Grade 5

Ms. Elise Offutt

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My name is Elise Offutt and I am teaching 5th grade this year! I was born and raised in Arlington Public Schools and found a deep love of learning in this school system. I attended Butler University and got degrees in both Elementary Education and Spanish. I then moved to Nashville, TN where I taught for a few years. I just moved back to Arlington and joined the ASFS family!


Ms. Jillian Tullish

Ms. Tullish

My name is Jill Tullish! I have taught in DC at schools with a social justice and anti-racist lens for over seven years and feel fortunate to have worked at schools that align with my passions. I have worked at a Turnaround Art school and a project-based school where we solved problems in our class, school, and community integrating the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) disciplines. This is my second year in Arlington Science Focus. When I am not at school, you better believe I’m still drinking coffee! I love to be outdoors either camping, reading outside in the park, or just going for a morning stroll. My dog, Blue, loves walks and sticks, but he is a nervous camper.


Mr. Forrest Chilton

Mr. Chilton

I was born May 3, 1966 in Fort Riley, Kansas to Forrest and Valerie Chilton. I have one sister, Annemarie who resides in Lawrence, Kansas. I’ve been married to Dr. Gioia Chilton(Art Therapy) for 26 years and we have two daughters-Tabitha and Annabel. This is my 35th year teaching after graduating with a BS ELED from Bucknell University in 1989. I am fortunate to have had wonderful teaching experiences in diverse grade levels in Prince George’s County, Fairfax County, and now in Arlington at ASFS. In our free time we enjoy taking long walks, fly fishing in the Catskills of NY, and college sports. Go Bison and Bolts!


Mr. Alec Kerestesi

Mr. Kerestesi