Courtney Riley

Special Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher









As a Special Education Resource Teacher, my role is to create a safe and supportive environment where instruction is specialized in order to meet the needs and augment the strengths of each student. I strive to support my pupil’s social emotional growth and  allow them to reach their full potential as a learner.

Professional Background
I am a native Arlingtonian and a proud graduate of Arlington Public Schools. I graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia with dual Bachelors Degrees in English and Spanish. After living, for a time, in Salamanca, Spain, I returned to Arlington to be a teacher. I graduated from George Mason University where I earned a Master of Arts Degree in English and a Master of Education Degree in Special Education. I have been a teacher at ATS for eleven years.

Personal Interests
I enjoy spending time with my family here in Arlington and visiting extended family in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. I love music, reading and the Washington Capitals! I ski as much as possible. I enjoy creative writing, theater, travel, movies the beach, visiting friends and watching cooking shows. My own cooking is a work in progress!

Literary Connection
I am an avid reader, and I love many stories. A favorite though, is Maniac Magee by  Jerry Spinelli. Maniac Magee tells the story of a young boy named Jeffrey Lionel Magee who strikes out on his own in search of a new life. After a series of adventures, a few problems and one memorable act of bravery, Jeffrey finds a home in an unexpected place. Maniac Magee is a story about the beauty of our uniqueness, the transcendent power of literacy and the powerful realization that family is where you find it.