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
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.
Lead Teacher Three year olds & Extended Care Administrator
Julia has been an invaluable fixture at HPP for 27 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.
Assistant Teacher, Three-year-olds
Cynthia has been with HPP for 16 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.
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.
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.
Lead Teacher, Three year olds (MWF/ TTH)
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.
Assistant Teacher, Three year olds (MWF)
Jennifer is very excited to join the HPP&K family this year. She was born and raised in Newport News. She has three teenage children and her youngest attended HPP&K. Jennifer is currently finishing her Early Childhood degree at TNCC. She loves teaching and seeing the smiles of the children every day. She especially loves teaching science. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys boating, fishing and spending time with family.
Assistant Teacher, Three year olds (TTH)
This will be Tracey’s first year with HPP&K. She grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and moved here so her husband could be the senior pastor of a Presbyterian church in Hampton. Tracey holds an M.A. in Teaching for Early Elementary and Early Childhood Education. She taught in Christian schools for 8 years. Additionally, she was a certified early intervention specialist. She also tutored kindergarteners and first graders who had reading vulnerabilities. Tracey and her husband have a teenage son and daughter and enjoy taking walks in their neighborhood along the James River. Outside of school, Tracey owns her own online Keto dessert bakery called Live Sprightly Co. You can find her hosting Saturday “Pop-ups” at a local health food store.
Lead Teacher, Four year olds (MWF)
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!!
Assistant Teacher, Four year olds (MWF)
Tammy has been with our After Care program for the past year, this year we are fortunate to have her join our 4yo MWF classroom. Tammy was born and raised in Millboro, VA. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M. She and her husband, Mark, have one daughter, Sarah. Tammy loves to travel and read and walk the beach looking for treasures. She says working with the preschoolers is her favorite job by far!
Lead Teacher, Four 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.
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.
Lead Teacher, Four year olds
Denise has been in education for 13 years. Previously, she served with NNPS SpEd Department, Head Start and City of Newport News Parents as Teachers program. She holds a BA in Social Sciences with a concentration in Education. A native New Yorker, Denise has lived in Newport News for the majority of her life. She has two children, Caleb and Emma. Denise enjoys spending time with friends and family and playing with her rescue dog Kali.
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.
Lead Teacher, Kindergarten
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.
Assistant Teacher, Kindergarten
Joins our Kindergarten class this year as an Assistant teacher. She holds a CDA credential and particularly enjoys children’s literature. Heather was born and raised in South Carolina. She moved here with her husband who grew up in Newport News. She and her husband have one child. In her spare time Heather enjoys shopping, spending time with family and traveling to South Carolina.