Winding Creek Elementary Faculty
Cumberland Valley School District is proud to introduce the individuals that will make up the 2018-2019 Winding Creek faculty. As an introduction to the members of our team, we are sharing below each faculty member’s current assignment and Winding Creek assignment, along with some of his/her personal reflections on joining our newest school community.
Winding Creek Assignment
Mrs. Devin Stanford
Kindergarten, Sporting Hill
"All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them." M. Johnson
In my classroom, my hope is that students feel safe, enthusiastic, independent, and free to grow and learn in the ways that suit them best. You will see students working in unconventional spaces in unconventional ways but that is what keeps us moving forward! We work hard and play hard, learning new things every day! I am thrilled to be able to do the job that has been in my heart since I was a child. Thank you for allowing me the honor of teaching and growing with your child each day!
Miss Evie Milburn
3rd Grade, Silver Spring
"Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning." ~ John Meehan
I am so excited to be a part of the Winding Creek staff and to be returning to Kindergarten. I cannot wait to instill a love of learning in the lives of these young students.
Ms. Danielle Hake
Kindergarten, Shaull and Sporting Hill
I am so excited to be a part of your child's educational experience! Kindergarten is a magical journey. My job is to develop the imagination of your child and help them to become active learners and inquisitive, reflective, creative thinkers; to learn to work hard, make good choices, and be kind. Through our day we engage them, laugh with them, listen to their stories and allow space for the unique facets of each child to blossom. In my room children will learn through authentic experiences, will be engaged experientially, and will work together with their peers to ask questions and solve problems. Welcome to the beginning of your child’s educational journey!
They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Carl W. Buechner
Mrs. Shayla Bloes
Grade 1, Shaull
I feel honored and fortunate to be an educator. Every day is a new day to teach, to model respect and kindness, to validate children's dreams and aspirations, and to motivate and encourage every child to do their best. Recently, I asked my First graders what makes a teacher great. There is no greater reflection than the opinion and honest responses of a young child. My students responded; They help you learn Math and Reading better, They are kind and help others, they let us earn rewards for being good, and they let us have fun sometimes. Their responses validated my goals as an educator.
Mrs. Ashley Garrett
Grade 1, Hampden
Learning is my hobby, and teaching is my passion. My goal as a teacher is to inspire my students and to ignite a love of learning for the rest of their lives. To accomplish this goal, I believe in the importance of relationships, the power of a classroom community, creatively teaching and engaging my students with a variety of strategies, and promoting independence, perseverance, and fun. I am so excited to be a member of the Winding Creek Elementary team, and I cannot wait to begin serving its community!
Mr. Kevin Scharlau
Kindergarten, Sporting Hill
Play is an important part to my teaching. Teaching is filled with drama that unfolds within the classroom. The teacher serves as the co-player or play leader allowing students to gain a love for learning. Lev Vygotsky said “In play a child always behaves beyond his average age, above his daily behavior. In play it is as though he were a head taller than himself.” Setting high expectations and instilling an “I can” attitude allow my students to build a foundation for their educational career. My students are given the freedom to express and share, developing little voice to shout out and be heard!
Mrs. Michelle Jacobs
Grade 1, Shaull
I am passionate about creating a caring classroom environment. I believe each child is uniquely gifted and I love helping each child learn more about themselves. I seek to inspire students to love learning. I value partnering with families to help children see I am a part of a team of people that care for them!
"Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding."- Robert John Meehan
Mrs. Lauren Calderon
Grade 1, Green Ridge
I am thrilled to be a part of the Winding Creek Community! In our classroom, we focus on building each other up to become the best version of ourselves! We work hard and have lots of fun! It is my hope that my students leave first grade feeling empowered, confident, and with a love of learning. I can’t wait to begin this journey with you and your family!
“It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” –Meister Eckhart
Mrs. Kristine Buysse
Grade 1, Hampden
I believe that ALL children deserve a smile every day and an adult who believes in them. Every child is an important individual that deserves to be treated with kindness and respect. I continually strive to provide a meaningful education for every one of my students, in a nurturing and caring environment.
“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” BB King
Mrs. Delia Cornwell
Grade 2, Sporting Hill
I am beyond excited to be part of the Winding Creek community! It is my privilege to a member of your child's "village" and I hope to lead them to be a life-long lover of learning!
