Monthly Archives: August 2015

New at Hollymead for the 2015-2016 School Year

Cindy Hersman

My name is Cindy Hersman and I will be teaching third grade at Hollymead Elementary for the 2015-2016 school year. I began working at Hollymead last year as a long-term substitute in special education and again in first grade. Previously, I worked for nine years in Howard County, Maryland, where I taught second grade, third grade, and special education. When I’m not working, I enjoy walking my dogs with my husband, Andy, and two children, Bella and Ben. I am so excited to resume my teaching career right here in my own neighborhood, Hollymead! 


Lisa KingI am Lisa King. I have been teaching for 18 years, in New York, New Jersey, and Virginia. I am originally from New York, but after living in Charlottesville and teaching at Hollymead for eleven years I consider Charlottesville home. When I am not teaching I love watching my children participate in sports, running, and surrounding myself with family and friends.

I have a new role at Hollymead this year as the Gifted Resource Teacher.  I believe in an eclectic philosophy drawing from many different educators, to create a learning environment that supports life long learners. Equal weight needs to be given to high expectations for teachers and students, providing a non-threatening environment to enhance the students’ excitement of authentic learning and allow a feeling of safety and structure. I am confident, in a nurturing environment all children will excel and succeed.

Emily ThrockmortonMy name is Emily Throckmorton and I recently graduated from James Madison University with my Master of Arts in Teaching. I also completed my undergraduate career at JMU, making me a Double Duke! I grew up in Louisa County, VA and I love to go home and visit with my wonderful parents and twin brothers. After completing my student teaching in first grade, I was ecstatic to find out I would be teaching first grade here at Hollymead Elementary! I love all of the learning, exploring and fun we get to have! In my free time I enjoy teaching dance to all ages, playing the piano, spending time at the beach, reading, and playing with my dog, Bentley. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year!

Hollyday MarksMy name is Hollyday Marks.   I was born and raised outside of Washington, DC in Potomac, MD.  I graduated from The Potomac School in McLean, VA in 1997 and from Gettysburg College in 2001 with my Bachelor’s in health and exercise science and minor in Spanish.  I worked for Club Med for 3 years and lived in the Bahamas and Indonesia as a fitness instructor and ultimately managed the sports team.  I earned my master’s degree from University of Phoenix in 2006 in special education and taught for 3 years in Stuart, FL.  We moved to Charlottesville in 2013.  Last year I did long term substitute positions at Baker Butler, Red Hill and Stone Robinson.  I am excited to be teaching second grade at Hollymead this year.  I am a proud wife and mother of 2 sons, Landon (4) and Brody (nearly 2 months!)  We are an active family and love living here. I love to read (when I find time!), workout and in general enjoy Charlottesville, my family and friends!

Luke Noble.jMy name is Luke Noble.  I was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, attending Albemarle County Schools Greer, Jack Jouett, and Albemarle High School.  I went on to attend the University of Virginia and graduate with my Masters in Health and PE in 2014.  I ran track and cross country throughout high school and continued collegiately at UVA.  I continue to enjoy running as well as many other outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and swimming, playing organized recreational sports, and working out.  I love watching any UVA athletics as well as professional football and basketball.  This year I’ll be part time at both Woodbrook Elementary School and Hollymead.


















Changes at Hollymead

Dear Hollymead Families,

Every year we see changes in staff and organization of our school.  This year is no different.  We embrace changes as they help us to gain new perspective and allow for professional and personal growth.

Kindergarten:  As many of you already know, Mrs. Dixon retired at the end of last year after spending 30 years at Hollymead.  We will miss her experience and expertise.  The kindergarten team this year will be Beth Kohler, Joanne Kohlmann, Glenn Bernhardt and Susan Peck.  Susan has been eager to teach kindergarten.

First Grade: Angel Feero who was on maternity leave second semester has decided to be a full time mother for a while.  I am sure that sometime in the future we’ll be welcoming her back to Hollymead.  The first grade team this year will be Julie Lindenbaum, Maria Ellis, Whitney Hinnant and Emily Ann Throckmorton.  Ms. Throckmorton is joining us as a new teacher from JMU.

Second Grade:  Many of you might not know that Patti Shifflett accepted a position as an Instruction Coach for the 2015-2016 school year.  We wish her the best in her new role in Albemarle County Public Schools.  The second grade team will be Cindy Groeber-Fard, Lauren Santana, Leslie Anderson and Hollyday Marks.  Ms. Marks was a kindergarten teacher at Stone-Robinson last year, but has experience in second grade as well.

Third Grade:  Last year third grade was a three member team, but is four this year.  The team will be Claire Neill, Kristin Kress, Sarah LaPrade and Cindy Hersman.  Sarah LaPrade is returning to Hollymead after a year as an Instructional Coach.  Ms. Hersman was a long term substitute last year in special education and first grade.

Fourth Grade:  This is the only team at Hollymead unchanged from last year!  The team will be Jeff Matriccino, Terry Gallagher, Becky Brown and Sarah Parsley.

Fifth Grade:  At this point 5th grade is a 3 teacher team this year (this could change).  The team will be Jonathan Whitehead, Kim Blevins and Anna Snyder.

Physical Education:  Due to enrollment we are adding a part time PE teacher.  Luke Noble will be spending afternoons at Hollymead after teaching at Woodbrook in the mornings.  The PE team is Barbara Rosen, Jack Carroll and Luke Noble.

Gifted Resource Teacher:  As most of you know, Jacqui Cecalupo retired at the end of last year.  Lisa King, formerly fifth grade teacher, is stepping into this role.

Office:  Also due to enrollment increases we have some additional help in the front office.  Diane Symmes, will be a part member of the office staff.  Some families who’ve been around for a while might remember Diane from before the redistricting to Baker-Butler 4 years ago.  For the last couple of years she has been substituting in the office as well.  We are thankful for the experience and knowledge she brings with her.

In the next post, you’ll find short biographies and pictures of new additions to Hollymead.

The first day of school is only 13 days away.  Enjoy the last days of summer.

Your partner in education,

Nancy Teel, Prinicpal



Parent Portal and Classroom Placement

Dear Hollymead Families,

Welcome to the new school year!  This is such a busy and exciting time for all of us.  Please read the information below regarding Parent Portal.

What: Parent Portal is your source for student information regarding attendance, lunch account balances, grades, and teacher comments and all ACPS schools are now using it. Parent Portal will also be the main way we will communicate home room teacher assignments this year. Many of you may already be familiar with Parent Portal as it has been used in all of our middle and high schools for several years.

Why: Albemarle County Public Schools is committed to sharing information with parents and families in an effective and efficient manner. We also are working to be a “paper light” organization and this is one way that we can meet both of these objectives. Through your Parent Portal account you will be able to access all attendance information as well as teacher comments, and in the upper grades you can check assignments and scores. Additionally you can use this platform to email teachers.

How: If you already have your Access Key for your Hollymead student(s) then you simply need to log on to access information. If you do not yet have the Access Key for one or more Hollymead students you will need to get your Parent Portal Access Key by coming to school during office hours (7:30-3:30) prior to August 13th. This information may only be given in person as you will need to sign that you have received it. We are not permitted to provide it over the phone or in any other way. After receiving your Access Key you will have access to Parent Portal through many platforms including computers, smart phones, and tablets.

If you have any questions please contact the school at 434 973-8301.

Your partner is education,

Nancy Teel, Principal

Hollymead Elementary School