Welcome to 1st Grade

Ms. Samantha Braxton-Frazier


Welcome to First Grade!

My name is Mrs. Braxton, and I will be your child’s first-grade teacher for the 2022-2023 school year. I am excited to continue this journey with a strong community at John D. Jenkins Elementary, filled with an awesome staff and wonderful families. 

I look forward to getting to know each student and family in my class, so I’ll start things off by sharing a little about myself. I was raised in Prince William County and have loved being able to start my teaching career in the county I grew up in. This will be my fourth-year teaching First Grade at John D. Jenkins Elementary. I have a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my son Luca and going on family adventures! 

In our classroom, we will work together to build strong relationships and establish a strong classroom foundation. We will continue to grow as active learners and great leaders. Together, we will make this an incredible school year!

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at braxtoSR@pwcs.edu or through Class Dojo. 

I look forward to meeting you,

Mrs. Braxton

Ms. Katie Rubach


Katie Rubach

 My name is Mrs. Katie Rubach and I am a proud 1st grade teacher. I am so excited to learn and grow with your children. I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York. In 2010 I moved to the D.C area with my now husband. When I started working in this area, I worked in the early childhood field as a director of a childcare center. After having our 3rd son, I decided to stay at home with our boys. Now that all of my boys are in school, I wanted to get back into my field and use my college degree. Along with my beautiful sons, we have 3 amazing dogs.

I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to work with your children

If you need anything from me, please feel free to reach out via email rubachkm@pwcs.edu


Ms. Lizzy Schmitt


Hello, I am Ms Schmitt and I am a First Grade teacher! This is my first time teaching first grade and I am so excited for this new journey.  This will be my second year working at John D. Jenkins Elementary school and I cannot wait to grow with my new classroom.  I am originally from Pittsburgh PA and have greatly enjoyed discovering more of Virginia.  I am excited for a great 2022-2023 school year

Ms. Sara Steven

Sara Steven

Hello Jenkins Families!

My name is Ms. Steven and I am so excited to start this new school year as your child's first grade teacher! Jenkins is all about building community in each other and that is exactly what I strive to do in the classroom. We are going to have a year full of fun, learning, new friendships, and new experiences.

To tell you a little about myself, I grew up in PWCS, going to school very nearby at Old Bridge ES, Westridge ES, Woodbridge Middle and High School. It felt so amazing to come back to my roots! I also coach Color Guard in Fairfax at Robinson Secondary and have enjoyed doing this beautiful sport for over 10 years! I love to read, craft, sing, and I have a very big spot in my heart for Harry Potter.

I am really looking forward to starting this new school year and am ready to have your students join me in the journey! If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at stevensh1@pwcs.edu.

I look forward to meeting you,

Ms. Steven