Mrs. Samatha Linsenbach
Grade 2, Green Ridge
"I am excited to become part of the Winding Creek school family! I'm looking forward to collaborating with colleagues, students, and families to provide a safe and positive environment that is conducive to learning and full of new friends and new adventures!"
Miss Audrey Montemayor
Grade 4, Hampden
I am very excited to be joining the Winding Creek Elementary team! As a Cumberland Valley grad I feel honored to be a part of this special piece of CV history. My mission as a teacher is to give students the tools they need to succeed and to have them leave my classroom better people than when they came in. I strive to make students feel comfortable and confident in my class so that they can move forward, ready to conquer any challenge that comes at them. I believe that all students are unique, capable, and important and I look forward to working with them at Winding Creek Elementary!
Mrs. Trish Wise
Grade 2, Hampden
I am excited to be joining the Winding Creek team as we prepare for the 2018-2019 school year! I believe that each student is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. As an educator, it is my desire to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing a safe environment that supports risk-taking and invites the sharing of ideas. I am eager to aid students in their transition as they join together to develop new friendships and successes at Winding Creek Elementary!
Mrs. Jennifer Robinson
Grade 2, Green Ridge
I am thrilled to be a part of this journey together as the Winding Creek team! The idea of building a positive community from the ground up is incredible! In our classroom, I believe in setting high expectations and then working with the students to meet them, through interesting, fun, and hands-on learning. My goal is to provide a nurturing, safe, engaging, and positive place where learners can feel successful and happy to be there every day. I cannot wait to see the beautiful faces of the class of 2029 walk into my Winding Creek classroom for the first time and create a meaningful relationship with each and every one of them!
Mr. Larry Bricker
Grade 3, Sporting Hill
Our job is to teach the students we have. Not the ones we would like to have. Not the ones we used to have. Those we have right now. All of THEM. --Dr. Kevin Maxwell
Mrs. Patty Conner
Grade 3, Shaull
I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with the staff, students, and parents of Winding Creek Elementary School in order to create an exciting climate of learning. A desire to promote a caring, safe, yet educationally challenging environment for students has remained a guiding principle throughout my teaching career. It is my hope that I will be able to instill a love for learning in my students in order to help them reach their full potential.
Mrs. Elsie Harlan
Grade 3, Hampden
Creating community has always been a focus in my own classroom. How exciting, then, to be a part of the Winding Creek community from its’ very beginning! I’m honored to be a part of the new Winding Creek Elementary staff as together with our students and their families, we begin this journey together.
Mrs. Kara Kitzig
Grade 3, Silver Spring
Every child has that "one teacher" who inspires them and sparks their inquisitive mind. It is because of my teachers that I have made education my passion and life's work.
"Teaching and learning should bring joy. How powerful would our world be if we had kids who were not afraid to take risks, who were not afraid to think, and who had a champion? Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." - Rita Pierson (Every Kid Needs a Champion)
Miss Jessica Shafnisky
Grade 3, Sporting Hill
I am honored to have been selected as a staff member for Winding Creek Elementary. I look forward to meeting many new families, working with new students, and growing alongside new colleagues. Teaching is my absolute passion, and I cannot wait to share this passion with the Winding Creek community!
“If children are given the chance to believe they are worth something – if they truly believe that – they will insist upon it.” - Maya Angelou
Mr. Bill Creps
Grade 4, Sporting Hill
What an awesome opportunity to have a lasting impact on the foundation of the new Winding Creek Elementary. I can't wait to build an excellent school community that touches the FUTURE. I am so lucky!
Miss Shelby Lund
Grade 4, Hampden
I am beyond excited to join the Winding Creek family! I will strive to make Winding Creek a nurturing, supportive environment where each student will find success. Learning will not only be exciting and engaging, but rigorous and relevant as well. Each day, our individual differences will be met and celebrated. See you soon, Winding Creek!
Miss Emily Savini
Grade 4, Shaull
I focus on positive classroom behavior and creating a place where students feel safe and welcome. Individualized instruction is a big component in my classroom, and I am always looking for teachable moments where I can further instruction to help students better understand the material, or challenge those who understand it. Students in my room know that it isn't that they don't get it, they just don't get it YET!
