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Salisbury Academy starts school year with new talent, initiatives and programming

Salisbury Academy welcomes new staff and board of trustees members

• Mary Ann Cody will take on the role of kindergarten assistant. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from East Carolina University.

Cody’s most recent involvements include serving as the Access Coordinator for First Baptist Church of Salisbury, and developing and leading an Upward Challenge basketball league for individuals with varying abilities. Cody lives in Salisbury with her husband, Ed, and her three children: Abbey, Will and Caroline.

• With five years of experience in art curriculum development and teaching for students from kindergarten through graduate school, Angela Rose Chaffee will become Salisbury Academy’s art teacher. Chaffee has taught at various schools in Vermont, including Saint Michael’s College, the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler and, most recently, at VSA Vermont – a non-profit organization providing arts and education for people with disabilities.

Chaffee earned an undergraduate degree in anthropology and studio art from the University of Vermont and a master’s in art education from Saint Michael’s College. Chaffee recently moved to Cleveland.

• A trained operating room nurse and active community volunteer, Amy Wimmer will assume the role of Salisbury Academy’s middle school ASK (After School Kids) director. Wimmer earned both a bachelor’s degree in biology and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Virginia.

Most recently, Wimmer has served as president of the Salisbury High PTA for the past two years, and is an active church volunteer. Wimmer’s two children, Alex and Elle, are both Salisbury Academy graduates. Wimmer, her children and her husband, Mark, live in Salisbury.

• Lizzy Roy has taken on the role of director of marketing and communications for Salisbury Academy. A graduate of Denison University with a bachelor’s degree in English, Roy also earned a master’s degree in business administration from Lakeland College Graduate Program.

Roy held sales and marketing jobs in Chicago before moving to North Carolina. She has been a contributing writer for The Salisbury Post and most recently did freelance writing and video editing work. Roy lives in Salisbury with her husband, TJ, and two daughters, Anelise and Hannah Jean.


Salisbury Academy also welcomes three new members to their Board of Trustees: Dr. Ben Ott, Cliff Sorel and Dr. Ryan Rich.

• Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Ben Ott earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State, earned his medical degree from Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed a residency in family medicine at The University of Virginia. Ott lives in Salisbury with his wife, Amy, and his two children, Emma and Ethan. He is a family practitioner at Rowan Family Physicians on Julian Road.

• Cliff Sorel has also joined Salisbury Academy’s Board of Trustees. An investment banker with 27 years of experience, Sorel began working in investments immediately after graduating from St. John Fisher College in Pittsford, NY with a double major in finance and accounting. Sorel lives in Salisbury with his wife, Barbara.

“I have been admiring Salisbury Academy from the sidelines and have been impressed with what they’ve been able to accomplish in a relatively short period of time,” said Sorel. “As a new board member I want to learn more about their success and help continue their mission and growth.”

• The third new Salisbury Academy Board of Trustees member, Dr. Ryan Rich, grew up in St. Louis and earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Wake Forest University. He also completed his residency in anesthesia at Wake Forest. Prior to medical school, Rich earned a master’s degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis. Rich lives in Salisbury with his wife, Alice, and his two children, Eve and Sam. He is an anesthesiologist for Providence Anesthesiology Associates, and practices primarily at Rowan Regional Hospital.

Salisbury Academy begins another school year with a continued commitment to engaging minds and building futures.  Recent programming and faculty and staff additions complement the school’s innovative learning environment, and will further prepare students to enter their future world as leaders.

Salisbury Academy provides quality, child-centered education to a diverse student body of junior kindergarteners through eighth-graders. The co-educational, independent school is a member of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools.

Head of School Beverly Fowler will lead the faculty and staff in continuing to further the academy’s mission of preparing well-rounded students and building upon a foundation of curriculum, community, character and faith. Prior to taking the head of school position in 2014, Fowler served in various capacities at Salisbury Academy over a 13-year period: as a teacher, head of lower school, director of admissions and academic administrator. During her tenure, Salisbury Academy has experienced substantial growth with enrollment. She has been intimately involved with the development of the curriculum and the accreditation process.

Important dates

Before school begins, there is a fifth-grade parent orientation Aug. 17 at noon which is for parents only. Family drop-in is later that day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and is open to all students and their families.

The first day of school is Aug. 19, and is a half-day for all students.

Back to School Nights are scheduled throughout the first few weeks of school from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The events are for parents only. The Back to School Nights are scheduled for Aug. 25 for junior kindergarten and kindergarten, Aug. 27 for first through fourth grades and Sept. 15 for fifth through eighth grades.

New developments

Salisbury Academy’s new developments for the 2015-2016 school year include the opening of a music conservatory and the expansion of the Project Green Space initiative that launched in March of 2015.

Headed by Dr. Dwayne Robertson, known to students and staff as Dr. Rob, the music conservatory will offer lessons in piano, beginning voice and saxophone. Lessons are open to both Salisbury Academy students and students of the larger community, and will be offered after school for students, and during school hours for adults, home-schooled children, and college students.

Since launching its Project Green Space initiative in March, Salisbury Academy has continued to develop as an environmentally friendly facility and as a school which develops conservation-minded students. Salisbury Academy continues to progress towards its North Carolina Green Schools certification, and this year will partner with N.C. State University’s College of Design to develop a campus plan for nature-based enhancements to the school.

Additional learning opportunities, traditions, athletics and after-school care

Salisbury Academy offers weekly enhancement classes including World Language instruction in French, Latin and Spanish; music, both as part of the regular curricula and in the form of private lessons at the school’s music conservatory; physical education and art.

Students at school benefit from experiential learning through frequent field trips throughout the year. Some destinations include local farms, parks and theaters; local and state museums; Camp Thunderbird and Camp Cheerio; The Biltmore Estate; Williamsburg, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina, Washington, D.C. and the North Carolina coast.

Student activities at Salisbury Academy include Battle of the Books, Math Counts: Math Competition Team, N.C. Ecological Studies and Duke University Talent Identification Program Talent Search. The school also offers outreach programs with Abundant Living, Hanford Dole Elementary School, Rowan Vocational Opportunities, Trinity Oaks, Faithful Friends, Rowan Helping Ministries, Food for Thought and supporting soldiers who are overseas.

School traditions include weekly chapel assemblies where guest speakers offer inspirational messages on a different core virtue each month, Grandpersons’ Day, KidsBloom Festival 5K and Fun Run, Golf Tournament, Bring A Friend to School Day, holiday class parties, field day, Christmas program, pep rallies and much more.

Athletics are an integral part of Salisbury Academy. Students in the fourth through eighth grades may participate in the competitive athletic program. Fall sports include junior varsity and varsity volleyball, cross country, junior varsity and varsity co-ed soccer and tennis. Winter sports include pep squad, junior varsity and varsity cheerleading, swimming and junior varsity and varsity girls and boys basketball. Spring sports include girls soccer, baseball, golf and track.

Salisbury Academy offers after-school care (ASK) and afternoon clubs for students each week during the school year. Elizabeth Bergsma will serve as the lower school ASK director and Amy Wimmer will serve as the middle school ASK director. Bergsma has a bachelor’s in economics from Davidson College and has worked at the school since 2011 in the front office, as a substitute and teacher assistant and with the ASK program. Wimmer earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Virginia. Her two children, Alex and Elle, are both Salisbury Academy graduates.

The Academy will have its first day this year on Aug. 19. The school is continuing to accept students for enrollment in classes that are not yet full. Tuition assistance is available for families who qualify. For more information about Salisbury Academy, visit www.SalisburyAcademy.org.



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