Faculty and Staff

Mr. Keith Nix

Head of School

Along with serving as the Head of School at Veritas School since 2010, Mr. Nix serves as the Chairman for the Society for Classical Learning. He also serves on the board of the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS) 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. He frequently consults with classical Christian school boards and leaders. 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

Dean of Academics, Upper School Principal

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. Steve Byrd

Dean of Students, Upper School Theology

Steve Byrd joined Veritas in July 2016 bringing with him a passion for Jesus, people, and adventure. His responsibilities include teaching Bible classes, counseling, discipling, and coaching. After earning a B.A. in Psychology from James Madison University and an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Steve embarked on a 25-year career in sales and marketing. Sensing a call to join the ministry seeJesus, Steve became their Director of Partner Relations. Steve’s love for adventure is realized as a private pilot, licensed scuba diver, and certified charter skipper. His family is grateful that he is no longer parachuting or riding motorcycles. The highlight of Steve’s life is his wife Sarah, their two married daughters, two sons-in-law and six grand-children, five of whom attend Veritas.

Mr. Jim Reynolds

Lower School Principal

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 Lower School Principal

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.

Mrs. Sara Kennedy

Director of Communications and Community Engagement, Leadership Seminar

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 beginning her role at Veritas School in 2012. 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 one Veritas graduate and three children currently enrolled at Veritas.
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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 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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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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Mr. Bryant Allen

Assistant Athletic Director, Upper School Electives (Economics)

Bryant Allen joined the Veritas family in August 2017. He brings a love for Jesus, family and the community. A graduate of Liberty University and Virginia State University, Bryant is also a former United States Marine and retired soldier. He has spent numerous years in the field of public education, serving in various positions ranging from the classroom to administration. Serving as the Assistant Pastor of his church, he loves to spend time working with the church, coaching basketball or just simply hanging out with his precious family. His wife Antoinette is a retired Air Force Officer and they have three beautiful children, Summer, Autumn and Asher.

Mrs. Lesley Lanphear

Director of Academic Support

Mrs. Lesley Lanphear joined the Veritas team in 2013. She is an alumna of Grove City College, with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, and the University of Virginia, with a Master of Education and Education Specialist degree. Prior to joining the Veritas team, 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 through graduate school. Lesley and her husband Rob have three daughters, all in the Lower School. In addition to spending time with her family, Lesley enjoys cultivating beautiful gardens and soaking up good books.

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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Mr. Gary Wilson

Capital Campaign Manager

Gary Wilson has over twenty years experience in marketing and business development, serving with McGuireWoods Consulting (2010 – 2014) and Law Firm (2000 – 2008), as well as several smaller marketing and consulting companies in Virginia and Florida. He brings project management, strategic planning, business and fund development expertise to this position. Gary holds a degree in Marketing Education from Virginia Tech and along with his wife Julie, is the proud parent of a Veritas second grader.
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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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Mrs. Katherine Campbell-Robertson

Business Office Assistant

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

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

Director of the Conservatory and Summer Camps, Yearbook Club Advisor

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. Brittany Griffith

Executive Assistant to the Head of School

Mrs. Brittany Griffith holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Virginia and has served as a Trustee of the University since 2007. Brittany previously served the Relationship Foundation of Virginia as Director of Development for over three years, and now serves on the Board of Directors. She brings experience in fundraising, marketing, and insurance sales. Brittany is married to Calvin Griffith. Brittany and Calvin enjoy serving in Children's Ministry together at their church.
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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 six children, who are now enrolled at Veritas.
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Mrs. Alicia Young

Front Office Coordinator

Alicia Young spent her childhood overseas in the Phillippines, Japan, and Germany. Following graduation from Department of Defense Schools in Germany, she came to the States to attend college and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University Montgomery with a degree in Sociology. Afterwards, while pursuing a degree at Southern Seminary, she met her husband Doug and happily became a full time wife and mom. In her spare time, Alicia enjoys creating beautiful, organized spaces and curling up with a good history book. Alicia and Doug have four children who love attending school at Veritas.
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Mr. Noah Rogers

Facilities and Security Manager

Noah Rogers is a veteran of both state and local government who has worked in the Governor’s Office and served multiple Attorneys General. He has also served as a local police officer and volunteer firefighter. In his free time, Mr. Rogers is an avid collector and reader of military history books who enjoys hiking and visiting battlefields with his son Christian.
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Mrs. Molly Childress

School Nurse

Molly Childress graduated from the University of Virginia in 2001 with a BS in Nursing. She worked for over 12 years at Henrico Doctors' Hospital in the Women's Pavilion working with high risk pregnancies, women's surgeries, postpartum moms, and newborn babies. Molly and her husband, Cabell, have three children who are currently Veritas students. Molly is passionate about caring for others and encouraging good health. She is happy to serve alongside Mrs. Felty to continue to care for the Veritas students and staff.
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Mrs. Heather Felty

School Nurse

Heather received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from James Madison University. She has over 12 years of experience in a variety of healthcare settings, most recently as a school nurse. For four years, Heather has also served on medical mission teams to the Dominican Republic. She has served on the Veritas Golf Tournament Committee and also helped coach the Veritas golf team. Heather and her husband, Danny, have 2 sons who attend Veritas. She enjoys running, golfing, singing, and cheering on her boys at sporting events.
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Mrs. Aileen Crain

JK Teacher - New Hire 18/19

Mrs. Tracey Beach

JK 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. 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 has taught 6 years of Kindergarten: 2 years in Alabama and 4 years in Hanover County, Virginia. While stepping away from the classroom to be with her growing family, she remained very active through voluntary efforts in area public and private schools. Samantha and her husband, Brian, have three boys; two attend Veritas and one in his final year of preschool. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, enjoys baking and cooking, delights in viewing art and listening to music.

