St. John's School Back in Business

By Sarah Miller, County Times

HOLLYWOOD, Md. — After the collapse of the roof last winter and the rebuilding that has been going on, St. John’s School in Hollywood is finally reopened and the teachers are looking forward to getting to work in the new building.

To celebrate the first day of classes in the new school Tuesday, January 18, St. John’s School held an open house Saturday morning so parents and students could tour the new facilities.

Included with the new school in every classroom is a StarBoard Interactive Whiteboard, which is like a large touch-screen computer monitor.

“It’s amazing,” said Susan McDonough, eighth grade teacher with St. John’s School. “It’s truly amazing.”

She said she looks forward to using the new technology with her students in the classroom.

Christa Weiss, fourth grade teacher, said she wasn’t with the school when last winter’s heavy snowfall took its toll on the building, but she is excited to be moving into the new building.

“I told people I was getting a new classroom for Christmas,” Weiss said.

Fifth grade teacher Amber Geisz is in a unique situation – she is an alumna of St. John’s School who came back as a substitute teacher in the old building and is now a full time teacher in the new St. John’s School building. She said she has been in both buildings and is excited about the improvements in the new school.

“I love it, it’s awesome,” she said.

There will be another open house Jan. 21 at 10 a.m.

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