The English for Speakers of Other Languages/High Intensity Language Training (ESOL/HILT) program of Arlington Public Schools serves students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Sheila Majdi
Sheila Majdi
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My name is Sheila Majdi and I am from Vienna, VA. This will be my fifth year teaching, and my first at Claremont. I received a master’s in Education from the University of Virginia. This year I look forward to working with students and families to promote strategies for bilingualism and biliteracy both inside and outside school walls. I speak English, Spanish and Farsi, and during my free time I love to travel.

Elizabeth Varela
Dr. Elizabeth Varela

It is my hope and dream that every child at Claremont will become a creative thinker who is a resourceful, capable and enthusiastic life-long learner. I grew up in Arlington and attended Ashlawn, Swanson, and H-B Woodlawn. I received my bachelor’s degree in Spanish and my master’s degree in Linguistics from George Mason University. I received my doctorate in Linguistics from Georgetown University. I spend my free time attending my sons’ sporting events, bike riding, and skiing.

Kathleen CodyMs. Kathleen Cody


Twitter buttonHello, my name is Ms. Casteel. I was born and raised in Arlington County. I attended Arlington County Public schools growing up. I graduated from Marymount University. I am so grateful to be a part of this extraordinary Claremont family!  I love singing, lacrosse, spending time with my family and the great outdoors.

Muhibullah Abdur RahmanDr. Muhib Abdur-Rahman


My name is Muhib Abdur-Rahman, and I am an English Learner Teacher here at Claremont. Having previously taught at the middle and high school level, I am excited to part of an Immersion learning community.



Samantha Kirch


Hi! My name is Samantha Kirch. I speak English and Spanish and I look forward to partnering with students and families. Reading is one of my favorite hobbies. I also like yoga, hiking with my dog, and spending time with my friends and family. We are going to have a great year!