"When you and your teachers live on the same campus, you see your teachers outside the classroom. They're like a friend, mentor, or older sibling, which is really nice. I think that makes me feel a lot more comfortable in the classroom. If I'm ever tired, worried or just not myself, a teacher or my dorm parent is sure to notice and check on me, ask me if they can help, or just offer me a cup of tea to make me feel better."   Sally '18

Faculty and Staff

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List of 70 members.

  • Photo of Aaron Alter

    Mr.  Aaron Alter 

    Admission Associate; Director of Global Education; Student Leadership Coordinator
    804.758.2306 ext. 401
    Yale University - B.A. Political Science, African Studies/Env.Policy
  • Photo of Susan Bennett

    Mrs. Susan Bennett 

    Head of Housekeeping
  • Photo of Antonella Blakeslee

    Miss Antonella Blakeslee 

    Community Life Support
  • Photo of Scott Blankenship

    Mr. Scott Blankenship 

    Director of Publications; Yearbook Advisor
    804.758.2306 ext. 158
    Virginia Commonwealth University - B.F.A.
  • Photo of Jessica Booker

    Ms. Jessica Booker 

    Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing; Hall Leader 2nd Murrell
    Old Dominion University - B.A. Communication
  • Photo of Jimmy Bristow

    Mr.  Jimmy Bristow 

    Maintenance and Groundskeeping
  • Photo of Terry  Brooks

    Ms.  Terry  Brooks 

    Accounting Manager
    804.758.2306 ext. 141
  • Photo of Mollie Brumfield

    Ms.  Mollie Brumfield 

    Learning Specialist; Science; Advisory Coordinator; River & Outdoor
    804.758.2306 ext. 403
    Dickinson College - 1998
  • Photo of William Burlee

    Mr. William Burlee IV 

    Director of Admission
    804.758.2306 ext. 136
    Hampden-Sydney College - B.S. Political Science
  • Photo of Michael Carey

    Mr. Michael Carey 

    Science Department Chair; Drama Tech Director
    804.758.2306 ext. 578
    Yale University - B.A. Geology, Geophysics
    The College of William and Mary - M.A.Ed. Resource/Collaborative Teaching
  • Photo of Meghan Cavanaugh

    Ms. Meghan Cavanaugh 

    Director of International Student Programs
    Kent State University - BA Teaching English as a Second Language
    The Pennsylvania State University - M.A. Teaching English to Student of Other Languages
  • Photo of Charlotte Charlton

    Mrs. Charlotte Charlton 02

    Learning Specialist
    Christchurch School
    University of Mary Washington
    University of Delaware - B. A.
  • Photo of Wesley M. Charlton

    Mr. Wesley M. Charlton JD 01

    Associate Head of School
    804.758.2306 ext. 160
    College of William & Mary - B.A. Literary & Cultural Studies
    University of Richmond School of Law - J.D.
  • Photo of Abigail Cola

    Mrs. Abigail Cola 

    Learning Specialist; Immersion Trip Leader
    804.758.2306 ext. 585
    Hood College - B.A.
  • Photo of Dave Cola

    Mr. Dave Cola 

    Director of Place-Based Education; River & Outdoor; Swim Coach
    804.758.2306 ext. 443
    Washington College - B.A., M.A.
  • Photo of Billy Coyle

    Mr.  Billy Coyle 

    Head of School
  • Bri Dehm 

    Part-Time Nurse
  • Photo of John Dehm

    Mr. John Dehm 

    Director of Athletics and Co-Curricular Activities; Head Lacrosse Coach
    804.758.2306 ext. 166
    St. Mary's College of Maryland - B.A.
  • Photo of Leland  DuNomes

    Mr.  Leland  DuNomes 

    Math Department Chair; JV Boys Basketball
    Marygrove College - B.A. Mathematics
    Concordia University - M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics K-13
  • Photo of Wendy Elbe

