Washington Township Elementary School Appoints New Principal

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The Washington Township Board of Education has named Tricia Holmes as principal of Birches Elementary School, effective March 1.

Holmes, acting principal of Hurffville Elementary for the past five months, had served as supervisor of the district’s special education department since 2014 and previously served as a special education teacher at Washington Township High School for 17 years. She will replace outgoing Birches Director Jessica Rose, who has served in the district since 1995, holding the senior Birches position since July 2014.

“Tricia Holmes is a proven and respected educational leader who has ably served our students and their families for the past 25 years,” said school superintendent Joe Bollendorf. “We are thrilled to see her put into action the many positive qualities she has at Birches and to witness the great things we know she will put in place at the building level.”

“Ms. Rose will be greatly missed and grateful for her many contributions,” said District Director of Elementary Education Gretchen Gerber. “Her dedication to students, staff and families has left a positive mark on the Birches School community and will allow for a smooth transition into Ms Holmes’ tenure.”

While at WTHS, Holmes was a member of the Ida B. Wells Liberty Fellowship American History Teacher and served as a classroom resource and support teacher in history, math, science, and foreign languages. She has also participated in curriculum development, writing, alignment and revisions. She has served on the textbook adoption committee and as a member of the Teachers Inspiring Pupil Success team. Holmes served as a summer transition camp counselor and worked as a peer facilitator and as a member of the freshman transition program.

As a supervisor, Holmes evaluated special education staff and coordinated and articulated special education programs at the secondary and elementary levels. She also assisted in the implementation of IEP procedures and the planning and implementation of staff development.

A 1997 graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Holmes earned a master’s degree in learning disabilities from Rowan University in 2005. She received a supervisory certification from Rowan in 2006.

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