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Colonial Forge High School
(540) 658-6115
 
Mrs. Nika Corwin
Nika Corwin, English teacher at the Colonial Forge High School Commonwealth Governor’s School site, earned a BS in English in 1995 and a Master’s Degree in Secondary English Education from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY in 1997. She taught at The Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo for a year before moving to Charlotte, NC where she taught Language Arts for two years. She served as the Safe Schools building contact, coached cheerleading and was the English teacher representative for Alexander Middle School for Curriculum Mapping for Charlotte-Mecklenburg county. She was also exposed to IB training before marrying her husband David in June of 2000 and moving to Prince William County where she taught English, Creative Writing and Photojournalism at Brentsville District High School (named a NCLB-Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education). During her tunure at BDHS, Nika completed professional development hours to aid in teaching research methods, testing and grading strategies and differentiation strategies for the classroom along with training by experts from Cambridge University [England] to teach IGSCE classes. Although she hated to leave Brentsville, after three years a job transfer for her husband and a new baby brought Nika from Warrenton to Fredericksburg and she took a year off to be with her son. She then took a job as a SCOPE (GT) teacher in Spotsylvania County and found herself pregnant again. After taking two years off to both have and take care of her three children, Brayden, Ryan and Addison, Nika is excited and honored to begin her career with the Commonwealth Governor’s School at Colonial Forge High School. With a baby and two toddlers at home, Nika’s “free” time is spent trying to catch up on sleep and if she is really lucky, trying to read something other than Dr. Seuss, Mercer Mayer and Robert Munsch! She looks forward to “having” to read grown up literature once again and to having educated discussions about things other than the colors or shapes on a page!

 
Mrs. Kim Frazier
Kim Frazier, English teacher at the Colonial Forge High School Commonwealth Governor’s School site, received her MA with an emphasis in American literature from San Diego State University (1992) and her BA in American and English literature from University of California, San Diego (1985). Mrs. Frazier taught for three years at a middle school in California and two years at a community college in North Carolina. She is married and has two daughters, one a student in the CGS program.


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Mr. Shawn Kelley
Shawn Kelley, Social Studies teacher at the Colonial Forge Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned his BA in Social Studies/Education from the great Marshal University in 2002. He is entering his sixth year as a teacher in Stafford County and his third as a Governor’s School instructor. He is an avid supporter of Marshall University, and is currently enrolled at the University of Mary Washington where he working on his M.Ed. with an endorsement in educational leadership. He is married and has a daughter. His hobbies include football, golf, reading books on history, and exercising.

 
Mrs. Beth Mauldin
Beth Mauldin, Math teacher at the Colonial Forge Commonwealth Governor’s School site, is relatively new to the field of education. She received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1985, and recently completed her Master’s in Secondary Education (math endorsement) in 2006. In addition to math, Beth is involved in music, assisting in the Colonial Forge band, as well as playing saxophone & singing in a variety of music groups. Beth is married and has three teenage children.

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Mr. James McCloud Jr.
James (Jim) McCloud, Science teacher at the Colonial Forge High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned his BLS degree in Geology and Geography from Mary Washington College (1978). Prior to this he served in the United States Navy (1966-68) aboard the USS Essex CVS-9 and also worked as an assistant geologist at a lead and zinc mine in Mineral, Virginia (1973-76). Mr. McCloud received his MALS degree from Mary Washington College (1997). He received his endorsement in gifted education in May 2005. He has worked for the Stafford County school system since 1978 teaching such courses as Earth Science, Honors Earth Science, Geology, Field Geology, and Physical Science. Mr. McCloud has sponsored the Science Clubs and Ham Radio Clubs at North Stafford High School. He was chosen Teacher of the Year at North Stafford in 1994, and Colonial Forge in 1999. He was associated with the Regional Governor’s School from 1992-2002 teaching the course “Mines, Minerals and Caves”. Mr. McCloud is married and has four children ranging in ages from 11 to 26. His hobbies include ham radio, karate, caving, gold prospecting, mining research, and adventures with his family.


