Kimmel Farm Elementary's inaugural principal, P. Gaye Weatherman, announced her retirement after a long and successful career in public education! She worked tirelessly with Kimmel Farm's initial core team months in advance of opening the school in the fall of 2009, and has been a progressive educator in partnering Kimmel Farm with CERTL (The Center for Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Learning). CERTL is part of Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Under her leadership, the school has been focused on teaching through Problem Based Learning Methodology (PBL), which is the same methodology used in Wake Forest University's and most medical schools. Weatherman released the following statement to the Kimmel Farm Elementary Community in a letter sent home with all students Friday, September 7, 2012.
Kimmel Farm Parents, Guardians, and Students,
Just over three years ago I helped open Kimmel Farm Elementary, serving as its first principal. There is a time and a season for all things and after a career of almost four decades in public education I am announcing my retirement effective today, Friday, September 7, 2012.
It has been rewarding and a privilege to serve as Kimmel Farm’s first principal and I wish well the faculty, staff and Kimmel Farm community as it moves forward. Effective Monday, September, 10, Kimmel Farm’s interim principal will be Mr. Frank Holcomb. Mr. Holcomb is retired and previously served as the principal of Rural Hall Elementary. He will serve Kimmel Farm well until a new principal is named.
The search for a new principal is already under way and that person will be announced within the coming weeks. Thank-you for the opportunity to be part of opening a special school where students have the opportunity to learn deeply, become independent problem solvers, and teachers work hard to help prepare them for their futures.
P. Gaye Weatherman
Principal, Kimmel Farm Elementary