Principal's Page


Dear Flower Hill Students and Families: 


I want to take this opportunity to welcome all students and parents to the 2018/2019 school year. The beginning of a new school year is always a very exciting time for students, parents and staff. A new school year marks the beginning of a journey that will allow all of our students to maximize their learning potential, both academically and social/emotionally. The Flower Hill staff is totally invested and committed to making the 18/19 school year THE BEST EVER for each of our students. The Flower Hill staff will establish and maintain a positive and structured school environment built around academic growth for all students.  As we near the first day of school I want to encourage all parents to talk to your children about the importance of having a Growth “Mind-Set” about their ability to “GET SMART”.  This growth mind-set is based on the belief that with effective instruction and sustained effort EVERY STUDENT CAN GET SMART!!  Every teacher at Flower Hill believes that intelligence is not fixed at birth.  Every student can change and grow in all subject areas with effective effort and hard work.  

My staff and I are very excited about the 2018-19 school year.  I have a number of new teachers that are joining the Flower Hill staff this school year and some that have moved on for various reasons.  


Farewell to the following staff members: 

  • Joanne Bodnar - retired 

  • Barbara Cencula – retired 

  • Patricia Escobar transferred to Greencastle ES 

  • Christine Estersohn – resigned     

  • Nakeya Fleming transferred to Diamond ES 

  • Elisabeth Halici transferred to Julius West MS 

  • Ann Hefflin appointed principal at Glenallen ES 

  • Michelle Hopkin relocated to Pennsylvania 

  • Maite Lacy transferred to Materials Management, MCPS  

  • Brittney Mackel transferred to Clarksburg HS 

  • Jacqueline Michel - retired 

  • Therese Moser, child care leave 

  • Sharon O’Rourke reassigned to Jones Lane 

  • Katelyn Schoenith relocated to Michigan 

  • Susan Silverberg transferred to Carl Sandburg 

  • Debbie White transferred to Summit Hall ES as Reading Specialist 

  • Charlotte Whitney transferred to Francis Scott Key MS 


A Message from our new Assistant Principal, Jessica Dancer:

I am excited to introduce myself as the new Assistant Principal at Flower Hill Elementary School.  My name is Jessica Dancer and I am so glad to be joining the Falcon family.  I have had a love for teaching since I was in elementary school.  I have been a teacher in Montgomery County for 12 years.  I have taught grades third through fifth, for the past five years I have been at Lake Seneca Elementary as the math focus teacher.  Being a math focus teacher I taught compacted math and worked with students in Pre-K through fifth grade.    


A little about me:  I was raised in Damascus Maryland and currently live in Mt. Airy with my husband, 4-year-old daughter, 7-month old son and dogs.  Both my kids and dogs keep life interesting and busy, however I try to always find time to bake and shop!     


I graduated from University of Maryland in 2006 with a degree in elementary education and an emphasis in mathematics.  I earned my masters in educational leadership from Hood College in 2017.   


I am excited to meet everyone and start the school year with you! 


Please join me in welcoming the following new staff members or changes in position: 

  • Kelly Benitez, Grade 2 Teacher, transferred from New Hampshire Estates ES 

  • Michaun Cosby, Teacher Special Education, new to MCPS 

  • Rachel Davis, Kindergarten teacher, new to MCPS 

  • Aaron Fisher, Instrumental Music 

  • Doreen Hinkeldey, Resource .5 changed to 1.0   

  • Kennedy Funk, Grade 5 Teacher, new to MCPS 

  • William Krop, Teacher Special Education, new to MCPS 

  • Pamela Peterson, Grade 3 Teacher changed to ESOL 

  • Sarah Parker, Grade 5 teacher new to MCPS 

  • Kasey Rosen, Grade 3 Teacher, new to MCPS  

  • Kim Sheahin, Grade 4, returning Flower Hill after teaching part time last year as an MCPS ESOL teacher. 


Please note the following important school information 


School Hours 

Our school hours are as follows: 

Grades K-5  9:00 am - 3:25 pm 

Pre K Morning  9:00 am - 11:30 am  

Pre K Afternoon 12:55 pm - 3:25 pm 

Student Arrival   8:50 am – 9:00 am 

Breakfast in Classroom  8:50 am – 9:00 am 


A bus schedule is enclosed for your convenience.  It is also available on our website at 


MCPS Attendance Policy 

A student is counted present for a full day if a student is absent no more than one hour of the school day.  A student is counted absent for a full day if the student is present for one hour or less of the school day.  A student is credited with ½ day attendance if the student is present more than one hour of the school day and is absent more than one hour of the school day. 


Open House 

On Thursday, August 30, 2018, OPEN HOUSE will be held at Flower Hill Elementary School from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm for all new and returning students and their parents/guardians.   


First Day of School 

All new and returning students will be directed by our school staff to their appropriate classroom locations on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  The parents/guardians of those students who were not registered through the school office prior to August 31, 2018 are requested to see the school secretary. 


Kindergarten Parent Orientation and Back-To-School Nights 

 Kindergarten Parent Orientation – Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 7:00-8:00 pm 

 Grades 1 & 2 - Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 7:00-8:00 pm 

 Grades 3-5 – Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:00-8:00 pm 


On behalf of the staff at Flower Hill we look forward to working together to assure a successful school year for all students.  Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year. 




Lamar Whitmore 



Jessica Dancer 

Assistant Principal