5th Grade


Kristen Gibbons

5th Grade Teacher

I am a graduate of Snow Hill High School. I attended Salisbury University and received my bachelors degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education with a minor in Mathematics and Psychology. I also attended Salisbury University for my masters in Curriculum and Instruction. I started my teaching career at Snow Hill Middle School in 2013.


Kristina Salvarola

5th Grade Teacher

I am delighted to join the 5th grade family here at SHMS! Originally, I am from Annapolis, MD and currently live right down the street in Newark! After finishing college at Salisbury University with my degree in Education, I began teaching 3rd grade in Wicomico County. I enjoyed 6 years in my classroom teaching all subject areas. This is where I truly found my love of teaching Reading! I have always focused on developing meaningful relationships with my students and creating a classroom of high expectations that promote learning, creativity, and independence. When I am not here with my students, I enjoy being outdoors! I love hiking, running, relaxing on the beach, working in my garden, and taking care of my free-ranging chickens!


Caitlyn Tharby

5th Grade Teacher


Debbie Ritz

5th Grade Teacher

I was born in Indianapolis and at the age of 12 moved to Ohio.  I moved to the Eastern Shore in 1999.  My undergraduate degree is in Business Administration from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and my Masters in Education (Reading) is from Baldwin Wallace College (Berea, Ohio).  Before teaching public school, I taught 2s, 4s, and pre-k at a preschool. I taught 7th and 8th grade reading, kindergarten, second and third grades in Ohio for 9 years.  Upon moving to the Eastern Shore, I was the first reading specialist at Indian River High School.  I taught 4th grade ELA at Delmar Elementary before coming to Snow Hill Middle school in 2001.  While here, I have taught 4th and 5th grades.  I love the beach, walking with my dogs, canoeing, reading and learning! 


Hannah Clarke

5th Grade Teacher

Miss Clarke is overjoyed to join the 5th grade team at SHMS! She is a first year teacher who graduated from Salisbury University with a degree in Elementary Education. She spent the 2018-2019 school year as an intern in both Snow Hill Middle and Snow Hill Elementary schools and as a long term substitute at SHMS. These experiences showed Miss Clarke how truly amazing the Snow Hill community is and encouraged her to stay! When she is not at school spending time with her wonderful students, Miss Clarke loves to read a great book, be outside with her two dogs, or enjoy a beautiful beach day! 

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