Faculty and Staff

Mr. Keith Nix

Head of School

Keith Nix has served as the Head of School at Veritas since 2010. Mr. Nix serves as the Vice Chairman of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS) and President of the Board of Academic Advisors for the Classic Learning Initiatives, and was the prior Chairman of the Society for Classical Learning. He frequently consults with classical Christian school boards and leaders, and has served on the Board of the Virginia Council for Private Education since 2013. Prior to moving to Veritas in 2010, Keith was a board member, and then later Head of School at The Westminster School in Birmingham, Alabama from 2004 - 2010. He is a founding Arête Fellow and has facilitated the Arete Fellowship gatherings since 2009. Prior to working in classical Christian schools, Keith was President of Nixgroup, a boutique consulting firm working with start-up and early stage organizations and businesses. Mr. Nix plays tennis competitively, hopes to improve his golf game, and loves to read great books. He is married to Kim, an accomplished artist; the Nixes have two grown sons and a daughter in college.

Mrs. Robyn Burlew

Head of Upper School

Mrs. Robyn Burlew came to Veritas as the Upper School Principal and Academic Dean in 2014, after serving in a classical and Christian school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for fifteen years. Mrs. Burlew’s childhood in rural upstate New York laid the foundation for a love of the outdoors and the created world. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Houghton College and a master’s degree in Integrated Curriculum and Instruction from Covenant College. Mrs. Burlew has three grown daughters. In her free time, she enjoys the piano, hiking, and her golden retrievers.

Mr. Jim Reynolds

Head of Lower School

Mr. Jim Reynolds and his wife, Nancy, moved to Richmond from Orlando in the summer of 2018. Previously, Jim was serving as the Dean of Faculty at The Geneva School, a Christian, classical school in Orlando, Florida. When Jim and Nancy first learned about Christian, classical education, they experienced it as a homecoming. Many years back, they had helped begin a Christian school with many of the ideals they now see bearing fruit in Christian classical schools. Jim has a BBA from The University of MIchigan and a MA in Education from Eastern Michigan University. Before working at The Geneva School, he was with Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt School Publishing for 19 years as an Educational Consultant, Marketing Manager, and Vice President/Editor-in-Chief. Jim enjoys live music--both listening and playing, spending time with his family, and getting out in nature.

Ms. Sarah Larsen

Assistant Head of Lower School

Ms. Sarah Larsen is a graduate of Bob Jones University in South Carolina with a degree in Music. In 2002, she began her teaching career at Veritas when she taught a year of Kindergarten before moving up to teach first grade for five years, then second grade for seven years. She recently moved out of the classroom to become part of the Lower School Administrative team. Outside of school, she is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Richmond. She enjoys being an aunt to six nieces, reading great books, listening to great music, and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Andrew Smith

Dean of Academics, Upper School Humanities and Rhetoric

Andrew Smith has been a teacher and administrator in Christian classical schools since 2003. Prior to joining Veritas in 2017, he was Director of Upper School at The Geneva School, in Winter Park, Florida and before that, Head of Upper School at Westminster Academy, in Memphis, Tennessee. Andrew’s academic work has focused primarily on Rhetoric, both in curriculum development and in teacher training. From 2008-2010, he hosted the Memphis Rhetoric Symposium, and since then he has been a consultant and teacher trainer for several schools. Andrew has a B.A. in History from the University of Memphis, an M.Div. from Samford University, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Memphis. He and his wife, Keri, have four children.

Mr. Brian Wilcox

Chief Business Officer

Brian, his wife, Wesley, and their three children joined the Veritas School community in July 2018 – a return to Richmond after 19 years in the Triangle of North Carolina. Brian spent 14 years with LabCorp in various leadership roles within finance, strategy and development, technology licensing, and market research. Prior to his tenure with LabCorp, Brian served for five years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he mentored undergrads in their walks with Jesus. Brian’s time with InterVarsity was preceded by several years on Circuit City’s corporate accounting team in Richmond’s West End, where the Wilcoxes started life together after both graduating from the College of William and Mary. Brian is an avid runner, loves good coffee, and is energized by the transformative work of the Gospel in individuals and across cultures.

Mrs. Gretchen Gregory

Director of Admissions

Mrs. Gretchen Gregory serves as the Director of Admissions. She enjoys welcoming many prospective parents to our campus and walking each family through the admissions process. Gretchen earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology from Liberty University. Gretchen worked at a software development company in the marketing department before becoming a mother. She homeschooled her own children for three years until they all joined the Veritas community together in 2005. Gretchen is married to Kevin and has three grown children: Luke, Kara, and Julia.
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Mr. Jack Templeton

Director of Performing Arts, Choral Director

Jack Templeton has directed choral and instrumental ensembles ranging from elementary groups to church choirs to university chorales. He holds a Master’s in Choral Conducting from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Bachelor’s in Music Education from Bob Jones University. From 2001-2011, his high-school choral groups won many first-place awards at both state and national competitions. He has conducted oratorios and musical theater productions with professional orchestras and bands. As a baritone, Jack performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, and sang at the World Choral Festival in Seoul, Korea. Jack’s passion is to help young students develop a love of quality music and learn skills they can use for a lifetime. He and his wife Minda have served together in various church ministries, and they enjoy singing, camping, hiking, and going to the beach with their daughter, Emilee Grace.
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Mrs. Lesley Lanphear

Director of Academic Support

Lesley Lanphear graduated from Grove City College and the University of Virginia, earning an Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to joining the Veritas team in 2013, Lesley taught sixth grade in an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program and served as a research assistant for the Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education. Lesley and her husband Rob have three daughters currently enrolled at Veritas. In addition to spending time with her family, Lesley enjoys cultivating beautiful gardens and soaking up good books.

Dr. Michael Dicken

Director of Athletics, Upper School Science (Chair, Science Department)

Michael has served as athletic director and K-12 science chair at Veritas School since June of 2011, primarily teaching chemistry and advanced chemistry, while also teaching a variety of math classes, from Algebra 1 to Calculus 3. Dr. D also serves as the Central Region independent school representative on the VIAAA (Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association), treasurer of the VISAA (Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association), a member of the VISAA Girls' Basketball Executive Committee, and a member of the VISAA Boys' & Girls' Track & Field Executive Committee. After completion of his Ph. D. in organic chemistry and a postdoctoral fellowship in bioorganic chemistry, Dr. D worked for 18 years in pharmaceutical research. The highlight of his career was his development of NanoCrystal drug delivery technology. He has nineteen publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and a chapter in an organic chemistry book. He “retired” in June of 2003, fell in love with Christian classical education, and has been teaching and coaching ever since. His hobby is attending every Veritas School event he is able, especially those associated with athletics and the performing arts. His greatest blessings, outside of his salvation, are his wife, Debbie (married since August of 1981), and their son, Scott.
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Mrs. Barbara Hickerson

