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Mrs. Laurie Ellise

Welcome to 2nd grade! I am so glad to have your child in my class. I trust that your child will not only learn the basic subjects, but learn how to treat others with kindness and respect. I look forward to a great year.

Just a little background about myself: I moved here from Sterling, VA, twenty-three years ago. This is my thirty-third year of teaching! I have taught; second, fourth, fifth, first and returned to second grade four years ago. I also had the awesome opportunity to teach overseas for one year in San Jose, Costa Rica. In May 2001, I finished my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in teaching ESL.

This November I also celebrate my fifth anniversary of being cancer free!! I am very thankful for good reports.

We have the privilege of having Mrs. Dowd with us as an intervention assistant. She’s worked at Union Academy in various positions (substitute teacher, intervention assistant, and 8th grade social studies teacher) since the first school year in August 2000. She and her husband have three adult children. Her daughter is a registered nurse practioner, married to an Army captain. They are currently at Fort Johnson, LA. Mrs. Dowd's one son is a captain in the Army stationed at Fort Sill, OK, but is currently deployed to South Korea. Her other son is a lawyer in Wilmington, NC. Mrs. Dowd looks forward to a great school year-assisting your child as he/she grows in character and knowledge.