1st Grade Bios

Mrs. Barnes 1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Barnes started teaching with FCPS in 2015. Before teaching in Va she taught in Maryland and Pennsylvania. She was born and raised in Allentown, Pa and went to Temple University in Philly. Mrs. Barnes has taught 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. She is happy and excited to be with 1st graders again and can't wait to meet all her new shining Stars. When not at school, she loves Target, reading, going to Nats games with her husband, and cuddling with her puppy Fitz!

Miss Crew 1st Grade Teacher

Miss Crew is excited to join the Coates first grade team this year. She graduated from Christopher Newport University receiving her degree in Bachelor of Arts in English. Following her undergraduate years, Miss Crew graduated from George Mason University receiving her Masters in Elementary Education Curriculum Instruction. In Miss Crew's spare time, she enjoys going to baseball games and spending time with her dog, Max.

Ms. LucasMs. Lucas 1st Grade Teacher

Ms. Lucas joined Coates in 2016. She previously taught kindergarten and first grade at McNair Elementary. Ms. Lucas graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with her undergraduate degree in Japanese Language and Literature. She obtained her Masters of Education in Teaching from the University of Hawaii. Ms. Lucas is originally from Maine. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and reading.

Mrs. Merrill 1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Merrill has been teaching since 2011, this is her first year at Coates before that she taught kindergarten at Centre Ridge and Herndon Elementary Schools. She has a Bachelors and Masters in education from James Madison University. When she is not at school she spends time with her husband and two daughters.

Miss. Wright

Miss Wright 1st Grade Teacher

Miss Wright is beginning her sixth year at Coates Elementary, her fifth year in first grade. She obtained a degree in Athletic Training and Exercise Science at Salisbury University and received her Masters of Education from Wilmington University in Wilmington, Delaware. In her free time, she enjoys watching Philadelphia sports (Go Eagles!), traveling to the beach, and returning often to Delaware to visit her family.