 
Mr. Larry Saylor
Larry Saylor, Science teacher at Colonial Forge High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned his BS in science from Union College, and Master of Geosciences from Mississippi State University. He has Virginia State certifications in physics, chemistry, earth science, and biology. He taught all of the sciences at Colonial Forge High School including 4 years of AP Chemistry. He has served on the book committee for the selection of chemistry textbooks and conducted SDS classes in earth science. He has taught in Stafford County for 24 years. He is married and has a son. His hobbies include camping and playing guitar.

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Mr. David Shotwell
David (Dave) Shotwell, Social Studies teacher at the Colonial Forge High School Commonwealth Governor’s School site, graduated from County College of Morris, Dover, New Jersey with highest honors and an Associate in the Arts degree in Humanities/Social Science (1978), and he then earned a BA with honors in Sociology from Rutgers University (1980). Born and raised in northern New Jersey, he also spent one year at the University of Oklahoma (1969-1970), and served as an electronics technician in the U.S. Navy (1972-1974). He pursued his teaching certification at the University of Colorado at Denver and completed his certification at Rutgers University (1987). Since 1988, he has taught a variety of social studies classes (U.S. and Virginia History, World Geography, Human Geography, European History, Global Issues, Economics, AP Government, and World History) at Stafford Senior High School. He serves as the CGS FIRST Robotics coach, and is going into the ninth year of competition. He is married and has two children. His interests include gardening, woodworking, ceramics, and collecting books. He has over 4,500 books and a set goal of having a 10,000 book library.

 
Mr. Mike Thompson
Michael Thompson, Mathematics teacher at the Colonial Forge Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned his Bachelor of Science in mathematics education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Thompson earned a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Integration of Technology in Schools from George Mason University in 2006. Prior to the Commonwealth Governor’s School, his 13 years of teaching experience include teaching in Montgomery County, MD and King George, VA where he served as the Mathematics Department Chairperson. He has taught many mathematics courses ranging from general mathematics through Advanced Placement Calculus. In addition, he has taught several computer science courses which included a mentorship program with Lockheed Martin in Dahlgren. Mr. Thompson received the PTSA Outstanding Educator of the Year award twice for King George High School. His wife, to whom he is happily married, also teaches mathematics at Colonial Forge High School. Outside of the classroom, Mr. Thompson enjoys boating, water skiing, fishing, and camping.
     
     
North Stafford High School
(540) 658-6150
 
Mrs. Carlena Belt
Carlena Belt, science teacher at the North Stafford High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, has taught science for eight years in Stafford. She earned her BS in Biology from Southern Illinois University and has recently completed her Masters in Instructional Technology from George Mason University. Mrs. Belt has sponsored the Enviromental Club over the years and is now the Minority Leadership Advisor. She is married and has three grown children (one that successfully completed the Commonwealth Governor's School program), and one precious grandchild. When not working, she enjoys reading, gardening, traveling and walking.

 
Mrs. Katherine Borgeson
Katherine Borgeson, Math teacher at the North Stafford High School Commonwealth Governor’s School site, earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Radford University in 1997. She has endorsements in Middle Education and Mathematics and has taught middle school for the past ten years. In 2000 she helped open Rodney Thompson Middle School, where she taught Advanced Algebra I and Advanced Geometry and served as the math department chair and lead teacher for seven years. In the summer of 2007, she served on the Virginia SOL Content Review Committee in Richmond. When she is not teaching, she enjoys reading, walking her dog, movies, sports, and traveling with her son.

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Mrs. Felicity Cardenas
Feli Cardenas, English teacher at the North Stafford High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, moved to Virginia in 2000. She has taught English at North Stafford High School for the past six years. Born and raised in Texas, she earned her BS from Texas A&M University, and her secondary education certification from the University of Houston in Texas. She also earned her MS in management from Regis University in Colorado. She is married and has two children. Her interests include reading, jogging, and cooking.

