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.
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.
Colgate University, B.A. English, creative writing
A University of Pennsylvania Day School Teaching Residency fellow, Kate Bussey joined the Upper School Humanities team in 2019. She has also taught at the Choate Rosemary Hall Summer Program, and attended Noble & Greenough School in Massachusetts where she was a varsity rower and volleyball player. Kate brings her experience with volleyball and creative writing to the Girls’ Varsity Volleyball team and School newspaper, respectively.
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.S. kinesiology
George Corwin joined the Upper School as a math teacher in 2019, previously teaching and coaching at Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall in Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia (U.Va.) and St. Christopher's School, and previously coached soccer at St. Anne’s-Belfield School while a student at U.Va. George credits his journey into education to his time working as a coach and summer camp counselor. Years of attending and teaching at independent schools confirmed his belief in the importance of a welcoming, close community focused on the individual student, which makes the School’s goal of every child being known well resonate deeply for him.
University of Virginia, B.A. English and religious studies minor
Following graduating from the University of Virginia, 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 Humanities teacher, yoga instructor, Residential Life faculty member, and an Outdoor Leadership Intensive teacher. Emily is currently spending her summers pursuing a master's degree through the Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English and enjoys traveling in her free time.
Mary Baldwin University, B.A. theatre and performance
Mary Baldwin University, M.Litt. Shakespearean and Renaissance literature in performance
Dorene has been directing Upper School theatre for more than 15 years. She also teaches two levels of theatre arts in the Upper School, as well as Humanities 12. Prior to coming to St. Anne's-Belfield School in 1994, Dorene served as a director at various community theatre venues, and she taught theatre arts for five years at a maximum security prison. She was also an artist-in-residence in both Augusta County and Staunton City schools for many years. 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. She was attracted to teaching, particularly theatre arts and Humanities, so she could broaden her students' perspectives of others and of the world. Outside of school, Dorene enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with family.