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  • Dear Hollywood Schoolhouse

    Andy Loke,  Upper Elementary Teacher | Dear Hollywood Schoolhouse | Congratulations on turning 75 years old! That’s 75 years of serving the children and families of the Hollywood community through inspired curiosity and fearless learning. Although we haven’t known each other for long, I am proud to be a part of the HSH story for the past year and a half. My name is Andy Loke and I am currently a homeroom teacher to 5th Grade and a Science teacher to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Grade. We first met back in 2019, when I was working as a substitute teacher. I had just arrived to [...]

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    Jessica Godwin Barba,  Second Grade Teacher | Dear Hollywood Schoolhouse | I wanted to take a moment and formally introduce myself, my name is Jessica Godwin Barba. We have known each other for 20 years, and we have had varied experiences during this time.  I first met you in March of 1999, when I was fresh out of college.  I had recently arrived in California, as I had just trekked across the country, starting off from Massachusetts.  My childhood friend and roommate had been scoping out the private school possibilities in LA, as she knew I was eager to find a [...]

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    Stacy Veith,  1st Grade Lead Teacher | Dear Hollywood Schoolhouse | Wow! 75 years and still going strong. To think I have been a part of it for the last 28 years. We have gone through so much together; we have witnessed sorrow, celebratory achievements, and built a strong understanding of who we have become. 1992 seemed so long ago. My first job right out of graduating from UCLA. I wasn't sure what I was doing but Debbie Wehbe took a chance with me. From that day forward, spending a week at the Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse (yes, that is [...]

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    Wendy Giss,  3rd Grade Teacher | Dear Hollywood Schoolhouse | When we met four years ago, I knew it was kismet. The moment I stepped onto your campus for my interview, it was palpable. It was the summer of 2017 and though I was interviewing for a 4th Grade lead teaching position, I did a demo lesson in a JK classroom with some of the sweetest little faces and warm hearts. They welcomed me into their space with open, loving arms. The moment I sat on the floor, I knew I had arrived in a very special place. I loved being [...]

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    Ebone Smith,  Third Grade Teacher | Dear Hollywood Schoolhouse | Seventy-five years look great on you, and you wear it with pride and dignity! What a journey! Since joining the HSH community in 2018, I have learned many valuable lessons that have been essential to my personal and professional growth. Many staff members, parents, and students welcomed me with open arms! I remember nervously walking into the school for my interview, and the first person I ran into was Danisha Abdul-Jabbaar, who is now the PA Co-President; she told me, “you’re going to do great!” I knew then that this [...]

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    Nick Gonzales,  Student Support Associate | Dear Hollywood Schoolhouse | Happy 75th Birthday! As I move forward with the position as Student Support Associate, I want to extend a sincere thank you for recognizing who I am as an educator. I find myself with the humbling realization that I have been able to provide a unique social, emotional, and academic influence throughout various grade levels at Hollywood Schoolhouse. All because you believed in me.  Throughout my time spent at The Evergreen State College, UCLA, UCR, and at HSH, I ’ve gained valuable knowledge that I’ve been able to filter through [...]

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    Lauren McCaffrey,  Grade 1, Lead Teacher and Lower Elementary Coordinator | Dear Hollywood Schoolhouse | Congratulations on hitting a milestone year; I feel honored to be a part of your history! It’s hard to believe I am going on 11 years knowing you. I met you in the early part of my adult life; welcomed into your community as a Junior Kindergarten teacher in the Dolphin class, followed by my current and tenured home as a 1st-Grade teacher for the past 9 years. Along the way, your warmth embraced and encouraged me to wear a variety of other “hats”, including [...]

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