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.