Mrs. Diane Worden

Kindergarten Teacher

Diane Worden has happily taught Kindergarteners at Veritas since 2011. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree 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. Once her fourth child was in school full-time, she began to go back to work in her field of education as a part time aide in Kindergarten here, taking on other part time roles as well, before the full-time role as a kindergarten teacher opened up a few years later. She loves reading great books and opening up the world of reading and learning to children as they start full time school.

Mrs. Linda Trumbo

Kindergarten Aide

Linda Trumbo is a graduate of Longwood University with a major in English. She has been involved in education since 1976, teaching in public, private, and home school settings and teaching every grade level and subject except advanced math and science. She is the mother of five and grandmother of eleven (so far). As Kindergarten Aide, she gets to continue to enjoy wonderful children’s books, rambunctious play times, and the wonder of discovery that characterizes the early years.

Mrs. Makia Garrett

First Grade Teacher

Mrs. Makia Garrett is excited to join the Veritas team. She holds a Master's degree from Liberty University in Elementary Education as well as a Child Psychology degree from Hollins University. Before coming to Veritas, Mrs. Garrett spent many years teaching in elementary and pre-kindergarten education. In addition to teaching, Mrs. Garrett enjoys spending time with her husband and family, volunteering at church, exercising, and working with young girls through her youth mentoring organization, Beauty Within.

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 before having children of her own. After staying home with her three boys for several years, she taught in the JK program at Veritas for one year and is currently in her fourth year as a first grade teacher.

Mrs. Katie Earman

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. Alison Bass

Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Alison Bass is thankful for the opportunity to learn alongside her third graders for her sixth year at Veritas School. Before coming to Veritas, Mrs. Bass taught kindergarten in Hanover County Public Schools and kindergarten through 5th grade reading and math intervention in Henrico County Public Schools. She classically homeschooled her three daughters until she found and fell in love with Veritas in 2004 and enrolled them each in turn. Her youngest graduated from Veritas last year. Mrs. Bass holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Mary Washington College, a Masters of Arts in Education from The College of William and Mary, and an endorsement in gifted education from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Mrs. Hannah Castro

Third Grade Teacher

Mrs. Hannah Castro graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Masters of Teaching degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology. Mrs. Castro, a Veritas third grade teacher, loves instilling a passion for learning and a love for God in each of her students. She has taught at Veritas since 2016. Prior to that, Mrs. Castro taught second grade for ten years for Henrico County Public Schools. She and her husband, Lou, have two children, both who attend Veritas. Mrs. Castro enjoys being active in her church and spending time with her family outside of school, especially camping together. The Castro family is very thankful to be a part of the Veritas community!

Mrs. Jennifer Gillette

Third Grade Teacher

Jennifer Gillette is delighted to join the Veritas team and nurture 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 taught 4th grade for nine years in Hanover County Public Schools, where she introduced The Good News Club afterschool program and taught Bible lessons. She also started a local tutoring business, Academic Boost, that helped build student confidence and bring subject material to life for over a dozen years. She and her JK son are now thrilled to be immersed in the classical Christian tradition and roaring with the Veritas Lions!

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!

Mr. Ben Lee

Fourth Grade Teacher

Mr. Lee earned his Bachelor's degree from Old Dominion University and his graduate certificate and teaching licensure in Elementary Education from the University of Richmond. He was introduced to Veritas last year through substitute teaching and coaching Soccer Shots on campus. In the spring of 2017, he completed his student teaching at Southampton Elementary in the City of Richmond. Mr. Lee has enjoyed reading and discussing great books with his class. He feels blessed to be able to pray for students together with faculty in the mornings.

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 for the past five years. This is her first year teaching at Veritas. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cross-stitching, playing with her rabbits, and spending time with her family.

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.

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. For the last seven years, Mrs. Reed has taught sixth grade at Veritas School. Marty regularly contributes to the FOCUS on Christian Education blog.

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.

Ms. Ann Douglas Enghauser

Lower School Latin

Ann Douglas Enghauser holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has been at Veritas since 2008 and has taught a variety of subjects including British Humanities, Non-Western Humanities, and Lower and Upper School Latin. Since 2015 she has taught in a part-time capacity and enjoys introducing the 5th and 6th graders to the beginnings of Latin grammar. In addition to teaching part-time, Miss Enghauser tutors both Veritas and homeschooled students in English grammar, writing, and Latin. Miss Enghauser enjoys being involved in Redeemer Anglican Church, cooking for friends and family, and being an aunt to four nieces.

