I really appreciate Mrs. Odell and the office staff. She is always friendly and as helpful as she can be.
(I also really appreciate Dr. Van and the teachers my kids have had. All of them are encouraging and caring.)
Hamlin feels like a community with a common goal of helping the kids. I have been impressed with the principal, Dr. Van Staveren, as well as the teachers and staff. They know and encourage the kids. They communicate well and often with the parents. They make learning fun. We love Hamlin.
The overall vibe is very collaborative and the students/staff feel like a family. There are so many great opportunities for students, and the teachers are incredible. Our family loves it at Hamlin so far!
We moved here August 2014 and have felt at home at Hamlin. The teachers, helpers and entire staff is amazing. We feel connected, informed and like our opinions and concerns matter. My boys have loved K/1 and 2nd/3rd...I feel like they receive exactly what they need at the time they need it from their teachers and we couldn't be more pleased.
I would like to thank Dr. Van. I believe the principal provides the basis for the type of environment a school will possess. His expectations encourage great teachers to be their best selves. Which in turn helps those teachers to bring the best out of their students.
My kids have experienced two teachers each so far...and they have all provided just what my boys were in need of the time. Strict when necessary, fun when it's called for, and always respectful and using every opportunity to teach and grow.
I hear about other elementary kids having hours of homework a night. At Hamlin I feel the kids learn a great deal during the day, work hard, and have a reasonable amount of homework at night. They are kids still. But they learn so much. And they are creative in their approach too.