Administrative / Support Team
Dr. Rob Hovermale is the principal of Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland. Born in Hagerstown, Maryland, Mr. Hovermale received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Music Education from Towson University in Baltimore. He received his Administration and Supervision certificate from Frostburg University and he completed his doctorial studies through University of Maryland in educational leadership.
Previously he served as the Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts for Washington County Public Schools between 2002 and 2013. Prior to that he taught 3 years in Baltimore and then was the band director at E. Russell Hicks Middle School in Hagerstown for 11 years. He has adjudicated and guest conducted around the state.
Principal Administrative Assistant
Sherry Kibler has been employed with WCPS for over 25 years. She has been with Barbara Ingram since the doors opened in the summer of 2009 serving as the Principal Administrative Secretary. She is known as one of the “Mom’s” to all of the students at BISFA where we are one big family. Sherry is the wife of 36 years to husband, Keith, the mother of a son, Matthew, daughter, Kelly-Jo, and the “Gidget” to 3 beautiful grandsons. Sherry spent most of her young adult years traveling and performing with a musical troupe and now enjoys singing Contemporary Christian Music with her church praise team.
Denise Hunt is the assistant principal at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, Maryland. She received her AA degree from Hagerstown Junior College, and a B.S. in elementary education from Wilson College. She earned her M.S. degree in educational leadership from Hood College in Frederick, MD.
Denise has been with WCPS for 28 years. Her experiences include para pro, classroom teacher, intervention teacher, student achievement specialist, administrative intern, and assistant principal. She has served on the Redistricting Committee, WCPS/WCTA Teacher Evaluation Workgroup, and most recently the Diversity Taskforce.
Denise is a native of Hagerstown. She and her husband John reside in the area and enjoy the entertainment venues in the arts and entertainment district, especially performances put on by the school. She has always been inspired by the arts, and is thrilled to be a part of Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.
Lead Teacher/Technology-Media Specialist
Mrs. Ann Anders has been an educator for 25 years. Over the course of that time she was a Reading Specialist and has taught Gifted and Talented, Magnet, and Intervention. Most recently she has been a Lead Teacher in Washington County Public Schools. Mrs. Anders received her Master of Education in Reading from the University of Virginia and is currently working on her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Instructional Technology from Frostburg State University. She is a certified Apple Teacher 2016 and was awarded the 2016 Innovative Educator Scholarship from Maryland Society for Education Technology. Mrs. Anders was recently published in THE Journal highlighting the work she has done in promoting personalized learning in a digital environment. As a former competitive dancer, Mrs. Anders has a passion for the Arts and is looking forward to joining the BISFA school community. She and her husband have two children who are also actively involved in the arts within Washington County Public Schools.
Samantha Gastley- graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a double major in psychology and criminal justice. Graduated from McDaniel with a masters in Counseling Education.
Media /Tech Specialist
Mr. Gery received his B.S. in Education from Slippery Rock University and his Special Education Certification from Edinboro University. He received his MEd. From Frostburg State University. After growing up and living in Western Pennsylvania, he and his wife and moved to Washington County in 1990 and settled in Smithsburg MD. He has taught for 30 years, 26 years in Washington County and is committed to helping all student reach their potential and find success in school.
William “Doug” Oates
School Resource Officer
Officer Doug Oates has been with the Hagerstown Police Department since 2003 and has a degree in Criminal Justice. Officer Oates has experience and training working with youth and schools including School Resource Officer Training with the National Association of School Resource Officers.