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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Student Services / Servicios Estudiantiles

  • mary Maryellen Buchanan
    School Social Worker

    Hello! I am very happy to be at Claremont this year, where I expect to be using my Spanish a lot. I grew up in Southern California and the Dominican Republic, and have a Master of Social Work degree from Catholic University in D.C. This is my 8th year with Arlington Public Schools. I also have a clinical license (LCSW) from prior work in Fairfax County as a child/family therapist.

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  • don Donald Clinger

    I’ve been at Claremont since the school opened as a Spanish Immersion Program in 2003.  I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Modern Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish from James Madison University in 2000.  I stayed to join the School Psychology program at JMU and completed it with an M.A. and Ed.S. degree in 2003.  Go Dukes! You’ll see me at Claremont on Thursdays and Fridays.  I work with teachers about various student concerns; as well as with our wonderful Student Services team on educational placement and instructional strategy decisions.  The best is when I work directly with the students in a variety of different ways.  Outside of school, I enjoy playing music and sports with my family.
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  • jen Jenifer Gross
    Special Education Teacher

    This my 8th year teaching at Claremont! I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Psychology. I then continued my studies at the University of Pittsburgh and received my M.Ed. in Special Education. I love playing soccer and spending time with my family. I’m excited for another great year at Claremont!
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    Kara Klousia
    Special Education Teacher
    I have been teaching 1st grade for 7 years and am very excited to now be working with Special Education. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond with a B.S. in International Business. I then returned to school at Seattle Pacific University and received my Elementary Ed. degree. I have since completed my M.Ed. in Bilingual Special Education from The George Washington University. I love reading and watching students learn to read is one of my favorite things about teaching!
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  • Semler Deborah Semler

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  • Sherman Caitlin Sherman

    Hello! My name is Caitlin Sherman. I am a recent graduate of The George Washington University with a M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education. Prior to moving to Arlington, I was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines where I taught English. I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work at Claremont!! Everyone is so nice!!!!year and cherish everyday accomplishments!  
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  • Amber Amber Siegel
    Speech Pathologist


    I have been serving the needs of students with speech and/or language impairments at Claremont Elementary for several years. I earned a B.A. in Communication Disorders from North Carolina State University, and a M.A. in Communicative Disorders from San Diego State University. As a bilingual speech pathologist, I specialize in diagnosing and providing therapy to bilingual/multilingual children with speech and/or language disorders, which makes Claremont a perfect fit for me!
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  • uscinski Carolyn Uscinski
    Special Education Teacher

    I earned my undergraduate degree at Penn State University and my master’s in Special Education at George Mason University. My teaching experience started in Thailand teaching English as a second language. I have since been teaching Special Ed for 8 years, starting last year at Claremont! I am very excited to be part of such a wonderful team. I love to see children learn and am honored that I can help them in the process! 
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  • West Diana West

    My name is Ana West and this is my fourth year at Claremont. I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA where I attended the University of Pittsburgh. While there, I earned my Bachelor of Science in Applied Developmental Psychology, a Master of Education, and a dual certification in Early Childhood and Special Education. During my free time, I enjoy making and eating desserts, taking hikes, and diving into a good book. I love to see each child grow throughout the year and cherish everyday accomplishments!  
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