Mrs. Lori Gilbert
Grade 4, Hampden
“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson.
I feel very lucky to be to joining the Winding Creek Elementary team! My goal as an educator is to provide a safe environment where students feel welcome and to know that I will be there to support and guide them in every way to reach their highest potential.
Miss Lauren Stratton
Grade 4, Sporting Hill
I am honored to have been selected to go to Winding Creek next year to serve alongside other wonderful colleagues as well as meet new friendly faces in the Winding Creek community. Being able to see young minds grow and having a part in the process makes my job an absolute joy!
I am a firm believer in what William Yeats wrote, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” I am looking forward to engaging and connecting with my students at Winding Creek in diverse ways in order to continue to kindle their inner fire for learning.
Mr. Cody Ewert
Grade 5, Middlesex
On this journey of education, we are each a hiker on the footpath of life. The beauty in the journey is the lessons we learn from the choices make. We are powered by the motivation from others, but must take that next step on our own. Aim for the highest point on the mountain and be ready to dig deep for the courage and determination to climb. You will enjoy both the pride and the rewards of making it to the top. We are all headed for greatness once we open our minds to the possibility. I'm excited to explore greatness through teaching and learning with the community at Winding Creek Elementary!"
Mrs. Billiejo Monday
Grade 5, Hampden
I am very excited to be a part of the first chapter of Winding Creek’s story, and look forward to all the amazing learning adventures to come!
Mr. Sean McCown
Grade 5, Monroe
It all started in the spring of 1997 as I was observing a class of 5th grade students while preparing to do my student teaching experience. The eyes of a girl named Markell lit up after I had explained a concept to her and she understood it! Since that day, I have loved being a teacher to all of the students with whom I have had the fortune of spending each year. I am looking forward to continuing that passion with the students at Winding Creek and am excited about the relationships we will form and the experiences we are going to share. What an exciting time this will be for the CV community and I am happy to be a part of it with my new teammates, your children, and you.
Ms. Samantha Whisler
Grade 5, Shaull
"A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark." -Chinese Proverb
I am so excited to join the Winding Creek team! We have an amazing opportunity to dive into a new adventure that will leave lasting impressions on so many, and I am extremely thankful for it! In the classroom, I am a true believer in establishing a safe and comfortable environment for students; one where they are willing to make mistakes, and more importantly, they are able to learn from them. I look forward to meeting all of the new Winding Creek faces as we begin this exciting journey.
Mrs. Elizabeth Allen
Grade 5, Hampden
“He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” ~Anonymous
As a lifelong learner, I count myself incredibly fortunate to have a career I love for all these years. It has always been my desire to teach; to make a positive difference in the lives of children. How surprised I was my very first day of teaching when I walked out of my classroom and realized that I was a better person because of my students. They gave me such a gift that day. Much to my delight, it happened again and again and again…and now here I am, 25 years later, realizing that the children I have been so honored to teach have made me a better person, Every. Single. Day. I hope, in some small way, I have done the same for them. That is my goal as an educator. I’ve also learned that education is not all about academics. It is about the relationships that are built in the classroom, in the hallways, on the playground, with the families that make academics possible. Without those connections, we can’t reach our students and help them soar to their full potential. I am proud to be a Cumberland Valley educator and I look forward with joy and excitement at this new leg of my journey, as a Winding Creek family member.
Mrs. Kortney Oswald
Art, Green Ridge
Learning the visual arts is bigger than making a picture to hang on the wall or a sculpture to put on a shelf. It is about learning through practice and through making mistakes. It is about learning a process and making a product. It is about the discovery of self, as well as learning about world around you. And most importantly, it is learning that art can be everywhere and in everything, if you just take the time to see it.
Mr. Paul Leidigh
You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" - George Bernard Shaw
Excited to make an impact now and for the future with the future!!
Mrs. Sarah Snyder
Music, Sporting Hill
“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them — a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.” — Gerald Ford
While I am sad to be leaving students and colleagues I have grown to love at Sporting Hill, I am also incredibly excited to begin this new chapter at Winding Creek Elementary. I will continue doing my very best to serve the students here at Cumberland Valley.
