Office Staff Bios

EstepMs. Estep Office Assistant

Ms. Estep joined Coates Elementary in October 2018 as an office assistant. Born and raised near Hershey, Pennsylvania, she moved to the D.C. Metro area December of 2014. Ms. Estep has a strong corporate background as a Senior Executive Assistant as well as having served in a wide variety of roles in other schools, including as an admin at an adventure-based school for troubled youth. Her passion for education and strong desire to be within a school, has brought her to Coates. She has three sons, two of whom are grown, and one who is in high school. In her spare time, Ms. Estep enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, scuba diving, fishing, reading, writing and running.

Mrs. LepeMrs. Lepe Office Assistant

Mrs. Lepe (Lupita) is an office assistant (Time & Attendance) at Lutie Lewis Coates ES. She moved to Reston, VA from San Diego, CA in 1999, along with her husband (and her four wonderful children) who was Active Duty at that time and was finishing his military career.

The same year, Lupita volunteered her services at Terraset Elementary (the same school her children were attending) for a few months; shortly after, she began her employment as an office assistant. Lupita worked at Terraset for a total of 9 years; two of those years, she shared her time at Hunter Woods Elementary. In 2009, she moved to at Lutie Lewis Coates ES. 

Lupita has been working for FCPS sixteen years; she loves her job and loves to serve the community, staff, and students. She also spends time serving her community by volunteering at the Reston Community Center as an AARP Tax Aide; additionally, she enjoys serving as a Voting Officer for Fairfax County.

Outside of work, Lupita enjoys the outdoors and likes to go hiking with her family and friends. Her favorite places are the Appalachian Trails, Billy Goat Trail near Great Falls (on Maryland side), and Old Rag (Shenandoah). 

Mrs. MarneyMrs. Marney Student Information Assistant

Mrs. Marney started at Coates last year as a part time office assistant in the library and is enjoying learning the ropes as a front office assistant this year. She and her husband have 2 daughters in college and a son in 9th grade. 

Mrs. McPhersonMrs. McPherson Parent Liaison

Mrs. PeckhamMrs. Peckham Finance

Mrs. Peckham joined Coates Elementary School in 2010 as a Kindergarten Instructional Assistant. She spent 4 years in the Kindergarten classroom, then moved to the front office staff.  Mrs. Peckham loves to travel with her family and stay connected with friends.

Mrs. SchoolsMrs. Schools Office Assistant

Mrs. Schools has been with FCPS for 14 years and has served at Coates Elementary for 5 of those years, as of 2018-2019. She’s a master of all office practices within the school district and a tremendous asset to our team, as she has most of the answers to our questions. She’s energetic and oversees many aspects of the school, including, but not limited to, the yearbook, the substitute teachers, attendance and is our school photographer. She’s happily married to her best friend, Billy, and has grown children, who’ve given her eight grandchildren. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, baking, travelling, watching her grandson in his golfing tournaments and spending time with her family.

Mrs. ValezMrs. Velez Office Assistant

Mrs.Velez Started working at Coates Elementary in Jan 2018. She was raised in New York City, and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves dogs, coffee and Ice cream. Hablo Español.