Meet Mrs. Hoover and Mrs. Cackowski
Welcome to M.M. Pierce!
My name is Laura Hoover and I have the wonderful opportunity to be the Principal at Pierce. Before coming Pierce, I was the school division’s instructional supervisor for ESL and World Language. I chose to come back to the school setting because I missed the day-to-day relationships with students and their families. Having been at Pierce for the last year, I know that I made the right decision.
I am a Fauquier County native and Fauquier High School graduate with a bachelor of arts in Spanish and religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master of education in curriculum and instruction, K-8 elementary education, from Arizona State University.
I came to my career in education through "Teach for America," a program which pulls non-education majors into understaffed, under-resourced areas to teach. As part of that program, I spent three years in Phoenix, AZ, as a second-grade bilingual/ESL teacher. During that time, I realized that I loved teaching and that education was the career path for me. I returned to Fauquier and have served as an ESL teacher, the Dual Language Assessment Specialist, an Instructional Supervisor, Assistant Principal, and now Principal.
I am so happy to be back in the Remington community. My father grew up in Remington, my grandmother taught at Pierce (when it was Remington Elementary), and my dad and his siblings went to school here, also back when it bore the community’s name.
Pierce has always felt like ‘home’ for me for a variety of reasons. Pierce has been a special part of my journey as an educator, I have roots in Remington, and I look forward to serving the school and the Remington community as the Principal.
After teaching for nine years at Bradley Elementary School, Amy Cackowski will join Pierce Elementary School as assistant principal, filling the position previously held by Dennis Adkins, who retired.
“I can’t wait to get to know the Pierce community! I look forward to working with Mrs. Hoover to support teachers and help create a positive environment for all students to succeed,” Cackowski said.
The homegrown Fauquier native, who attended Ritchie Elementary, Warrenton Middle, and Liberty High, looks forward to continuing her career in Fauquier and to giving back to the community that had such a significant impact on her.
It was the influence of the teachers at Ritchie that led Cackowski to become an educator.
“I was inspired by many of my elementary school teachers, but especially Mrs. O’Bannon and Mrs. Cicotello. I still remember the first time I walked into their classrooms and the way they really got to know me as an individual. It left an impression on me, and I made sure I did that for each and every one of my students,” she said. “I want to continue this practice and build lasting relationships with students, teachers and staff, and parents of the Pierce community!”
Ms. Cackowski spent her entire teaching career at Bradley Elementary, where she taught first, third and fifth grades, and served most recently as the school’s math specialist. She became a leader within the school through her involvement with various committees —PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports), RTI (Response to Intervention), Social Committee, and the PTO. As she mentored and collaborated with many teachers, she made sure to keep one focus —doing “what’s best for our kids.”
The new Pierce AP decided to become a school administrator “to have a bigger impact on the success of students.” That means supporting teachers to make sure each student is receiving what they need to be successful “because #fcps1kidsdeserveit!”
Cackowski completed her post-secondary studies through the University of Mary Washington, where she earned her bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in elementary education, and an endorsement in K-12 educational leadership.
Ms. Cackowski and her husband, Matt, have two daughters– Marissa, a rising 2nd grader, and Kennedy, a preschooler. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, cooking and watching her girls play soccer.