Monthly Archives: August 2013

Hollymead Playground

What a wonderful treat for our students!  Our playground for younger students is ready for the first day of school.  The older student playground should be ready on Monday.  In the meantime, teachers will use the playing fields for recess.

I want to thank Jeff Rohm and Eric White for all of their work to get this done.  They answered many emails and had many site visits to make sure everything was proceeding like it should.  If only the weather had been as cooperative as Jeff and Eric.

I also want to thank all the students, parents and staff who asked questions and gave feedback throughout the process.

New Teachers at Hollymead

Please welcome four new teachers to the Hollymead Staff.  Due to recent enrollment, the number of students keeps changing at all grade levels.  Two of our new teachers, Cindy Groeber-Fard and Claire Neill, have not been assigned grade levels.  I’ll keep you posted on their status.

Hello!  My name is Keary Pieczynski, but you can call me Mrs. Pie!  I am excited to be joining the wonderful staff at Hollymead this school year as a teacher of Special Education and Intervention.  Previously I taught special education in Richmond, VA.  I had the wonderful opportunity to stay home with my little girls for the past two years, but I’m happy to return to the teaching profession.  This will be an exciting year for all of us as we learn and grow together!


Cindy Groeber-Fard comes to Hollymead as a first year teacher and a recent graduate of Mary Baldwin College.   She is a native of Ohio but has lived in Charlottesville for the past 18 years with her husband and 3 children.  While she is new to Hollymead as a teacher, her experiences and history with the school are extensive.   All three of her children attended the school and many of you will recognize her from her work in first grade as a teaching assistant with Julie Lindenbaum.

In her free time she enjoys hiking and the outdoors, and trying to cook healthy and delicious meals for her wonderful family.   She also enjoys jogging before school as her energizer for the day and if that doesn’t work an extra cup of coffee will do.

Mrs. Groeber-Fard is thrilled to be back at Hollymead,  and is looking forward to continuing her wonderful relationship with the school.


My name is Sadai Tafari and I will be the new Speech-Language Pathologist at Hollymead Elementary for the 2013-2014 school year. I began my work at Hollymead last year towards the end of March as a long-term substitute and I am excited to be back full-time this year.

I received my Masters degree in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from Hampton University in the Summer of 2012, and my Bachelors in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Florida in Spring 2010.  As a therapist I have had to opportunity to work with various age groups from Pre-k – High School providing services to students with a variety of communicative needs.  I am currently working on completing my Certificate of Clinical Competence and will  to be a nationally certified therapist through the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association before the end of Fall.

I look forward to working with some familiar faces this school year as well as meeting some new students along the way.

Mrs. Neill is excited to return to ACPS after two years in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She previously taught 2nd, 3rd, and 5th grades in Albemarle County and 4th grade at a Charter school in the Detroit area. Mrs. Neill is originally from the DC area, and enjoys music, watching the Red Sox, and traveling with her husband and their dog, Fenway. This past June, Mrs. Neill and her husband welcomed their first child, a little boy named Jamie. Mrs. Neill is very excited to be joining the Hollymead family and is ready for a great year!

My name is Maria DeRosa and I am very excited to be a new member of the first grade team! I have
taught first grade for the past six years. Four of the years were in North
Carolina and two years were in Ohio. I completed my undergraduate and graduate
degrees at Ohio State University. I moved to Charlottesville this summer with
my dog   Izzie to join my husband- to- be! I couldn’t be more excited to
be here and part of the Hollymead family!