Director of Development

Barbara Hickerson is a graduate of the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and has been in the independent school development field for over ten years. Mrs. Hickerson has served as Veritas’ Director of Development since 2013, working to reach Annual Fund goals and partnering with parents, grandparents and friends to share the mission and vision of Veritas through events and fundraising activities. Barbara and her husband Graham have two little boys who both attend Veritas.
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Mrs. Jeannie Kronenthal

Director of College Advisement

Jeannie Kronenthal has been Director of College Advisement at Veritas since 2014. She is very proudly from Yorktown, Virginia, where George Washington defeated the British in the American Revolution in 1781. She is a graduate of James Madison University (BA, History) and has been involved at Veritas since 2007 when she taught Humanities and Rhetoric. She is the mother of two Veritas scholars and a preschooler. She is passionate about her neighborhood Church Hill, American and Virginia history and politics, and refreshing “random article” on her Wikipedia app.
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Mr. Brian Baldwin

Director of Facilities

Mr. Baldwin comes to Veritas with extensive experience in facility management and operations. Since 2010, he has served as the Plant Manager at Jumpstart Consultants, managing a 72,000 square foot, 24/7 manufacturing facility. In this role, he developed and oversaw the company’s maintenance program, budget, safety protocols, trusted contractors, emergency response, and much more. The Baldwins enjoy gardening, landscaping, hiking, biking, running, camping, playing, and doing renovation projects together. Brian and his wife Tiffany will enroll their oldest two children at Veritas this year.

Mrs. Laura Harris

Director of Conservatory & Summer Camps

Mrs. Laura Harris graduated from East Carolina University, earning a BA with a concentration in Marketing Management. Laura worked in marketing and event planning in the Richmond area for companies such as the central Coca-Cola Bottling Company, The Science Museum of Virginia, and the Central Virginia Waste Management Authority (CVWMA). In 2005, Laura and her husband Chris were led by the Lord to initiate and coordinate an Upward Basketball and cheerleading program at Richmond’s First Baptist Church, which led to a position as the church’s Recreation Director. She is excited to bring her experience with after-school programs to Veritas, where she and Chris have two daughters enrolled. When not planning and attending events, Laura and her husband enjoy coaching their daughters’ Veritas basketball teams, attending baseball and basketball games, and spending time with friends and family.
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Mrs. Sara Hirschey

Executive Assistant to the Head of School

Mrs. Sara Hirschey graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BA in Marketing. Since 2004, she has been in the field of human resources, most recently as Director and Senior Human Resource Business Partner at the Argo Group. After many years in corporate environments, Sara is excited to offer her considerable skills and experiences at Veritas. She is a member of Hope Church and enjoys serving as a small group leader for K-5 Sunday school, and in her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Katherine Campbell-Robertson

Business Office Manager

Katherine Campbell-Robertson holds a degree in Accounting from the College of William and Mary and earned her CPA in 1994. With nine years in public accounting and the private sector, Katherine brings experience in financial reporting, tax, and audit of non-profits to her role at Veritas since 2012. She enjoys reading, singing, piano, and cooking for family and friends. Katherine and her husband Jim have three children attending Veritas.
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Mrs. Katie Lagos

Business Office Assistant, Lower School PE

Katie Lagos graduated from Wake Forest University, earning both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting. She became a CPA in 2000 and worked for over ten years in public, private, and family accounting. She enjoys reading, being active outdoors, and spending time with her husband, Will, and their three children, all Veritas students. In her spare time, Katie loves sharing her passion for exercise and runs a small personal training and bootcamp business.

Mrs. Paula Gibbs

Media Coordinator

Mrs. Paula Gibbs received a classical education from Logos School in Moscow, ID, and graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a B.A. in History. After teaching abroad, she went on to complete certificates in Children's Book Illustration and Natural Science Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her professional experiences have ranged from coordinating a graduate program in Molecular Plant Sciences to freelance graphic design. With two daughters who attend Veritas, a husband who teaches in the Upper School, and an on-campus apartment, she is firmly committed to the life of the school.
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Mrs. Joni Garrison

Upper School Coordinator

Mrs. Joni Garrison has been working with teenagers in various capacities for 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Lee University, and a Master of Teaching from VCU. She taught French for several years in the International Baccalaureate program in Henrico County. For over 11 years, she worked as the Youth Administrator at West End Assembly of God, planning retreats, events, teaching and ministering to teenagers. She is well-equipped with both experience and passion for administrative tasks to fulfill her role at Veritas, which she began in 2016. She has two children at Veritas: Delphie and William.
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Mrs. Susan Moore

Upper School Front Office Manager

Mrs. Susan Moore comes to Veritas with significant experience in the Hopewell school system as a teacher and secretary. She and her husband Dickie have been married for 37 years and raised six children, and they are the proud grandparents of one granddaughter. Susan enjoys spending time with family, shopping at antique and consignment stores, and camping. The Moores are active members of Northside Church.

Mrs. Katie Earman

Director of Early Education, Second Grade Teacher

Katie Earman grew up in Richmond and attended James Madison University where she studied history and teaching English as a second language. She and her husband moved to many cities, including Shanghai, China, St.Louis, Missouri, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before returning to Richmond last year. She taught English in China and then worked at a classical school in St.Louis. The Earmans have four children enrolled at Veritas. She loves teaching children to delight in nature study and become friends with poets like Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Frost.

Ms. Tammy Holder

Athletic Department Coordinator and Coach, Lower School PE Teacher

Ms. Tammy Holder serves as a coordinator for the Athletic Department, leading PE for our Lower School students, and coaching the tennis and girls’ basketball programs. Ms. Holder holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of Richmond and a BA in Health and Physical Education from the College of William and Mary. She has a long and award-winning history as an NCAA Division 1 women’s basketball coach and has coached at many youth basketball camps.

Mrs. Heather Jastrzemski

Front Office Coordinator

Mrs. Heather Jastrzemski holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness from Buffalo State College. She is an experienced office administrator and event planner, who delights in bringing order from chaos, communicating clearly and serving children and families. She spent several years classically homeschooling her own children, five who are now enrolled at Veritas, and one who is a Veritas graduate.
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Mrs. Susan Markham

Front Office Coordinator

Mrs. Markham holds a BA from Mary Washington College, and has significant customer service experience as a successful realtor. From 2002-2004, she served as an Intelligence Officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Markham is an active volunteer, assisting Third Church’s Children’s Ministries and Comfort Zone Camp, and has often served as a substitute teacher at First Presbyterian Preschool. The Markhams have two daughters enrolled at Veritas.
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Mrs. Heather Felty

School Nurse

Mrs. Heather Felty, NCSN, received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from James Madison University and has taken additional coursework to become a Nationally Certified School Nurse. Heather has more than twelve years of experience in a variety of healthcare settings and is the Private & Parochial School Nurse Chairperson for the Virginia Association of School Nurses. For four years, Heather has also served on medical mission teams to the Dominican Republic. She has also served on the Veritas Golf Tournament Committee and helped coach the Veritas golf team. Heather and her husband Danny have two sons who attend Veritas. In her spare time, she enjoys running, golfing, singing, and cheering her boys at sporting events.
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Mrs. Shelley Smith

School Nurse

Shelley Smith graduated from Mary Washington College with a BS in Biology and subsequently graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with both a BS in nursing and a MS in Nursing. She has over 14 years of experience in a variety of healthcare settings as both a registered nurse and a nurse practitioner, most recently volunteering at the CrossOver Clinic. Shelley and her husband, Matt, have five children who attend Veritas. She enjoys running, swimming, supporting others, and watching her kids participate in their many activities.
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Mrs. Aileen Crain

Junior Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Crain joined our teaching team after many years as an active member of the Veritas community. Mrs. Crain holds a BA from The Master’s College, and has spent twenty years working with preschoolers in her church and community. From 2014-2016, she developed and taught a classical, Christian preschool curriculum for a local homeschool co-op. Mrs. Crain writes: “As I teach children, my desire is that they see Christ’s love through me as I cultivate within them a sense of awe for the beauty of His creation and the truth of His word.”

