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Mark Adair

Mark Adair
Co-Director of Technology

Michigan State University, B.A. telecommunications

Mark joined the School in 2013 and in addition to his responsibilities as co-director of information technologies has also served as a Residential Life Host Family, a LINK Host Family, and taught technology Intensives. He loves spending time with his family, especially coaching his sons’ baseball teams and enjoying family fishing trips.

Robin Albertson-Wren

Robin Albertson-Wren
Pre-School

Haverford College, B.S. psychology
Manhattanville College, M.A. elementary education K – 6

Robin is a responsive classroom teacher trainer and certified mindfulness instructor who works with our athletics teams, SKOLA program, Residential Life program, Life Skills classes, and a variety of community groups around town. She is also a public speaker, workshop leader and conference presenter for local, state and national groups, including VAIS, NAIS, VAECE, and VBIDA. Her teaching philosophy is to create a community of learners who support, challenge, and care for another in an environment that is full of wonder, creativity, and joy. Robin’s favorite School tradition is the sign language used during Raise We Our Voices because it connects everyone non-verbally and our senior “sandbox kids” remember it fondly.

Rachel Balsley

Rachel Balsley
Assistant Director of Communications

Virginia Wesleyan College, B.A. communications and minor in English
American University, M.A. strategic communications

Originally from the area, Rachel returned to Charlottesville in 2016 to join the School’s Communications team. Her favorite School tradition has been the Halloween parade and getting to see the students and faculty in costumes, and would describe the School’s educational experience as “surprising.” She loves photography and getting to see the world in a new way, and considers Marco & Luca Dumplings the best restaurant in Charlottesville, which she describes simply with “<3.” Rachel remembers Dr. Lisa Lyon Payne as her favorite teacher, who allowed her to flourish as a journalist while providing meaningful mentorship, advice, and life skills.

Phillip Barr

Phillip Barr
IT Support Technician - Apple Products

Thomas Nelson Community College, A.I.T.

Phillip is an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT) as well as Apple Certified Associate in Mac management and Mac integration. He has coached both Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer at the School, and recently represented St. Anne’s-Belfield at the MacAdmins Conference at Pennsylvania State University.

Brian Bartholomew

Brian Bartholomew
Upper School Mathematics, Advisor, Varsity Field Hockey Head Coach, Fitness

Rhodes University, B.A. legal theory and third-world political studies
Rhodes University, L.L.B. (law)

Brian’s teaching philosophy is to make mathematics interesting for each student, and to teach them a love of numbers. He loves the first days of school that are filled with hope, excitement and promise, and would summarize the School’s education experience as “community.” When not on campus, Brian can be found ordering Qabuli palow at Afghan Kabob Palace, training for and participating in triathlons, and enjoying the cosmopolitan nature of Charlottesville.

Yarden Batson

Yarden Batson
Grade 4

George Mason University, B.A. psychology
University of Virginia, M.Ed. elementary, certificate in ESL

Yarden joined the School in 2015 and has enjoyed serving as a Math Olympiad coach and Girls on the Run coach.

Andrea Beardsley

Science teacher

Andy Beardsley

Andy Beardsley
Upper School Humanities, Advisor, Dorm Parent, Cross Country Head Coach, Track and Field Assistant Coach

Bates College, B.A. English
University of Maine, M.A. English literature

Andy serves as the head cross country coach and an assistant track and field coach, so it’s no surprise that he considers running his favorite hobby and would like to run a road race in every U.S. state. What may be surprising for some to find out is that he has collected comic books and sports cards since he was a child.

Elizabeth Beckwith

Elizabeth Beckwith
Grade 8 Humanities, Grade 8 Latin, Advisor

Mount Holyoke College, B.A. Latin
Catholic University of America, M.A. Medieval Latin and M.A. Medieval studies
University of Pennsylvania, M.A. Ancient Greek

Elizabeth’s teaching philosophy is “Saepe summa ingenia in occult” or, “Often the greatest talents lie hidden.” She believes it is her job to find those talents and bring them out in her students. For her, the most exciting part of the School year is the first few weeks when there is so much potential and the thrill of discovering who her students are, what they like to do, and how her projects will help them advance. Elizabeth’s favorite thing about Charlottesville is that there is music and theater everywhere, all year round, though a “bucket list” item of going diving on the Great Barrier Reef would take her further afield.

Caroline Beisswanger

Caroline Beisswanger
Costumer

University of Virginia, B.A. Medieval studies and minor in classics

Caroline is passionate about costuming, and previously served as the costume assistant with the U.Va. Department of Drama. She loves the combination of creativity and construction, and having the opportunity to work directly with our actors. Her favorite School tradition is Lessons & Carols, both for the beautiful music and leaving in “the true holiday spirit full of love for our School community and global community. It is the best start to Winter Break!”

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