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.

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. 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.

Mr. Cam Childress

Physical Education Teacher

Cam Childress has been at Veritas since 2014, teaching all sections of Physical Education for Kindergarten through sixth grade students. Cam also enjoys teaching swim lessons, and has served as an instructor for nearly three decades at the YMCA of Greater Richmond. Beyond PE and swimming, Mr. Childress remains active through long walks, weight-lifting, and swimming. As Lower School students know well, Cam is a great collector of sports cards and memorabilia. Mr. Childress also serves as a middle school coach in Veritas' athletic program.

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.

Mr. Bryant Allen

Assistant Athletic Director, Upper School Electives (Economics)

Bryant Allen joined the Veritas family in August 2017. He brings a love for Jesus, family and the community. A graduate of Liberty University and Virginia State University, Bryant is also a former United States Marine and retired soldier. He has spent numerous years in the field of public education, serving in various positions ranging from the classroom to administration. Serving as the Assistant Pastor of his church, he loves to spend time working with the church, coaching basketball or just simply hanging out with his precious family. His wife Antoinette is a retired Air Force Officer and they have three beautiful children, Summer, Autumn and Asher.

Mr. John Alley

Upper School Humanities

John Alley teaches Logic, Classical Humanities, and Early Modern European Humanities and coaches the Veritas Cross Country and Track & Field programs. This is his fourth year at Veritas. Prior to teaching at Veritas, John taught at a classical school in Reston, Virginia. He graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Music. John and his wife, Kim, have two young daughters and a cat named Cardinal Richelieu.

Mr. Joshua Betts

Upper School Math

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).

Ms. Emily Burlew

Upper School Humanities

Miss Emily Burlew graduated from Houghton College in New York with a degree in humanities and music. She is an alumna of a classical Christian school, and after completing her college years, she returned to her alma mater in Pennsylvania and taught there for four years. Miss Burlew moved to Richmond in 2015 and now teaches humanities and logic in the Upper School. This is her third year at Veritas.

Ms. Kathryn Clikeman

Upper School Latin

Kathryn graduated from Veritas in 2013 and is now 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.

Mrs. Xochilt Diaz

Upper School Spanish

Mrs. Diaz has been teaching Spanish for five 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. This is her third year teaching at Veritas School, although she previously taught at both Heritage Christian Academy and Buford Christian Academy. Mrs. Diaz has two sons, one of whom graduated from Veritas.

Mr. Scott Dicken

Upper School Math and Rhetoric

Mr. Scott Dicken enters his second year at Veritas, teaching algebra and precalculus courses in the Upper School. 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. Mr. Dicken has taught several college-level courses in algebra and writing and is excited for the opportunity to work with our Upper School students. He also serves the school as a faculty advisor for the Middle School Mathletes program and can be found operating the audio equipment at assemblies and Veritas community events.

Dr. Michael Dicken

Science Department Chair, Upper School Science

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 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

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

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

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.

Mrs. Laurie Howell

Upper School Humanities

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

Mr. Killmer is excited to be back in his home state of Virginia after spending the past six years in Massachusetts. Mr. Killmer taught a wide range of Latin students, ranging from 3rd Graders to high-school seniors in AP Latin, at another classical Christian school in Peabody, MA. He likes to use active methods of Latin instruction in the classroom, and enjoys writing Latin stories that feature his students, all with the aim of creating an internal and intuitive understanding of Latin within his students. Mr. Killmer has 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. He enjoys reading, cooking (especially smoking meats), and spending time with his wife Jenn and two young daughters, Amelia and Lucy.

Mrs. Melissa Prior

Upper School Electives (Digital Photography)

Mrs. Melissa Prior graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from the School of Communications with a heavy emphasis in Graphic Design. Mrs. Prior spent her first three years at Veritas as Yearbook Advisor. She and her husband, Dave, have three children, all Veritas students. Abby is in 11th grade, Zach is in 8th grade and Nate is a 6th grader. When not teaching at Veritas, she spends her time capturing smiles and making memories. This is her sixth 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

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

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. Andrew Smith

Upper School Humanities and Rhetoric

Andrew Smith is in his first year at Veritas, directing the Rhetoric curriculum and teaching Theology. He has been a teacher and administrator in Christian classical schools for 15 years. Prior to joining Veritas, 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, spanning in age from 17 to 7.

Mr. Rick Trumbo

Upper School Humanities, Upper School Latin

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 is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. He began his teaching service at Veritas in 2007. He is the father of five adult children and 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 School Art

Sarah Hastings is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she majored in Art Education and double minored in Art History and Craft and Material Studies. She serves in the Upper School as a Ceramics and 3D Design art teacher and in the Lower School as a JK Extended Day assistant and 1st Grade classroom assistant. Prior to teaching at Veritas, Mrs. Hastings worked for 10 years at a local art studio. Mrs. Hasting’s 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, weaving, collecting house plants, and walking at the river.

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.