Special Education Bios

Mrs. Aboubakr Special Education

Mrs. Aboubakr is new to Coates elementary school. She graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Mrs. Aboubakr has worked as a substitute teacher at Fairfax County Public Schools prior to Coates Elementary. She also speaks three languages fluently. Mrs. Aboubakr is a proud mother and a loving wife. She enjoys family outings and activities. Mrs. Aboubakr is very passionate about working with young students and helping them gain the skills they need to become life long learners. It comes as no surprise that she is very excited to join the Coates ES special education team and looks foreword to learning and growing with her students.


Mrs. BawaMrs. Bawa Special Education

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. EisenbachMrs. Eisenbach Special Education 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

This is my first year at Coates Elementary School as a Special Education teacher. I am so excited to be here and get to know the families of Coates. I came to Coates from McNair Elementary School where I taught for 13 years. 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 in high school, a daughter in middle school, and another daughter in 3rd grade. We keep busy with all of their activities and can often be found on a soccer field or driving the girls to a dance class! 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

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.

Ms. MuellerMs. Mueller Special Education

Ms. Mueller joined the Coates Special Education team in 2013. She started her teaching career as an art teacher in New York. She then moved to Virginia in 2011 where she became a special education teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools at London Towne Elementary. Ms. Mueller graduated with her undergraduate degree from Saint Joseph's University with a dual major in Elementary Education and Special Education and obtained her master's degree in Severe and Multiple Disabilities from Saint Joseph's University. Ms. Mueller loves to run, hike, and explore the outdoors with her three children and dog.

Mrs. NicholsMrs. Nichols Special Education

Hello, my name is Lynn Nichols. I am a mother of 5 children and a grandmother of a beautiful 2 1/2 year old boy and another grandson on the way any day now. I was born in Newark, New Jersey. I graduated from Kean University with a BA in Teacher of the Handicapped. I have been a Special Education teacher for the past 21 years. I love waking up every morning to come to work! 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 trailers on our campus. I am proud to say that I am currently and have been a chair or member of many committees in our school. My passions are being a life-long learner, reading, and gardening. Having taught in NJ and now in VA, I feel that the VA Public School System better prepares our children to seek superior and varied opportunities to face life’s challenges.

Mrs. NimisheMrs. Nimishe Special Education

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 comes to Coates Elementary school from Virginia Run Elementary where she was the speech/language pathologist for 16 years. Prior to working in Fairfax County, Mrs. Pendlebury worked at St. Coleta, a private special education school then located in Arlington. Mrs. Pendlebury graduated from Wake Forest University with an undergraduate degree in psychology and her masters in speech pathology from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Mrs. Pendlebury enjoys spending time at Deep Creek Lake with her husband, son, and daughter.

Mrs. WurzMrs. Wurz Special Education

Mrs. Wurz has worked in special education for six years. She began as an instructional assistant for an autism classroom and then transitioned into inclusion. Mrs. Wurz received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Regent University. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Virginia Wesleyan University. Mrs. Wurz enjoys spending time with her daughters, husband, and her cat Mac. 

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. 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. OteroMrs. Otero Instructional Assistant

Mrs. RavalMrs. Raval Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Raval joined the Coates Special Education team in 2015. Before that, she worked as substitute teacher for more than four years for Fairfax County Schools. Mrs. Raval has her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and post graduate diploma in Computer Science. Mrs. Raval loves to engage students in learning activities. She especially likes to guide students as they access technology and STEAM activities. Mr. and Mrs. Raval have two wonderful children. One is a sophomore at the University of Virginia and the younger one is a sixth grader at McNair ES. Mrs. Raval loves to cook for her family and friends. She also loves to spend time at the beach with her family.

Mrs. RiveraMrs. Rivera Instructional Assistant

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. WilburMrs. Wilbur Instructional Assistant