Dear Hollymead Families,
This summer has been a time of change at Hollymead. Most of these changes were unexpected, but we try to embrace them as opportunities for growth. We will miss the teachers leaving as they have been colleagues, but also friends.
Kindergarten: There will be 3 teachers instead of 4. Glenn Bernhardt has moved to 2nd grade. Beth Kohler, Susan Peck and Joanne Kohlmann will continue to teach kindergarten.
First Grade: There will also be 3 teachers. Ms. Throckmorton will be teaching at Stony Point Elementary this fall. Julie Lindenbaum, Whitney Hinnant and Maria Ellis will continue to teach 1st grade.
Second Grade: Glenn Bernhardt joins the team, while Cindy Groeber-Fard moves to 4th grade. The other 2nd grade teachers are Leslie Anderson, Lauren Santana and Hollyday Marks.
Third Grade: Kristin Kress has moved to Autism BASE teacher. Pam Snead has been hired to join Cindy Hersman, Sarah LaPrade and Claire Neill on the 3rd grade team. Ms. Snead has 16 years of teaching experience, most of it in third grade.
Fourth Grade: As many of you know, Jeff Matriccino moved to 6th grade at Sutherland. Cindy Groeber-Fard joins Becky Brown, Terry Gallagher and Sarah Parsley on the 4th grade team.
Fifth Grade: Gabe Gomez, a new teacher from UVA , joins Jonathan Whitehead, Anna Snyder and Kim Blevins on the 5th grade team.
PE: Luke Noble helped out part time in PE last year, but as enrollment changed we no longer qualified for the extra position. Mr. Noble is teaching PE full time at Stone Robinson this fall. Barb Rosen and Jack Carroll will continue to be our PE team.
Special Education: Keary Pieczynski and her family have moved out of the area, and as noted earlier, Kristin Kress is taking over the Autism BASE classroom.
Intervention: Elizabeth Player has moved from a 1st teaching assistant to a part time intervention position. Rebekah Saunders, who was the intervention teacher last year, will be teaching at Greer Elementary School this fall.
Guidance: Warren Meehan has moved out of the Albemarle County area. This is a very recent development and we are still in the process of hiring a replacement.
We also have many new teaching assistants in kindergarten, 1st grade and in special education. Dismissal time is also changing this year.
Dismissal is at 2:30, five minutes later than last year. At 2:30 students going to EDEP, to the car pick up line, to ACAC bus, and kindergarten through 2nd grader bus riders will be dismissed . At 2:35 , 3rd-5th grade bus rider will be dismissed. At about 2:40 walkers and bikers will be dismissed.
School begins at 7:55. That is the time we expect all students to be in their classrooms. In the past few years we’ve seen a trend of students getting to school later and later. Staff on morning duty are at their posts at 7:40 and children are sent to classrooms at 7:45. When students come late, instruction and classroom routines are interrupted. Children who are late often feel the pressure of catching up with others.
We are just days away from the exciting first day of school. Class placements are scheduled for the Parent Portal on August 19. Kindergarten Orientation is August 17 and Open House is August 22nd. I am looking forward to a wonderful school year. My door is always open. You can always reach me in person, by phone or by email.
Sincerely, Nancy Teel, Principal
New Teacher Introduction
My name is Gabriel Gomez and I will be teaching 5th grade at Hollymead Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year. I was born and raised in the state of Colorado, Go Broncos! I moved to Virginia in order to attend the University of Virginia. I competed as a division one athlete and was a part of the 2010 ACC Wrestling Championship team. I received my bachelors in government and recently received my masters in elementary education. My student teaching took place in third grade, but I am excited to be moving up grades having substituted multiple times for 5th grade. I enjoy running, reading, and playing/watching sports such as disc golf, baseball/softball, basketball, hockey, and football. As an educator I am excited to grow and learn with my students!
My name is Pam Snead, and I will be teaching third grade at Hollymead this year. While I am new to Hollymead, I am not new to teaching. I taught in my hometown of Madison, VA for 16 years (most of which was in a third grade classroom) before taking this past year off to be home with my daughter, Sophie. When I am not teaching, I love spending time with my family, volunteering at church and curling up with a good book in one hand and a Starbucks or Greenberry’s coffee in the other. After being out of the classroom for a bit, I feel a renewed excitement about teaching, and I am thrilled to be a member of the third grade team at Hollymead Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year!