•  knapp

    I am very excited to be a part of the staff at Hillside! This will be my fourth year at Hillside. A little bit about me: I grew up in Weston, Connecticut, and from there I went to The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. I received my bachelor’s degree in English Literature in 1990. My husband and I were married in 1993, and I stayed home with our four daughters for 17 years. We lived in Savannah, Georgia, for the first half of our marriage and I loved every minute of it, because we lived only 10 minutes away from the beach! I discovered a love for painting with watercolor and became a member of the Tybee Island Artists Association; I sold many of my paintings there. It was a wonderful experience living by the beach and I have fond memories of our life there.

    We moved to Leesburg in 2008 and I re-entered the workforce. I love to sew, and I started teaching children and adults how to sew in classes that I developed for Hancock Fabrics and Joann Fabrics. I’ve also taught sewing in several of Loudoun’s elementary schools in their after-school programs. I loved teaching young children and decided to become a substitute teacher. From there, I discovered that I loved subbing for Special Education teachers. I decided to apply for a full-time Teacher’s Assistant position and was excited to join Hillside three years ago. I didn’t want to stop there; I applied to George Mason University to get my master’s in Special Education to become a teacher. I’ve been studying hard for the last two years in this program and will receive my master’s in January 2020.

    I can’t wait to work in fifth-grade this year and help them as they move on to middle school. This is a special year for them, and I want to make it the best one yet that they’ve had here at Hillside. I look forward to this school year and I am happy to be part of such a wonderful school, with awesome kids!