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Mrs. Nancy Chewning
Nancy Chewning, Mathematics teacher at the North Stafford High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, has taught math in Stafford County for 29 years. She earned her BS in mathematics at Mary Washington College (1978). Professional organizations of which she is involved are NCTM (national level), VCTM (state level), and R2AMT (local level). Mrs. Chewning has served as the R2AMT treasurer, and for the past five years, contest writer. She is married to Carter (former Stafford County math teacher), and has two sons Kurt and Ryan (both graduates of Stafford High School). She enjoys reading and attempting to play golf.

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Mrs. Joan Darby
Joan Darby, Social Studies teacher at the North Stafford High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned a BA in Art History/History from Mary Washington College (1974) and a M. Ed from George Mason University in Educational Leadership (1996). She graduated from King George High School and began teaching at Gayle Middle School in 1978, and then A. G. Wright in 1981. After certifying in Gifted Education, Ms. Darby became a Focus Resource teacher Stafford at the middle school level and then at North Stafford High School in 1998. Mrs. Darby is also a nationally board certified teacher in Social Studies for Adolescents and Young Adults. Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Darby coaches Debate, and Academic Team. She has two children, David 25, and Kristina, 21.

 
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Mrs. Kim Matalavage
Kim Matalavage, Math teacher at the North Stafford Commonwealth Governor's School site, has been teaching secondary mathematics in Virginia since 1985. She received her BS in mathematics from Mary Washington College. She teaches Math Analysis and Geometry for the NSHS math department and Honors Geometry with Trigonometry for CGS. Her hobbies include spending time with her son, daughter and pets, walking, yoga, and reading. She also sponsors the chess club and is co-chair of the membership committee for the North Stafford Big Blue Marching Band.

 
Mr. David Schaller
David Schaller, Science teacher at North Stafford Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned his BA in Philosophy with a Minor in Physics at St. John’s College (1989), and MA in Education with a Minor in Physics at George Mason University (1994). He has taught Physics, Honors Physics, Conceptual Physics, Mainstreamed Physics, Self-Contained Physics, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, Earth Science, Earth Science GT, Biology GT, Algebra, Gardening, English, Basic Math, Social Studies, and Environmental Science in the formal classroom and almost everything else in the real classroom.
     
     
Stafford High School
(540) 371-7200
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Mrs. Suzy Battista
Suzi Battista, English teacher at the Stafford High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, received a degree in English and Theater with a related field in Philosophy from Seton Hill College. Ms. Battista has extensive experience in the field of education from Special Education to AP.

 
Mrs. Carolyn Childress
Carolyn Childress, Science teacher at the Stafford High School Commonwealth Governor's School site and Stafford High School, earned a MA in Education from George Mason University (1992), and a BA in History (1982) with an endorsement in Earth Science, and gifted education from the University of Mary Washington. She enjoys boating, traveling, and being involved in her community, especially promoting literacy. Mrs. Childress is happily married and has three wonderful sons.

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Mr. Troy Glenn
Troy Glenn, Social Studies teacher at Stafford High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned a BA in political science education from Norfolk State University in 1976. He worked in the Stafford County School System for 16 years. During that experience, Mr. Glenn taught World Studies, American Studies, United States and Virginia Government, and AP United States History. Mr. Glenn worked in the Virginia Beach School System for thirteen years, teaching World History, AP European History, and AP United States Government and Politics. Personally, he enjoys family, traveling, and the New York Yankees.

 
Dr. Emily Golden
Emily Golden, Science teacher at Stafford High School Commonwealth Governor’s School, earned a BS from the College of William & Mary and a PhD from Tulane University. Her research has been in the area of physical and biological chemistry with a specialty in enzyme kinetics. Spending four years as a Board of Reagents Fellow for the state of Louisiana, she has worked with educational professionals in Louisiana’s public schools on a variety of activities, including science curriculum improvement and orchestrating Chemistry Magic Shows.

