Dear HPCS Parent,
I’m very pleased to announce two new faculty positions and a few new courses at Hampton Park starting next school year. These are in areas I’ve been hoping and praying for since I came to HPCS, and I’m so thankful to the Lord for making these possible! These are born out of our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) emphasis this year and will help us improve greatly in this area.
First, Mrs. Amy Panosian will be heading up a new upper and lower school art program. Amy spent her formative years taking art lessons at the Toledo Museum of Art, where she developed a love for art and art history. She earned a B.S. in Art Education and an M.A. in Studio Art from BJU, and she taught art at Augusta Circle for three years in K5-5th grade. Amy is also an accomplished artist herself, having participated in Open Studio as recently as 2015 through the Metropolitan Arts Council, and she has a show scheduled for the Spring of 2017 here in Greenville. Amy is excited to teach our students how to appreciate and understand art and to develop their skills in creating visual art. We’re thrilled that Amy will be joining our faculty in the fall of 2016, when she’ll begin teaching 3rd-6th grade weekly art classes as well as both an 8th grade and a high school art elective.
Second, Mrs. Sarah Lehman, who already teaches a high school fitness class for us, will head up a new elementary P.E. program. Sarah earned a B.S. in Health, Fitness & Recreation from BJU, where she completed an internship in group exercise, and she is a certified personal trainer with the American College of Sports Medicine. Sarah was also the assistant women’s soccer coach for the BJU Bruins and served on program staff and counseled for both the Woodlands Camp and BJU day camp. In addition to teaching high school fitness for us this year, Sarah also coaches the Panther girls’ varsity soccer team, leads a girls’ Get Real Group on campus, and assists with the HPCS summer soccer camp. Starting in the fall, Sarah will add two P.E. classes each week for grades 1-6 as well teach the junior high and senior high girls’ P.E. classes. Sarah is excited to cultivate habits of physical fitness in our students from an early age and to lay a great foundation for our athletic program by training students in the fundamentals of organized sports.
Finally, with Sarah agreeing to teach upper school P.E. for us, Anne Shaw is now able to offer a high school elective in Anatomy & Physiology starting this fall. This will round out our upper school science program quite nicely by providing a course that universities really like to see on the high school transcripts of students wanting to pursue a degree in a biological science-related field in college.
God is at work here at HPCS! Thanks so much for entrusting your children to us,