Kindergarten Bios

Mrs. ConnoleMrs. Connole Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Connole began teaching Kindergarten at Coates in 2011. She was born in Ohio and graduated from Miami University. She and her husband enjoyed the adventures of living in Cincinnati, Chicago, New York City and London while working in publishing. After settling in Falls Church she discovered her life's decisions had been leading her to her true vocation and she became certified to teach. Prior to Coates, she taught as a K-1 Instructional Assistant in Falls Church City for 10 years. While at Coates she has had opportunities to be a team leader as well as a mentor for several GMU teacher candidates and fellow team members. For fun, she enjoys Nat's games, reading, movies, and being with her husband and two adult-aged children. She is grateful to be able to enjoy her second career choice every day.

Mrs. GazulisMrs. Gazulis Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Gazulis is thrilled to be on the Kindergarten team again this year at L.L. Coates! Mrs. Gazulis grew up in California and earned her Bachelor’s, Master’s and teaching credential at U.C. Santa Barbara. She began her teaching career in Santa Barbara, California before moving to Northern Virginia and teaching fourth grade at another school in FCPS. When she’s not teaching, Mrs. Gazulis enjoys spending time with her family and friends, taking pictures, reading, and exploring new places.

Mrs. GrandeMrs. Grande Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Grande has been teaching in the Kindergarten classroom for twenty years. This is her eleventh year teaching kindergarten at Coates Elementary. She started her teaching career in FCPS teaching kindergarten at Hutchison Elementary and McNair Elementary. Mrs. Grande obtained her BA and Master's Degree from George Mason University. She loves being in the classroom with her young learners and spending time with her family and friends.

Mr. VargasMr. Vargas Kindergarten Teacher

Mr. Vargas joined the Coates team in 2014. He started his teaching career as a long term kindergarten substitute teacher and has been a fourth grade teacher at Coates Elementary for four years. Mr. Vargas graduated from Strayer University with his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and obtained his masters from George Mason University in Elementary Education PreK-6. Mr. Vargas loves spending time with his wife and son, especially when it is at the beach.

Ms. WernerMs. Werner Kindergarten Teacher

Elizabeth Werner is an original Coates Star and has been teaching kindergarten for more than 20 years. She graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa with a Bachelor’s Degree and earned a Master’s Degree in Math Education Leadership from George Mason. When not at school, she can be found riding her bike, playing tennis, or curled up on the couch with Georgie (her cat) and a good book.

Instructional Assistants 

Mrs. ChunMrs. Chun Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Chun has been working at the Coates from 2009. She is one of the original members of the Coates. Since then, she's been working as a SPED IA with K, 1st, and 2nd grade mostly. Mrs. Chun graduated from Kyung Hee University(Seoul, Korea) with Bachelors in English major, and minor in Education. Mrs. Chun has a wonderful husband and two beautiful grown up kids - daughter and son. They have studied in FCPS and are working as professionals in the community. Mrs. Chun is a choir member of Korean United Methodist Church in McLean, VA. She loves to sing and listening to music. 

Mrs. KethuMrs. Kethu Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Kethu is one of the original members of the Coates ES. This is her 11th year of working as kindergarten IA. She holds a Bachelor degree in Sciences from Osmania University, India and a computer programming diploma from New Jersey. She has worked as software Programmer for several years in Pennsylvania and Texas states and finally found her love of teaching! She enjoys teaching and being in the classroom with her young learners. Mrs. Kethu has a wonderful husband and two beautiful grown up daughters. Her hobbies are playing with her dog Sansa, reading books, travelling and shopping!

Mrs. KulkarniMrs. Kulkarni Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Kulkarni is one of the original members of Coates ES. This is her 11th year working as Kindergarten IA! She did her Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science from Bombay University, India. Mrs. Kulkarni has a wonderful husband and two grown up boys who studied in FCPS. Her hobbies are reading books, shopping and going for walks.

Mrs. SatyshurMrs. Satyshur Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Satyshur has been at Coates Elememtary School since the opening, September 2009. She is a mother of four (three which are the same age...triplets!). She loves to travel, especially to the beach. Her favorite sports to watch are swimming, football, and golf.

Mrs. ChagantiMrs. Chaganti Instructional Assistant