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Margaret Andreadis


June 2014

New Additions to Our Outstanding Lower School Team

School’s out for summer! However, fall will be upon us sooner than we know it. I am looking forward to continuing the progressive work that Betsy Kelly facilitated in the Lower School. Get ready! We are changing and growing as a Lower School team as we ready ourselves for the upcoming school year. It is with great excitement that I introduce some new additions to our outstanding Lower School team.

Second Grade: Jeff Alexander


Jeff comes to Bullis from Sidwell Friends where he taught first grade for 14 years. He has a master’s in early childhood education from the prestigious Bank Street College. In addition to his passion for teaching, Jeff is also passionate about the outdoors and creates extensive integrated experiences for his students.

Third Grade: Kendall Strickler


Kendall taught 3rd grade at Bullis from 2004-2008. Most recently, Kendall has been the Bullis Lower School reading specialist. Kendall generates excitement for reading throughout the Lower School. She has a master’s in elementary education from Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree in English from Hobart-William Smith College.

Fourth Grade: Jenny Campbell


Jenny comes to Bullis from Beauvoir School where she co-taught 3rd grade for two years. In 2009, Jenny earned a B.A. in psychology from NYU, and in 2012 she earned her M.A. in education from Harvard University. While living in Boston, Jenny taught remedial math and reading in a charter high school. Jenny “loves the excitement, energy and curiosity students bring to the classroom everyday.”

Lower School STEM: Mark Walter


For the past eight years, Mark taught science in Boston public schools. He provided students with experiences that brought them outside of the classroom whenever possible through nature activities and projects. He loves teaching science because it is such a natural integration of the real world into many other disciplines including literacy, math and social studies.

Lower and Middle School Art: Lindy Russell-Heymann


Lindy has a master’s in art education from Ohio State University. An enthusiastic teacher, Lindy has been teaching art to students in grades K-8 at E.L. Haynes Charter School in Washington, D.C., for the past eight years. In 2008, Lindy won the “Power of Art” award from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and in 2010 she was a finalist for the Mayor’s Award for Arts Teaching.

Lower School Reading Specialist: Jennifer Cooper


Jennifer Cooper substituted at Bullis this fall while Kendall Strickler was on maternity leave. Passionate about teaching reading, Jennifer has a B.A. in English from George Mason University and a master’s in teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition, Jennifer recently received her graduate certificate in emergent literacy from Johns Hopkins University. For the past five years, Jennifer has worked as a literacy specialist for the Greenzaid Early Childhood Center in Potomac.


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