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.
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.
James Madison University, B.S. interdisciplinary liberal studies and minor in elementary education
James Madison University, M.A.T. teaching
Kayla believes that elementary science should teach children how to make detailed observations, ask questions, conduct experiments, and respect the world around them. Having grown up in Charlottesville, she considers the changing seasons, artistic culture, amazing food, and easy escape into nature to be outstanding aspects of the city. In addition to serving as the JV Field Hockey assistant coach, Kayla also coaches Girls on the Run and Destination Imagination teams. If she had to describe the School in one word, Kayla would say it is “interactive.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 her fourth grade students to take on the roles of mentors to their 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.
Anna Helsby Furniss
Columbia University, B.A. visual arts and art history
University of Cambridge, P.G.C. education
Anna taught second grade at William Davis Primary School in London before moving to Charlottesville and joining the School. She loves the first six weeks of the school year when classes are building the foundation of their classroom community. “It is always exciting to get to know my new students and find out about their interests and what makes them unique,” she says. “The start of the year is full of hope, anticipation and great back-to-school haircuts!”