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!”
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.
University of Virginia, B.A. economics
Ben’s teaching experience includes Browne Academy, The Madeira School, creating content for Khan Academy, and instructing outdoor education at Adventure Links. He believes that the way we face our most difficult challenges is what shapes our character and turns us into the people we want or don’t want to be. He loves weekly Chapel, and considers it a special time devoted to nourishing our souls, filled with beautiful music played by students, and offering honest and heartfelt talks from students and faculty.
Arizona State University, B.A. secondary education and minor in mathematics
University of Colorado, M.B.A. finance
University of Arizona, Educational Leadership Certification Program
Columbia University, B.A. English
St. John’s College, M.A. liberal arts
In addition to serving as the Girls’ Junior Varsity Soccer head coach, J.J. also advises the Gay-Straight Alliance and heads up a “Movember” (no-shave November) group each year to draw attention to men’s health issues. Prior to joining the School in 2002, J.J. taught at Berkeley-Carroll School in Brooklyn, NY and St. Paul’s School for Boys in Baltimore, MD. He loves Convocation as a School tradition, and describes his teaching philosophy as “the hard, original work to act honorably, to treat our minds and bodies in healthy ways, to communicate from the heart as well as the mind, to play by the rules, to build trust and compassion, and to know and be known.”
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!
Mary Baldwin University, B.A. theatre and performance
Mary Baldwin University, M.Litt. Shakespearean and Renaissance literature in performance
In addition to directing Upper School plays and musicals, Dorene has served as a director at various community theatre venues. She taught theatre arts for five years at a maximum security prison, and was an artist in residence in both Augusta County and Staunton City schools prior to coming to St. Anne's-Belfield School 24 years ago. She won first place in the Jackie White Memorial National Children’s Playwright Contest for her original play, "What Would Picasso Say?" Her favorite part of the school year is the Intensives period, “a respite from the regular school year that fosters deeper learning experiences, and promotes a desire for lifelong learning” and during which student-faculty relationships are enriched. Outside of school, Dorene enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with family.