WELCOME TO 3rd GRADE

Meet Our Team




From left to right:  Katherine Hall, Rebecca Adam, Caren Bowling, Holly Hawkins, Jaclyn Brandt, and Lauren Austen

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

Rebecca Adam -  Rebecca grew up outside of DC in a town called Owings, MD. She made her way to Lynchburg to attend Liberty University where she graduated with a bachelors in Elementary Education (pk-6). This is Rebecca’s first year at Tomahawk but fifth year of teaching. She previously taught 3rd grade in Bedford County and 5th grade in Amherst County. Her passion is to inspire children to embrace challenges, take risks, make mistakes, and love learning. She believes that her students can achieve anything with effort and the right strategies. Outside of school Rebecca enjoys spending time with her husband and one year old son. She love being active, hanging out with her family, drinking COFFEE, and reading a good book.

Lauren Austen -   Lauren Austen grew up here in Lynchburg, Virginia. She graduated from Heritage High School and then received her degree in Elementary Education with an endorsement in Middle School Mathematics from Longwood University. While this is her first year in Campbell County Schools, Lauren previously taught third grade in Lynchburg City Schools and fifth grade in Irmo, South Carolina, where she lived for a short time. She also taught STEM part time last year. Lauren enjoys working out, crafting, and spending time with her husband when she’s not in the classroom. She is so excited to be a part of the Tomahawk family!

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 (PK- 8) from Longwood University and her master's degree in Leadership PK-12 from Lynchburg College.  This is her 20th 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 supporting students and watching them grow academically.  She believes all students have the ability to be and do great things with their life and she encourages them to take risk, be okay with failure, and treat everyone with respect.  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, watching her son play baseball and basketball, 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 27 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. 

NEW UPDATE FOR OUR SCHOOL WEBSITE:
Parents, 
We have a new system to turn in absence notes for recording.  
To make it easy below are the links to the two pages regarding student absences:
Upcoming Dates to Know
October/
November/December

October 11: End of 1st nine weeks - Third Grade Field trip to NC Zoo
October 12 - 15: Fall break
October 23: Report Cards go home
October 31: Fall party
November 6: Election day - school closed 
November 13: Mid-nine weeks grades sent home
November 15: Student-led conferences with parents
November 16: 2 hour early dismissal
November 21 - 23: Thanksgiving Break
November 28: MAP Reading testing (Winter)
December 7: MAP Math testing (Winter)
December 19: End of 2nd nine weeks; Third grade winter breakfast
December 20-January 2: Winter Break