English Learners

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Karen Bastow

I grew up in Wilmington, DE and attended University of Canterbury in New Zealand where I completed my BA in philosophy. My MA in education was completed at The George Washington University (Go Colonials!). I enjoy yoga and meditation and writing essays for wellness magazines. This is my 11th year teaching in APS and second in middle school at DHMS. An Arlington resident and mother of two, I enjoy cooking, traveling, visiting museums, and taking long walks with family including my two mini sheepadoodles.

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Kandace Connor

I studied history and teaching ESL at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. I am mom to seven kids who are in high school, college and beyond. I love reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, baking, hiking, paddle boarding and teaching English to my students from all over the world!

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Juanita Gibbons

I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. I have been an educator for APS since 1993 (Thomas Jefferson, Gunston, Nottingham, and DHMS) having earned a BA and an MA from George Mason University. I have one daughter who is a graduate from Virginia Tech. In my spare time, I enjoy reading mystery books, going to the movies, and working in the garden.

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Alexandra (Sasha) Langdon

I taught EL students in Clearwater, Florida for the last sixteen years. I was born in Russia and lived in the United States for twenty-three years. I went to college in Russia for a Bachelor Studies, but received my Masters degree from the University of South Florida where I am working on a doctorate as well. I have two grown-up children who are both in college. I love reading non-fiction, exploring new places, and going to kickboxing classes.

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Ronald Valdez

English Learners Counselor