"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
CHRISTCHURCH FACULTY MEMBERS ARE CALLED TO TEACH AND TO MENTOR, NOT JUST FROM 8 UNTIL 3, BUT 24/7. THE RARE COMBINATION OF PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE AND GENUINE CARING THESE TEACHERS BRING TO CHRISTCHURCH IS ONE OF THE SCHOOL'S GREATEST STRENGTHS.


Faculty and Staff

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List of 67 members.

  • Ms. Jane Allen ATC 

    Assistant Dean of Students
    804.758.2306 ext. 528
    Appalachian State University - B.S. Athletic Training
    Drexel University - M.S. Sport Management
  • Mr.  Aaron Alter 

    History; Director of Global Education; Hall Parent, Second Scott
    804.758.2306 ext. 401
    Yale University - B.A. Political Science, African Studies/Env.Policy
    Bio
  • Mr. Andrew Angstrom 

    Director of Research, Creativity and Entrepreneurship; Computer Science; Robotics; Mechatronics
    804.758.2306 ext. 165
    State University of New York - B.S. Physics, Math
    University of Wyoming - M.S. Environment/Natural Resources
    St. Joseph's University - M.Ed.
    Bio
  • Mrs. Sarah Barker LPN 

    Health Services
    804.758.2306 ext. 143
    Riverside School of Health Careers - L.P.N.
  • Ms. Sally Belasco 

    Science; Hall Parent, Third Murrell
    804.758.2306 ext. 145
    Dickinson College - B.S.Geological and Earth Science
  • Mr. Scott Blankenship 

    Director of Publications; Yearbook Advisor
    804.758.2306 ext. 158
    Virginia Commonwealth University - B.F.A.
    Bio
  • Mr. Keith Bloom 

    Math; Science; Hall Parent, First Murrell; Head Girls Basketball Coach
    804.758.2306 ext. 594
    Lafayette College - B.A. Physics, Math
    Bio
  • Mr. Randal Brown 

    Associate Head for Advancement: Admission, Alumni/Dev, Marketing, Publications
    804.758.2306 ext. 160
    Rhodes College - B.A.
    Vanderbilt University - M.Ed.
    Rhodes College - 1991
    Bio
  • Mr. William Burlee IV 

    Director of Admission
    804.758.2306 ext. 136
    Hampden-Sydney College - B.S. Political Science
  • Mr.  John Burnette 

    Math Instructor; Hall Parent, First Scott
    804.758.2306 ext. 529
    Duke University - BA
    Harvard, Graduate School of Education - MEd
  • Mr. John E. Byers 

    Headmaster
    804.758.2306 ext. 123
    Washington & Lee University - B.A. Classics
    Virginia Commonwealth University - M.A. English
    Bio
  • Mrs. Lexi Byers 

    English
    804.758.2306 ext. 595
    Trinity College - B.A. Classics and History
    Bio
  • 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
    Bio
  • Mrs. Abigail Cola 

    Learning Skills Program
    804.758.2306 ext. 585
    Hood College - B.A.
    Bio
  • Mr. Dave Cola 

    Director of Place-Based Education; River/Outdoor
    804.758.2306 ext. 443
    Washington College - B.A., M.A.
    Bio
  • Mrs. Carol Conti 

    Accounting Manager
    804.758.2306 ext. 141
    Rappahannock Community College - A.A.S.
  • Mr.  Justin Cook 

    Assistant Athletic Director; Head Girls Soccer Coach
    804.758.2306 ext. 537
    Bluefield College - B.S. Exercise Sports Science, Sports Management
  • Mrs.  Rosemary Curro LPN 

    Director, Health Services
    804.758.2306 ext. 143
    Norfolk General School of Practical Nursing - L.P.N.
  • Mr. John Dehm 

    Director of Athletic Recruitment; Assistant Director of Admission; Head Boys Lacrosse Coach
    804.758.2306 ext. 129
    St. Mary's College of Maryland - B.A.
    Bio
  • Mrs. Elsie Delva-Smith 

    Director of Inclusivity and Community Relations
    804.758.2306 ext. 441
  • Mrs. Kelly Espy-Page 

    Senior Associate Director of Admission; Head Swim Coach
    804.758.2306 ext. 125
    Emory & Henry College - B.A. Psychology, French
    Bio
  • Ms. Shannon Fisher CAA 

    Director of Athletics and Co-Curriculars; Head Volleyball Coach
    804.758.2306 ext. 166
    Lafayette College - B.A. Anthropology and Sociology
    East Stroudsburg University - M.S. Sport Management
    Bio
  • Mr. Matthew  Foley 

    Math
    804.758.2306 ext. 574
  • Mr. M. Huntley Galleher 

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

    Life Skills
    804.758.2306
    University of Richmond - B.A. Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
    VCU School of Nursing - B.S.
  • Mr.  Peter Goodrich 

    Director of College Placement; History
    804.758.2306 ext. 138
    Rhodes College - B.A. History
    The College of William and Mary - M.Ed.
  • Mr. Dennis Gunn Sr.  