 
Ms. Heidi Keohane
Heidi Keohane, Mathematics teacher at the Stafford High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, is new to CGS this year. She earned her BS in Mathematics from the University of Mary Washington in 1998. She has taught at Stafford High School for 8 years in the Mathematics Department. She began the AP Statistics program for Stafford County in 2000 and has experience with BC Calculus and Math Analysis. In 2005, she earned her National Board Certification in Adolescent and Young Adult Mathematics. She lives in Spotsylvania County with 2-year-old daughter, Riley and 3-year-old black lab, Homer.

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Mr. Eric Powell
Eric Powell, Human Geography teacher at the Stafford High School Commonwealth Governor's School site and Stafford Senior High School, earned a BS in Social Sciences from Radford University (1990). He earned a MA in History from Virginia Commonwealth University (2001). His thesis topic was Fredericksburg during the Great Depression. Mr. Powell has won several awards including being selected as the 1998 Region III, Virginia Teacher of the Year, the 1997 Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher for Stafford County, and the 1996-97 Stafford County Teacher of the Year. He was also an American Memory Fellow with the Library of Congress in 1997, was in the 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2005 editions of Who’s Who Among American High School Teachers and received the 2001 Virginia Historical Society Brenton S. Halsey Excellence in Teaching Award. His educational interests focus primarily on American History, but he has also taught Geography for ten years and attended the Virginia Geographic Alliance Institute for Teachers in 1992. Mr. Powell has also been a Civil War reenactor for the past 15 years with the 47th Virginia Infantry and currently serves as its First Lieutenant. Mr. Powell sponsors the Stafford High School Historical Society, as well as serving as the Social Studies Department Chair at SHS. Eric’s wife, Wendi, works for the RACSB and they have a seven-year old daughter, Annalisa, and a nine-year old son, Harley.

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Mrs. Winona Siegmund
Winona Siegmund, English teacher at the Stafford High School Commonwealth Governor's School, earned her MALS with emphasis in British and American literature from Mary Washington College (1990), and a BA in English from Mary Washington College (1978). She is also certified in English as a Second Language and in Gifted Education. For 21 years, Mrs. Siegmund taught AP English, as well as honors and college preparatory English, at Stafford Senior High School. When the Commonwealth Governor’s School added English in its second year, Mrs. Siegmund moved from Stafford High to CGS, where she has enjoyed teaching for the last 8 years. In 2003, Mrs. Siegmund became Nationally Board Certified in Adolescent and Young Adult English Language Arts. She has served as a faculty consult for the Educational Testing Service, the organization which coordinates all AP programs, and for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She is married and has a daughter and a son. Her hobbies include raising purebred dogs, reading, and travel.

 
Mrs. Niccole Taylor
Niccole Taylor, Math teacher at Stafford High School Commonwealth Governor's School is a career-switcher teacher with work experience in the military and private industry. After earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering at Michigan State University (1994), she was as an engineer officer in the U.S. Army. Highlights of her career include serving with the 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea and the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Mrs. Taylor worked as a production supervisor in a factory making acoustic ceiling tiles before becoming a teacher in Florida. She taught Integrated Science for three years in Florida before moving to Virginia in 2006. Mrs. Taylor has also earned a M.S. in Engineering Management (1999) and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership (2006). Her hobbies include reading, cooking, jogging, & cycling. Mrs. Taylor lives in Fredericksburg with her husband Chon and son Cole.
     
     
Riverbend High School
(540) 548-4051
 
Mr. Kevin Bywaters
Kevin Bywaters, Physics teacher at the Riverbend High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned his BS in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1984). He also has an MS in Engineering Management from Florida Institute of Technology (1994). Kevin has served in the Marine Corps for over 21 years. His specialties were anti-air warfare and aviation command and control. He is married with three children.

