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.
Longwood College, B.S. business administration
Virginia Commonwealth University, B.S. health and physical education
Mary has been an icon in the world of Saints athletics for more than 30 years, and is often seen on fields, courts, and even diamonds in the space of one day. But her favorite School tradition is related to community rather than competition – the annual Lessons & Carols service. Mary notes that the tradition brings together everyone, including faculty, students, parents, grandparents, and alumni, through lessons and singing. She loves working with kids and coaching, and notes that sports played an important part in her life – she has even been inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Va. Hall of Fame.
Université Paul Valéry, B.A. English
University North Carolina Greensboro, M.A. French
Karine has received the Golden Apple and Middle School Teacher awards, and believes that teaching must allow everyone to accept making mistakes. She is always excited for the first weeks of school when students are ready to learn without the stress of performing well on a test, and enjoys catching up with past students and seeing how much they have changed over the summer. Originally from France, Karine find that Charlottesville has a very European flair and that Petit Pois’ coq au vin and French fries are best enjoyed on the patio. In general, she enjoys that this is a college town full of smart people and a culture turned towards the future. Her goal for the next school year is to attend another conference on the brain, and has been surprised to find thus far in her career that she is a mentor rather than just the teacher she thought she was. Karine shares that her favorite movie is Gone with the Wind and that she has watched it at least 14 times and in fact learned English by doing so.
Davidson College, B.A.
Lynchburg College. M.Ed.
Prior to joining the School in the Learning Village Grades 5 – 8 office, Ashley taught at the elementary level for seven years and at the preschool level for six.
Bard College, B.A. Spanish studies
Mady believes that teaching is not about transferring information, but rather inspiring others to follow passions and be open minded, life-long learners. She loves the first month or two of the school year when everyone is excited and establishing goals for the year, and in her spare time loves to travel to see new places, and learn about new cultures, languages, and traditions. In the future she hopes to club the Inca Trail up to Machu Picchu, Peru. Her goal for the next school year is to get her students more involved in the local Spanish-speaking community, and in her spare time Mady enjoys reading short Spanish stories by authors like Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar.
University of Virginia, B.S. kinesiology
University of Virginia, M.T. physical education
In addition to coaching Grades Seven and Eight Volleyball and Girls’ Soccer, Brooke is also the director of Camp Corwith, a two week adventure for local students who might otherwise not have the means to attend a summer camp. Cooking, crafts, sports, reading, writing, and math are all part of the camp experience, as are field trips to local attractions. One day, Brooke would like to learn to play the piano and check that off her “bucket list.”
Williams College, psychology, French
Alexa remembers wanting to be a teacher when she was young, and as she grew older enjoyed tutoring and working with children. She loves languages and encouraging young minds to grow, and believes teaching combines both. Alexa’s goal for the year is to get to the know the community and students very well, and in doing so hopes to teach students about collaboration in order to believe in themselves and also be open and responsive to the ideas of others.
Mary Baldwin College, B.S. sociology and education
James Madison University, M.Ed. middle education
University of Virginia, Ed.S.curriculum and instruction
Doug has been both an honors scholar at Washington and Lee University and a CISE Fellow at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the School, he was named Educator of the Year in the Rockbridge Region for his work at Lylburn Downing Middle School in Lexington. He believes that for both the teacher and the student, meaningful learning is about asking good questions. In addition to coordinating Grades 5 – 8 weekly Chapel services, Doug also serves as the faculty sponsor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
University of Virginia, B.S. education
University of Virginia, M.T. education
Mark believes in coaching students to become better leaders by supporting them through multiple learning styles and helping them find a healthy balance of hard work and love of learning. He loves the excitement of the first day of school, and the chance to slow down and share as a community that weekly Chapel provides. Mark enjoys sports including basketball and golf, and one day would like to travel across the country in an RV. Many might be surprised to learn that Mark has been at the School since 1999.
University of Rochester, B.A. biology
SUNY College at Brockport, M.S., secondary science education
In addition to teaching science and serving as the Learning Village Grades K – 8 science department chair, Pam also led the forensic science Quest and is the photo book editor for Grades 5 – 8. Before coming to the School she taught science in New York and Florida, and believes that students learn best when they are given the opportunity to experiment, problem solve, and collaborate. She loves the ceremony of Convocation, as well as the spring when she can reflect on what her students have learned and share in their excitement of their astronomy projects. “The most important thing I teach my students is the skills that they will need for future success: organization, independence, problem-solving, and a sense of personal responsibility,” she says.