WELCOME TO 3rd GRADE

Meet Our Team


From left to right: Holly Hawkins, Katherine Hall, Jaclyn Brandt, Caren Bowling, Kara Baker

Note: Click on a teacher's name below if you'd like to contact the teacher by sending an email.

Kara Baker - Kara Baker grew up in Concord, Virginia. When she was younger she started playing softball in the first grade. She played ball for her entire childhood, and was a pitcher for Rustburg High School Varsity all four years of high school. She played travel ball as well through high school and her two years at CVCC. Kara then attended Longwood University for three years and graduated with her Master's Degree in Literacy and Culture. She has three fur-children (dogs) a miniature schnauzer, named Lexi, a rescued Yorkie, named Max, and a Labrador named Berkley. She enjoys fishing, hunting, running, cooking, and DIY projects (to spruce up the home). Kara loves spending time with her husband and dogs. They love doing projects around the house together. Her other love is teaching children, guiding them into learning new things, and helping them grow as people!

Jaclyn Brandt- Jaclyn Brandt moved all over when she was young and finally landed in Lynchburg, Virginia where she graduated from Brookville High School. She then went to Radford University and graduated in 2011, from there, she began teaching fifth grade at Altavista Elementary.  Jaclyn loves building a close classroom family and making learning exciting and fun for her students. Outside of school, she loves spending time with her husband and sweet puppy, Gracie. 

Katherine Hall Katherine Hall was born in Kansas.  Her father was in the military which required her family to move every two years until Katherine's fourth grade year when her family landed in Chesterfield.  At the age of three she started dancing.  In sixth grade, she began competitive dancing and continued through her college years at Christopher Newport University.  She graduated from Christopher Newport University with a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in dance and childhood studies.  Katherine continued her education at Randolph College and earned a master's degree in master of arts and teaching.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time relaxing at the beach, reading, and hanging out with her friends.  She is excited for her first year of teaching and impacting the lives of young children. 

Caren BowlingCaren Bowling was born and raised right here in Lynchburg, Virginia.  She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Longwood University.  Her certification is for grades PK-8th grade.  This is her 19th year teaching third grade!  Before teaching third grade for Campbell County, she spent one year in fourth grade with Buckingham County.  Caren chose education as her career because she enjoys working with children and watching them grow as learners.  Caren is married and has two children.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, helping her daughter grow in her twirling career, exercising, crafting, and reading a good book. 

Holly Hawkins- Holly Hawkins grew up in Tucson, Arizona and came out to Lynchburg, VA to go to Liberty University. She married a Virginia boy after graduation and stayed  in Lynchburg! Holly has been teaching for 26 years and all but three of those years have been here at Tomahawk. Currently she teaches 3rd grade, but started her first 7 years teaching in 2nd grade. She also spent 3 years teaching in a small, private school with Hispanic students in a 1st and 2nd grade combination class in Washington. Holly has a husband, two grown children and a schnauzer.  She loves learning how to do new things and teaching children! She also enjoys running, kayaking, fishing, cooking, traveling, and crafting. 

Upcoming Grade-Level Events
      
November 
7 - No school
8- Picture retakes
16 - Parent/Teacher conferences
22, 23, 24- Thanksgiving Break

December
1 - 2 hour early dismissal
19 - Third grade fun swap day
20 - Third grade breakfast
20- End of 2nd nine weeks; two hour early dismissal
Dec.21-Jan.2 - Winter Break

January
8-19- PALS Testing
9- Report Cards go home
12- No School (Lee Jackson Day)
15- No School (MLK Jr. Day)
25- Approximate 100th day of school

February
5-9- Odyssey Rotation