  • Larry Hammer 

    Network Administrator
    804-758-2306 ext. 181
    Old Dominion University - BS
  • Mrs. Dido Heath 

    804.758.2306 ext. 480
  • Dr. Michael Heath 

    Dean of Students; Theology
    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
  • Mrs.  Rebecca Hogge 

    Accounting Clerk for Business Office
    804.758.2306 ext. 560
  • Mr. Edward Homer 

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

    Communications; Hall Parent, Faye Dorm
    804.758.2306 ext. 119
    Middlebury College - B.A. History, English
    Bio
  • Mrs. Connie Jessie 

    Studies Office; Registrar
    804.758.2306 ext. 132
    Bio
  • Dr. Neal Keesee 

    Associate Head of School; History; Theology
    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
    Bio
  • Mr. Peter Kempe 

    English Department Chair; Librarian
    804.758.2306 ext. 534
    Messiah College - B.A.
    Teachers College, Columbia University - M.A.
    Bio
  • Mrs. Kristin Kiland 

    Spanish; Head Girls Lacrosse Coach
    804.758.2306 ext. 571
    Miami University - 1996
  • Dr. Christopher  Little 

    Foreign Language Department Chair; Crew
    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
    Bio
  • Dr. Liping Liu 

    Foreign Language (Chinese)
    804.758.2306 ext. 525
    Anhui University - B.A.
    Dartmouth College - M.A.
    Beijing Normal University - M.Ed.
    Harvard University - Ed.D.
  • Mr. Luke Lovelady 

    804.758.2306 ext. 522
  • Ms. Karen McCovery 

  • Mrs. Tina McCurry 

    Admission Office, Administrative Assistant
    804.758.2306 ext. 122
    Rappahannock Community College - A.A.S. Office Systems Technology
    Bio
  • Mrs. Meghan McNeill 

    Director of Learning Skills Program
    804.758.2306 ext. 162
    University at Buffalo - B.A. Spanish, Psychology, Sociology
    University at Buffalo - M.Ed. Foreign and Second Language Education
    University of Nottingham - PGCEi Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • Mrs. Jessica  Miller 

    Science; Hall Parent, Second Murrell
    804.758.2306 ext. 208
    West Virginia University - B.A. Chemistry
    Marist College - M.Ed.
  • Mrs. Ashley Myers 

    Development Office Administrative Coordinator
    804.758.2306 ext. 134
    Rappahannock Community College - A.A.S.
  • Mr. Baylor Nelson 

    Math
    804.758.2306 ext. 156
    Earlham College - B.A. Human Development and Social Relations
    Earlham College - M.A. Teaching
  • Mr.  G. Kieran O'Connell 

    Head Sailing Coach
    804.758.2306 ext. 538
    Bio
  • Fr.  Scott Parnell 

    Chaplain; Theology
    804.758.2306 ext. 509
    Virginia Theological Seminary - MDiv
    Furman University - BS
  • Mr. Mark Parsons 

    Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair; Music and Theatre
    804.758.2306 ext. 575
    Tennessee Temple University - B.A.
    Eastern Michigan University - M.A. Vocal Performance/Choral Studies
    Bio
  • Ms. Theresa Perry 

    Assistant Dean of Community Life: Director of Summer Programs; Director of Auxilliary Programs
    804.758.2306 ext. 177
  • Mr.  Donny Pyles 

    Dean of Instruction; History Dept. Chair
    804.758.2306 ext. 128
    Roanoke College - History, American Literature
    The College of William and Mary - M.Ed.
    Bio
  • Mr. William Ramsey 

    Head Coach Boys Basketball
    804.758.2306 ext. 533
    Maryville College - B.A. History
    Bio
  • Mr.  Matthew Schaefer 

    Math Department Chair; Head Boys 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
    Bio
  • Mrs. Rebecca Schomburg 

    Director of Annual Giving and Philanthropic Engagement
    804.758.2306 ext. 127
    Christopher Newport University - B.A. Psychology
  • Mrs. Robina Schroeder  79

    Associate Director of Admission; Director of Financial Aid
    804.758.2306 ext. 133
    Mary Washington College - Art History
    Bio
  • Mrs. Sandy  Scott 

    Chief Financial Officer
    804.758.2306 ext. 146
    Univerity of Georgia - Masters of Business Administration
  • Mrs.  Mollie Smiley 

    Learning Skills Program
    804.758.2306 ext. 403
    Dickinson College - B.S.
    Bio
  • Mr.  William Smiley IV 

    Waterfront Director; Sustainability Coordinator; Oyster Restoration; River/Outdoor
    804.758.2306 ext. 532
    Washington College - B.S. Biology
    Antioch University New England - M.Ed. Educating for Sustainability
    Bio
  • Mr. Eric Smith 

    ESL Instructor
    804.758.2306 ext. 407
    Mercer University - B.A. Philosophy
    Mercer University - B.B.A. Economics
    International House, Argentina - CELTA
  • Miss Anna Snow 13

    Communications and Marketing Associate
    804.758.2306 ext. 480
    University of Charleston - B.A. Integrated Communications
    Bio
  • Mrs. Danielle Tanner 

    International Student Coordinator; ESL
    804.758.2306 ext. 570
    The Pennsylvania State University - B.S.Recreation, Park and Tourism Management
    CELTA - Southern Cross Language Center, Ecuador - Certificate in Teaching English
  • Mrs.  Orleita Taylor 

    Payroll/Payables Manager
    804.758.2306 ext. 130
  • Mr.  Mark  Viser 

    Spanish; Hall Parent, Third Scott
    804.758.2306 ext. 586
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill - B.A. American Studies, Creative Writing
  • Mrs. Graciela Wessinger 

    Director of Guidance Services; Advisory Program Coordinator
    804.758.2306 ext. 164
    Lynchburg College - B.A. Sociology and Religious Studies
    Lynchburg College - M.Ed. Counseling Education
    Bio
  • Mr. William Wessinger ATC 04

    Athletic Trainer; Crisis Program Coordinator
    804.758.2306 ext. 168
    Lynchburg College - B.S. - Athletic Training
    California University of Pennsylvania - M.S. - Athletic Training
  • Ms. Jackie Wheelock 

    History
    804.758.2306 ext. 199
  • Ms. Haley Wilbanks 

    Science
    804.758.2306 ext. 588

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

49 Seahorse Lane,
Christchurch, Virginia 23031
804.758.2306