Carolyn Way is the site director for the newly opened Hoover Elementary. With an 9th grader, a 7th grader and her youngest at Hoover, Carolyn’s family has had the opportunity to experience four Burlingame schools – BIS, Lincoln, transitional kindergarten at McKinley, and now Hoover. Carolyn has started the second year of her two year term.
Why did you choose to live in Burlingame?
We moved to Burlingame before we had kids. We knew the schools were excellent, and that it was a great place to buy a home in a city that has charming neighborhoods and a downtown.
Why did you become involved with BCE?
My first appreciation for BCE started when my oldest entered kindergarten at Lincoln. The amazing PE teacher at Lincoln, Mrs. Rossi, was the constant teacher in my kids’ lives year after year. She taught them more than just physical fitness – she taught them about biology, health and wellness, line dancing and good sportsmanship.
The opportunity to participate in choir, learn to play an instrument and perform as a grade or as a school was very enriching. Mrs. Sullivan, the 4th grade teacher our oldest two had at Lincoln has been redeployed to support teachers, staff and students throughout the district. Her impact was so positive both in the 4th grade, she can share her expertise on how to incorporate technology into the classroom, we have seen this as a way to integrate curriculum for our oldest two. The impact of the smaller class sizes and additional resources during lunchtime can be felt.
What makes Hoover special?
Since Hoover just reopened, there is an opportunity for the school to create traditions and its own school culture. Hoover has the historic charm and also has the latest modern features. I
love the two playgrounds and bell towers. Our son is off to a great start, and he has a wonderful kindergarten teacher. The size of the school is also a plus.
What three words do your children use to describe you?
Funny, generous and bossy (in a good way!)