    Wendy Elbe 

    Athletic Trainer
  • Photo of M. Huntley Galleher

    Mr. M. Huntley Galleher 

    Associate Director of Development
    804.758.2306 ext. 135
    Elon College - B.A.
  • Photo of Kelly Goodrich

    Ms.  Kelly Goodrich 

    Nurse; Life Skills Instructor; College Essay Coach
    University of Richmond - B.A. Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
    VCU School of Nursing - B.S.
  • Photo of Peter Goodrich

    Mr.  Peter Goodrich 

    Humanities Instructor; College Counseling Associate; Grade Level Dean
    Rhodes College - B.A. History
    The College of William and Mary - M.Ed.
  • Photo of Maxwell Groen

    Mr. Maxwell Groen 

    Mental Health and Performance Counselor
  • Mr. Dennis Gunn Jr.  93

    Maintenance and Groundskeeping
    Christchurch School
  • Mr. Glenn Harper 

  • Photo of Michael Heath

    Dr. Michael Heath 

    Humanities Department Chair
    804.758.2306 ext. 121
    James Madison University - B.A. English, History of Art
    Magdalen College, Oxford University - M. Litt. Modern History
    Edinburgh University - Ph.D. Moral Philosophy, Theology
  • Photo of Dido Heath

    Mrs. Dido Heath 

    Director of College Counseling
    804.758.2306 ext. 138
    Oxford University - M.A. Literae Humaniores
    University of Edinburgh - M.Ed. Special Ed, Classroom Learning, Counseling
  • Photo of Rebecca Hogge

    Mrs.  Rebecca Hogge 

    Alumni & Development Administrative Assistant/Database Manager
    804.758.2306 ext. 134
  • Photo of Edward Homer

    Mr. Edward Homer 

    Humanities; Head Football Coach
    804.758.2306 ext. 587
    Middlebury College - B.A. Political Science, Religion
  • Mrs. Jennifer Homer 

    Communications Assistant; Hall Leader Faye Dorm
    804.758.2306 ext. 119
    Middlebury College - B.A. History, English
  • Photo of Connie Jessie

    Mrs. Connie Jessie 

    Studies Office; Registrar
    804.758.2306 ext. 132
  • Photo of Johan Johnson

    Dr. Johan Johnson 

    Chaplain; Dean of Community Life
    Clark University - B.A. Psychology
    Union Theological Seminary - M.Div.
    Fordham University - Ph.D. Education
    Columbia University Business School - Executive Educational Certificate
  • Photo of Maria Jones

    Ms. Maria Jones 

    Nurse L.P.N.
    Rappahannock Community College - L.P.N.
  • Photo of Neal Keesee

    Dr. Neal Keesee 

    804.758.2306 ext. 124
    The College of William and Mary - A.B. Government and Religion
    The University of Chicago - M.A. Religious Studies
    The University of Chicago - Ph.D. Theology
  • Photo of Carl Kelly

    Mr. Carl Kelly 

    Learning Specialist; Math; Ass't Dir. Athletics & Co-Curricular Activities; Head Basketball Coach
    804.758.2306 ext. 125
    Virginia Union University - B.A. History, Political Science
  • Photo of Peter Kempe

    Mr. Peter Kempe 

    Librarian; Humanities; JV Sailing
    804.758.2306 ext. 534
    Messiah College - B.A.
    Teachers College, Columbia University - M.A.
  • Photo of Kristin Kiland

    Mrs. Kristin Kiland 

    804.758.2306 ext. 571
    Miami University - 1996 B.A. Spanish, Latin Am Studies B.S.
  • Mr. John Koontz 

  • Photo of Christopher  Little

    Dr. Christopher  Little 

    World Language Department Chair; River & Outdoor; Model UN
    804.758.2306 ext. 430
    University of Virginia - B.A. Spanish, Economics, Art History
    University of Virginia - M.A. Spanish
    University of Virginia - Ph.D. Spanish
  • Photo of Sarah  McCormick