Mrs. Tracey Beach

Junior Kindergarten Teacher's Assistant

Mrs. Tracey Beach holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Bridgewater College and a Juris Doctorate from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. The Beach family have been a part of the Veritas community since 2007. After serving in many volunteer roles at Veritas as a parent, Mrs. Beach began working in the JK program in 2015. The Beaches have two children currently at Veritas. Their oldest is a 2017 Veritas graduate who is attending Christopher Newport University. Mrs. Beach is married to Rev. Bryan Beach who has served as Senior Associate Pastor at Swift Creek Baptist in Midlothian since 2007. She also serves as the Connect Group Director for 1st through 5th grades at the church. Mrs. Beach is excited to be working with the youngest of our Veritas students and looks forward to seeing them flourish as they begin their classical education.

Mrs. Sarah Kenny

Junior Kindergarten Teacher's Assistant

Mrs. Sarah Kenny is a graduate of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a major in Biology and Minor in Chemistry. She and her husband have moved to many cities, including Charlotte, Atlanta, Omaha, Chicago and now Richmond where they hope to raise their girls. She has been actively involved in Children’s Ministry through the years and has enjoyed volunteering at schools and substitute teaching Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. She is very thankful for the opportunity to learn with Veritas’ Junior Kindergarteners!

Mrs. Catherine Kerns

Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Catherine Kerns is a graduate of East Carolina University with a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has worked with children and families in community mental health and juvenile justice settings. This is her tenth year teaching Kindergarten at Veritas School. Catherine and her husband, Bill, have two daughters, a current senior and a graduate of Veritas who attends Georgia Tech.

Mrs. Samantha Reed

Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Samantha Reed graduated Magna Cum Laude from The University of Montevallo in Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She taught six years of kindergarten before stepping away from the classroom to be with her growing family. During this time, she remained very active through volunteer efforts in local public and Christian private schools. Samantha joined the Veritas team in 2018, where loves teaching kindergarten and delights in the ability to instill an early enthusiasm for learning. Samantha and her husband, Brian, are blessed with three boys who are enrolled at Veritas. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, enjoys baking and cooking, and exploring God’s beautiful creation.

Mrs. Diane Worden

Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Diane Worden graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Elementary Education with Kindergarten endorsement from the University of Northwestern in St. Paul, Minnesota. She taught in Minnesota for four years before moving with her husband to the eastern shore of Maryland for ministry work. Her experience at Veritas began as a parent when her oldest son started Kindergarten in 2004. She came on staff in a part-time role as classroom aide serving in both kindergarten and fourth grade before she started as a full-time Kindergarten teacher in 2010. She is blessed with two sons and two daughters (Phillip class of ‘17, Stephen class of ‘18, Joanna class of ‘19, and Lydia class of ‘21) and a wonderful husband.

Mrs. Miranda Edds

Kindergarten Aide

Miranda Edds is an experienced math instructor and math tutor who holds a Masters degree in Math from Clemson University. She is active in her church as well, as a Sunday School teacher, small group leader, and in women’s ministry. Miranda writes: “My husband and I have chosen Veritas for our children for twelve years because of its biblical worldview, loving shepherding, and academic standards. I love the sense of community between the staff, faculty, and parents that make my children’s transition from home to school seamless.” The Edds have four children currently enrolled at Veritas
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Mrs. Makia Garrett

First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Makia Garrett is delighted to be entering her second year at Veritas, where she has the opportunity to instill in her students a love for God and His beautiful creation. She holds a Master's degree from Liberty University in Elementary Education as well as a Child Psychology degree from Hollins University. Before joining Veritas, Mrs. Garrett spent many years in elementary education. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Garrett is a co-founder of a local mentoring organization known as ‘The Beauty Within Girls’ where she assists in developing and inspiring young girls to reach their fullest potential. Mrs. Garrett enjoys spending time with her husband and son, volunteering at church, and exercising.

Mrs. Marti Shelby

First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Shelby attended Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC, graduating from Graham Bible College in Bristol, TN with a Bachelor in Christian Education. She is also a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS with a Master in Christian Education. Marti taught Kindergarten at Carolina Christian School (Charlotte, NC), Kindergarten, First Grade, Physical Education at Dove School and Kindergarten at Heritage Christian Academy in Chesterfield County, homeschooled her two sons for four years, and then began as the first grade teacher at Veritas in 2001. Marti and her husband Steve, Senior Pastor at West End Presbyterians Church, have 3 grown children who attended Veritas.

Mrs. Morgan Wharff

First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Morgan Wharff holds a Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Early Childhood Special Education as well as a degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from James Madison University. She taught preschool special education in Goochland County for six years. After staying home to raise her family, she joined the Veritas team in 2013 as an assistant in the Junior Kindergarten program for one year and then moved on to teach first grade. She and her husband, Joe, have three boys who attend Veritas and they have been blessed to be a part of the community since 2009.

Mrs. Wesley Wilcox

First and Second Grade Aide

Mrs. Wesley Wilcox holds her BA in Fine Art and Education from the College of William and Mary. She taught in classrooms in Richmond and Durham, NC before homeschooling her children for nine years. In her free time Mrs. Wilcox enjoys hiking and visiting local museums and gardens. She and her husband, Brian, have three children enrolled at Veritas.

Mrs. Katie Earman

Director of Early Education, Second Grade Teacher

Katie Earman grew up in Richmond and attended James Madison University where she studied history and teaching English as a second language. She and her husband moved to many cities, including Shanghai, China, St.Louis, Missouri, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before returning to Richmond last year. She taught English in China and then worked at a classical school in St.Louis. The Earmans have four children enrolled at Veritas. She loves teaching children to delight in nature study and become friends with poets like Robert Louis Stevenson and Robert Frost.

