Special Education Bios

 

aboubakrMrs. Aboubakr Special Education Teacher 

Mrs. Aboubakr is a proud Coates Star! She graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. She also speaks three languages fluently. Mrs. Aboubakr enjoys spending time with her amazing kids and husband. Mrs. Aboubakr is very passionate about working with young students with disabilities and helping them gain the skills they need to become life long learners. She has always had a special place in her heart for working with children with disabilities. Mrs. Aboubakr firmly believes that great educators learn and grow with their students and is thankful for the opportunity to help young minds develop and flourish.

Mrs. BawaMrs. Bawa Special Education 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. Eisenbach

Mrs. Eisenbach Special Education Teacher

Mrs. Eisenbach joined the Coates in 2014. She was raised in Heidelberg, Germany, and raised in a military household. Mrs. Eisenbach started her teaching career as a special education teacher in Connecticut. Before coming to Coates, she taught at Laurel Hill Elementary School. Mrs. Eisenbach graduated from the University of Hartford with a triple major in Integrated Elementary Education, Special Education, and Rhetoric & Professional Writing. She obtained her masters in Special Education from Liberty University. When not in school, Mrs. Eisenbach enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Mrs. FechterMrs. Fechter Special Education Teacher

This is my fifth year at Coates Elementary School as a Special Education teacher and my 18th year teaching. I am so excited to work with your children. I am originally from New York and graduated from Fordham University with a degree in Business Administration. I also received my Masters in Special Education from George Mason University. I have 3 kids, a son at Virginia Tech, a daughter that is a Junior in high school, and another daughter in 7th grade. We keep busy with all of their activities and can often be found on a soccer field. I enjoy being at the beach as well as visiting family in New York. I am looking forward to a great year at Coates Elementary School.

Mrs. GeisslerMrs. Geissler Special Education Teacher

Mrs. Geissler joined the Coates team as a special education teacher in 2010. While at Coates, she has taught students in second through sixth grades. Mrs. Geissler earned her undergraduate degree at Bates College in Maine, her Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology at Loyola University in Maryland, and her Master of Education degree in special education at George Mason University in Virginia. For fun, Mrs. Geissler likes to spend time with her husband and four children. As a family, they enjoy swimming, biking, and playing at the beach.

Mrs. NicholsMrs. Nichols Special Education Teacher

Hello, my name is Lynn Nichols. I am a mother of five children and a grandmother of two beautiful grandsons. I was born in Newark, New Jersey. I graduated from Kean University in Union, New Jersey with a BA in Teacher of the Handicapped. I also attended Farleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey where I received the Orton-Gillingham Dyslexia Specialist Certificate. I have been a Special Education teacher for the past 23 years. I have a special place in my heart towards Coates Elementary School because I am one of the “original stars”. You can tell we have had a significant increase in our student enrollment by the placement of our many luxurious classroom cottages on our campus. My passions are being a life-long learner, reading, and gardening. Having taught in New Jersey and now in Virginia, I feel that the Virginia Public School System better prepares our children to be Strong Individuals, Bold Thinkers, and Collaborative Teammates.

Mrs. NimisheMrs. Nimishe Special Education Teacher

Mrs. Nimishe joined the Coates team in 2010. She started her teaching career as a Kindergarten Assistant at Coates while she was working on her Masters degree in Special Education from George Mason University. She earned her Masters degree in Microbiology from India. Mrs. Nimishe has worked with almost all grade levels at Coates. She is presently working with fifth grade. She actively volunteers at a local nonprofit spiritual organization. Mrs. Nimishe loves to sing, watch movies and attend musical concerts with her husband and their teenage son.

Mrs. PendleburyMrs. Pendlebury Speech

Mrs. Pendlebury has been in FCPS since 1999. She spent 17 years at Virginia Run elementary school before coming to Coates Elementary school as the speech language pathologist. Prior to that she worked at a private school for students with Down Syndrome and autism, and for a speech clinic, working with both children and adults. Mrs. Pendlebury enjoys spending time with her family at Deep Creek lake as well as reading and traveling.

Mrs. TotonMrs. Toton Special Education Teacher

This is Ms. Toton's second year at Coates.  Originally from Michigan, Ms. Toton graduated from Central Michigan University with her B.S. in Elementary Special Education. She has worked with all grade and ability levels ranging from pre-K to adult education. When not at school, Ms. Toton enjoys reading, yoga, grabbing coffee with friends, and spending time with her fur baby (cat), Aspen.

Mrs. Traylor

Mrs. Traylor Special Education Teacher

This is Mrs. Traylor's second year at Coates. Previously, she taught for 20 years in Montgomery County, VA at Blacksburg High School as a special education teacher and Beeks Elementary School as a third, fifth, and then special education teacher. She is originally from New York and moved to Virginia in 1994. She received a Master's Degree in General Education K-8 from Virginia Tech and in Special Education K-12 from Radford University. She has a grown son in Charlottesville, VA and a large extended family. When not at school, she loves gardening, swimming, and spending time with her family and pets.

Instructional Assistants

Mrs. BarathMrs. Barath Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Barath joined the Coates staff in December of 2011, as a special education Instructional assistant. Prior to that, she worked as an elementary school substitute teacher in India for two years. Mrs. Barath graduated from Manonmaniyum University in India with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. She also enjoys teaching Sunday School at her church. She has a caring husband and two beautiful children, a son whose is a junior at Westfield HS and a girl in eighth grade at Rachel Carson! Mrs. Barath loves to visit her family in India during her summer break.

Mrs. ChagantiMrs. Chaganti Instructional Assistant

Mrs. DasiMrs. Dasi Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Dasi is new to Coates ES but had been subbing at this school since 2013. She started teaching students with disabilities in 2010 back in India. She worked with students with multiple disabilities and Learning disabilities in both classroom and homebound environments. Mrs. Dasi holds a Master's Degree in General Education and a Bachelor's degree in Special Education from Osmania University, India.

Mrs. ElameenMrs. Elameen Instructional Assistant

Mrs.Elameen joined the Coates special education team in 2016.She started as a substitute teacher in Fairfax county public school for the past 5 years and she taught all elementary grade levels. She graduated in Accounting from Al Niline University in Sudan, and also holds a master's degree in Accounting from Strayer University, US. She is married and has 4 beautiful children, two of them students at Coates ES. She is a very positive and cheerful person who is willing to help others. She loves watching Arabic movies and music for relaxation. She often travels to her country to visit family with her kids.

Mrs. KarrarMrs. Karrar Instructional Assistant

Mrs. RavalMrs. Raval Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Raval Joined the Coates Special Education team in 2015. Mrs. Raval has her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and post graduate in Computer Science. Mrs. Raval loves to engage students in learning activities. She especially likes to guide students as they access technology based activities. In her extra time she loves to read and spend time with her family.

Mrs. RiveraMrs. Rivera Instructional Assistant

RekhaMrs. Rekha Instructional Assistant

Mrs.Rekha Satish Chandra joined Coates Elementary in 2019. She started working as a substitute teacher in various Fairfax county public schools since 2016, but always liked to work at Coates because of wonderful kids and friendly staff. She has majored in Fashion Designing from university of Mysore, India. In her free time she enjoys working out at the gym, doing yoga, going for a walk with her husband, spend time with her son and last but not least she loves to watch movies with her family.