• Dear Hollywood Schoolhouse

    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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    Arie Durich,  Physical Education Teacher | Dear Hollywood Schoolhouse | WOW!!! You look so amazing!!! 75 years is not only impressive, but more importantly it’s a good looking number. I know I have only known you for a total of 6 years, but I feel like you have been such a huge part of my life. Teaching PE has been a blessing for me because I get to see two things that are so important to my life be smashed together beautifully, which are students feeling success and having fun by being outside being crazy kids. The HSH community means [...]

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    Lisa Smith, Photography/Technology/Yearbook Teacher and school photographer| Dear Hollywood Schoolhouse | I arrived at this school, as a parent, in 1994 with my two-year-old, Dylan and newborn, Lyndon, in tow.  Debbie Wehbe gave me the tour. The school was adorable and charming. It had a small town, ‘all are welcome’ feel to it. It was perfect. I somehow knew, deep within me, and instantly, that we would be happy here. Our founder Ruth Pease was still there, she would sometimes come out on that balcony over, what is now, the front office and wave at the students. The pool, where [...]

  • Dear Hollywood Schoolhouse

    Nicole Costales, Kindergarten Teacher| Dear Hollywood Schoolhouse | Let’s get your age out of the way…75 looks great on you! As I celebrate your aging, I reflect on my own, as it is on your campus that I have spent the last 8 years growing alongside you. We first met in the 4th Grade. I took a leap of faith and answered an ad on Indeed.com. It brought me to McCadden Place. The adventure started as I tried to figure out one of those “No Parking” signs on what happened to be a street cleaning day. Despite the looming potential of a [...]

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