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Faculty & Staff Directory

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Name Email Address Extension

Ainsworth, Dana

English 8 & 9

dainsworth@millerschool.org 216

Barrett, Sharon

Art I, II, Honors Art, Independent Study/Graphic Design

Yearbook Coordinator

skbarrett@millerschool.org 254

Bittner, Stephanie

Math, Algebra I, Algebra II

sbittner@millerschool.org 261

Bodager, Bradley

Vice President

Director of Institutional Advancement

bbodager@millerschool.org 211

Bradley, Timothy

Technology Coordinator

tbradley@millerschool.org 246

Braxton, James

Athletic Director

Varsity Girls Basketball Coach

jbraxton@millerschool.org 266

Burke, Mary Jo

Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Latin IV, AP Latin

Foreign Language Department Chair

mjburke@millerschool.org 219

Brubaker, LeAnne
Business Manager

lbrubaker@millerschool.org 221

Cason, Kathie

Director of Student Life

kcason@millerschool.org 239

Celella, Chris

Studio Music, Studio Singing

ccelella@millerschool.org 256

Donkor, Kirsten

Athletic Trainer

kdonkor@millerschool.org 255

Drude, Michael

Head of School

mdrude@millerschool.org 234, 259

Ewell, Ellen
Registrar, AP Coordinator

registrar@millerschool.org 223

Fickley, Thomas

Dual Enrollment US History, AP Modern European History, Ancient & Medieval History

