Dear Classical Families,
As the summer winds down, we are busy at school getting ready for your return. We are looking forward to having the halls at Classical alive with the energy of children again. I’m writing to update you on some recent changes and give you a few reminders.
Yearly faculty and staff changes are common at most schools. Classical has generally been an exception to that rule—but with a combination of a few teachers moving to the high school level, one retirement, and two teachers moving to different grade levels, we currently have eight new teachers and support staff joining us this year. It has been a busy summer of interviewing and hiring for our interview teams and me! A common theme has run through all interviews—Classical School is unique and we seek special people to join our teaching staff. We search for teachers who are knowledgeable, enthusiastic, hard-working, and committed to educational rigor. Additionally, we need teachers who love to work with children and who will provide a warm, positive classroom environment.
Some change is inevitable. But the most important aspects of Classical School have not changed—we remain steadfast in our mission to provide your children with a superior classical education. Please join me in welcoming our new teachers and support staff to Classical School!
Kaitlyn Smits – 5th grade
Arielle Elms – 6th grade
Matt Fager – 6th grade
Leah Zwiers – 6th grade and 8th grade Spanish
Anastassia Leavitt – Orchestra (7th grade)
Angela Olson – Orchestra (8th grade)
Elizabeth Pellinger – Special Education
Jenny Fahrney – Social Work
You can find out more about each of our teachers by reading their bios in the staff directory on our website. While you visit our new website, please stop to admire its updated look and ease of use. Joanne Bielmeier, Classical parent and CCSA Board Secretary, worked countless hours with Stellar Blue Technologies to bring us our new website. I hope you will find the new format user-friendly and refer to it often for updates and school information. Along with our new website, we updated our crest and included our Latin motto, Finis Origine Pendet—the end depends on the beginning. See you soon.
Nancy A. Fischer
Dean of Academic and Administrative Affairs