Archive for September, 2013

MCPS Welcomes New Teachers

September 10, 2013

Middlesex schools are excited to welcome new teachers to their faculty for the 2013-2014 school year. Each of these individuals will be a valuable addition to our MCPS family.

Middlesex Elementary School

In addition to a new assistant principal, Heather Evans, MES is also proud to add the following new faculty members:

Jesse Douglas

Jesse Douglas

Jesse Douglas joins MES to teach fifth grade students. She is from Chesterfield, Virginia, and recently graduated from Radford University. Ms. Douglas is engaged to be married in November. She says of her new position, “Becoming a teacher has been a lifelong dream that has come true.”

Scott Martin

Scott Martin

Scott Martin, the new fourth grade teacher at MES, is from Wyckoff, New Jersey. He attended Penn State to obtain a BS in elementary Education. Before moving to Virginia, he was a teacher’s aide in first and third grade. He has also taught both sixth and second grade. In addition to teaching in the classroom, he also worked as a lead instructor at The Little Gym teaching gymnastics, dance, and Mommy & Me classes.

Blair Rhodes

Blair Rhodes

Blair Rhodes teaches third grade at MES. She graduated with a Masters of Science degree in elementary education from Old Dominion University in May of 2013. Born and raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Ms. Rhodes recently moved to Middlesex. She married her husband, Ryan, in June. She describes herself by sharing, “My passion is teaching, and I consider myself a lifelong learner. I am excited to be a part of MCPS and am looking forward to a wonderful 2013-2014 school year!”

St. Clare Walker Middle School

Jamie Wynberry, former special education teacher, has been promoted to Dean of Students at SCW. In addition, the following faculty members are welcomed into the SCW family.

Claire Evans

Claire Evans

Claire Evans graduated from Mary Washington College with a B.S. in Environmental Science in 1999. After working as a soil scientist for the Department of Health for six years, she taught eighth grade students at Hamilton-Holmes Middle School in King William for eight years. Her husband, Mark, works for Northern Neck Electric Cooperative as a journeyman lineman. They have two sons, Wyatt and Kai. Mrs. Evans is a fan of extreme sports. She and Mark have rafted the Upper Gauley River in West Virginia several times and completed the Tough Mudder event on their wedding anniversary in 2011.

Kate Messner

Kate Messner

Kate Messner went to East Stroudsburg University and earned a degree in Recreation and Leisure Service Management before beginning a career as an aquatics director at a YWCA. When she decided to go back to school to become a teacher, Ms. Messner moved to Virginia to obtain a MA in Special Education at Hampton University. After graduating, she accepted a position with a regional day school (SECEP) then accepted a position in Hawaii teaching high school. After 4 years there, she bought a house in Middlesex County and worked at Grafton High School in Yorktown. Outside of school, she loves biking, hiking, swimming, writing songs, and playing other’s songs on her five guitars. Messner states, “I am delighted to be at St. Clare Walker Middle School and hope to be an asset to the school, students, and our community.”

Middlesex High School

MHS has added a number of new faculty members, all of whom will be an asset to the school.

Susan Butler

Susan Butler

Susan Butler graduated from Emory and Henry College at Emory, Virginia, and has been teaching middle and high school Spanish in grades 5-12 for the past eleven years.  She and her husband Erik have two children, Wesley, age 9, and Christopher, age 5.  They also have a beagle named Hunter and two cats named Amigo and Azriel. Besides family, teaching, and her pets, Butler’s other love is country music.

Melinda Hodges

Melinda Hodges

Melinda Hodges is coming to MHS from Lafayette High School in James City County where she taught biology, chemistry, and AP chemistry for 11 years.   Previously, she worked as a chemist for Uniroyal Chemical, DuPont Chemical, and Danbury Pharmacal.  Ms. Hodges has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology  and a Master of Arts degree in Education from the College of William and Mary. When not at school, she enjoys sewing, gardening, and reading.

Billy Jarvis

Billy Jarvis

Billy Jarvis comes to MHS from Warhill High School in Williamsburg and is a native of Richmond. Coach Jarvis graduated with a degree in Social Sciences from and played football for James Madison University. He has taught for 33 years and has been an athletic director and head varsity football coach. Coach Jarvis is teaching United States History, World History II, and Psychology, as well as coaching the varsity football team. Coach Jarvis and his wife, Sherri, have three sons, Bobby, Brian, and Brett, and two grandsons, Wyatt and Garrett. His favorite football team is the Cleveland Browns.

Cathy Metcalf

Cathy Metcalf

Cathy Metcalf attended James Madison University after knowing since eighth grade that she wanted to teach high school English. This is her fourteenth year teaching high school English, most recently at Gloucester High School. In addition to English, Metcalf has taught drama, Latin, and speech and debate. Originally from Yorktown, Ms. Metcalf has lived all over the Hampton Roads area and in China for three years.  She has two very large, spoiled dogs and a roommate who is also a high school English teacher. She has four tattoos, and one of them says, “Shakespeare.”

Melissa Naumann

Melisa Naumann

Melisa Naumann graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Psychology and received her teaching endorsement in special education K-12.  Now in her fifth year teaching, Ms. Naumann previously taught at an alternative school for one year and three years at Warhill High School in Williamsburg/James City County.  She teaches special education at MHS and coaches competition cheerleading. Her many years of experience in dance, choreography, and cheerleading will prove beneficial in this role.

Kim Owens

Kimberley Owens

Kimberley Owens graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design.  After graduation, she worked for Gibbs & Cox (a naval architectural firm) and Newport News Shipbuilding in various design departments then served as a professional territory manager for several firms such as Ames Color-File, Wright Line and Chasen’s Business Interiors.  For thirteen years, she taught Visual Arts Teacher in Hampton and then in Tampa, Florida.   Ms. Owens holds teaching endorsements in Technology Ed, Visual Arts PreK-12, Gifted Education, and Family & Consumer Sciences.  Ms. Owens is single and has no children other than her beloved pets. She has spent much time throughout her life in Middlesex and Mathews Counties. She loves gardening, boating (including sailing), the beach, dogs and cats (especially border collies), and she is an artist. One time, readers of the Daily Press voted her design for a highway flyover painting to be their favorite of all finalists’ entries.

Kate Peters

Kate Peters

Kate Peters joins the faculty at MHS where she will be teaching Spanish.  She is certified by VDOE, having completed her teaching credentials at The University of Virginia.  She also studied at La Escuela Oficial de Idiomas and La Universidad de Madrid, Complutense when she lived abroad. Ms. Peters is a Virginia native.

Grace Smith

Grace Smith

Grace Smith comes to MHS from King and Queen High School. Before teaching in Virginia, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English, minoring in criminal justice from Fayetteville State University and then earned her teaching certification at UNC: Pembroke.  In North Carolina, she taught ninth grade for five years then relocated to New York where she completed a graduate program in liberal studies with a concentration in online learning and technology and taught composition at Jefferson Community College.  Ms. Smith’s mother is a resident alien, a citizen of Great Britain where half her family resides.  She has one brother living in England, one in South Africa, and a third in the Netherlands. Ms. Smith and her two sons, Gabe and Logan, have now joined the family of Middlesex Schools. She is looking forward to a wonderful school year.

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