History Department Chair

Coaching Cross Country

tfickley@millerschool.org 207

Gregory, Dee

Assistant Director of Admission

dgregory@millerschool.org 248

Gartner, Gene

AP Calculus, Statistics, Duel  Enrollment Business

Coaching Equestrian

ggartner@millerschool.org 261

Gillespie, Sarah Lynn

Spanish and ESL

stgillespie@millerschool.org 217

Goodbar, Sarah

Library, Study Skills

sgoodbar@millerschool.org 213/215

Guptill, Andy

Land Managment, Endurance Team Director

aguptill@millerschool.org 230

Hackett, Debbie

Registered Nurse, Guidance Counselor

dhackett@millerschool.org 226

Hale, Sam

Director of Admission

shale@millerschool.org 240

Hanson, Al

Fine Arts Department, Design/Build, Science Department

Outdoor Wilderness Coach

ahanson@millerschool.org 264

Henry, Ryan

Physics, Director of Applied Engineering Program

Conceptual Physics, AP Physics I Algebra-Based, Applied Engineering

Engineering Team Coach, Alternative Energy Service Group

rhenry@millerschool.org 265

Hebert, Julie

Biology & Environmental Science

jhebert@millerschool.org 267

Hixson, Julia
English 11

jhixson@millerschool.org 227

Hochstein, Beth
Assistant Director of Advancement

bhochstein@millerschool.org 210

Hufnagel, Peter

Dean of Faculty, Director of Special Programs, English 10

Cross Country and Endurance Coach

phufnagel@millerschool.org 205

Kauffmann, Jay

English 12, Creative Writing

jkauffmann@millerschool.org 209

Kelley-Wagner, Kim

Electronic Media Coordinator

kkwagner@millerschool.org 225

Landseadel, Jessica

AP Biology
Wayland Hall Dorm Director

jlandseadel@millerschool.org 208

Leary, Russell

Politics & AP Government, Economics

rleary@millerschool.org 257

Life, Amy

Statistics and AP Statistics

alife@millerschool.org 247

Lovelace, Brad

Director of Operations

blovelace@millerschool.org 232

Macdonald, John

Geometry, Algebra III

Soccer Coach

jmacdonald@millerschool.org 250

Manuel, Danny

Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Old Main Dorm Director


Manuel, Elly

Assistant to the Head of School

emanuel@millerschool.org 231

Meagher, Hugh

Director of College Placement

hmeagher@millerschool.org 229

Melis, Ralf

Algebra II, Pre-Calculus

Mathematics Department Chair

rmelis@millerschool.org 244

Nabi, Jason

English 11, AP English Language

English Department Chair, Director of Academics

Swimming Coach

jnabi@millerschool.org 236

Pallante, Thomas

Photography, Fine Arts Department Chair

Miller School Representative of Honor & Discipline Board

Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach

tpallante@millerschool.org 201

Peake, Justin


jpeake@millerschool.org 222

Riddick, David

United States History, AP United States History

driddick@millerschool.org 258

Stewart, Gerri

Chief Financial Officer

gstewart@millerschool.org 235

Tyler, Antoinette

Assistant Director of Student Life, Wayland Hall Dorm Director

atyler@millerschool.org 263

Waddle, Meghan

Chemistry, Science Department Chair

mwaddle@millerschool.org 249

Wawner, Clay

Dean of Students, History

Lacrosse Coach

cwawner@millerschool.org 238

Kim Kelley-Wagner


Kim_webCommunications Coordinator

B.F.A., Kent State University

Email: kkwagner@millerschool.org

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Kim came to Miller in the summer of 2010 to become Electronic Media Coordinator; running Miller School of Albemarle’s web site, blog and social media sites. She also takes many of the photos seen on these sites and hopes that students and their families enjoy them.

In addition, Kim heads the school’s Arboretum Service Group, which began with the 2010-2011 school year. The group works to identify and label the trees on Miller’s 1,600 acre campus. A map has been created so that visitors interested in fauna can tour the campus with the help of the tree identification map. In the 2011 – 2012 school year the group added an herb garden to campus. The garden helps teach not only gardening skills, but the useful properties of plants and helps supply the kitchens with fresh herbs and flowers.

Kim also spends time creating hand-drawn illustrations for publication, contributing thousands of pen and ink illustrations to over 60 books and magazines to date, mostly in the fields of history and archaeology.

Beginning in the 2013-2014 school year, Kim also became a MSA parent when her eldest daughter Liliana began 8th grade. Experiencing Miller from a different perspective as a parent, she feels, helps in discovering how the school’s online communications might continue to evolve to better service the school community.


James Braxton

James_webAthletics Director

B.A., Averett University

Coaching: Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach

Email: jbraxton@millerschool.org

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James joined the Miller School of Albemarle as a full time faculty member in July of 2005. He has been girls basketball coach here at MSA since the 2003-2004 basketball season. James is a graduate of Averett University, Class of 1992, with a B.A. in Sociology. While attending Averett, James was a four year starter on Averett’s basketball team, and was inducted into the Averett University Athletic Hall of Fame on October 13, 2000, for his accomplishments on the court. Prior to working at MSA, James was employed by Piedmont Regional Educational Program as a Teacher/Management Specialist from 1997-2005. He also coached in the Albemarle County Public School system as an Assistant Varsity Girls Basketball Coach during his tenure at Piedmont Regional Educational Program.

James loves to spend time with his family, which includes his wife Natasha, daughters Syriah, Presleigh, and Parker, and a son, Christian. James enjoys playing softball and traveling with his family.


Dee Gregory


Dee_webAssistant Director of Admission

Virginia Commonwealth University

Email: dgregory@millerschool.org

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Dee joined Miller School of Albemarle in August 2006 as Assistant to the Headmaster. In June 2008, Dee joined the Admissions staff as the Assistant Director of Admissions. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University and moved to the Charlottesville area in late 1997. Prior to her arrival at MSA, she worked as a Legal Assistant for nearly 10 years.

Dee, her husband, Bryon, reside in Ruckersville, Virginia, along with their ten dogs. Dee has a son, Jake, and daughter, Brooke, who are both currently serving in the United States Air Force.


Debbie Hackett

Kim_webSchool Nurse/Counselor

M.S.N., University of North Carolina

B.S.N., Florida State University

M.Ed., Auburn University

B.S., Florida Atlantic University

Email: dhackett@millerschool.org

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Debbie came to the Miller School of Albemarle in the fall of 2000. She had been teaching full time at the School of Nursing at Auburn University and had just completed a M.Ed. in Community Counseling. MSA offered a chance to combine nursing and counseling. In addition to her work at MSA, Debbie teaches nursing part-time at PVCC and Kaplan.

Debbie lives in Batesville with her husband Ray, two horses, two dogs, two cats and three birds. Her daughter, Elise, recently graduated from college and works for the County of Albemarle in Charlottesville.