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Mr. James Conlee
James Conlee, mathematics teacher at the Riverbend High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned a BS in Mathematics from Mary Washington College (1993) where he also acquired his teaching credentials and played varsity soccer. A native Virginian, Mr. Conlee was born in Richmond and grew up in Williamsburg, where he graduated from Lafayette High School and participated in varsity soccer (captain and MVP), swim team, chess club, math club, French club, and STAR (Students of Academic Recognition). He has taught secondary math in Spotsylvania County for eleven years, adding the gifted education endorsement in 1999, and a MA in Education from Mary Washington College (2002). He is happily married and resides in Spotsylvania with his wife and two sons. Mr. Conlee’s multi-potentialities include chess, soccer, reading science fiction-fantasy, music appreciation, dancing, darts, ping-pong, web-page construction and surfing. He spends what little spare time he has as a soccer referee, blowing the whistle for adult and youth amateur, high school, college, and professional leagues. He aspires to become a national referee and also dreams of officiating in the world cup.

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Mr. Lawrence Letellier
Lawrence (Larry) Letellier, a Social Studies teacher at the Riverbend High School Commonwealth Governor’s School site, earned his BA in European History and Classics in 1991 from Brown University. He also holds an MA in American History from the University of Maryland (1993), and an MT in Education from the University of Virginia (1997). He has taught in Spotsylvania County since 1997. Mr. Letellier’s wife, Katherine, is a teacher at Riverbend High School, and they have two children.

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Mr. Ernie Meier
Ernie Meier, English teacher at the Riverbend High School Commonwealth Governor's School site and Massaponax High School, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mary Washington College with a BLS in English (2003). He is a member of Lambda Iota Tau, and Alpha Sigma Lambda honor societies, and received his M.Ed. at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at the University of Mary Washington. Mr. Meier has an extensive background in theatre arts including thirteen years as an actor and director. He was a charter member of the American National Theatre’s acting company at the Kennedy Center, a company member at the Round House Theatre in Maryland, and a Helen Hayes Award nominee. In addition to literature, Mr. Meier’s passions are music and cinema.

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Mr. Edgar "Butch" Morris
Edgar (Butch) Morris, Science teacher at the Riverbend High School Commonwealth Governor’s School site, MA in Education (1981), and BS in Biology (1975) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He has endorsements in Biology, Earth Science and Physical Science. He is a graduate of Stafford Senior High School. He has taught senior high school Biology at Courtland High School in Spotsylvania County since 1996. Prior to returning to the Fredericksburg area, he had been an Instructional Supervisor for Montgomery County Public Schools in Christiansburg, Virginia; a computer technician and instructor for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; a programmer and computer analyst for Hercules, Inc., Radford Army Ammunition Plant, Radford, Virginia; and a teacher at Blacksburg High School, Blacksburg, Virginia and Christiansburg Middle School, Christiansburg, Virginia. In 1994 he was honored as The Outstanding Administrator by the Phi Delta Kappa, Virginia Tech Chapter, Blacksburg, Virginia. In 2001, he was honored as the Spotsylvania County Schools Teacher of the Year. Mr. Morris has also taught numerous classes and workshops in science and in technology. He presents at conferences and has authored several publications.

 
Mrs. Sherri Oesterheld
Sherri Oesterheld, Mathematics teacher at the Riverbend High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned her BS in mathematics from Virginia Tech. Her 20 years of teaching experience in Spotsylvania County include positions as mathematics department chairperson at Battlefield Middle School and Chancellor High School. She has a certification in Gifted Education, and is nationally board certified in Mathematics for Adolescents and Young Adults. She has taught many different mathematics courses ranging from middle school mathematics through Advanced Placement Calculus. She has been involved in a number of state and regional projects, which train teachers in the use of graphic calculators, teaching algebraic concepts in the middle school, and implementation of the Virginia Standards of Learning. Mrs. Oesterheld is married and has one son.

