Staff

About Our Staff

The teachers and staff at Hidenwood Presbyterian School dedicate their time, patience, passion and knowledge to the developmental growth of each child. Teachers and staff are required to particulate in at least 16 hours of professional development each year as part of our participation in the Virginia Quality rating program. The teaching staff members have completed coursework in early childhood development while earning their Child Development Associate credential (CDA), have a degree in Elementary or Early Childhood Education or they have tremendous experience working with preschool aged children. Each staff member is certified in CPR and First Aid to ensure safety in the classroom and on the playground. All staff members are finger-printed and background checked by the Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Social Services. The average years of service among the teaching staff is 16 years.

Meet Our Staff

Cathy Huemer

Cathy Huemer

Director

A native of Newport News, Cathy joined our school in January of 2018. She holds a BA in elementary education from Roanoke College and a MA in curriculum development from George Washington University. She also has an endorsement as a reading specialist from Regent University. Cathy has dedicated her life to the education and growth of children. She spent 30 years with Newport News Public School System as a teacher, reading specialist and curriculum supervisor. Cathy has two children – Sophie and Max. In her spare time you can find Cathy and her husband Ingo at the beach or playing with their labradoodle, Winnie.
Julia Boberick

Julia Boberick

Lead Teacher and Extended Care Administrator

Julia has been an invaluable fixture at HPP for 26 years. She loves spending time with the children, both teaching and learning from them. Julia holds a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. Julia’s favorite subjects include science, math and literacy. She was born and raised in Newport News. She and her husband, Jeff, have two boys – Tim and Brian, both of whom attended HPP from two years old to four years old. When she is not at school, Julia loves to bike, kayak and spend time with her grandson going to the beach and museums.
Brenda Dent

Brenda Dent

Lead Teacher, Two-year-olds

Brenda has been with HPP for 19 years. She holds a CDA credential. She was born and raised in Newport News. Brenda has two children – Cassie and Ryan; and two grandchildren Addison and Andrew. Both of her grandchildren are HPP alums.
Diane Wood

Diane Wood

Assistant Teacher, Two-year-olds

Diane Wood brought her love of children to HPP over 20 years ago. With the guidance and encouragement of HPP directors and staff, she earned a Childhood Development Associate Credential. She and her magician husband, Harold, share responsibility for his magical rabbit, Buster. Carrots may be Buster’s favorite snack, Mrs. Wood prefers chocolate!
Her dedication to HPP is a testament to the high standards of the school. She is content with her career choice and thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many children.
Megan Christopher

Megan Christopher

Lead Teacher, Three-year-olds

Megan grew up in Ohio and went to college in South Carolina. She holds a BA from Coastal Carolina University. Her husband joined the military and that decision brought them here in 2010. Megan first became involved in HPP when her daughters attended –Ciearra with the 4s and Caelin with the 2s. A year later Megan joined our fabulous team of teachers. She has been here 8 years and is going strong. Her favorite subjects include science, STEAM and art. When she is not creating a beautiful classroom environment, you can find Megan spending time with her family, reading, exploring the outdoors and watching her children play sports.
Mary Pascute

Mary Pascute

Assistant Teacher, Three-year-olds

Mary has been with HPP for 8 years. She holds a CDA credential. She loves teaching the kids about learning through play in every subject. She has three girls. Her youngest is an HPP alum of Mrs. Nobles’ class. Mary grew up in Northeast Ohio. Her favorite things to do outside of the classroom are fishing, going to the beach and watching her youngest dance.
Elizabeth Klimczak

Elizabeth Klimczak

Assistant Teacher, Three-year-olds

Elizabeth was born and raised in Newport News. She has 2 children – Morgan who is a sophomore at Clemson in the architecture program, and Seth, a junior at Warwick High School. Both of her children are alums of HPP. Elizabeth has been with HPP for 5 years. She holds a CDA credential and her favorite subjects include math and music. (She can play the clarinet!) Elizabeth is married to Gerald Klimczak. They have two dogs, Buster and Gizmo and two lizards, Trouble and Lucky. She also loves to country line dance, jet ski and ride her motorcycle.
Amanda Wood

Amanda Wood

Lead Teacher, Four-year-olds

Amanda grew up in the Newport News area. She has been with HPP for 14 years. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from ODU and both an M.S. and Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education from ODU. Her favorite subjects include science and literacy. Both Amanda and her son Parker attended HPP as children. HPP holds a special place in her heart. She loves working with preschool age children and watching them explore and grow. When she is not in school, Amanda loves to read, read, read!!
Cynthia Nobles

Cynthia Nobles

Lead Teacher, Four-year-olds

Cynthia has been with HPP for 15 years. She holds a B.S. in Education. She has 3 children, the youngest of whom attended HPP beginning in the 3 year old class. She loves reading, spending time with her family, and hiking.
Tracy Clark

Tracy Clark

Lead Teacher, Four-year-olds

Tracy first became involved with HPP as a parent. All three of her children attended HPP and for many years Tracy was a parent volunteer. Once her children went to school Tracy started with HPP and has been with us for 5 years. Tracy holds a B.A. in criminology in addition to many training hours in education. She grew up and still resides in York County with her children and husband of 14 years. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going on adventures, horseback riding, swimming and relaxing at the beach. She has always enjoyed working with kids and is very passionate about teaching.
Carol Burke

Carol Burke

Assistant Teacher, Four-year-olds

Carol grew up in New Jersey and moved to Newport News in 1991 with her husband. Carol’s son (Connor) attended preschool at HPP. Carol has been with HPP for 18 years and loves all the families she has met over the years. She still keeps in touch with many of them and enjoys seeing how they grow over the years. In her off time Carol loves to read, watch movies, visit with friends and visit Charlottesville to see her son.
Linda Jones

Linda Jones

Assistant Teacher, Four-year-olds

Linda is our longest serving staff member at Hidenwood. She has been here on staff for 34 years! She has thoroughly enjoyed her years here at HPP. She loves teaching and watching the children grow and learn. She has had three children in her class whose parents she had taught! Isn’t that sweet?? When she is not in the classroom, Mrs. Jones loves attending all her grandchildren’s sporting events (field hockey, baseball, basketball), scrapbooking, having lunch dates with friends and antiquing with her wonderful husband.
Martha Bott

Martha Bott

Assistant Teacher, Four-year-olds

Martha has been with HPP for 14 years. She holds a CDA credential. Two of her three sons attended preschool here at HPP. Martha loves teaching and her favorite thing is to witness a child’s eyes light up when they finally understand a concept for the first time. Martha’s favorite subjects include math and reading. When she is not in the classroom. Martha loves to spend time with her family.
Nora Lowder

Nora Lowder

Kindergarten Teacher

Nora Lowder is originally from Roanoke, Virginia. Nora began her work at HPP as a teacher assistant in 2014. She has worked in the two year classroom, the three year old classroom and now in Kindergarten. She has also worked in Poquoson City schools and as a Vet Tech. Nora is a busy mother of four children who are athletes, gymnasts and musicians so you never know where you might see her after school hours!
Marsha White

Marsha White

Kindergarten Teacher

Marsha is a native of Newport News, and she joined Hidenwood Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten in August 2019 to serve as the Kindergarten teacher. Marsha has both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from James Madison University. She taught Kindergarten and 1st Grade in Newport News Public Schools for 25 years. She then served as an instructor at Old Dominion University in the Early Childhood Department for 4 years, after which she taught full day 4 year old Preschool at Walsingham Academy for 10 years. Marsha has a son named Zachary and she loves to read, write and garden.