Elgin Academy has the most dedicated and caring teachers you will ever find. Their contributions to the overall experience of each and every student on our campus cannot be overstated. And so, when any one of them leaves, their departure is felt within the classrooms and throughout campus. As the school year draws to a close in what has been a very different end of year for all of us, we will be saying goodbye to some members of our faculty as they seek new opportunities and move beyond the Hilltop. We will certainly miss them all and wish them well in their future endeavors.
In the midst of this crisis when we cannot say goodbye in person, we encourage you to please take a moment to send your well wishes to our faculty leaving at the end of this school year. Your personal notes submitted below will be sent directly to the teacher in the form of an e-card. Thank you.
Upper School French
Madame Carolyn Dunoon joined us just last year as our Upper School French teacher but the impact she made on her students will last a lifetime. Her boundless energy and eagerness to share her love of the French language and culture with her students was apparent from day one. We wish Madame Dunoon au revoir and best of luck as she explores other opportunities.
Lower and Middle School Music
Heather Giebel’s beautiful voice and smile will certainly be missed in the Rider Center hallways. Many of us have been witness to her rousing rendition of the "Happy Birthday Song" sung to each student on their birthday! Heather has been instrumental (pun intended) in instilling a love of music in so many Elgin Academy students throughout her time here. When one talks about dedication to her craft, Heather’s exuberant teaching of the recorder to the Lower School students is a sight to see (and hear!), and her leadership of the Lower School chorus has resulted in numerous memorable musical numbers by the youngest members of our community. We wish Heather and her family well as they relocate to a new area.
Middle and Upper School Spanish
We must also bid adiós to Señora Ivonne Hopkins after many years of sharing her love of the Spanish language and culture with students in the Middle and Upper School. Señora's bright smile and warm laughter could always be found within Sears Hall. Her commitment to the Spanish language and culture, and her joy in bringing that love to her students was obvious. She was an integral part of the Middle School faculty and contributed her skills and energy to all Elgin Academy activities. We wish Señora Hopkins best wishes in all her future adventures.
Middle School Social Studies & Language Arts
Not many people would jump at the chance to conduct a full-scale musical performance each year in the Middle School, but not only was Julie Janik eager and passionate about this addition to her teaching duties, but she helped her students to create some of the most memorable performances on the EA stage. Her innate ability to inspire her students to learn their lines, tackle the choreography, and give amazing performances at such a young age, is remarkable. Julie also excelled at teaching American History. Students did not just read about but they also explored it from the inside out. She encouraged her students to take what we can learn from the past to create a better future. Julie will be leaving us to pursue other opportunities, and we wish her the best of luck.
Lower School - 4th Grade Teacher
In addition to learning math, science, English, and social studies, the students in Sara Ryan’s fourth grade class wrote poetry, built doll beds, and made their own quilts. They also enjoyed spending time with their Kindergarten Reading Buddies and at the end of this year, they wrote and illustrated their own books. Sara gave her students not just an education but a year-long adventure. We wish Sara the best in her future endeavors.
Lower and Middle School Art
Elizabeth Sala brought color, excitement, and exploration to every project in Lower and Middle School art. Students did not only create beautiful art but they learned about the artists and were always inspired to further explore the motivation behind each piece they studied, often reinterpreting the artists' style to make it their own. It was also Elizabeth's passion to have the students' artwork be seen and appreciated by as many people as possible. Thanks to her efforts, EA student artwork appeared all over Elgin and the surrounding communities. We wish Elizabeth the best as she continues to make the world a more beautiful place through her art work and creativity.