SMS Announces New Leadership

Wiley H. Wheat Center



St. Margaret’s School has announced the appointment of Phyllis Hollimon as Director and Allison Forrestor as Assistant Director of the Wiley H. Wheat Center for Innovative Learning.

The Wheat Center fosters a learning culture on St. Margaret’s campus that engages each individual student. Learning specialists work with students to develop strategies and study skills for success in the classroom.

The more advanced students with tremendous academic potential are encouraged to seek enrichment op- portunities like independent studies, service projects, and internships. Tutoring, test preparation, and online education are other valuable services available through the Wheat Center.

The Center is located within the Woolfolk Library where students utilize flexible workspaces, Wi Fi, and connectivity technology that fosters individual and group learning.

Phyllis Hollimon has spent the last 26 years teaching and counseling students in Virginia’s public and inde- pendent schools including most recently at Chatham Hall. She has vast experience in fostering students’ ac- ademic potential while addressing their behavioral and mental health challenges. She holds a degree from the University of Richmond and a master’s degree from James Madison University. She is an American School Counselor Association certified DEI Specialist and a Licensed IIRP Restorative Practices Trainer.



Allison Forrester arrives from the Epiphany School of Global Studies, where she was Director of Learning Services. She has extensive experience in evaluating students and making accommodations for all types of learning differences. She has also developed les son plans for gifted students. Forrester holds a degree from Duke University, a master’s from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a Certificate in School Management and Leadership from Harvard University.

“I am very proud of the team we have assembled to lead the Wheat Center,” said Head of School Colley Bell. “Students of all learning styles and abilities will benefit from the experience Phyllis and Allison bring to our learning center. As we emerge into a post COVID world, it is critical to assess and meet students where they are academically. Our objective is to re-engage their love for learning among others in the classroom and outside on the Rappahannock River.”

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