Welcome to Kindergarten!!!!

Kindergarten is a new frontier! Our day is filled with learning about reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. Students are engaged through music, movements, and hands-on activities. The Kindergarten team is excited to give our students the building blocks they need to become flexible thinkers, and eventually fluent readers and mathematical problem solvers. Our goal is for our students to build lifelong good feelings about learning and school.

Ms. Bullock's Class

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Vonique Bullock

Hi All-Stars! I’m Ms. Bullock and I am a kindergarten teacher at Hoffman Boston. I have been a teacher with Arlington Public Schools for 14 years. I really enjoy teaching. I also love the following: Reading Taco Tuesdays Spending time with friends and family But most importantly, I love being a mom to my daughter, Kai!

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Gradiva Jimenez

Instructional Assistant

Hi I’m Ms. Jimenez. I’ll be working with Ms. Vega. I’ve been on the kindergarten team for 8 years. This will be my 9th. Some of my favorite things are: Tigers Chocolate Sushi Can’t wait to meet you all!

Ms. Spina's Class

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Hailey Spina

Hello! I am Ms. Spina one of the Kindergarten teachers. This is my fourth year at Hoffman Boston and I am so excited for this upcoming school year. I am originally from Syracuse NY and moved to Arlington in October of 2020. Some of my favorite things are: Spending time with family and friends, coffee, and swimming, skiing, and exercising as much as I can! I am excited to meeting all of you and helping you become lifelong learners!

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Buoy Kor

Instructional Assistant

I am originally from Cambodia so I speak and write Khmer. I grew up in Cambodia and often go to visit. I have been working at Hoffman Boston for four years as a Pre-K Special Ed assistant. This my 5th year working as a Kindergarten Assistant and it is my 5th year working as a school-based web liaison. A fun fact about me is I am a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki, the creator of Ponyo, Spirited away …, and my all-time favorite: Kiki’s Delivery Service. I graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Information System and specialized in Networking from George Mason University and received a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from George Washington University. I am looking forward to the new school year. Cheers,

Mrs. Funnye's Class

Mrs. Olivia Funnye

Hello All-Stars! I’m Mrs. Funnye and I am so excited to be your kindergarten teacher! We will have fun learning lots of new things together. A few of my favorite things are:

  • Spending time with my family
  • Traveling to new places
  • Watching football (My favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys)

Office Hours: 3:30-4:00


Ashley Sanchez

Instructional Assistant

Ms. Laurence's Class

Ms. Lauren Laurence



Ms. Laura Anduze

My name is Laura Anduze, “Ms. Laura” as my Kindergarten students call me. I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I am a daughter of the Caribbean but I am also a citizen of the world. I have lived in Argentina and Brazil, travelled through Europe, Africa and Asia. I speak fluent Spanish and Portuguese and understand basic French. My dream is to speak Arabic, Japanese and Swahili. Next travel destination will be Morocco.Kindergarteners make my day every day! I look forward to seeing them each morning.Currently, I am PTA Vice President of Fundraising; FACE (Family and Community Engagement) Committee Member; and Title 1 Co-Coordinator. I am always available for my students and their families, so reach out!

Office Hours: 3:30-4:00


Ms. Bastedo's Class

Ms. Molly Bastedo



Ms. Kiewana Williams

Instructional Assistant

Mr. Croddy's Class

Mr. John Croddy

Hello, everyone!

I’m Mr. Croddy, the Kindergarten Special Education teacher.  I’m excited to work with K again as I did two years ago! Some of my favorite things to do are:

  • Spend lots of time with my wife and friends
  • Read!
  • Travel to new and exciting places.

I look forward to meeting all of you throughout the year!

My email Mr. Croddy:

Office Hours: 2:30-3

English Learner Team

Ms. Emily-Hernandez

English Learner Teacher

Hello, All-stars!

I am Mrs. Hernandez.  I was born in Washington, DC and lived most of my life in Maryland.  I have lived in Arlington for 6 years and I love it here!  I was a classroom teacher until I switched to teaching English language 7 years ago.  I love teaching English because I am a language learner myself.  I speak Spanish, French, Russian and Georgian.  Please practice with me!  Outside of school, I stay busy cooking, knitting, reading and keeping up with my 3 sons.

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Ms. Lauren Stephenson

English Learner Teacher


My name is Lauren Stephenson and I am one of the Kindergarten EL (English Learner) teachers. I am an APS graduate (Oakridge Elementary, Gunston Middle School, Wakefield High School). I attended George Mason University where I majored in Spanish. I have also attended the University Of Virginia’s College At Wise for my Special Education courses. I have been fortunate to work in many different positions in Arlington Public Schools-one of them includes being an Assistant Supervisor in the Extended Day program. I am fortunate to be able to bring what I have learned into my current position. I look forward to the new school year! I also look forward to working with families as well.

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