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Mr. Robert Stack
Robert (Bob) Stack, Social Studies teacher at the Riverbend High School Commonwealth Governor’s School site and Riverbend High School, earned his B.Ed in social studies from the University of Virginia (1983), and a certification in Gifted Education in 2005. His teaching responsibilities at Courtland High School, Spotsylvania County since 1988 have included World Geography, World History, Government and Integrated Geography/Math. He also has served as an administrative intern. Prior to teaching in Spotsylvania County, he taught four years at Bluestone High School in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. In addition to his curricular responsibilities, Mr. Stack coached J.V. basketball and boys soccer at Courtland high school, and is currently doing the same at Riverbend High School. His wife, Wendy, is an accountant with Medicorp in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Mr. Stack has a wonderful daughter, Jessica, who attends Riverbend High School, and a son Jordan who is a second grader at Brock Road Elementary.

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Dr. Dan Walker
Lloyd (Dan) Walker, English teacher at Riverbend High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned a BA in History from the College of William and Mary in 1969, an MA in English from the University of Virginia in 1971, and an Ed.D. in English Education from the University of Virginia in 1988, where he received the Meade Award for exceptional promise in English education. He has taught creative writing, and most varieties of high school English, Spotsylvania County Schools, where he served as Chair of English at Courtland High School from 1983 to1999. He has also served as Adjunct Professor of Education at Mary Washington College and a member of the faculty at Virginia’s Summer Residential Governor’s School for Humanities, where he has taught courses on ritual, ethics, creative writing including screen writing, and the artist in society. His publications include numerous poems, articles in the English Journal and the Virginia English Bulletin, a research report on interdisciplinary learning teams under a grant from Phi Delta Kappa, and two books: Teaching English in the Block (Eye on Education, 2000) and Huckleberry Finn In Love and War: The Lost Journals, (Publishamerica, 2007). He and his wife own a small farm in southern Spotsylvania, where there are currently seven dogs, five cats, four horses, three geese, two chickens…and probably a partridge in a pear tree.

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Mrs. Michele Wyckoff
Michele H. Wyckoff, Science teacher at the Riverbend High School Commonwealth Governor's School site and Riverbend High School, earned a BA in Biology from the University of California at Los Angeles (1977). She received her coursework in education at Lambuth College in Jackson, Tennessee (1984). Mrs. Wyckoff has over 20 years of experience teaching science, including first- and second-year Biology, first- and second-year Chemistry, and ninth grade general science in Tennessee, and Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, Advanced Chemistry, Chemistry II and AP Chemistry in Virginia. In addition, she has taught an integrated course in Chemistry and Algebra II and has facilitated a distance-learning class in AP Statistics. Mrs. Wyckoff has served as a Standards of Learning Science Resource Teacher for Spotsylvania County. She is married and has two adult daughters. Her interests include reading (mostly science fiction and fantasy), volleyball, racquetball, and traveling.
     
     
Spotslylvania High School
(540) 582-3882
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Mrs. Jenny Davis
Jennifer Davis, English teacher at the Spotsylvania High School Commonwealth Governor's School site earned a M.Ed in Secondary English Education from Auburn University (1995) and a BA in English from Radford University (1992), where she presented at both the Virginia State Honors Conference and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. She has been teaching in Spotsylvania County since 1996, with the exception of the year she worked as a stay-at-home writer in Albuquerque. She has finished her first novel, Taylor’s Touch, and hoping to see it in print. Mrs. Davis is married, has two school age daughters, and enjoys all things Auburn - War Eagle!

 
Mrs. Stephenie Fellinger
Stephenie Fellinger, English teacher at the Spotsylvania High School Commonwealth Governor’s School site, earned her Master’s in Literacy from George Mason University (2001), graduated with a BA in English from Mary Washington College (1992), and earned her endorsement in gifted education (2005). In addition to teaching a variety of high school English classes at Spotsylvania High School, she advised the school’s yearbook and taught a variety of journalism classes. Additionally, she and her husband have four adult daughters (two of their daughters also teach for Spotsylvania County), and they have nine grandchildren.

