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Faculty & Staff

Hilltop Country Day School is committed to hiring a high quality faculty who is able to bring a rich background in both educational and personal experience. Teachers draw on their experiences as they supplement the curriculum and bring their subject matter to life. The Hilltop Country Day School faculty is our greatest asset. From our new teacher mentoring program to our reliance on the many years of experience among our veteran teachers, Hilltop is proud of this valuable resource.

A Hilltop teacher demonstrates:

  • A strong connection with children
  • Dynamic and current pedagogical strategies
  • Camaraderie with colleagues and a strong voice about curriculum and pedagogy
  • Demonstration of a desire to grow as an educator and as a learner

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Janet Vigeland

Fourth Grade, Lower School Division Leader

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Michael Umstead

Upper School Science

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Daniel Timmermans

Instrumental and Vocal Music

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Sean Thorne

Third Grade, Physical Education

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Karen Snyder

First Grade

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Samantha Rush

Prekindergarten

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Laura Petrie

Upper School Language Arts, Upper School Division Leader

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SuzAnne Pacala

Art & Art Appreciation

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Ashley Miedema

Kindergarten

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Laura McGee

Head of School

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Wendy Maxwell

Learning Center Director

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Jackie Kinney

Second Grade

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Nan Kaztenbach

Upper School History

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Vicki Foley

Assistant to the Head of School

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Christine DeStefano

Preschool

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Harrison D'Amico

Engineering and Design

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Regina Cherill

Communications and Marketing

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Jane Chamberlain

Upper School Mathematics