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Karyn Andersen, Principal

This is my 31st year in education and I am proud to say that they have all been in Chesterfield County. I was a special education teacher, coordinator, liaison and assistant principal at J.B. Watkins prior to coming to Clover Hill Elementary School. I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education from Longwood College and my Masters in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University.

My family is incredibly special to me. I have a wonderfully supportive husband of 28 years, two children 24 and 22. In my spare time, I love to run, sit on the beach, and spend time relaxing with my family.

A meaningful education for each child is my top priority. I love going into classrooms and seeing students engaged in learning through a fun hands on approach. I am excited to continue working with staff, students, and the community at Clover Hill in my role as Principal!  Please do not hesitate to reach out any time with questions, thoughts, or ideas!

“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.” —-John Dewey

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Amanda Holt, Assistant Principal

Hello CHES Family!

I am very excited to join the Clover Hill Elementary School community and serve as the new Assistant Principal.

My career in education began in Henrico County as a second grade teacher after graduating from James Madison University (Go Dukes!).  While at JMU, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (certified PreK-6) and then a Master’s Degree in the Art of Teaching.  While teaching second, third and fourth grades in Henrico, I became interested in gifted education and attended the University of Virginia and earned an endorsement in Gifted Education.  In 2014, I began teaching 4th grade at Salem Church Elementary in Chesterfield County. Following that, I served as the Title I math teacher and Instructional Designer at Salem.  In the spring of 2020, I completed a Post-Master’s certificate in Administration and Supervision from the University of Richmond.

I grew up in Chesterfield County and graduated from Monacan High School.  My husband and I currently live in Chesterfield County with our son (7 years old) and daughter (4 years old).  We also have a sweet Cocker Spaniel named Sugar.  As a family, we love going to the beach, playing outside, riding bikes, and reading together.  When I have time, I enjoy reading books, exercising, and crafting.

My vision is that each student is prepared to thrive in future endeavors and will become a lifelong learner who positively impacts the community.  I am committed to building a strong academic foundation in a safe, nurturing environment, and I am dedicated to supporting families and advocating for all students.  It is an honor to join the CHES family, and I look forward to building relationships with our students, staff, parents and community members.  My door is always open, so please feel free to reach out and contact me!