Volunteer Spotlight

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

We at Heathwood are deeply grateful to the many parents and friends who share their time and talents with us so generously as volunteers and whose work has a significant impact on the school. So we're inviting Heathwood parents and members of our faculty and staff to shine a spotlight on volunteers for whom they are particularly thankful. 

If you'd like to nominate a deserving member of the Heathwood community to be featured in the Volunteer Spotlight, contact Director of Communications Leslie Haynsworth at haynsworthl@heathwood.org


March, 2017: Dick and Janet Noble

Nominated by Upper School Science Department Chair Jim Morris and Heathwood Drama Teacher EG Engle

From Jim Morris:

"HHES grandparent Dick Noble (Jackson, 3rd grade & Katie, 6th grade) has been volunteering his time and talents to HHES for many years. He has served as an Outside Expert on several Senior Exhibition Committees. For example he helped guide Will Norris (Class of ‘12) as Will researched, designed, and built a full scale solar-electric car. In recent years Dick  has volunteered with the HHES/PEAK SCUBA Diving Program. Dick is a Dive Master and Professional Dive Instructor with the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI). In Spring 2016,  Dick organized and instructed a PADI Open Water Diver Certification course for 10 Upper School students as part of Winterim 2016.  In Winter of 2017, he again offered a PADI OWD Certification course for 9 more lucky Upper School students. In addition,  Dick has just returned from a  March 2017 Winterim trip to Cozumel, Mexico where 9 students and 2 faculty dove for a week on the pristine coral reefs surrounding Cozumel, Mexico and visited the famous Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza on the Mexican mainland."

From EG Engle:

"Janet Noble has been one of the backstage magic makers for the Heathwood Drama department for 9 years. She has sewed countless costumes, created one-of-a-kind props, and even written an original play that the 4th grade produced about American history. She is a treasure, and a true Renaissance woman. Janet is creative and fearless in her creation of costumes and props, and her creations have been showcased in every Heathwood production since 2008. The students LOVE Janet, and they get so excited when she comes to rehearsal to talk with them about their costumes. We are so grateful for her generous gift of her time, talents, and creativity."

Thank you to Dick and Janet Noble and to the countless other volunteers who make such a difference for our students!


February, 2017: Colleen Nassab

As the first school in the Midlands to require community service as a part of a student's graduation requirements, Heathwood Hall understands the importance of adults modeling community and civic involvement for our students. Every year many of our parents give generously of their time and talents in assisting with school functions and community service projects. 

Heathwood parent Colleen Nassab has served as a volunteer in many capacities at Heathwood over the years, including time on the planning committee for our Deck the Hall event in each of the past three years. This year Colleen took on the task of heading up the registration for Deck the Hall, which featured over 250 participants in three races. Thanks to Colleen’s organization and efficiency, the registration ran very smoothly.  Her work included coordinating a pre-registration plan with the meet timers, working with the technology department to track online registration, creating pre-registration packets, and setting up and supervising race day packet pick-up.

Colleen, along with a team of seven dedicated parent volunteers helped to make the 2016 Deck the Hall event a huge success. The event raised $8,000 which will help to support the work of the Winston’s Wish Foundation and The Rural Mission, Inc. on Johns Island.