Resource Team

Mrs. AllenMrs. Allen School Counselor

Mrs. Allen joined the L.L. Coates Staff in 2011. She began her educational career in 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada as a classroom teacher and then became a school counselor. Mrs. Allen graduated from Ball State University with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and then received her master's degree in School Counseling from the University of Las Vegas. She is a mom of a first grader who attends school in Loudoun County, which keeps her busy. In her free time, she loves to cook, bake, do arts and crafts, and spend time with her husband, son, and dog, Scooby!

Mrs. BuckMrs. Buck Math Specialist

Mrs. Buck joined the Coates team in 2015 as a math specialist. She started her teaching career in Ohio as a first grade teacher. She then moved to New England and taught middle school math and science. Finally, she moved to Virginia to begin her FCPS teaching career. Mrs. Buck graduated from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio with her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and obtained her masters from NOVA Southeastern University. She can often be found watching one of her three kids playing sports. Mrs. Buck loves MATH!! In her free time, she loves to travel all over the world. Her most recent trip took her to Bogota, Colombia to pick up her newly adopted son.

Ms CortezMrs. Cortes Reading Specialist

Mrs. Cortes is a former FCPS student and native to Herndon. She attended Hutchison Elementary, Herndon Middle School, and graduated from Herndon High School. She earned her bachelor's degree from Catholic University and her master's degree from George Mason University. She began her career at Hutchison as a Kindergarten teacher and also taught 1st grade there. Prior to coming to Coates she was the Title I Reading Resource Teacher and Reading Specialist at Woodburn ES. Outside of school, she loves reading children's books to her two boys and baking for her husband.

Mrs. EaganMrs. Eagan Counselor

Mrs. Eagan started working at Coates as a school counselor in 2013. She started her education career as an English teacher for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She became a counselor in 2000. Mrs. Eagan graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She received her Master's Degree in School Counseling at the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga. She is married and has a son. As a family, they frequently vacation to Florida to enjoy the theme parks, and they enjoy spending time at the beach.

KempMs. Kemp School Psychologist

This is my 24th year as a School Psychologist and 4th year at Coates. I am excited to be in person working with students this school year.

Mrs. MontesMrs. Montes Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Montes joined Coates team in 2012. She taught Special Ed Preschool from 2008-2012 in Loudoun County and taught at Floris UMC preschool from 1999-2008. Mrs. Montes has been married for 30 years and has three older children and two grandsons. She enjoys going to visit her youngest daughter at VCUart in Richmond as well as heading to Harrisonburg to spend time with her grandsons where her eldest daughter lives with her husband. Mrs. Montes also enjoys her time she gets to spend with her middle son taking walks and catching up. She loves to go to the Outerbanks with her entire family and family gatherings for special occasions to catch up.

Mrs. SaraswathulaMrs. Saraswathula Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Saraswathula (aka Mrs. S) has been an Instructional Assistant with FCPS since 2010, and at Coates since 2012. Mrs. S substituted for a year before that. Mrs. S holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting and has worked as an accounted for nearly 10 years prior to teaching. Mrs. S lives in the Coates community area. She has two sons, one pursuing his MD, and the second in High School.


Mrs.TupperMrs. Tupper School Social Worker

I am originally from Southern California and moved to Northern Virginia in 2001. I graduated from California State Polytechnic University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology. I received my master’s in Social Work from University of Southern California. I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), since 2003. This is my third year at Coates Elementary (Go Stars!) and my first year at Floris Elementary (Go Eagles!), but I have worked for Fairfax County Public Schools since 2006. Prior to working for FCPS, I worked in a variety of mental health settings, the majority being in the hospital setting as a psychiatric Social Worker. Through my various assignments I have become knowledgeable in all aspects of applying family systems theory, practice, interventions, and case management services.

I’m very excited to continue working with students and families in the Herndon community. I’m dedicated to all student’s growth, success, and their well-being! In my spare time I love spending time with my seven-year-old son, husband, family and friends. I enjoy traveling, playing, gardening, reading, and biking. If you would like to reach out to me, please contact the school’s front office, or send me an email.