Tacey Apisa: K-12 ESL Teacher tapisa@mcps.org

I am from Fairfax,Virginia. I came to work for MCPS in 2001. I have my undergraduate degree in English from VT, and my master's in Education from George Mason University. I have taught English for over 15 years. I have been a teacher in Tanzania, East Africa, Washington, D.C. , Fairfax County, VA and Montgomery County, Va. I currently serve Gilbert Linkous and Kipps Elementary Schools.

Stephanie Vaccaro-Reading Specialist Stephanie Vaccaro: Reading Specialist 

More information coming soon! 


Ann Berenato: K-5 Music aberenato@mcps.org
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I have been teaching for over 20 years. My hometown is Elkhart, IN.  I have a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana and a Master's degree of teaching from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. I hold a Level III Schulwerk Certificate of music education and attend numerous conferences and workshops that teach this approach to music education.  I became a nationally board certified teacher in 2011.

Robert Guinn: Library Media Specialist bguinn@mcps.org

I started teaching grade 4 in 1976 at GLE.  Later I taught about 10 years in third grade.  I started as library media specialist at GLE in 2002.   I have a Bachelor's of Science degree in elementary education from Ohio University, a Master’s degree in elementary administration from Radford University, and a Virginia library media specialist license from Radford University.

John Elebash: K-5 Physical Education jelebash@mcps.org

Anna Nester: Special Education Teacher annanester@mcps.org
Hello, my name is Anna Nester.  I grew up in North Carolina where I attended The School of Education at UNC-Greensboro.  The Dual Major program at UNCG allowed me to get my degree in Elementary (K-6) and Special Education (K-12).  Prior to teaching second grade at Gilbert Linkous Elementary, I taught seventh grade Math and Language Arts to students with disabilities.  I also taught inclusion classes with the general education teachers in all subject areas.  I am proud to say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my move to Virginia.  The surrounding communities are beautiful with the amazing mountain backdrop.  This community has also been very welcoming and the parents here are all involved and interested in the education of their children.  I am grateful to have found and to have been welcomed to such a wonderful school – GLE really is the place to be!

Katy Gr
esh: Guidance Counselor kgresh@mcps.org
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Karen Jones-Special Ed.Karen Jones: Special Education Teacher karenjones@mcps.org

Cecilia King: Special Education Teacher

I received my Master’s Degree from Radford University with endorsements in Elementary Education PreK-6, Special Education-Adapted Curriculum K-12, and Special Education-General Curriculum K-12. I taught Title I Reading and Math in Giles County for three years and I also taught two years at private therapeutic schools for students with autism. I originally came to GilbertLinkous in 2011 as a special education paraprofessional and fell in love with Special Education. I returned to Gilbert Linkous in 2013 as a special education teacher. I have piloted and am currently running the new Learning Lab program for our kids with autism here at Gilbert Linkous. I recently became a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) through the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.


 Sonya BurchettSonya Burchett: Gifted Resource Teacher 

Laura Peery

Laura Peery: Speech Teacher laurapeery@mcps.org 

Laura died suddenly on December 16th.  Please click this link for her obituary.  GLE will miss her terribly and our thoughts and prayers are with her family.

Sarah Burris: Art Teacher SARAHBURRIS@mcps.org

Hi! My name is Ms. Burris and I graduated from Radford University in 2011 with a B.S. in Art Education. In the past, you may have seen me around GLE as a Teaching Aide with E², substituting and/or student teaching with Mrs. Thompson. Thank you for welcoming me back to GLE, I am so happy to be here and I look forward to creating with each of you!