Mr. Ryan Pacyna

Second Grade Teacher

Mr. Ryan Pacyna joins Veritas this year bringing four years of elementary teaching experience at Schaeffer Academy, a classical Christian school in Rochester, Minnesota. Ryan completed his bachelor’s degree in elementary education, with minors in history and theology, at Northland International University. He has also studied cross cultural communication at the graduate level and spent two summers teaching English in China. Ryan enjoys making history come alive and helping his students to discover the joy of reading great books. When Ryan is not teaching, you might find him fixing something, building something, or spending time outdoors with his wife, Becka, and two daughters, Lyla and Ellie.

Mrs. Annie Thurston

Second Grade Teacher

Annie Thurston joined the Lower School faculty in 2017. Her previous classroom experience includes several years serving at-risk children. Annie has a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a MAT degree from Mary Baldwin College. In addition to her years teaching, she has been a clothing buyer for Macy’s NY, a book buyer for the National Gallery of Art, a store manager, a director of children’s ministry, and a mother to three daughters and two sons; all young adults. These diverse experiences have enriched and equipped her to serve at Veritas, where she can put her many passions to use. Her husband, Chris, is very happy to see his wife come home each day with a song in her heart.

Mrs. Jennifer Gillette

Third Grade Teacher

Jennifer Gillette considers it a delight to be a part of the Veritas team, nurturing young minds in the Christian faith. She comes to us with a dual major in Elementary Education and Psychology from The College of William and Mary. Jennifer holds both 3rd and 4th grade teaching experience, and helped initiate the The Good News Club afterschool program in Hanover County. She invested over a dozen years in a local tutoring business, Academic Boost, that helped build student confidence and bring subject material to life. She and her husband, Marcus, have one son and enjoy exploring God’s creation by foot, boat and bike. They are thrilled to be immersed in the classical Christian tradition and roaring with the Veritas Lions!

Mrs. Karmen Johnson

Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Johnson holds two master’s degrees, a M.Ed in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Regent University and a M.Ed in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis in Student Services from Liberty University. She also holds a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Education from Roanoke College. Mrs. Johnson has taught in both private and public schools, she has had the honor of teaching English to students in Beijing, China, and she has also homeschooled her three sons for two-and-a-half years. As a home educator, she fell in love with the Christian classical model of education through Classical Conversations. In addition to her 13+ years as an educator, Mrs. Johnson enjoys serving in her community. She is the director of her church’s children’s ministry, serves as a Den Leader in Cub Scouts, and has worked with students as both a coach and mentor. She and her husband, Glen, love to spend as much time outdoors as possible with their three active and joyful sons. Her zest and zeal for life keep her looking forward to what God has in store for her in the future.

Mrs. Annie Ng

Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Annie Ng holds her Masters of Arts in Teaching and BS in Elementary Education from James Madison University. For the past eight years, she has worked with young students in a variety of capacities, including as a lead classroom teacher at Windsor Christian Academy, a classical Christian school in Pennsylvania, and as a long-time tutor. Annie writes: “I am so excited that the Lord is bringing me back into the classical Christian School environment. Teaching young students to love God in a school setting is something that I quickly fell in love with at Windsor Christian Academy. Being able to love students, offer grace, and offer forgiveness while openly explaining that is what the Lord has done for us is truly a special experience.”

Mrs. Karen Gray

Fourth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Karen Gray is a graduate of Covenant College with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and of Averett University with a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. Gray began her teaching career at Covenant Day School in Charlotte, NC where she taught first graders. After moving back to Virginia to be closer to family, she taught at West End Christian School in Hopewell, VA. This is her seventh year teaching fourth grade at Veritas. Karen and her husband, Steve, have two children in college. Her daughter is now training to be a teacher too!

Ms. Rebecca MacPhee

Fourth Grade Teacher

Rebecca MacPhee received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Hood College in 2012. Since graduating from college, she has been teaching fourth grade in several classical schools, joining the teaching team at Veritas in the fall of 2017. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, playing with her rabbits, and spending time with her family.

Mrs. Dori Stergar

Fourth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Stergar holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Liberty University, and a BA from the University of Richmond in Economics and Spanish. Heavily influenced by the writings of classical educators Charlotte Mason and Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, she homeschooled her children from 1994 – 2009. She writes: “What began as an experiment became a way of life as we lived and learned together … an education established in a loving, supportive environment serves as an extension of God’s work of redemption in the life of each student, bridging the gap between his brokenness and his God-given potential.” As her children grew and entered traditional school settings, Mrs. Stergar brought her passion for education into the classroom, first at Westminster Academy, and then for nine years at Elijah House Academy. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Stergar coaches swimming and enjoys the fine arts, photography, and reading.

Mrs. Marlo Burdge

Fifth Grade Teacher

Marlo Burdge has been involved in classical education since 2002. She holds Fine Arts degrees in Speech and Music, and enjoys leading students to display their gifts through music, drama and humanities. Before moving to Richmond in 2014, Mrs. Burdge lived and taught in Savannah, Georgia, where she gained an appreciation for the ocean and delectable Southern cuisine. This is her 4th year at Veritas and her 2nd year teaching 5th grade. She has 3 daughters who attend Veritas, who she fears may soon begin arguing in Latin.

Mrs. Margaret Clikeman

Fifth Grade Teacher

Margaret Clikeman received her Bachelor's and Master's degree in Education from Valparaiso University. She taught for eight years in Christian schools in Indiana and Wisconsin. After homeschooling for seven years, she came along with her children to Veritas in 2007 and now has seen them graduate. She is excited to inspire students to pursue academic and personal excellence for God's glory. She enjoys cheering her students on in using their personal gifts, athletically, musically, or creatively.
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Ms. Emily Price

Fifth Grade Teacher

Miss Emily Price holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and English literature from Messiah College, where she discovered the influence of classical pedagogy firsthand. As an undergraduate she also enjoyed studying Plato's Republic as a visiting student at the University of Oxford. Before joining the faculty at Veritas in 2018, Emily served as eLearning Coordinator at Classical Academic Press, where she studied the tradition of classical education in collaboration with educators across the country. Emily has a deep affection for fresh coffee, the green mountains of Vermont, and the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.

Mrs. Rebecca Crutcher

Sixth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Rebecca Crutcher is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She taught 6th and 1st grade in private and public schools prior to leaving the formal classroom to raise her children. During her 20 years at home, she classically educated her own daughters, and her primary focus in recent years has been working with 5th and 6th grade students through various teaching experiences. Eagerly returning to Richmond after 10 years in MN and PA, Rebecca and her husband, Mark, are embracing their new season as empty-nesters, with a recent Grove City College graduate, newlywed daughter and a daughter at CNU.

Mrs. Marty Reed

Sixth Grade Teacher

Martha "Marty" Reed holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Education degree from Bob Jones University. She began her classical teaching in the mid-1990’s at St. John’s Academy in St. Augustine, Florida, where she met her husband, Rev. Eddie Reed. Mrs. Reed has taught sixth grade at Veritas School since 2010. Marty regularly contributes to the FOCUS on Christian Education blog and frequently speaks at educator conferences. When she’s not teaching, she enjoys her garden club, reading, and sipping Earl Grey tea.

