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