Mrs. Colleen Staton
My role as an educator is to provide a safe learning environment in which every student feels respected, valued, supported and encouraged to perform to his/her fullest potential. As a passionate Physical Education teacher, my goal is to engage students in a variety of movement activities, inspire students to participate in regular physical activity and foster a love for lifetime wellness.
Mrs. Bridget Reese
Learning Support, Silver Spring
As I prepare to embark on this new journey, I am prepared to bring many ideals and values with me. I am prepared to create an environment where my students feel safe and cared for. I am prepared to do all that I can to help my students become successful in their own ways. This means that I will get to know my students as individuals and find out what motivates them to do their best academically and socially. I will then use that motivation to challenge them to dig deeper while continuing to provide guidance along the way. This is a new journey for all of us and an opportunity to give our students the tools to begin their own successful journey into the future!
Mr. Gary Pyfer
Learning Support, Hampden
As I prepare for this amazing opportunity to be at Winding Creek, I can’t stop thinking about the exciting step that we are about to go through. I am eager to meet many new students and see familiar faces as we come together to build something new. We have to the chance to build relationships with families that can last forever. I am so grateful to have this opportunity to be part of something truly special.
Miss Keri Dougherty
Autistic Support, Green Ridge
I’m very excited for the autism support program to be a part of Winding Creek. Together we will make sure that all students are successful while making learning meaningful and fun. I’m looking forward to the memories that will be created as we embark on this new journey together!
Mrs. Haley Johnston
Autistic Suport, Green Ridge
A child is like a butterfly in the wind, some can fly higher than others, but each one flies the best it can. Why compare one against the other? Each one is different. Each one is special. Each one is beautiful."
Mrs. Maddie Bushey
School Counselor, Sporting Hill
I look forward to getting to know the students of Winding Creek and helping them meet their personal, social and academic needs.
Mrs. Stacie Coburn
School Nurse, Hampden
“So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself” Florence Nightingale
Mrs. Jill LaFaver
School Psychologist, Hampden & Monroe
"Every child deserves a champion - an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." Rita Pierson
As the school psychologist at Winding Creek Elementary School, I will work very hard to ensure that all of the students' needs are met in the best way possible.
Miss Ashley Adams
I'm so excited to be part of the Winding Creek family! Communication allows for personal connection and is the key to educational success. My goal is to treat students not disabilities. I want to provide a warm inviting environment where students can build their communicative abilities in a natural way and parents and caregivers can learn with them to foster great speech/language skills in and out of the classroom!
"Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic." -Albus Dumbledore
Mrs. Lauren Forti
Learning Support Teacher, Monroe
"Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun."
— Mignon McLaughlin, journalist and author
As an educator, I am lucky to spend my days with children who provide me with the opportunity to have fun each day. I am grateful for the chance to learn and grow with my students in an environment filled with positive energy and acceptance. I am excited to share these moments with the Winding Creek community! I look forward to building lasting relationships with the students, families, faculty and staff as we make Winding Creek our new school home. The future for Winding Creek Elementary is bright, and I am so thankful to be a part of this team!
Mrs. Jennifer Yonick
Instructional Specialist, Sporting Hill
Receiving a robust education enables a person to reach his or her full potential in all that they do in life. As a teacher, I strive to place responsibility for learning in students’ own hands. I believe that when students construct their own meaning from lessons, they feel empowered and are able to utilize strategies from their personal toolbox. Finally, I feel that one of my most important roles as a teacher is to form relationships with my students based on care, trust, and respect. When a teacher has a positive relationship with her students, there is a greater chance for educational success. I look forward to becoming a part of the Winding Creek family!
Mrs. Beth Ann Nahf
Reading Specialist, CVHS
"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words." ~A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith.
I am eager and humbled to serve as the Reading Specialist for our Winding Creek community of learners! I look forward to our journey together at Winding Creek with those students who are expanding their role as readers, those who have just started the reading journey, and those who are ready to begin...
Mr. Chad Runkle
Principal, Sporting Hill
As you read through the comments and quotes provided by the people that will make up Winding Creek, I believe you get a sense that you and your child will be surrounded by people that love making school a place that we will all be proud. I can’t wait to begin serving our Winding Creek community with this team of talented and dedicated individuals.