(Posted 5/22/20) Neither rain, nor cold nor coronavirus can keep up us from planning for next year and we are pleased to share next year’s staffing assignments with you. Below you will find a grade-by-grade list of classes and faculty. Below the list we also share information about the new teachers we are welcoming and invite you to join us in saying thank you to faculty who are beginning new adventues.
We welcome Hilary Nelson who will be joining Amy Hill and Elissa Todd in the Kindergarten classroom. Hilary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, with a minor in Child Psychology from the University of Maine. She comes to us with over 10 years of teaching experience as a lead Kindergarten teacher, most recently in a widely-regarded progressive school in San Francisco. Hilary clearly understands early childhood and elementary education and brings an innovative, joyful, and highly collaborative approach to creating a strong developmentally appropriate learning environment. Please join us in saying welcome!
Keyera Lucas, currently an apprentice teacher in our First Grade classroom, will be joining the Middle School faculty. They will be teaching Social Studies to our 5th graders and providing learning support across the Middle School. Keyera previously taught middle school students in Oakland, California, and first joined Sheridan two years ago as our After School Program coordinator. Keyera holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Howard University in African Studies with a minor in Theater Arts.
Current Kindergarten teacher Amy Thomas-Martinez will be journeying with her students into 1st grade this fall to co-teach with Annie Mozer during Stephanie Kulakowski’s maternity leave. When Stephanie returns, Amy will finish the school year as the Sheridan librarian, with an emphasis on Lower School literacy in Grades K-4.
This year, we are wishing Lower School Science teachers Kate Grinberg and Adrienne van den Beemt fond farewells as they end their time teaching at Sheridan. A long-tenured teacher at Sheridan, Kate has brought joy and curiosity as a 3rd grade homeroom teacher, Lower School Science teacher, and contributor to our outdoor education program. An avid sailor and outdoor enthusiast, we are certain many new adventures await her as she pursues her Master Naturalist certification and engages in local citizen-science activities.
Adrienne has accepted a position to pursue her interest in teaching middle school science and we know how lucky her new students will be to have her. In addition to creating hands-on science in the Lower School, Adrienne was instrumental in developing our environmental literacy program and supported our progressive practice as a co-coordinator for the Capital Area Progressive Schools consortium.
While Kate and Adrienne will be deeply missed and leave big shoes to fill, we have begun the hiring process for a new Lower School science teacher and will keep Lower School families apprised.
We are also sending fifth grade teacher Lina Kesner off with our best wishes as she has accepted a new position overseeing the math program at a local school. Lina began her tenure at Sheridan as an apprentice teacher and spent most of her time as a beloved sixth grade teacher before moving to fifth grade this year to assist with the grade’s transition to the Middle School. Lina has many, many talents, but her love for mathematics and skill in teaching it stand out, and we will always be grateful for the inspiration she has given to so many Sheridan students.
Laura Merrill will be retiring next month after nearly two decades at Sheridan, first as a parent and then as a Middle School teacher. Laura has worked tirelessly to ensure our 7th grade American history curriculum reflects our social justice mission and has provided immeasurable love and care to students navigating the challenging years of middle school in her role as an advisor. Laura also has served as a coach and mentor to many of her colleagues, and lucky for us, she will be easing into her retirement and continue to provide some coaching and guidance to teachers again next year.
Please join us in also sending librarian and makerspace educator Elaina Wells off with congratulations on the birth of her child and warm wishes for the next steps in her journey. During her time at Sheridan, Elaina ensured our library was an open and welcoming space enjoyed by students in all grades and she will be missed.
We also will be saying a huge thank you along with our goodbyes to our long-term substitutes this year — Christopher Desiderio, Roz Posley, Neha Trotter and Jason Walker. We are grateful for their dedication to our school and to our students and for their flexibility and assistance as we turned to distance learning. We wish each of them well in their next endeavors!