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Meet the Reading Team!


Dr. Albro

Hi! I’m Jenny Albro and this is my second year at Hoffman-Boston. I started my teaching career as a classroom teacher (2nd and 3rd grades) in Kansas City, Missouri, and then became a reading interventionist in a 5th and 6th grade upper elementary school. I moved to DC 7 years ago where I started a doctoral program in literacy and language at the University of Maryland. After completing my PhD, I joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University in the Urban Teachers program where I was an ELA Lecturer for new teachers for the past 4 years. I am excited to be back in schools working with kids and teachers this school year. When I’m not doing literacy-related things, I like to rock climb with my husband, Noah, and go on hikes and camping trips with our corgi, Atlas.
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Mrs. Columbo

Hello! I’m Cindy Columbo and I’m a Reading Specialist at Hoffman-Boston. In the 2015-2016 school year I made the switch to APS after teaching elementary school in Fairfax County for several years. When I started teaching in Arlington County, I worked as a first-grade teacher at Discovery ES, while completing my Reading Specialist endorsement from GMU. After working at Discovery ES, I joined the Barrett ES community for five years and enjoyed co-teaching and providing interventions (Reading Recovery, LLI, and OG) for various groups of students in the lower and upper elementary grades. I’m very excited to be supporting 4th grade this year!  I look forward to all the exciting challenges and triumphs this year has to bring! When I’m not teaching, I love to read, bake, travel, and spend time with my family and friends. I especially enjoy taking weekend excursions with my husband and two young boys as we bike through Arlington and Falls Church City and visit various parks close to our home.
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Mrs. Findlay

My name is Mary Ruth Findlay and this is my 14th year teaching at Hoffman-Boston. I will support students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade this year and work alongside classroom teachers to help plan phonics and reading instruction. I am from North Carolina, and I lived in both Houston and Austin, TX before moving to Arlington. My family loves to read together. You may see us at the Columbia Pike Library on Saturdays. I also enjoy going to the beach, working in the yard, and watching college football and basketball.
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Mrs. LaMantia

Hello!  My name is Tammy LaMantia.  This is my ninth year as a reading specialist at Hoffman-Boston and my 20th year of teaching! I am from central New York and graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a BA in Elementary Education.  I moved to the DMV almost 30 years ago and received a M.Ed in Curriculum Instruction in Reading from The University of Virginia.  I support students and teachers in 2nd and 3rd grade in the acquisition of literacy skills and strategies required to become fluent, avid readers and writers. In my free time I enjoy strength training, running, biking and READING!  Recently my husband and I became “empty nesters” as our twin daughters started their college experiences at UVA and William & Mary.  I am looking forward to another year of Reading at Hoffman Boston.
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Mrs. Pavelich

My name is Megan Pavelich and I will be supporting students in kindergarten. I look forward to working with students in the classroom and in small groups.  I have lived in Arlington for 9 years. Before teaching at Hoffman Boston, I was a first and second grade teacher in Houston, Texas for 7 years. My husband and I enjoy taking walks and visiting parks with our 2 children. We love to travel, read, be active, and watch football.
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