    Mrs. Sarah  McCormick 

    804.758.2306 ext. 505
    Radford University - B.S. Art Education
  • Photo of Tina McCurry

    Mrs. Tina McCurry 

    Admission Assistant; Lead Administrative Assistant
    804.758.2306 ext. 122
    Rappahannock Community College - A.A.S. Office Systems Technology
  • Photo of Meghan McNeill

    Ms.  Meghan McNeill 

    Director of Learning Skills Program; Film Production Co-Curricular
    804.758.2306 ext. 162
    University at Buffalo - B.A. Spanish, Psychology, Sociology
    University at Buffalo - M.Ed. Applied Linguistics
    University of Nottingham - PGCEi Postgraduate Certificate in Education
    Southern New Hampshire University - Graduate Certificate
  • Photo of Michael McNeill

    Mr.  Michael McNeill 

    Instrumental Music; Chapel Organist
  • Photo of Joshua Miller

    Mr.  Joshua Miller 

    Assistant Dean of Community Life; Crisis Manager; Strength and Fitness; Summer Facility Rental Liaison
    804.758.2306 ext. 111
  • Photo of Jessica  Miller

    Mrs. Jessica  Miller 

    Science; Assistant Dean of Instruction; Grade Level Dean
    804.758.2306 ext. 208
    West Virginia University - B.A. Chemistry
    Marist College - M.Ed.
  • Photo of Anna Moore

    Ms. Anna Moore 15

    Christchurch School
    Lynchburg College
  • Photo of G. Kieran O'Connell

    Mr.  G. Kieran O'Connell 

    Waterfront and Sailing Director
    804.758.2306 ext. 538
  • Photo of Kimberlee Olsen

    Mrs. Kimberlee Olsen 

    Spanish; Science; Assistant Girls Basketball Coach
    804.758.2306 Ext. 586
    Brigham Young University - B.S. Biology Teaching, Spanish
    The College of William and Mary - M.Ed. Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership
    Miami University - M.A.
  • Photo of Tasha Parrish

    Mrs. Tasha Parrish 

    Accounting Associate
    804.758.2306 ext. 560
  • Photo of Mark Parsons

    Mr. Mark Parsons 

    Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair; Interim Dean of Faculty; Music and Theatre
    804.758.2306 ext. 575
    Tennessee Temple University - B.A.
    Eastern Michigan University - M.A. Vocal Performance/Choral Studies
  • Photo of Evan Pausic

    Mr. Evan Pausic 17

    Learning Specialist; Hall Leader 3rd Scott
    Randolph College - B.A. Philosophy
  • Photo of Emma Payne

    Mrs. Emma Payne 

  • Photo of Mary Pryor

    Ms. Mary Pryor 

    Admission Associate
    804.758.2306 ext. 564
    Sewanee: The University of the South - B.A.
  • Photo of Donald Pyles

    Mr.  Donald Pyles III 

    Dean of Instruction; Humanities
    804.758.2306 ext. 128
    Roanoke College - History, American Literature
    The College of William and Mary - M.Ed.
  • Photo of Jim Robb

    Mr. Jim Robb 

    Design & Technology Support Specialist
    Virginia Commonwealth Univerity - BFA
    Virginia Commonwealth University - Masters of Product Innovation
  • Photo of Teresa Saxon

    Teresa Saxon 

    Part-Time Nurse
  • Photo of Matthew Schaefer

    Mr.  Matthew Schaefer 

    Math; Head Boys and Girls Soccer Coach
    804.758.2306 ext. 589
    Pennsylvania State University - B.S. Biological Engineering
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - M.S. Biological Systems Engineering
  • Photo of Rebecca Schomburg

    Mrs. Rebecca Schomburg 

    Director of Annual Giving
    804.758.2306 ext. 127
    Christopher Newport University - B.A. Psychology
  • Photo of Angela Showalter

