Fourth Quarter and Beyond
I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing Spring Break. I really wasn't thinking straight, and I spent a couple of days skiing in Colorado...MORE SNOW!!!!!! Each day, the grass gets a little bit greener...the temperatures get a little bit warmer...and, the birds chirp a little bit louder! Spring is definitely on its way, and I (for one) cannot wait!
We are in the final quarter of school, and I don't know where the 18/19 school year has gone. I truly enjoy these final weeks of school; we have so many fun activities and so much teaching time (no more snow days!). Although we will have to deal with some spring fever, I know we will have a great time together these last few weeks!
I had emailed earlier about exciting changes for next year.
I want to update you regarding a few more exciting changes and hires since the last communication.
Maria Cook has been with us since 2014 teaching Spanish to our youngest students. She has done a phenomenal job laying a foundation for Spanish. She has loved her time here, and she is grateful for being able to learn and grow in this environment. Maria will be stepping away to focus on family (but, you may see her around as a substitute teacher)! Heidi Hule will be moving from Prekindergarten to Spanish. Heidi started her teaching career in languages teaching both French and Spanish at Pembroke Hill to 2nd-5th grade. Heidi is passionate about foreign languages, and she and Cody WalkerHolmes will be teaming up to bring even more cultural opportunities to our entire community. I can't wait to see where the department goes!
With Laura Pearce moving to Kindergarten in the fall, Summer Parker will fill the second-grade opening. Summer graduated from Park University with a degree in Elementary Education, and she has been a part of the Oakhill community since 2013 with her hands in Kids Club, coaching, and teaching technology. Summer is confident and poised; she is well prepared for the role as a second-grade teacher. Summer loves the small class sizes, the collaboration between teachers and the desire every teacher has to improve and be the best he/she can be. She and Kristin Forsen will make a fabulous team.
Please join me in welcoming Staci Sonntag to the new third-grade position. With Rachel Panko moving to two-day Preschool in the fall, Staci will partner with Elaine Scheidecker to complete a fabulous third-grade team! Staci has been teaching at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin, MO, and she understands the independent school world very well. The Head of School couldn't say enough great things about Staci - she was even nominated for the "golden apple" excellence in teaching award at her current school. She received her degree from Missouri Southern State University. Staci recognizes the positive energy that radiates from every teacher, faculty member, and student she has encountered at Oakhill, and she can't wait to be a part of it.
I currently have (or will soon have) an opening posted for Bookstore Manager, Prekindergarten Teacher, Media Center "techbrarian", Director of Advancement, and Alumni Relations/Volunteer Coordinator.
As always, if you have questions, please let me know. We will make sure the right people are placed in the right positions to let their gifts and talents shine for our students and school!