Miss. AllenMs. Allen ESOL Teacher

Miss Allen has been a classroom teacher for 6 years and this will be her first year in ESOL! She began her teaching career in Virginia Beach where she earned a Bachelors in Education from Regent University. She earned her Masters in English Language Learning from Western Governors University. Miss Allen is from Uniontown, Pennsylvania and is always rooting for the Steelers during football season. She enjoys spending time with her dog Scout, reading new books, and playing board games!

Ms Bawa

Mrs. Bawa ESOL Teacher

Mrs. Bawa is one of the original staff members who helped open Coates ES in 2009. She started her teaching career in 2002 as a special education IA at Herndon ES. In 2006, she graduated from George Mason University with Masters Degree in Special Education. She has worked as Multiple Disabilities at Floris ES (2006-2009), and as an Autism teacher, Cat B teacher and Learning Disabilities at Coates ES ( 2009 - present). She also holds a Bachelor's degree from India majoring in Psychology. She has a loving husband and two grown up kids. She loves to travel with her family and enjoys painting and cooking.

Mrs. HandoMs. Hando ESOL Teacher

Ms. Hando has taught high school and pre-school, but she is happiest here at Coates teaching ESOL to amazing children from all over the world. She’s been with Coates since it opened in 2009. She earned degrees from Mary Washington College, Boston University’s School of Education, and a post-graduate certificate in teaching ESOL from Shenandoah University. Her favorite things in teaching are connecting with students and helping them grow in their English language ability and confidence. She loves learning about languages and cultures and travels when she can.

Ms OdouxMs. Odoux ESOL Teacher

Ms. Odoux has lived in Northern Virginia for 20 years, coming from France, her native country. At FCPS, she taught French Immersion at the elementary level, Secondary French and ESOL at the high school level. She very much enjoys teaching students a new language, and helping them develop their communication skills and confidence in the language. She is very excited to serve students at Coates Elementary for the first time this year!

Ms OrtizMs. Ortiz ESOL Teacher

Mrs. Ortiz is excited to join Coates this year! She taught Kindergarten and First Grade before becoming an ESOL Teacher. Mrs. Ortiz loves sharing her love of learning with her students! She lives in Herndon with her husband, 4 children, 2 dogs and 3 cats.


Mrs. VibasMrs. Vibas ESOL Teacher

Mrs. Vibas began her teaching career with Fairfax County Public Schools in 2005. She joined the Coates staff in 2012. Mrs. Vibas earned a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in ESOL from George Mason University. During her teaching career, she has worked with each grade level in grades K through 6. She believes strongly that all of her students have the potential of becoming anything they put their minds to, and she encourages them to always be the best that they can be. When Mrs. Vibas is not at school, she is at home with her husband, two boys, two dogs and two cats! She loves the beach, the movies, and relaxing on the weekends with her family.