In all my years at Red Hill, this, by far has been the most exciting, fastest paced, most challenging and most rewarding. With the renovations starting just about a year ago and extending into the fall, the students, staff and I were consistently in awe of the transformation of our school. Amazing changes happened to our building while amazing things happened in our classrooms. The pace was fast too. As each new section of the building was ready, we quickly packed up the old trailers and moved into the new learning spaces. The challenges came with designing our instruction in such a way that capitalizes on our new learning spaces. We are proud of how we use these spaces to meet the educational needs of our students. But, honestly, the STAFF and I have learned so much this year and how we plan to build upon, improve and expand on what we’ve accomplished so that next year will reap the benefits of this growth and learning. And, finally, this has been the most rewarding. Our rewards have been great. Our long awaited renovations have finally become a reality, our staff has strengthened and offered our students the best that they have. Our community, has stepped forward more than ever to support us in these transitions and again stepped forward as our community expands with the new families from Yancey. I shared with the new students when they visited yesterday that they are joining a very special community and school. The exciting part, is having the new families will make us BETTER. So, to sum it all up… The close of this school year brings many successes, prepares of for new opportunities to improve and enhance next year and has given us much to be thankful for.
Unfortunately, in this last message from me each year I have the duty to report departures of beloved staff members. This year we will be losing our School Psychologist, Karen Ferrer due to county reassignments. Coming in her place is a School Psychologist very familiar with many of our new students who will be serving both Scottsville and Red Hill, Janie Irons. Also leaving us will be Jo Crowder, tutors: Jenny Turner, Morgan Wagoner, and TA, Michael Monroe and ESOL teacher Sarah Skarr. All are off on to new and exciting steps in their professional careers. We wish them well and know they will find further success. Also, retiring, for the second time! Is Pam Walker. Pam is “really” retiring this time from her roles as a teaching assistant to enjoy life and spend time with her family. Lastly, I have the duty of announcing the retirement of Jane Brennan. Mrs. Brennan has been with Red Hill for 26 years. Serving as a Special Education teacher for most of those years, but also as a fifth grade teacher. Mrs. Brennan represents the heart of Red Hill School because of her commitment, passion and YES, humor. I know I speak for the hundreds of children that you have served over the years… Thank You!
While there will be a few other vacancies filled this summer, we can announce the names of two new teachers that will be joining our staff from Yancey. D’Ann Dickerson and Tim Howeth. Both of these outstanding teachers come with great recommendations and skill sets well matched to our needs. I am very thankful to have these two professionals join our staff and expect great things.
Enjoy your summer, do fun things with your families. Those things don’t need to be far away or expensive, they just need to be TOGETHER.