    Ms.  Angela Showalter 

    Grade Level Dean
    804.758.2306 ext. 523
    Goshen College - B.A. History
    New York University - J.D.
  • Photo of Desmond Smith

    Mr. Desmond Smith 

    Math Instructor; Director of Diversity Equity Inclusion & Belonging; Hall Leader 2nd Scott
  • Photo of Nicholas  Smith

    Mr. Nicholas  Smith 

    ESL; Humanities; Hall Leader 3rd Murrell; Learn-to-Sail
    James Madison University - B.A. History/Economics
    Marquette University, Sensenbrenner School of Law - J.D.
  • Photo of James Sterling

    Mr. James Sterling 14

    Network Administrator
    University of South Florida
    Florida Southern College
  • Photo of Orleita Taylor

    Mrs.  Orleita Taylor 

    Payroll/Payables Manager
    804.758.2306 ext. 130
  • Photo of Melissa Taylor

    Ms. Melissa Taylor 

    Dean of Residential Life and Community Activities
    (804) 758-2306
    Dartmouth College - 1996
    Dartmouth College - B.A. Linguistics and Psychology
    Teachers College, Columbia University - Ed.M. School Psychology
  • Photo of Jennifer Tietjen

    Ms. Jennifer Tietjen 

    Community Life Coordinator
    Southeast Missouri State University - 2000
  • Photo of Gidget Valadez

    Mrs. Gidget Valadez 

    Director of Health Services; Nurse RN, BSN, CMSRN
    804.758.2306 ext. 143
    Hood College - B.A. Political Science/Gerontology
    Rappahannock Community College - A.D.N.
    South University - B.S.N.
  • Photo of Chris Werner

    Mr.  Chris Werner 

    Chief Financial Officer
    804.758.2306 ext. 150
    University of Virginia - B.A. Interdisciplinary/Echols Scholar
  • Photo of Haley Wilbanks

    Ms. Haley Wilbanks 

    Admission Associate; Science; Hall Leader 1st Murrell
    804.758.2306 ext. 129
    Sewanee: The University of the South - B.S. Biochemistry
    Vanderbilt University Peabody College - M.Ed
  • Photo of Emily Wilkinson

    Ms.  Emily Wilkinson 

    Admission Associate
    804.758.2306 ext. 133
    University of Virginia - Bachelor of Science
    John Hopkins University - Master of Administrative Science

THE MAJORITY OF faculty members have chosen not only to teach at Christchurch, but also to call Christchurch home. Some 75 percent of teachers and staff live on campus, and even those who don't have a campus address share meals with students, coach sports teams, lead co-curricular activities, and build relationships with their students that extend beyond the classroom. 

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN students and teachers who share a community makes learning less an academic experience and more a part of real life. Discussions that begin during class continue in the dining hall, on the playing field, and in the residence halls. Because Christchurch teachers come to know the whole person, not just the student they see in the class, they are able to advise students on a more personal level. Students, in turn, see their teachers as adults they can trust, not just the people who administer their tests. 

TEACHERS WHO ALSO SERVE as dorm parents live with students day in and day out. These campus parents come to know and care for "their kids" on a deep personal level and are always available to offer guidance not only academically, but also socially or emotionally. 

MORE THAN TEACHING, being a Christchurch faculty member is co-parenting. Every faculty member is a different kind of parent, and every faculty member brings a different set of skills to offer students. When a student needs advice, motivation, encouragement, or nurturing, he or she has 6-plus caring adults ready to meet that need. 

THIS CAMPUS FAMILY extends beyond Christchurch teachers. Every adult on campus, from the headmaster to the members of the maintenance staff, is an an advocate for the students. 

AS ONE CHRISTCHURCH TEACHER said it best, " Teaching at Christchurch is not a way to earn a paycheck. It's a way to live your life. The reward isn't in what we do for the kids. It's in what the kids do for us."

Christchurch School

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Christchurch, Virginia 23031