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.
Haverford College, B.S. psychology
Manhattanville College, M.A. elementary education K – 6
Robin Albertson-Wren is a Responsive Classroom teacher trainer and certified mindfulness instructor who teaches every morning in the Pre-School and works with our athletics teams, SKOLA program, Residential Life program, and Life Skills classes. She is also an author, 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 the School song, Raise We Our Voices, because it connects everyone non-verbally and our senior “sandbox kids” remember it fondly.
University of North Florida, B.S. communications, photography
Hofstra University, M.A. creative arts therapy
Mary Baldwin College, post baccalaureate teaching licensure
Having worked with children in museum education and especially while working as an art therapist, Jamie found that she loved the children's wonder and eagerness to learn She realized that she could foster a lifetime love of learning in her students and, when developed early on, that this is a true gift to each child. She loves any movie by Wes Anderson, especially Moonrise Kingdom because the story of kids going camping and performing in school plays reminds her of the fun times of her own childhood (minus running away from home). Jamie believes Charlottesville has a wonderful arts community and enjoys ‘First Fridays’ and visiting the galleries and exhibitions. She especially appreciates the varied and talented musicians who come through town, as well as local musicians who are staples of the music community.
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.
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.
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.
Bates College, B.S. biology
Andrea joined the School in 2017 having previously taught at Albemarle High School and in Maine, where she was a candidate for Maine Teacher of the Year in 2014 and awarded Hancock County Teacher of the Year in 2013. She is committed to the education of the whole student, and encourages self-advocacy, responsibility, and community involvement. Her favorite School tradition was started by her husband and School cross country coach Andy Beardsley, who gets kids excited to be part of a team with a MUD RUN, an event in which his runners coat themselves in mud, grab sticks, and run through the streets of town. Andrea loves board games, Marie Bette Bakery, and has had a fantasy football team for more than 20 years.
Bates College, B.A. English
University of Maine, M.A. English literature
Andy serves as the head cross country coach and an assistant track 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.
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.
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!”