Mr. Doug Young

Sixth Grade Teacher

Doug returned to Veritas as a teacher in 2015, having previously served Veritas as Lower School Principal (2007 -2010) and 6th grade teacher (2002 -2007). Following several years as an Associate Pastor of Family Ministry in Atlanta, Doug returned to the field of Education in 2014 as a 7th and 8th grade Humanities teacher. Doug holds a Masters of Divinity in Christian Education from Southern Seminary, and dual Bachelor’s degrees in Religion and Music from Mary Washington College. Doug and his wife Alicia have four children enrolled at Veritas.
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Mr. Nathan Brewer

Lower and Upper School Latin Teacher

Mr. Nathan Brewer (Class of 2015) was first introduced to the classics under Ms. Enghauser [Parrish], Ms. Fell [Rhodes], and Mr. Trumbo, and he returns to Veritas having completed a rigorous BA program as a Bonner Scholar at Washington and Lee in Classics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Mr. Brewer’s studies allowed him to spend significant time in Italy on the Ancient Graffiti Project, an archeological enterprise to digitize the Latin and Greek scrawls on the walls of the Vesuvian cities and to the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. Nathan writes: “I have known I wanted to be a teacher ever since having Mr. Trumbo in high school; teaching was an opportunity to continue learning and I could see how much my teachers enjoyed pouring themselves into us for our intellectual and spiritual growth.” His interests beyond the classroom are wide-ranging, including poetry, distance running, Christian theology, Protestant-Catholic relations, John Donne, choral music, guitar, letter-writing, spiders, hiking, tea, and Russian literature.

Mr. Tim Daigneau

Reading Specialist

Mr. Tim Daigneau is a graduate of James Madison University with degrees in English and Middle Education. He taught sixth grade for four years before stepping out of the classroom to stay at home with his three sons. During this time he earned a Masters of Education degree from the University of Virginia, specializing in reading education. This is his third year at Veritas.

Mrs. Elizabeth Gibson

Learning Support Teacher

Mrs. Elizabeth Gibson holds a BA in English from James Madison University and joins our Learning Support Team in the Scholars' Studio after six years of teaching Middle School students at the Steward School. Prior to this, she taught for five years in Chesterfield County Public Schools, where she provided individualized support for students with diverse learning abilities. Mrs. Gibson has been very active in church ministry as a Bible study and Sunday School teacher. She is excited to begin teaching at Veritas and states, "Young people can easily fall into the trap of letting successes or failures determine their self-worth. The Lord has gifted us all with strengths and abilities; however, there are times when we need additional support or assistance. It is important for our children to know that neither their grade nor their class rank determines who they are to God." Mrs. Gibson and her husband have two children.

Mrs. Cynthia Hartung

Learning Support / NILD Learning Therapist

Mrs. Cynthia Hartung holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Thomas A. Edison College, a Master of Science in Content Literacy from Walden University and is a Professional Certified NILD Educational Therapist and an IDA Certified Dyslexia Practitioner. In 2001, the Lord called Cynthia to give hope to students who struggle in the classroom. In answer to His call, she provides educational therapy to students, helps families understand and advocate for their child’s needs and eagerly shares her knowledge with others in a variety of capacities. This is her second year as a member of the faculty at Veritas. Cynthia has three grown children and two wonderful granddaughters.

Mrs. Elizabeth Ihara

Academic Support Teacher

Mrs. Elizabeth Ihara holds a Master of Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University with a focus in Special Education, and a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University. She has been teaching since 2010 and joined the Veritas faculty in 2016. In her free time, she enjoys board games, reading, and spending time with her husband and daughter.
Julie McElduff

Mrs. Julie McElduff

Lower School PE Teacher

Mrs. Julie McElduff joins our Lower School PE team as an experienced fitness instructor at three Richmond institutions: the Tuckahoe YMCA, the Henrico County Department of Parks and Recreation, and Westminster Canterbury. She holds a BS in Health Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as many certifications as a fitness trainer and instructor. The McElduffs have three children enrolled at Veritas.

Mr. John Alley

Upper School Humanities Teacher

John Alley teaches Medieval Humanities, Latin, and Thesis and coaches the Veritas Cross Country and Track & Field programs. This is his fifth year at Veritas. He graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Music, and is a member of the Society of King Charles the Martyr. John and his wife, Kim, have two young children and a cat named Cardinal Richelieu.

Mr. Joshua Betts

Upper School Math Teacher

Mr. Betts has recently joined the Veritas community from England where he was a Mathematics teacher in west London for ten years. During this time he taught all high school levels of math (Algebra, Geometry, Calculus, Advanced Statistics, etc), held the position of Head of the Mathematics department and mentored new mathematics teachers just graduating from local universities. He has studied how students learn mathematics both in the US and abroad, most recently earning a Masters of Science in Mathematics Education from the University of Oxford, England. Mr. Betts enjoys spending time with his family, reading books about science and creation, DIY projects, and a cup of proper coffee. He is joined in Richmond by his wonderful wife Rebecca and three young children, Jude (6), Adele (4), and Lea (nearly 2).

Mr. Nathan Brewer

Lower and Upper School Latin Teacher

Mr. Nathan Brewer (Class of 2015) was first introduced to the classics under Ms. Enghauser [Parrish], Ms. Fell [Rhodes], and Mr. Trumbo, and he returns to Veritas having completed a rigorous BA program as a Bonner Scholar at Washington and Lee in Classics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Mr. Brewer’s studies allowed him to spend significant time in Italy on the Ancient Graffiti Project, an archeological enterprise to digitize the Latin and Greek scrawls on the walls of the Vesuvian cities and to the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. Nathan writes: “I have known I wanted to be a teacher ever since having Mr. Trumbo in high school; teaching was an opportunity to continue learning and I could see how much my teachers enjoyed pouring themselves into us for our intellectual and spiritual growth.” His interests beyond the classroom are wide-ranging, including poetry, distance running, Christian theology, Protestant-Catholic relations, John Donne, choral music, guitar, letter-writing, spiders, hiking, tea, and Russian literature.

Mrs. Karen Campbell

Upper School Elective Teacher (Yearbook)

Mrs. Karen Campbell had a traveling childhood as the daughter of an Air Force Officer but has always been rooted in Richmond, where she returned twenty years ago. She earned a Bachelor’s of Architecture degree at Virginia Tech and a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College-NYC. Her multi-faceted career has included work at ministries such as CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ), non-profits such as Better Housing Coalition, and an Adjunct Professor position at VCU’s school of Urban Planning. Karen is active in a number of civic and charitable groups and has served for many years at Veritas as a substitute teacher and coordinator for the Veritas Partners in Prayer. Karen and her husband, Judge Richard Campbell, have three daughters who attend Veritas. The Campbells are active members at West End Presbyterian Church.

