Holly Feldt McCabe

Holly Feldt McCabe

Holly McCabe has been an outstanding  educator and administrative leader for over thirty years.  As a teacher, principal, and as Executive Director of Elementary Education Holly has  has been a strong advocate for offering children multiple opportunities for growth and leadership. A graduate of California State Fullerton with a BA in theatre  and a Masters in Educational Administration from Alliant International University, she began her career teaching at Bellflower High School and then went on to teach at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach. Eventually she was employed by Capistrano Unified School District and settled in San Clemente. Holly taught English and drama at the high school and middle school level for fifteen years.   While in the classroom she received multiple awards including Capistrano Unified Teacher of the Year, Johns Hopkins Outstanding Educator Award as well as three Honorary Service Awards from the PTA. As a teacher and a principal she led three different schools to receive a California Distinguished School Award. While at Bernice Ayer Middle School she led her school to receive two Schools to Watch designations from the state of California.

 While teaching Holly was often recognized as an effective school leader and was encouraged to accept opportunities which led to administrative leadership positions. Holly’s enthusiasm, her drive and her compassion for children was evident.  Striving to always strengthen her leadership skills she attended the California Leadership Academy and became a fellow of the UCI Writing Project. She was known as a fierce and passionate advocate for teachers and children and was often recognized as a caring and compassionate leader who understood that mentoring and positive reinforcement has a huge impact on children that affects the rest of their lives.

Holly became a part of the GRIP program while serving as principal of Bernice Ayer Middle School in San Clemente. Her seven years as principal there made her an advocate for the GRIP program as she worked with the team to positively impact the lives of students and families involved. Her work with GRIP afforded her the tools necessary to assist her diverse school community. She found that students who became involved with gangs often did not have the support of the school and their community.  The resources the GRIP program offered had a huge impact on many students who were able to turn their lives around. Holly retired from education in 2015 and spends her time with her husband, her four boys and four grandsons enjoying volunteer work, traveling and golf.

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