Adriana Hollenbeck was named Head of The Experiential School in 2021 after an extensive national search. Over her 30+ year career, Mrs. Hollenbeck has taught in early childhood and elementary school programs. As a Lower School Media Specialist she focused on integrating technology with the essential principles of the Reggio-Inspired philosophy. She also has years of experience in educational leadership, serving as Day Care Director, Assistant Principal, and Division Head, respectively. Prior to coming to Shorecrest, Adriana most recently served as Lower School Head at University Lake School in Hartland, Wisconsin. Since 2011, she provided leadership with a focus on healthy partnerships with parents, and successfully created opportunities for cross-divisional interaction. Mrs. Hollenbeck earned her B.A. in Art Education from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and went on to pursue post-graduate studies in Technology in Education at Rio de Janeiro State University.
Fluent in English and Portuguese and able to communicate in Spanish, Adriana acted as an Educational Consultant for ten different states of Brazil. She also traveled through Brazil, the United States, Peru, Puerto Rico, Norway and Italy presenting experiences in Technology and Education, Instructional Design, and Collaborative Learning.
She has spent more than a decade researching the Reggio Emilia philosophy in its complexities. “It is my deepest belief that children are protagonists: strong and capable, equipped with preparedness, potential, curiosity, and interest in constructing their own learning,” she revealed. “I see each student as a collaborator, communicator, and problem-solver.”
Adriana and her husband, Brian, have a son, Nicholas, who is pursuing a Theatre degree at the School of Communication at Northwestern University.