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 Virginia, B.A. biology
University of Virginia, M.T. secondary science
University of Virginia, Ed.D.
Amanda believes that there is nothing more rewarding than to give someone a sense of confidence, and that teachers are in a unique position during the formative years of a student's life to be able to foster efficacy and empower a student to be able to tackle any problem, in the classroom setting and beyond. She loves School events at which the entire community is gathered in one place, and enjoys the small community feel of Charlottesville as well. Her goal for the school year is to incorporate more opportunities for students to reflect on their work and analyze errors.
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.
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.
Drake University, B.S. elementary education
Longwood University, M.Ed. education
Heidi loves the beginning of the school year when everyone is feeling fresh and rejuvenated, and she has the chance to get to know her new students will become family for the remainder of the year. Her favorite event is the Senior/First Grade Easter Egg Hunt where friendships and bonds are created and reinforced, and her own favorite teacher was her father, a science teacher and principal who always made school fun and exciting, and was full of laughs. In the future, Heidi would like to visit the Galapagos Islands as a “bucket list” item.