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Meet Ms. Wirt

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My name is India Wirt and this is my second year teaching kindergarten at Neabsco Elementary School. I grew up and went to school in Findlay, Ohio but after college, I moved to Thailand to teach for 2 years with the Peace Corps. After that I moved to Alaska  and lived above the Arctic Circle teaching people about the Aurora Borealis. Since I've moved to Virginia, I've had the most fun getting to spend my day with some wonderful kindergarteners, and this year I got married to my husband who also teaches at Neabsco. I love to teach, travel, read, be outdoors, and spend time with my family. 

Email: Wirtie@pwcs.edu

Meet Mrs. Escobar!
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Hi everyone! My name is Mrs. Escobar, and I'm a Kindergarten teacher here at Neabsco Elementary School! I'm originally from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where I became certified in Special Education and Elementary Education from Wilmington University. It's also where my husband and our dog, Gidget, are in this photo! :) Before becoming a teacher, I worked at my local Boys and Girls Club, where I worked with children aged 5 - 14.  I was a lead teacher there, and started a volunteer program for some of our oldest members, and coordinated fun and engaging field trips for our youngest ones. After doing that for several years, I moved here to Virginia when I got married to my wonderful husband, Mario! When I first moved here, I taught preschool. Then, I moved to Neabsco to teach Kindergarten. This is my second year here, and I love teaching the kinders! It's so much fun!

I try my absolute best to empower my students as learners, and make their learning fun and exciting! I actively look for growth, and celebrate even the smallest of milestones with the entire class, as well as each student individually. :)

If you have any questions about your child's learning, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at escobasd@pwcs.edu, or through a message on Class Dojo! Let's stay positive and make the most out of this crazy year!

Meet Miss Best

My name is Arnita Best, and I'm a Kindergarten teacher at Neabsco Elementary School. I grew up here in Prince William County and I went to Hylton High School. I graduated with my Bachelors Degree in Mathematics and Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Mary Washington. I was a substitute teacher in Prince William County Schools for 3 years and this is my first year teaching at Neabsco Elementary!
In my free time, I enjoy traveling, relaxing with my family in Woodbridge, and learning Korean.  So far I’ve been to 7 different countries. I have an older sister who lives in South Korea and I visited her when I studied abroad at Korea University and again while studying at Sogang University in Seoul.  Plus I have two older brothers, one in Woodbridge and one in Nevada. 
Teaching and working with children is a joy to me, and I am so pleased to be in the classroom full-time this school year with some awesome young learners! Part of my goal as an educator is to spark curiosity in the minds of students. I strive to excite them about the world of learning and broaden their academic interests.

Email: bestaj@pwcs.edu

Meet Miss Mathis

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My name is Erin Mathis and I’m a kindergarten teacher here at Neabsco! This is my first year teaching at Neabsco Elementary. I graduated from Penn State in May 2020 with my degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. While at Penn State, I worked in both preschool and kindergarten classrooms. I also had the opportunity to spend 5 weeks in Ecuador where I lived with a local family, studied Spanish and taught English at Universidad de Cuenca, and earned my ESL certificate. 
I am originally from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I moved to Virginia to begin my teaching career and have loved getting to know the area over these past few months. I love to spend time with my family back in Pennsylvania and travel to new places! 
Email: mathise@pwcs.edu

Meet Mrs. Draper


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Mrs. Belinda Draper has been a teacher at Neabsco Elementary for three years.  This is her second year in Kindergarten.  She credits her third-grade teacher, Mrs. Amelia Earhardt with her wanting to teach Elementary school.  Mrs. Earhardt read to her class every day and helped the eight-year-old Mrs. Draper with developing a love of reading.  After third-grade, Belinda never changed her mind and began teaching in Winder, Georgia as soon as she graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Elementary Education.  Five years later, she returned to UGA and received her Masters’ Degree in Adult Education with an emphasis in Adult Literacy a couple years later. 

Kindergarten is her favorite grade to teach!  Helping children to develop a love for reading and books, just as Mrs. Earhardt did for her.  Watching them learn how to socialize with their friends, gain new skills and learn how to be more independent is rewarding and brings Mrs. Draper great joy.  Kindergarten rocks!

When she isn’t at school, Mrs. Draper takes care of her husband and four semi-adult children; 3 sons and 1 daughter.  Three of her kids are in college and one is a Junior at Forest Park High School.  She still loves to read, and also likes to sing and laugh with her family.