Melissa Soderberg, Head of School
August 2, 2018
 
Dear Columbus Academy Families,
 
Yesterday, 80 percent of our upper school students showed up to fall practice, and I am so excited to see them. All summer, those of us who stick around to plan for the next school year get a little lonely in our copious spaces designed for lots of energetic children. So, at the risk of interrupting your summer by welcoming you back to school a bit early, please know how pleased we will be to have you with us here at 4300 Cherry Bottom Road!
 
For those new families receiving this letter for the first time, I especially welcome you. I speak for all of us at Columbus Academy to say we can't wait to formally begin the year with you, get to know who you are and all the wonderful talents and energy you will bring to our community. If you get involved early and often, we will be sure to reciprocate with plenty of thanks and appreciation.
 
We have lots of new faculty and staff this year, and they represent a wonderful array of talents and backgrounds. So, in an effort for all of us to begin to get to know each other, I have included their short bios. Please click on their names to read about each one. I hope you take the time, in the waning weeks, to read about the new members of our teaching community and see if you might not have a commonality or two with them so you might be able to strike up a conversation in the first days of school.
 
2018-19 New Faculty and Staff Profiles
 
Leadership Team 
Shaka Arnold: Head of Middle School
 
Lower School
Stacey Bittinger, Fourth Grade Associate Teacher
Molly Murphy, Kindergarten Teacher
Courtney Owsley, Second Grade Associate Teacher
Megan Quinn, PreK Associate Teacher
 
Middle School
Alison Gorsuch, Science Teacher
Aimee Hall, Spanish Teacher
Nicole White, Spanish Teacher
Betsy Zoeller, Counselor
 
Upper School
Amy Berkley, History Teacher
Sean Corey, Computer Science Teacher
Heather Downey, Science Teacher
Mary Johnson, Spanish Teacher
Valerie Nandor, Physics Teacher
 
Arts & Music 
Charity White, Art & Ceramics Instructor
David Wong, Orchestra Teacher & Director
 
Administrative Staff 
Melissa Clarke Beckett, Director of Alumni Relations
Sharelle Buyer, Controller
Christine Cea, Afternoon Receptionist
Jeremy Morgan, Communications Coordinator
 
Take care in the remaining weeks, and I look forward to welcoming you back on August 20.
 
Warmly,
 
Melissa
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