Heidi Smith, Principal

Ms. Smith received a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland. She earned her first Master’s in Educational Technology from George Washington University and her second Master’s in Educational Leadership from George Mason University.  She became a Nationally Board Certified teacher in Early Childhood Education in 2013. Ms. Smith’s entire career in education has been in Arlington Public Schools (APS).  She began her career as a teacher at Hoffman Boston (HFB) in 2005.  She taught 2nd and 3rd grade for 11 years at HFB.  In 2016 – 2017, she moved to the APS Department of Instruction to serve as an Academic Support Teacher for Title 1.  In 2017-2018 she moved to Barcroft Elementary to serve as the Assistant Principal. Ms. Smith is thrilled for the opportunity to return to the HFB community as the Principal. As a teacher at HFB, Ms. Smith developed and nurtured positive community and family relationships.  She believes in family involvement and creating the best environment for students and their families.  As the new principal, Ms. Smith looks forward to continuing this work and continuing the great academic achievements that have been happening at the school.

VP photoCatherine Han Mrs. Han is so excited to join the Hoffman-Boston All Stars as Assistant Principal! After working in the classroom for 13 years, Mrs. Han still sees herself as a teacher and is excited to serve Hoffman-Boston as an instructional leader.   Mrs. Han was born and raised in Chicago, IL.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with endorsements in Middle School Science and Language Arts from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She started her teaching career with Chicago Public Schools as a Third Grade classroom teacher.  After a few years of teaching, she realized the importance of continuing her professional development and growth as an educator. She applied and was accepted at Harvard University where she studied education systems around the world.  She earned her Masters of Education in International Education Policy from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.  Upon graduation, she worked for organizations focused on improving the lives of refugee and displaced children around the world.  During this time, she realized how much she missed teaching and working directly with students.   She returned to teaching at her neighborhood school, Laura B. Sprague Elementary School. After a couple of years, she relocated to the D.C. Metro area to continue as an Advanced Academics Specialist with Fairfax Public Schools serving students in Kindergarten to 6th grade. During this time, she worked closely with her school administrators and the Parent Teacher Association to implement the Young Scholars program and bolster S.T.E.M. initiatives within her school. She partnered with George Mason’s mathematics department to strengthen job-embedded professional development through Lesson Study and integrate Project Based Learning experiences at her school.  During this time, she pursued her post- masters Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.  Most recently, she served as the Resource Teacher for Gifted and Instructional Lead Teacher at K.W. Barrett Elementary School with Arlington Public Schools. While at Barrett Elementary school, she partnered with classroom teachers to lead the charge on developing cross-curricular Project Based Learning experiences for students and piloting personalized learning as part of APS’ first cohort of the Personalized Learning Expedition Design Team.

A firm believer in innovative learning experiences, building strong family and community partnerships, and fostering a culture of learning, Catherine is excited to join the Hoffman-Boston All Stars team!

Fun Facts:

Favorite Candy: Jelly Bellies!
Favorite Movie: Minions
Favorite Activity: Hiking and Watching Movies
Favorite Beverage: Starbucks Iced Coffee