Grade 5: Meet the Teachers

Mathers Megan Anderson, 5th grade teacher - Reading
I am so excited to be coming back to Chevy Chase for my 11th year as a cheetah!  This is my third year as a special education teacher. Previously I taught 5th grade Reading and 3rd grade.  I graduated from the University of Maryland (Go TERPS!), received my Master’s Degree from Bowie State University, and earned a certificate from The George Washington University in Bilingual Special Education. I am also National Board certified.   I love shopping, sushi, spending time with my family and friend, traveling and reading!!!  I am looking forward to another fabulous year at Chevy Chase Elementary school!
Chu Eunice Chu, 5th grade, Center for Enriched Studies
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 CES team and haven't looked back since! My undergraduate degree is in Accounting, and I hold a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Master of Education in Education Policy and Leadership with a specialization in Curriculum Theory and Development.  Apart from teaching, I also love reading, running, cooking, and spending time with my husband, three children and our sweet dog, Milo.
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 Gleason, A.  Amy Gleason, 5th grade teacher, Center for Enriched Studies
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 and social studies. 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, Team Leader
I came to Chevy Chase ES in 2015, where I began my teaching career. I attended the University of Arizona for my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and plan to finish my master’s degree in Elementary Education with a specialization in Mathematics this coming February. In addition to teaching, I enjoy running, walking and cuddling with my dog, and spending time with family and friends.
LaPadula, B. Brent LaPadula, 5th grade teacher - Science & Social Studies
This is my 4th year here at Chevy Chase, but my first year as a classroom teacher!  Prior to working at CCES, I taught in the English Department and worked for Disability Support at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) for several years.  I have undergraduate degrees in history and English and graduate degrees in history, English, and teaching.  I love the creativity and fun that teaching at the elementary level affords, and I look forward to an exciting rest of the year here at CCES!  In my spare time, I enjoy fishing, golfing, reading, writing, riding my motorcycle, and watching movies with my wife Cathy.
Luster Josephine Luster, 5th grade, Center for Enriched Studies
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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superpower Samuel Thorner, 5th grade teacher - Reading
It is my great pleasure to be joining the exciting and creative CCES community. I am entering my 7th year as an educator and my 3rd decade working with kids. Previously I taught all subjects in 3rd and 4th grade. My undergraduate degree is in History from NYU and I received my Masters from Santa Clara University. I am a second generation Washingtonian and so happy to be back in the DMV after 7 years in California. I love sports, reading, musicals, spending time with my family and my dog, Argyle.