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Jamie Babcock

Jamie Babcock
Kindergarten

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.

Anna Ballantyne

Anna Ballantyne
Long Term Substitute - Grade 1

Wake Forest University, M.A., education

Anna joined the School in 2018 as a long-term Grade 1 substitute teacher. As a teacher, she loves to grow as an educator through discovery and using dynamic apps and technology that encourage creativity and problem-solving. Anna likes her students to be able to step outside of their own experiences and try to gain some perspective, and hopes her first grade students will be able to communicate with other children around the world through mini-projects and Flipgrid.

Heidi Bennett

Heidi Bennett
Grade 1

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.

Milissa Cafarella

Milissa Cafarella
Grade 2

Fitchburg State University, B.S. business administration
Anna Maria College, M.Ed. elementary education

Milissa has been an elementary school teacher for more than a decade, and believes that every child has the ability to contribute something special to the world. As an educator, she strives to assist each child in discovering his or her uniqueness, strengths, and ability to nurture ideas so they become contributing members of society. Milissa describes the School as “innovative” and looks forward to the day she will take a hot air balloon ride over the city. She has also declared Roots the best restaurant in Charlottesville, and recommends the Mad Bowl as her favorite salad.

Brad Connors

Brad Connors
Learning Village Physical Education, Grades 5 - 8 Life Skills, Grades 7-8 Boys' Soccer Head Coach, Junior Varsity Swimming Head Coach

James Madison University, B.B.A. marketing and human resource development
University of Virginia, M.Ed. adapted physical education

Brad’s teaching philosophy is simply: BALANCE! He loves to travel and see the world, and prior to teaching at the School he was a faculty member of the Charleston County Public Schools, the American School of Asuncion, Paraguay, and Hong Kong International School. Brad feels the most important things he can teach students are to be kind and be active.

Andrea Corbin

Andrea Corbin
Grade 3

Mount Holyoke College, B.A. economics
University of Virginia, M.Ed. reading education

Prior to joining the school in 2011, Andrea worked as an IBM systems engineer.

Kim Cox

Kim Cox
Grades K-3 and 7-8 Art

James Madison University, B.F.A. metal/jewelry
Boston University, M.A.E. art education

Kim is a member of the National Art Education Association, Virginia Art Education Association, American Crafts Council, VA Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA, an associate member of bozART Gallery, Charlottesville, VA 2000 – 2013, and a full member of bozART Gallery 1994 – 2000 where she has served as both secretary and acting president. Kim joined the School in 1997 and has served in a variety of capacities including art teacher, visual arts department chair, after art coordinator, cross country faculty sponsor, ELL summer art teacher, and more. Kim is also a working artist. Her mediums of choice are mixed media, clay, and metal.

Sarah FitzHenry

Sarah FitzHenry
Legner Learning Village Librarian

Bowling Green State University, B.A. music education, creative writing
University of Pittsburg, M.L.S. library and information science

Sarah joined the school in 2016 after working in area school libraries for four years. She believes that the school library should be the heart of the school community; a noisy, busy, constantly evolving space in which every child feels welcome, confident, and safe. “Miss Fitz” is passionate about her work with local literacy outreach program Books on Bikes, and working on her website Fitz Between the Shelves from which she can connect with students, families, and educators around the world. Sarah teaches Quests for seventh and eighth grade students, and has been the co-coach of Learning Village Grades 5 – 8 robotics teams.

Stacey Gearhart

Stacey Gearhart
Director of Admissions (PS-K), Assistant Head of the Learning Village for Student Life (PS-4), Dorm Parent

Washington and Lee University, B.S. geology
University of Virginia, M.Ed. educational psychology

Stacey believes in walking with our children through every step of their lives, not only at St. Anne's-Belfield School but beyond. She sees herself as responsible for being the first to celebrate a student's success or joy as well as being the person who walks with him or her when a mistake is made or a setback is experienced. Stacey loves Move-In Day on dorm when students are excited to make new friends and see old ones, and has a chance to meet the parents who are entrusting their children to the Dorm Parents. If she had to sum up the School in one word, Stacey would say “inspiring” because she is inspired by the genuine care and concern our students and teachers have for each other.

Megan Grant

Megan Grant
Learning Village RLA Specialist, Grades K-6 RLA Coordinator, Varsity Swimming Head Coach

Denison University, B.A. English and communications
University of Virginia, M.Ed. reading education

Megan joined the School in 2013 and has come to love the Chapel Buddies program that allows fourth grade students to take on the roles of mentors to Kindergarten buddies. She believes it creates a special bond between students that continues to grow during their time at the School as they play, create, and build together. In addition to coaching swimming and Girls on the Run at the School, Megan has served as the Charlottesville 5K Coordinator for Girls on the Run and coached with the Jefferson Swim League.

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