Grade 5: Meet the Teachers

Connolly Kaitlin Connolly, 5th grade teacher - Reading
My name is Kaitlin Connolly and I started teaching at Chevy Chase in 2013. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Salisbury University. Outside of the classroom I really enjoy reading, baking, running, playing field hockey, cheering on my favorite Washington teams, and spending time on the beach! 
Chu Eunice Chu, 5th grade, Center for Enriched Studies - Math, Science, & Writing
I came to CCES in 1994 fresh out of graduate school and originally taught 3rd grade. Since then, I've also been an instructional specialist and science lab teacher.  In 2010, I joined the HGC team and haven't looked back since! Apart from teaching, I also love reading, running, cooking, and spending time with my husband, three children and our dog, Milo!
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Friis Terry Friis, 5th grade teacher - Social Studies
I have been teaching at Chevy Chase ES since 2006 after teaching 4th grade at Bethesda ES for eight years. My previous assignments range from third through sixth grade, during which time my main focus has been reading and writing.  I am an avowed bibliophile as evidenced by the bulging shelves in my classroom, and enjoy sharing my love of reading and writing with my students. My undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education, and I earned a master’s degree in Reading and am a certified reading specialist. I treasure spending time with my family, reading, thrift-store shopping, traveling, writing letters, and my newfound love---working on my son’s livestock farm and hatchery!
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 Gleason  Amy Gleason, 5th grade teacher - Science, Team Leader
I been at Chevy Chase since 2005 after having taught in Prince George’s County for seven years. Throughout my career I have taught fourth through sixth grade, with the vast majority of my time happily teaching science. I attended Frostburg State University for my undergraduate degree and received a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from McDaniel College. I love spending time with my family and friends, reading, baking, traveling, and going out to movies and to restaurants.

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Krug, Samantha
Samantha Krug, 5th grade teacher - Math
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Luster Josephine Luster, 5th grade, Center for Enriched Studies - Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies, & Writing
I grew up in New Jersey and moved to Maryland after graduating from the University of Maryland.  Go Terps!  I was a fourth grade teacher before I joined CCES's HGC program in 2006.   I earned my Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction and am a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of literacy.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, playing piano, traveling, and spending time with my husband and our baby girl.  I truly love learning and sharing that love with my students.
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