Holly Hawthorne
PrincipalHolly Hawthorne

Holly Hawthorne is a native Arlingtonian and a product of Arlington Public Schools. She taught 14 years, was a teacher mentor, and an assistant principal. Ms. Hawthorne has been principal at Arlington Traditional School since 1992. She has a “hands-on” leadership style–she spends time observing and participating in the classroom. She is friendly and knows each child by name. She greets the children in the morning and says goodbye in the afternoon. She is accessible to parents, students, and staff. Ms. Hawthorne holds high expectations for everyone.


  • Harvard University Principals’ Institute, 2007
  • Advanced studies – University of Virginia – Administration and Supervision
  • Master of Arts  – The George Washington University – Education and Human Development (Human Relations and Supervision)
  • Bachelor of Arts – Lynchburg College -Elementary Education
  • Diploma –  Washington-Lee High School


  • Commonwealth of Virginia Postgraduate Professional License
  • Elementary School Principal
  • Middle School Principal
  • Elementary Grades 1-7
  • Gifted Certified
  • TSIPS Certified

Awards and Recognition

  • Educator of the Year – American Association of University Women, 2006
  • Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, 2005 – 2006
  • APS Principal of the Year, 2005
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Alumni Award (School of Education and Human Development) 2001
  • Outstanding Young Educator Award (Arlington Jaycee Chapter) 1989

Jennifer Gildea
Assistant PrincipalJennifer Gildea

Jennifer Gildea grew up in Washington, Pennsylvania, a small town outside of Pittsburgh. She taught 12 years in a variety of educational positions which included special education, classroom teacher for fourth and sixth grades, testing coordinator and intervention specialist. Jennifer has been the assistant principal at Arlington Traditional School since 2018. She is a collaborative leader who believes her role is to serve our school community. Jennifer enjoys building relationships with teachers, families, and students to ultimately foster the success of each and every student at Arlington Traditional School.


  • Master of Education – University of Cincinnati – Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts – Shippensburg University – Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts – Shippensburg University – Spanish
  • Diploma – Bentworth High School, Bentleyville, Pennsylvania


  • Commonwealth of Virginia Postgraduate Professional License
  • Administration and Supervision K-12
  • Specific Learning Disability K-12
  • Elementary Education PreK-6

Awards and Recognition

  • 2012 Frederick County, Virginia Teacher of the Year Nominee



Jennifer Gildea

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