September 12, 2007 Edition

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Hillcrest students see
new faces, new places

Students in the Hillcrest School District are seeing not only new faces this year, as several new teachers have been hired, but are also getting used to new surroundings.

Hillcrest realigned over the summer, consolidating its two elementary schools into one, which is on the Lynn campus. Junior high was moved to the Strawberry campus, into the former River Valley Elementary School building.

"This is going to be much better for our students," said Supt. Greg Crabtree. "Last year, we had to bus students back and forth for athletics. We just think this is much simpler and safer for them."

The school's two preschool classes have also been combined this year and are located at Strawberry.

Aside from the changes in campuses, students are also seeing a few new faces this year. The district has hired three new full-time teachers and a new counselor.

Amy Matthews, who is a native of Cave City, is beginning her first year of teaching at Hillcrest Junior High as special education teacher. She has a bachelor's of science in secondary education and is working on her master's in special education. Matthews lives in Cave City with her husband, Josh.

Angel Woods is the new senior high English and AP English teacher at Hillcrest. She has taught at Cave City, Oak Ridge Central and Hoxie. A native of Ravenden Springs, she lives in Ravenden with her husband, Derek, and their son, Haiden.

Alan Smith, high school science teacher, is not new to teaching or to Strawberry. Smith grew up in the area and graduated from Strawberry High School. After completing his degree, he taught at the school for 11 years before relocating to Newark. He is now back at the school, working on his 32nd year of teaching. Smith and his wife, Shirl, have two sons, Aaron and Jarod, who is the mayor of Strawberry.

Kathleen Holder, who is also a graduate of Strawberry High School, is the new counselor. Holder has a bachelor of arts in math from Lyon College and a MSE in counseling from ASU. She has taught math and science at Lynn High School and taught math at Williford, where she was counselor for grades k-12, as well. She now lives in Strawberry with her husband Danny. She has two children, Amanda, 20, and Ryan, 15.

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