Student Services || Servicios Estudiantiles

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Donald Clinger
Psychologist
donald.clinger@apsva.us

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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John Gubser
Special Education Teacher
john.gubser@apsva.us

My name is John Gubser and I am the new 4th-grade special education teacher here at Claremont. I was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, and I am a graduate of TC Williams High School. I attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where I majored in English.  After graduating from James Madison University in 2002, I spent the next seven years living in Vail, Hawaii, and San Diego. I returned to Alexandria and graduated with a master’s degree in special education from the University of Virginia in August 2014. I have a wife and we are expecting a daughter any second… our first child! Besides family and education, my biggest passions are sports and animals. My dog is one of the most important parts of my life… in close competition with my niece who was born just over a year ago.


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Kara Klousia
Special Education Teacher
kara.klousia@apsva.us

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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Special Education Teacher
caitlin.sherman@apsva.us

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 Siegel
Speech Pathologist
amber.siegel@apsva.us

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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Carolyn Uscinski
Special Education Teacher
carolyn.uscinski@apsva.us

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!


Yna Walters
School Social Worker
yna.walters@apsva.us

My name is Yna Walters and I am the new social worker at Claremont Elementary School. I was born in the Dominican Republic, and grew up in New York City. I received a bachelor’s degree from Stony Brook University in New York and a master’s degree from Hunter College School of Social work, also in NY. I began working as a social worker in Arlington Public Schools 22 years ago. I look forward to a wonderful and exiting year working with Claremont ES team, families and children. Outside of the school, I enjoy traveling, spending time with my dog, family, and friends.


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Diana West
Special Education Teacher
diana.west@apsva.us

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!