A Letter from Mrs. Newton!

Dear Hill Families,

We were so happy to see our Hill students and families at the Meet the Teacher Event last Friday!  Our teachers have been busy preparing their classrooms, getting ready for the first day of school!  This is going to be a SUPER year!  We hope you’ve seen our teacher superhero Austin skyline bulletin board in the front hallway!

We have a fantastic staff this school year!  Included below are all teaching staff, as well as teacher pairings:

PK – Michele Meadows, Caty Winslow

PPCD – Erin Ganakas, Marci Atkinson

Kindergarten – Caroline Braun, Christine Combs, Laura Davis (Scace), Joanna Fairbrother, Lindsey Hazlewood, Stacy Maine, Brandi Watson

1st Grade – Jill Clark, Laura Coaxum, Michele Dare, Catherine Frank, Alexa Rushing, Alli Sanchez-Perry, Maitri Shah, Rebecca Stanley

2nd Grade – Lori Huang and Tho Nguyen,  Katherine Laxton and Sheryl Southwell, Tara McBrearty and Natalie Perez, Sherrie Shaver, Mary Elizabeth Young

3rd Grade – Sally Armstrong and Analisa Guevara,  Melanie Brown and Jason Eddleton, Kate Hoffner and Anna Peterson,  Robin Olson and Clayton Open

4th Grade – Krista Davis and Kelly Manzano, Katy Frazier (Holguin) and Katelyn Houchin, Jeanine LaChance and Allie Massingill, Bess Wirht and Whitney Wallace

5th Grade – Rachel Briles and Jacob Mayer; Hannah Cotton, Lorrie Salome and Thomas Wilder

Special Education-Melissa Butler (Grades K – 3rd)

Charlotte Williams (Grades 4th,5th)

Laura Jones (Scores Grades K-5th)

Essential Areas –  Primary Grades – Jason Schafer (PE), Steve Williams (Music), Stephen Williams (Art)

Upper Grades – Roger Taveirne (PE), Michelle Herb (Music), Stephanie Perry (Art)

The Anderson Vertical Team is excited to be part of the Creative Learning Initiative (CLI) this year.  This is a city-wide collaboration between MINDPOP, the City of Austin and over 50 arts and cultural organizations, bringing arts enrichment and creative learning to the students of Hill Elementary.  CLI is built on three pillars of learning: Fine Arts enrichment, creative teaching across the curriculum and community arts organizations and resources.  Hill Staff completed a PD with the CLI team last week and we are so excited to bring this creative program to our students.

Looking forward to the first day of school!!

Beth Newton