Ms. Kathryn Clikeman

Upper School Latin Teacher

Miss Kathryn Clikeman (Class of 2013) is excited to return to the Veritas community as an Upper School Latin teacher. She is a recent alumna of the University of Richmond with a double major in Latin and Classical Civilization and a minor in Greek. During college, Kathryn studied abroad in Rome for a semester and spent two summers studying ancient graffiti in Pompeii and Herculaneum, which she loves to incorporate into her Latin curriculum. When not at Veritas, Kathryn leads tours at the American Civil War Museum and sings in her church choir.
Jonathan Coleman

Mr. Jonathan Coleman

Upper School Humanities Teacher

Mr. Jonathan Coleman is a recent graduate of James Madison University, with a BA in Philosophy and Religion. His focus included religious studies and Christian thought, and while in college he spent a semester studying theology at King’s College London. Jonathan runs most days out of the week and has qualified for the Boston Marathon. He is most proud to be married to a Veritas graduate, Lexi (Kozlowski), who introduced him to classical education.

Mrs. Emily Cron

Upper School Humanities Teacher

Mrs. Emily Cron has been teaching Logic and Ancient Humanities in the Upper School since 2015 and also serves as the Lead Faculty Partner for the House of Kuyper. She is an alumna of a classical and Christian school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities and Music from Houghton College. Emily and her husband Matt currently live in the Fan.

Mrs. Xochilt Diaz

Upper School Spanish Teacher

Mrs. Diaz has been teaching Spanish for seven years, using her knowledge of the Latin American culture to give students a better understanding of the Spanish language. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the National University of San Miguel in El Salvador. Additionally, she holds a Master of Art degree in Public Relations from the Center of Communications, also in El Salvador. Her time in El Salvador and in California gave her the opportunity to observe the many different customs that make up Latin American Culture. She began teaching at Veritas School in 2014; she previously taught at both Heritage Christian Academy and Buford Christian Academy. Mrs. Diaz has two grown sons, both of whom graduated from Veritas.

Mr. Scott Dicken

Upper School Math and Rhetoric Teacher

Mr. Scott Dicken has taught in the Upper School since 2016. His primary teaching responsibilities include high school mathematics and rhetoric courses, and he has assisted with our senior thesis program as well. He comes to Veritas with a diverse academic background, including dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematical Sciences and Physics from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Arts degree in English from West Virginia University. Before joining Veritas, Mr. Dicken taught several college-level courses in algebra and writing and enjoys bringing that insight to our Upper School students. Outside of class, he serves as the Lead Faculty Partner for the House of Bonhoeffer and co-organizes the school’s monthly Parent/Grandparent Book Club.

Dr. Michael Dicken

Science Department Chair, Upper School Science Teacher

Dr. Dicken has served as athletic director and K-12 science chair at Veritas School since June of 2011, primarily teaching chemistry and advanced chemistry, while also teaching a variety of math classes, from Algebra 1 to Calculus 2. Dr. D also serves as the Central Region independent school representative on the VIAAA (Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association). After completion of his Ph. D. in organic chemistry and a postdoctoral fellowship in bioorganic chemistry, Dr. D worked for 18 years in pharmaceutical research. The highlight of his career was his development of NanoCrystal drug delivery technology. He has nineteen publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and a chapter in an organic chemistry book. He “retired” in June of 2003, fell in love with Christian classical education, and has been teaching and coaching for the past 15 years. His hobby is attending every Veritas School event he is able, especially those associated with athletics. His greatest blessings, outside of his salvation, are his wife, Debbie (thirty-six years and counting, Lord willing), and their son, Scott.

Mr. Nate George

Upper School Humanities and Bible Teacher

Mr. Nate George brings a diverse background and a passion for integrating a biblical worldview to his vocations as a teacher. He earned a Bachelor of Social Work from James Madison University, after which he worked in the field of community mental health with adults experiencing mental illness. The Lord then led him to complete an Masters of Divinity at Covenant Theological Seminary. Following seminary, Mr. George taught at a Christian school in St. Louis for 7 years, where he also developed Bible curriculum and fostered the integration of a biblical worldview across academic disciplines. He loves to draw on his social work and theology background while teaching, striving to shepherd students and continually point them to Jesus. This is his fourth year at Veritas. Mr. George and his wife have three children, the two oldest are enrolled at Veritas.

Mr. Josh Gibbs

Upper School Humanities Teacher

Mr. Joshua Gibbs is the son of an Army diver, and the grandson of a man who once landed a passenger plane after the pilot had a heart attack. Now in his eleventh year as an educator, Gibbs is also the editor of FilmFisher, a sought-after conference speaker, and a frequent contributor at the Circe Institute. Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Idaho. At fifteen, Joshua fell in love with the woman he would one day marry. Paula and Joshua have two daughters, both of whom have seven names. Joshua's greatest academic interest is Late Antique Roman history, though he is also a caseophile and a collector of jazz records.

Mrs. Wendy Griffin

Upper School Math Teacher

Mrs. Wendy Griffin has been teaching at Veritas for two years. Most of her fourteen years of experience has been in the Hanover County Public School System, although she did have an opportunity to teach at Calvary Christian Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for a year. Her undergraduate work was done at Glenville State College where she studied Mathematics Education. She later attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She has been married to her college sweetheart for 17 years. They have three children, Bella, Libbie, and Maxwell, that attend Veritas. Mrs. Griffin fell in love with Jesus Christ at an early age and has been excited to follow him since. She and her family are active members of their church.

Mr. Grant Holbrook

Upper School Latin and Humanities Teacher

Mr. Grant Holbrook holds a Masters of Theology in Biblical Studies and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (Old Testament) from Union Presbyterian Seminary, as well as a double major in Religious Studies and Spanish and a minor in Judaic Studies from VCU. Currently he is finishing his doctoral dissertation on the meeting of poetic form and moral meaning in the sacred prayers of the Psalms. He is an avid bike rider, an upright bass player, and an active leader at Third Church. Grant and his wife Erin have one daughter (Amelia) enrolled at Veritas.

Mr. Chris Hall

Upper School Science Teacher

Mr. Chris Hall comes to Veritas after twenty-four years of teaching and administrative experience, primarily in elementary and middle schools. After earning a BA in Philosophy from Gettysburg College and an MAT in Elementary Ed from Towson University, his career ranged from teaching kindergarten to conceptual physics and from math to martial arts. Having served as both a PS-8 Science Department Chair and Lower School Academic Dean, Mr. Hall brings an integrated approach to the science classroom - one that brings the liberal, fine, and common arts together. Chris is also the founder of Always Learning Education, a consulting firm specializing in bringing philosophy to practice in educator development and curriculum design. He is an avid musician, outdoorsman, small-scale farmer, sketch artist, and reader. He lives off the beaten path on a quiet, homesteaded plot in central VA with his wife Catherine, three sons, lots of bees, chickens, and firewood.

