a ziploc bag with your child’s first and last name.
A printed 4x6 picture of your family. Please write your kindergartners’ name on the back.
I am so excited to continue my work in the Arlington community and I look forward to spending the year with your incoming kindergartner! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Sincerely, Mrs. Nolan