Known and New Faces in New and Returning Places
Along with a shift in the music department, following are the new hires and returning faculty members for the coming school year.
Audrey Osborne has taken a job in the Botetourt school system to be closer to home and family. As such, Katherine Clark will move up to be the 5th grade math and science teacher and Betsy Cook will be the 4th grade math and science teacher. Because of reduced numbers in the third grade, there is only need for one section, therefore, Meade Martin will be the third grade teacher.
Lee Kephart has returned from her maternity leave to teach Lower School art classes and Middle School Art 7 and Art 8 classes.
Miranda Greear is moving into ECP-1 with Jennifer Luckay from her time as a second-grade teacher.
Alison Vagts returns to teach in the 2nd grade after a year's absence. She has a MA in teaching from Hollins University and is a graduate of North Cross School (class of 2003).
Amy Hanson, also in ECP previously as an assistant, will now be a full-time faculty member.
Katie Sultze joins Emily Votta in ECP-2. Katie, who has a BA in English from Roanoke College, taught at Second Presbyterian Preschool for three years and one year as a Behavioral Assistant in the Roanoke county public schools. She has a BA in English from Roanoke College.
Lily Angus, who returns after her maternity leave, joins ECP-2. Mrs. Angus taught fourth and fifth-grade math previously and has also been tutoring students in the CrossWalk classroom over the past year.
James Brown will be moving from his role as Middle School science teacher to the Physical Education department.
Michelle Basile (mother to Hunter ’25 and Cole ’28) will join the Middle School science department. Mrs. Basile brings with her over 17 years of experience in teaching in independent schools. With an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and recipient of the highly competitive Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow award that places top science educators into the federal arena to influence policy and practice of STEM-based initiatives, she has also served as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education consultant for various schools and organizations who are looking to implement a STEM-based curriculum. Mrs. Basile will also help shape our own STEM program in the Lower and Middle Schools.
Allison Kier joins the Middle School as well as an English teacher in the sixth and seventh grades. The wife of Upper School English teacher Josh Kier and mother of their two young girls, Mrs. Kier has a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and a Master of Teaching from the University of Virginia.
Robert Robillard has returned as Upper School History department chair and teacher, International Program Coordinator and Global Studies Director after a year spent at our Xinhe campus in China.
Jennifer Landry has been promoted to the Science Department Chair in the Upper School. She is also working closely with Amy Bagliani, and soon, Michelle Basile in developing our STEM program throughout the school.
Lance Owen, Ph.D., will join the Upper School to teach Intro to Global Studies and AP Comparative Government and will also be assisting with Global Studies. Dr. Owen received his Bachelors from the University of Arkansas, his Masters in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge in the U.K. and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Lynn Liu comes to us from the Xinhe campus to teach Mandarin and serve as the Boarding Student Coordinator.