Jen Messman


Classroom Teacher

As a kindergarten teacher, my role is to create a warm and safe environment where each child can reach his or her full potential as a learner.  My goal is to instill confidence in each child so he/she is willing to take risks in the pursuit of knowledge.

Professional Background
I graduated from Catholic University with a BA in Sociology. After college, I worked for a political consulting firm as a media buyer for several years before deciding to become a teacher. I graduated from Marymount University with a Masters in Elementary Education. I taught 6th grade in Fairfax County for four years until my first child was born. When my youngest was in kindergarten, I started subbing for APS. A year later, I started working as a kindergarten assistant at ATS. I stayed in that position for four years. I am currently the lead teacher in a kindergarten classroom and I am loving it. I am excited for a great year!

Since 1999, I have lived in Arlington with my husband and three children. I have a son and two daughters and all three graduated from ATS. I love to read, exercise, travel, and cook with hot yoga being my current addiction. I am the eldest of five siblings and am originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia. Even though I have lived here longer, I am still loyal to the Phillies and the Eagles to the chagrin of my husband. I love watching pretty much any sport on television. I also enjoy cooking shows. Friends and family are very important to me. I am looking forward to a great year!

Literary Connection
One of my favorite children’s books is Knuffle Bunny. My brother-in-law gave us the book when my youngest child was born so it holds a special place in my heart. The story is about Trixie, her dad, and her stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny and their trip to the laundromat. They accidentally leave Knuffle Bunny there. Trixie realizes it before her dad does but is unable to communicate it to him. She has a meltdown all the way home. One of my favorite lines in the book is, “she went boneless.” It makes me laugh every time. Not until they arrived home and the mom asks, “Where is Knuffle Bunny?”, did the dad realize what had happened. I love the illustrations of the family running to the laundromat in sheer panic. This is something that we can all relate to as parents and the love we have for our children. Also, the story is very relatable to me because each of my children had a “Knuffle Bunny” and would have reacted the same way in a similar situation. The unique artwork in the book is wonderful how it mixes black and white photographs with colorful illustrations. It is a book I enjoy reading over and over again.


  • Language Arts - Grade 1
  • Homeroom - Grade 1
  • Reading - Grade 1
  • Mathematics - Grade 1
  • Science - Grade 1
  • Social Studies - Grade 1