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.
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.
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!”
Columbia University, B.A. mathematics
University of Michigan, J.D. law
Max is eager to share the power of math and its many applications with his students. His goal is to get them asking interesting questions about the world around them, and to help them realize that math can help them answer many of these questions with rigor. Max previously used math to address problems in the social sciences. This line of work took him to Sydney, Australia to work on copyright law, Michigan to provide better information to judges, Washington, D.C. to examine administrative proceedings, and Tunisia to address issues of corruption. Max will serve as the stage director for the Upper School musical, and in his free time plays and listens to a lot of music, and enjoys time spent outdoors with his wife and their husky, Luna.
University of Vermont, B.A. history and religion
Harvard Divinity School, M.T.S. religion and secondary education
Bob loves the School’s Outdoor Chapel as a time to carry out the Chapel tradition under the sky with acoustic music, student sermons, and a barbecue. When asked to describe the School in one word, Bob chose “soul.” He enjoys tending a meditation garden, and his favorite thing about Charlottesville is the Blue Ridge Mountains. He has attended a National Endowment for Humanities Summer Seminar on Religious Worlds of New York City, exploring the global religious diversity of Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Harlem.
Kenyon College, B.A. American studies
Jules was attracted to teaching because teaching is the ultimate version of learning, and he loves learning new things. He believes the most important thing he can teach a student is critical thinking, and that this is something that is facilitated and fostered rather than taught in a traditional sense. Jules likes Charlottesville because it is small enough to have a sense of community, but some things are still open late. Coming from Gambier, OH it seemed like the perfect next step for him. He also feels like Southern hospitality is in line with his Haitian culture. Jules thinks people might be surprised to find out that though he played Varsity Football for four years at Kenyon College, he was also in several theatre productions. “I don't think that a single box adequately defines who I am even though I recognize how my experiences inform who I am and enable me to connect with different kinds of people,” he says.
University of North Carolina, B.A. Spanish and English
Middlebury College, M.A. Spanish linguistics
Bridgette joined the School in 2017 following time as a high school English teacher in Madrid, Spain. She loves the first few weeks back to school after summer break because everyone comes together after summer adventures with lots of enthusiasm and ready to learn. She is also a self-described fanatic for fresh school supplies!
University of Virginia, B.A. English and religious studies minor
Following graduation from U.Va., Emily served as an AmeriCorps D.C. Teaching Fellow from 2011 – 2012. She has previous experience as a middle school language arts teacher, and serves as a yoga instructor, Residential Life faculty member, and Spanish exchange program coordinator here at the School. In her spare time, Emily competes in Strongman competitions and last summer she walked the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage across Spain.