Dear Parents and Students,
Wilkommen! On behalf of the staff and students, we would like to welcome you to Hohenfels Elementary School for SY 2015-2016. You will find our students and staff to be caring and friendly. We work hard to live our vision every day of Helping Every Student: Learning and Growing Together. We know that we play an important role because we serve the children of the men and women who serve our country. Hohenfels Elementary School is a Department of Defense Education Activity School serving the United States Army Garrison Bavaria in the most beautiful part of Germany. We have adopted a model of shared leadership where opportunities exist for staff, students, and parents to take an active role in decision-making for our students. We have an active School Advisory Committee, Parent Teacher Association, and Student Council. We welcome suggestions from all of our stakeholders and find through this partnership of working together, we are able to strengthen our abilities to meet the needs of our students.
Our current student enrollment is just shy of 420 students in grade Pre K through Grade 6. We have an experienced staff where 86% hold advanced degrees. In addition to the 20 grade level classrooms, we also offer programs in music, art, physical education, and German culture and customs. We provide Read 180 reading intervention program in grades 4 and 5, LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention) reading intervention in grades Kindergarten through third, special education, speech and language, English as a second language, and gifted education services for students who qualify. Our campus facilities include: one main building which includes Pre K through grade 4 classrooms and specialists classrooms; a separate building for grades 5 and 6, outdoor playground areas with three play structures and a blacktop area to play sports, an information center, a multi-purpose room (MPR) which serves as our gym and cafeteria, one computer lab; and a small gym which is used for PE when lunch is being served in the MPR.
When you visit our classrooms, you will see students hard at work on our curriculum standards as well as our school goals of applying strategies to increase reading comprehension and math communication skills. Staff members collaborate together to provide the best academic environment possible for our students. We know that working together improves our practice, increases academic growth, and provides a learning model rich in experience for our students.
We are privileged to have the opportunity to teach your children, and we are committed to doing whatever it takes to prepare them for success. If you have questions about our school or our programs, please let me know, I am here to assist you and your children.
We are happy to have you as part of the HES family, and it's going to be a great school year! Go Tiger Cubs!
Caryn Currie, Principal
Caryn Gardner Currie
Ms. Caryn Currie is the principal of Hohenfels Elementary School located within the Hohenfels military community at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria,Germany. She was promoted to this position in August of 2013. Prior to her promotion, she was the assistant principal at Ramstein Intermediate School and also served as the assistant principal at Kaiserslautern Middle School.
Ms. Currie is from South Carolina. In 1991, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education along with minors in Early Childhood and Psychology from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. Following her graduation, Ms. Currie attended the University of Georgia where she majored in Early Childhood Special Education. She began her teaching career in 1993 as a special education teacher in Goldsboro, North Carolina. In 1997, she joined DoDEA as a teacher at SHAPE Elementary School at SHAPE, Belgium. She taught kindergarten and then later moved to second grade. During the school year 2000-2001, Ms. Currie was a faculty member when SHAPE Elementary was awarded the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence. In 2003, Ms. Currie returned to the United States and taught third grade at a private school in Shreveport, Louisiana. It was there that she completed a Master of Education degree in Educational Administration from Louisiana State University at Shreveport. Two years later, she moved to Spangdahlem, Germany where she rejoined DoDEA as a teacher at Bitburg Elementary.
Ms. Currie has held numerous school improvement leadership roles. These include committee chairperson for several school improvement goal committees and leading school staff as the Continuous School Improvement chairperson. She is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Ms. Currie also has experience as a professional development trainer. She presented a workshop on "How to Differentiate in the Elementary Classroom" to administrators and teachers from throughout Germany and was a Kaiserslautern District trainer for teachers on using the Developmental Reading Assessment 2 to guide reading instruction at the elementary school level.
Ms. Currie is married to a retired Air Force member and followed him as a military spouse during all of his active duty assignments. They have one son.