Mrs. Laurie Howell

Upper School Humanities Teacher

After graduating from Radford University with a degree in history and a secondary education certification, Laurie spent ten years as a fulltime mom before entering the teaching profession. Laurie came to Veritas with over twelve years of experience in the classroom and is now in her tenth year of teaching humanities and rhetoric classes in our school community. After commuting to campus from the Tri-City area for a number of years, Laurie and her husband Graham now live a block away from Veritas! An involved grandmother, Laurie enjoys the close proximity of her three grown children and their growing families. The Howells are actively involved with their church community to work and pray for the good of the Northside and the discipleship of the saints.

Mr. Isaac Jorgensen

Upper School Humanities

Isaac Jorgensen has been teaching since 2014 in a variety of places including Maryland, Florida, and most recently, Virginia. He is a graduate of Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire with a degree in History and has also received his Masters in Educational Leadership from DePaul University. Isaac was married in 2017 to his beautiful wife, Alexis, who will become a medical doctor in 2019. They currently live in Shockoe Bottom and regularly explore the Richmond area by walking the Capital Trail and visiting new restaurants. For fun, Isaac loves to play golf, keep up with college football, and follow his beloved Seattle Seahawks. In his spare time, Mr. Jorgensen hosts his own podcast on Itunes. Stemming from his time as a high school and college athlete, "Mr. J" finds his passion in coaching by seeing his students grow both in the classroom and on the field.

Mr. Will Killmer

Upper School Latin Teacher

Mr. Will Killmer has taught a wide range of Latin students, from 3rd Graders to high-school seniors in AP Latin. He holds a B. A. in Classics from the University of Virginia, during which time he spent a semester abroad in Rome, as well as two M.A.’s from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. After seminary Mr. Killmer taught Latin at a classical Christian school in Peabody, MA and was glad to join the Veritas faculty and be back in Virginia in 2017. In the classroom, he likes to use active methods of Latin instruction and enjoys writing student-centric Latin stories, all with the aim of creating within his students an intuitive understanding of Latin. In his spare time he enjoys reading, cooking (especially smoking meat), and spending time with his wife Jenn and two young daughters, Amelia and Lucy (who are not yet learning Latin).

Mrs. Sara Kennedy

Upper School Elective Teacher (Leadership Seminar)

Mrs. Sara Kennedy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Mary Washington College, earning a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. She has served as a scheduler, special assistant, and writer for numerous campaigns and elected officials. From 2006 - 2009, she served as the Marketing Director for the Tianjin International School in China. Upon her family's return to the United States, Sara worked for the Attorney General of Virginia prior to serving as the Director of Communications at Veritas School from 2012 - 2019. For several years, Sara served on the Board of the Richmond Christian Leadership Institute. Sara and husband Dan are active in the Richmond community and have two Veritas graduates and two children currently enrolled at Veritas.

Mr. Eric Latourelle

Upper School Science Teacher

Mr. Eric Latourelle joins the Veritas team after six years as a 7th and 8th grade science instructor, including leadership as the Middle School Science Curriculum Chair at The Steward School. His time there was marked by creative experiments in the Bryan Innovation Lab, student advising, and curriculum re-design. Prior to his time at Steward, Mr. Latourelle taught science at Wilder Middle and Hermitage High School. He also has industry experience, as a Quality Control Microbiologist at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Research Assistant at the University of Mary Washington, where he earned a BS in Biology. He furthered his education at the University of Richmond, earning an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction. Mr. Latourelle has been a dedicated church youth group leader for many years, the recipient of numerous awards, and frequent conference presenter. Mr. Latourelle writes: “I believe the study of science is analogous to studying the works of the great artists, authors and composers; by examining the brushstrokes of God in the order of the natural world, we can better understand its Creator.”

Mr. Chris Lucas

Upper School Elective Teacher (Guitar)

Mr. Chris Lucas began playing guitar at age 11, after 5 years of piano study. He went on to earn two music degrees from VCU, including a Masters in Composition. Although he worked full-time at The Richmond Times-Dispatch until retirement, much of his time has been devoted to music as a songwriter, performer, arranger, and accompanist, both at his church and in the mid-Atlantic area at large. Chris taught a Beginning Guitar Class at VCU for many years and has recorded four solo CDs of his own songs, as well as three CDs with local singer Laura Ann Singh and one Christmas CD with the Celtic trio PolyCeltic. Chris regularly performs at local establishments and he is also the composer of The Three Penny Cantata, a Lenten/Easter folk/pop song-cycle which he and singer Laura Ann Singh perform yearly at local churches. Chris lives with his wife Sue and their special needs daughter in Chesterfield County, where they enjoy walking and sight-seeing.

Mr. Koleman Nix

Upper School Elective Teacher (Computer Coding)

Mr. Koleman Nix (Class of 2012) returns to Veritas after completing a B.A. in Computer Science at UVA. While at UVA, he spent time as a research assistant studying software correctness and went on to co-found Helme, which provides strategic financial planning software for schools. Mr. Nix is currently a lead software engineer for LiveSafe, a technology company committed to helping organizations prevent incidents rather than respond to them. He and his wife Heather recently returned to the Richmond and enjoy cooking and gardening together, along with piano, chess, tennis, and weightlifting. Koleman is grateful for the chance to start a programming class at Veritas and comments, “I'm so grateful for my classical education and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to teach. Through personal experience, I've become convinced that a classical liberal arts background is an ideal foundation for the pursuit of topics like computer science, and I hope to show what a rich and creative space the 'hard sciences' can be.”

Mrs. Melissa Prior

Upper School Elective Teacher (Digital Photography)

Mrs. Melissa Prior graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from the School of Communications with an emphasis in Graphic Design. Mrs. Prior spent her first three years at Veritas as Yearbook Advisor. She and her husband, Dave, have three children. Abby, a 2019 Veritas Graduate, is studying at Kings College in Manhattan, and Zach and Nate are both current Veritas students. When not teaching at Veritas, she spends her time with her family, pursuing photography, reading, and using her communication skills to bless her church. This is her eighth year teaching at Veritas.

Mr. Derrick Scarborough

Upper School Science and Lower School Physical Education Teacher

Mr. Scarborough has over three decades of educational experience, including twenty-four as an administrator and ten as a science and health teacher in the classroom. He holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Lynchburg College, Science Instruction Endorsement from Longwood University, and a BS in Health and Physical Education from Liberty University. Mr. Scarborough writes: “Working with young people has always been my passion, either a Sunday School teacher, a youth director, or a speaker, ministering to the young has been part of my life for the past 40 years.” Derrick and his wife Doreen, of 28 years, have lived in the Richmond area for 10 years. They have two adult children, Cristol and Adrian (Christina), and two grandchildren, Destiny and Trinity. In his free time Derrick enjoys working out, and playing golf.

Mrs. Beverly Schuping

Upper School Math Teacher

Mrs. Beverly Schuping earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science and Mechanics from Virginia Tech and a Master of Engineering degree in Materials Science from the University of Virginia. After a career in engineering and production supervision at Lucent Technologies, she and her husband Craig became involved with four other families in founding Veritas School in 2000. She delights in the moments when her students discover truth, goodness, and beauty in mathematics. Since 2001, she has taught mathematics courses ranging from fifth grade through Pre-Calculus. In addition, she coaches “Mathletes,” a before-school mathematics enrichment club for middle schoolers. Beverly and Craig have three children, two of whom are recent Veritas graduates.