 
Mrs. Christina Hepp
Christina Hepp, Science teacher at the Spotsylvania High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned her M.Ed. in secondary education at the University of Mary Washington, and a BA in Geology and Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College. She has certification in Earth Science and has taught Advanced Earth Science, Astronomy, and Meteorology in Spotsylvania County for the past three years. She is married and lives in Spotsylvania County. Her hobbies include hiking, mountain biking, rock collecting, and reading.

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Mrs. Connie Kronander
Constance Kronander, Mathematics teacher at the Spotsylvania High School Commonwealth Governor's School site. Mrs. Kronander earned a BS in mathematics from Mary Washington College in 1986 and a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University in 2002. She is the coordinator for the Mentorship Program for the Fredericksburg Summer Regional Governor's School and coaches her son's Odyssey of the Mind Team in Louisa County. Mrs. Kronander enjoys traveling with her two sons to experience different amusement parks and beaches.

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Mr. James McNamee
Jim McNamee, Mathematics teacher at the Spotsylvania High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned a BS in mathematics at Mary Washington College (1994). He has taught for thirteen years in Spotsylvania County and this is his fifth year with the Commonwealth Governor's School. He has served as math lead teacher and also a mentor for first year teachers as well as coached. Personally, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

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Mr. Brad Miller
Mr. Miller, Science teacher at the Spotsylvania High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, was born in The City of Angels and lived aboard Marine Corps bases until moving to Dumfries, Virginia in 1975. He graduated with little fanfare from Potomac Senior High School in 1983. He worked mostly as a mechanic, with some construction time thrown in, and graduated from Old Dominion University in 1988. Mr. Miller has been teaching in Spotsylvania since 1995 starting at Spotsylvania Middle School. He is married and has two children, Drew (16) and Dena (13). Mr. Miller has most recently completed the Master of Physics Education at The University of Virginia. His motto: "Long Live Analog!"

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Mr. Scott Miller
Scott Miller, Social Studies teacher at the Spotsylvania High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned his teaching certification in the M.Ed program of William and Mary (1991). He has his Master of Arts from Drew University, NJ (1986), and BA in International Studies from Bridgewater College, Virginia (1985). Mr. Miller also completed a yearlong studies abroad program at Morburg, Germany (1983-84). He is a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School in Mt. Jackson, Virginia. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and toured the former Soviet Union via the trans-Siberian Railway (1984). He has taught in Spotsylvania County at Courtland High School since 1991 and served as the head coach for the state champion debate team. Mr. Miller is married and a proud father of two girls, Taylor and Madelyn.

 
Ms. Jan Waterman
Janet Waterman, Science teacher at the Spotsylvania High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, earned a BS in Biology at St. Mary University. Her educational interest in gifted students lead to graduate studies in characteristics and education of gifted students at Emporia State University. She began a professional teaching career in 1974 and has taught at Spotsylvania High School since January 2002. She teaches Biology and Chemistry for CGS. After school hours, Ms. Waterman enjoys canoeing the shallows of Lake Anna, hiking in the woods, and writing humorous memoirs of life with the woodland creatures near her home.

 
Mrs. Jodi Wells
Jodi Wells, Social Studies teacher at the Spotsylvania High School Commonwealth Governor's School site, has also taught English at the Colonial Forge High School CGS site. Having earned her J.D. at Case Western University School of Law, she has been admitted to the bar in Ohio, Texas, and Washington, D.C. She graduated summa cum laude with an A.B. in Political Science from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University, and has taken graduate courses in English at Ohio State University. She is endorsed to teach high school and middle school Social Studies and English. Prior teaching experience includes composition and technical writing at the college level, high school A.P. U.S. History and Sociology, and middle school U.S. History and Reading/Language Arts. She was the U.S. History Mentor Teacher in Spotsylvania and Stafford for the three-year “Teaching American History: Connections to the Past” grant. Ms. Wells is married; she and her husband have one teenaged daughter. Away from school, she enjoys reading literature and history and seeing movies.