Kathleen Standley



As a teacher, I work to create a safe learning environment where students are continually mapping experiences, growing as individuals, and expanding their knowledge on a daily basis. Recognizing that students learn at different paces and in different ways, I consistently work creatively to target and tailor the needs of a full spectrum of students. I value personally getting to know all of my students as individuals, and I cannot wait to meet my new class!

Professional Background

I graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I moved to Virginia and taught 4th grade language arts and mathematics for several years. Afterward, I taught 3rd grade at Discovery Elementary for two years. I am thrilled to teach 5th grade social studies for the second year in a row with many of the students from my 3rd grade homeroom!

Personal Interests

I grew up in a large family: five siblings, two parents, and the world’s best dog Prince (in my opinion). I was always known as “Ms. Ahlers,” but officially became “Mrs. Standley” as of August 11, 2018.  My husband and I have our own rambunctious 3-year-old standard poodle named Windsor. When I’m not teaching or traveling, you’ll typically find me with a camera in hand. I’ve loved photography since I was a child and still continue to capture photographs almost every weekend. I love dancing! I also enjoy kayaking, exploring new areas, hiking, and traveling to visit my family.

Literary Connection

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo has always been a favorite of mine! In the book, a young girl named Opal moves to a new town with her father. In need of a friend, Opal meets a lovable and rambunctious canine that she names Winn-Dixie. With Winn-Dixie at her side, she embarks on a journey toward love and friendship. She creates and builds lasting friendships along the way while learning valuable life lessons. In any new town or school, everyone needs a good friend. Like Opal, it is important to welcome new friends as we embark on this journey at Discovery Elementary.


  • Homeroom - Grade 5
  • Social Studies - Grade 5
  • Reading - Grade 5
  • Mathematics - Grade 5
  • Science - Grade 5
  • Language Arts - Grade 5