Carol received her undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and immediately began a career in Quality Control at Whittaker General Medical in Richmond, Virginia. After several years, she felt "the call" to teach and so returned to school at Virginia Tech where she received a master's degree in Science Curriculum and Instruction. Thirty-three years later she retired from Northumberland High School and began a new teaching career at SMS in the fall of 2015. Carol lives in Heathsville with her husband Donn, also a retired teacher, and their cat, Roger. They are the proud parents of a daughter, Lara, who resides in Richmond.
With an impressive background as a research chemist, Mrs. Brooks works every day to inspire her students with her love of science. Unfailingly patient and enthusiastic about her subject matter, in 2005 Mrs. Brooks was the first recipient fo the John T. Rice Award for excellence in teaching. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Mrs. Brooks is also the day student sponsor. Mrs. Brooks lives off campus with her husband, Jeff and her daughters Ligon '07 and Corbin '09
Blake Brunner teaches World History, European History and World Literature. In his history and literature courses, he hopes that students will come to understand how human production and exchange form the basis of our social structures.
Mr. Brunner also participates in the Outdoor Adventures program at St. Margaret's. He has been an avid outdoorsman since his own time in high school, and he enjoys accompanying the students in kayaking and trekking throughout the Rappahannock River area.
Mr. Brunner holds a B.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in international relations from Boston University.
Ms. Doucette received her Master of Arts in English from the University of Arizona. She brings with her nearly three decades of experience teaching high school English and coaching various sports. She has a passion for athletics, specifically soccer, basketball, softball and volleyball. No stranger to boarding school, Ms. Doucette, attended Choate Rosemary Hall where she graduated cum laude. Ms. Doucette resides on campus and is looking forward to the opportunity to support our girls both in the classroom and on the sidelines.
Elizabeth Hanson serves as St. Margaret's CFO and teaches AP Calculus. She is a graduate of St. Catherine's School in Richmond and a proud Navy veteran. Having taught at the college and high school level, Elizabeth has spent the last decade working in school operations and finance. She is excited to join the SMS team and return to her roots in an Episcopal girls school.
Elizabeth holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the Williams College, a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, as well as a certificate in Educational Leadership from the University of RIchmond.
Beth recently retired from the Chesterfield County Public School System as the Manager of Technology Integration and Instruction. Prior to her positions in technology, Beth taught Chorus, General Music and Drama. She is teaching Treble Choir, Music History, Technical Theater and Drama History and will be directing the winter drama activity and accompanying on the organ for our chapel services.
A certified art educator for the state of Virginia, Rayana joins the St. Margaret’s team as an art teacher, bringing classroom experience from schools in Hanover, Chesterfield, and Richmond, Virginia. She has served as an education intern with both Art on Wheels in Chesterfield and the Visual Arts Center in Richmond, while instructing and supporting multiple programs through the Visual Arts Center and Brilliant Summer Day Camp. Rayana holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Rayana joins the residential team and will sponsor afternoon activities in addition to her teaching work in the beautiful SMS art space.
Jovita is a graduate of Rappahannock High School in Warsaw, Virginia, and Virginia Commonwealth University. After college, she worked as a Mortgage Underwriter for Union Bank and Bank of America. After a few years of underwriting, Jovita discovered that she enjoyed teaching others proper underwriting technique. She decided to pursue a position in Training and Development at Bank of America and it was there that her love for teaching blossomed. Anxious to follow her passion, Jovita enrolled in the Career Switcher Program and then completed her education certification in Secondary Mathematics. She served in the public school system for 10 years for Northumberland County before joining the St. Margaret's staff. She has a five year old daughter and the two reside in McCuan dorm.
Nichole grew up in Tappahannock, Virginia and attended St. Margaret's as a day student. She graduated from SMS in 2011 and went to Mary Baldwin College. Nichole earned her Bachelors in Political Science with minors in Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution and Business Management. Upon graduation from college, Nichole accepted a teaching position with Teach For America. She taught 8th grade Special Education in Rocky Mount, North Carolina for three years before deciding to return to SMS. Nichole lives on campus as a Hall Adult with her dog Rainy. She spends her summers working as an Assistant Camp Director at a residential YMCA camp.
Rebecca is from Walkerton, Virginia, and she is a 2011 graduate of St. Margaret's. She then went to Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French.
ShaDonna is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she received her Bachelors in Psychology. While attending VCU she was a member of the award winning Black Awakening Choir. She now serves as the Administrative Assistant Intern in the Office of School Life, and as a Hall Adult, Class Sponsor and sponsor to both WE Productions and Soulful Voices.
Mrs. Carlson is originally from Canada. She started her work for St. Margaret’s School in 2006 as a part-time driver. This position quickly evolved to include other duties, especially for the residential offices. She then worked full-time in the School Life and Academic Offices in a support position before continuing her transition to the academic side. She lives near Tappahannock with her husband, Ken, their dog, Bella, and 3 cats, KC, Lucy, and Ginger.
Christina comes to St. Margaret's School after nearly a decade in fundraising development. She previously served as the Field Development Manager at Autism Speaks in Virginia, and as the Director of Development at The Menokin Foundation in Warsaw, VA.
Christina received her Master of Arts (’14) and Bachelor of Arts (’10) from George Mason University in History. As an undergraduate student, she became a member of the women’s fraternity Alpha Xi Delta, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society, and she embraced the opportunity to study history and philosophy abroad in Ireland, Greece, and Turkey.
Christina lives in the Northern Neck with her family. During her free time, she likes to travel, explore museums and historic sites, and spend time outdoors and along the river. She loves her community and volunteering, and she is a Catechist at St. Timothy Catholic Church. Christina enjoys working in an educational setting and is committed to helping others realize their potential.
An alumna from the Class of 2000, Cameron looks forward to working with students and families in her new role as School Counselor, having served as Director of Enrollment Management from 2015-2019. Prior to this, she held social work positions at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System for nearly a decade. She received her Master of Social Work and Certificate in Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Christy joined the St. Margaret’s team in the summer as the school nurse and immediately began implementing safety measures to support the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is an instrumental teammate in the planning for a healthy and safe re-opening. Christy has more than 20 years of experience as a registered nurse through Bon Secours Richmond Health System and holds her Associates Degree in Nursing from Rappahannock Community College and J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College. Christy is also the parent of a Class of 2021 student at St. Margaret’s.
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Episcopal girls' school for boarding and day, grades 8-12, and postgraduate, on the banks of the Rappahannock River in Virginia.