Mrs. Lindsay Silvernail

Upper School Math and Science Teacher

Mrs. Lindsay Silvernail has been teaching at Veritas since 2012 and is passionate about using experimentation to explore and describe the physical world through mathematical models. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Mathematics from Houghton College as well as a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Ithaca College, with certifications in both Physics and Mathematics. Mrs. Silvernail is an avid equestrian who originally hails from Vermont. Both she and her horse, Mac, love to play in the snow that Richmond is occasionally graced with. She is blessed to be married to her husband, Adam, who coaches the Robotics team at Veritas.

Mr. Jonathan Stewart

Upper School Math Teacher

Mr. Jonathan Stewart comes to Veritas having taught a variety of courses, including several math courses, Logic, and Rhetoric. He holds a teaching certificate from the Association of Classical Christian Schools, and the 2018-19 school year is his ninth year of teaching. Through the Hodson Fellowship program at St. John's College (Annapolis), Mr. Stewart is pursuing a M.A. in Great Books; and he has a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Mathematics from Grove City College. His current academic interests include: piecing together Euclid's Elements, applying Marshall McLuhan's work to our current tech inundation, and implementing 'memory palaces.' Mr. Stewart and his wife Abby have been blessed by the Lord with two spirited little ones - one of whom likes to talk, the other of whom likes to climb.

Mr. Rick Trumbo

Upper School Humanities and Latin Teacher

Mr. Rick Trumbo received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from Hampden-Sydney College and a Master of Humanities from the University of Richmond. He began his teaching service at Veritas in 2007. He is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and is the father of five adult children, with more than a dozen grandchildren.

Mrs. Lilli Benko

Strings Instructor

Lilli Benko has a multi-faceted background in the performing arts as a string, choral, and dramatic performer and is a passionate advocate for cultivating a lasting love of music in her students. With a double Bachelor of Arts in Music and Rhetoric/Communication Studies from the University of Virginia, Mrs. Benko studied violin with Ronda Respess (Atlanta Symphony), participated in summer music festivals at the Brevard School of Music and the Indiana University School of Music and has served as concertmaster and first violinist in many ensembles. She has also served as music director and teacher for CharacterWorks Theater and has taught in the Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra Program. Lilli and her husband Matt have two sons who attend Veritas. She has been on staff at Veritas since 2011 and is particularly excited about shepherding a thriving strings program and cultivating a love for beautiful music within our school community and throughout the City of Richmond.

Mrs. Sarah Hastings

Upper and Lower School Art

Sarah Hastings graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015, where she majored in Art Education and double minored in Art History and Craft and Material Studies. She was blessed to join the Veritas School family in 2017. Mrs. Hastings serves in the Upper School as a Ceramics and Fiber Arts teacher and will also be teaching a few Lower School art classes. Prior to teaching at Veritas, Mrs. Hastings worked for 10 years at a local art studio. Mrs. Hastings' work as an artist and teacher is greatly enriched by the time she spent studying and serving in Central and South America. She enjoys knitting, cooking, gardening and exploring Richmond with her husband, Jonathan.

Mrs. Kathy Hutton

Upper School Art

Mrs. Kathy Hutton received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Cum Laude, from Illinois State University, and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University. While at VCU, she was a teaching assistant, and has taught a wide variety of art classes privately and in various school settings over the years. She has taught art at Veritas since 2011. Mrs. Hutton has four children, and her youngest daughter is a 2016 graduate of Veritas. She enjoys painting, sculpture and ballroom dancing in her free time.

Mrs. Sunny Rosebro

Upper School Art

Mrs. Rosebro graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Comprehensive Arts and teaching certification (art, pre-K- 12th ). She has taught art in a variety of educational institutions, has twice been nominated to Who’s Who in American Teaching and holds a certification in Discipline Based Art Education from the Getty Institute. Mrs. Rosebro was the Assistant Coordinator for Youth and Family Programs at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts for four years and maintains extensive contacts in the museum world. Sunny also facilitates the entry of upper school artwork into various competitions in which Veritas students have excelled, highlighting the excellent reputation of the Veritas art program. The Rosebros have been associated with Veritas School since 2004, have a daughter in the Upper School, enjoy living in the city and exploring the outdoors.

Mrs. Beth Scott

Lower School Art, Art Department Director

Mrs. Scott graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Communication Arts and Design. She worked in various agencies in the Richmond area as an award winning Art Director, Creative Director, and a Vice President of Creative Services. After enrolling her 2 sons in Veritas her passions moved into Classical Education and how that applied to the fine arts. After 12 years with Veritas, Mrs. Scott has developed a K-6 curriculum, Art For the Classical Child, and has coordinated a gifted group of art teachers to develop a scope and sequence through grade 12. She enjoys illustration and painting in her free time.

Mr. Jack Templeton

Director of Performing Arts, Choral Director

Jack Templeton has directed choral and instrumental ensembles ranging from elementary groups to church choirs to university chorales. He holds a Master’s in Choral Conducting from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Bachelor’s in Music Education from Bob Jones University. From 2001-2011, his high-school choral groups won many first-place awards at both state and national competitions. He has conducted oratorios and musical theater productions with professional orchestras and bands. As a baritone, Jack performed with the Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus, and sang at the World Choral Festival in Seoul, Korea. Jack’s passion is to help young students develop a love of quality music and learn skills they can use for a lifetime. He and his wife Minda have served together in various church ministries, and they enjoy singing, camping, hiking, and going to the beach with their daughter, Emilee Grace.

Mrs. Heidi Thurmond

Lower School Music Teacher

Mrs. Heidi Thurmond holds a Master’s Degree in Music Education, specializing in Music Therapy, from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor’s in Flute Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Certified Orff-Schulwerk Specialist, bringing a unique approach to successful music learning for young children. Prior to coming to Veritas, she taught music in preschools for 10 years. She also developed a program of special needs music classes for children and adults. In addition to classroom teaching, Mrs. Thurmond is a professional flutist and enjoys teaching private flute lessons and working as a freelance musician throughout the Richmond area. She and her family have been involved at Veritas School for more than 10 years.

Mrs. Jill Wiebe-King

Upper School Art

Mrs. Jill Wiebe-King is a magna cum laude graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she was a Presidential Scholar, earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Middle School Education, received the undergraduate Research Grant for Fine Arts, and was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award in 1989. Jill has taught in many capacities over 30 years. She received the Teacher of the Year award for Henrico County in 1987. She has illustrated 3 children’s books, including one awarded the 2009 Christian’s Small Publishers Book of the Year. Her paintings are currently shown at The Carytown Collective Gallery in Richmond, VA. Jill lives in Richmond with her husband Steven. They have two children, Juliet and RobertThomas.