BRADLEY_TIM_2013_2014_webTimothy Bradley

Technology Coordinator

B.S., Virginia Tech

Email: tbradley@millerschool.org

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Chris Celella

Chris_webMusic Teacher

B.A., Boston University

M.Ed., University of Virginia

Email: ccelella@millerschool.org

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Mr. C grew up singing in choirs, playing instruments, and listening to too much music. He cannot remember life without some piece to practice! Mr. C attended Boston University College of Fine Arts as a student of both music performance and music education. A semi-accomplished singer, he has performed at such venues as Symphony Hall (Boston, MA), Woolsey Hall (New Haven, CT), Carnegie Hall (New York), St. Peter’s Cathedral (Vatican City), San Ignatio (Rome), and Santa Maria del Fiore (Florence, Italy).

He moved to Central Virginia in the summer of 2007, finding more places to remain active in the arts. He obtained a M.Ed. from The Curry School at the University of Virginia and is privileged to teach music and drama at the Miller School of Albemarle. He LOVES working with young, talented, and focused high school students. They impress him daily, which is an added benefit!

After graduating with a history degree, Mr. C pursued a career in business administration. Meanwhile, of course, he stayed active in the arts: as music director, actor, and musician.


Gary Eisenhuth

EISENHUTH_GARY_2013_2014_webAP Chemistry

B.A., Biology, Malone University

M.A., Biology, Kent State University

Email: geisenhuth@millerschool.org

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Gary has over 20 years of teaching experience in Ohio schools and 20 in Virginia schools, including Albemarle county and Miller School of Albemarle. He has also been adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia and Piedmont Virginia Community College. He is certified in biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science.

When not delving into the sciences, he can be found outdoors hiking, biking, or in a kayak, sailboat, or on a racquetball or tennis court.


macdonald web

John Macdonald


Geometry, Algebra III, Computer Programming

B.S., United States Merchant Marine Academy

Email: jmacdonald@millerschool.org

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John joined the Miller School of Albemarle in the autumn of 2007 after having traveled around the world for two years with his wife Cara on their honeymoon. Before their extensive traveling, John taught at the Jemicy School in Towson, Maryland, for four years, where he also coached soccer, lacrosse, track and worked four years at a dance studio teaching a range of ballroom dances including tango and salsa. Before he changed career paths into education, John was a marine engineer and sailed all over the world on container ships, tankers, cable layers and a cruise ship. John graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1996 with a BS in Marine Engineering Systems and Design. John and Cara have two daughters, Abigail Sinclair Macdonald and Olivia Anne Macdonald.


Kirsten Donkor


Kirsten_web Athletic Trainer

B.S., Bridgewater College

M.Ed., University of Virginia

Email: kdonkor@millerschool.org

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Kirsten is originally from Annapolis, MD. She graduated from Bridgewater College in 2009 with a BS in Athletic Training. She went on to work at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA; where she served as the Head Athletic Trainer, taught Health, and spear-headed a committee geared at improving the food at the dining hall. After three years at Foxcroft, Kirsten decided to pursue a Masters degree. She attended the University of Virginia where she completed her Masters of Education in Kinesiology – Athletic Training in 2013 with the defense of her thesis entitled, “Comparison of three Rehabilitation Programs for Chronic Ankle Instability on Center of Pressure Distribution and Self-Reported Function.” Kirsten has been working at MSA since 2013.


HANSON_AL_2013_2014_webAl Hanson


Design/Build I, II, III, Woodworking, Earth Science

B.S., Education, Oregon State University

B.S., Business Administration, Oregon State University

M.A., Aeronautical Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Email: ahanson@millerschool.org

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Al Hanson grew up in the small farming community of Harrisburg, Oregon. His dad built many houses, warehouses, and apartments, and passed on much of that knowledge to his son. In addition to learning carpentry and general fix-it skills associated with running a rental business, Mr. Hanson spent much time designing and building furniture in his woodshop for his home.

Mr. Hanson served in the United States Air Force for 20 years as an aviator and war planner. He spent 14 years flying the F-15E Strike Eagle at various locations around the world. Getting to see and experience the different cultures of the countries he visited was a highlight of his career in the military. Mr. Hanson ended his military career in 2008, seeking a second career in teaching.

Mr. Hanson has been teaching at Miller School of Albemarle since 2012. He is joined by his wife, Kari, and two children, Ainsley and Kelby.


Jay Kauffmann

KAUFFMANN_JAY_2013_2014_webEnglish 12, AP Literature and Composition

B.A., Vermont College

M.F.A., Vermont College

Email: jkauffmann@millerschool.org

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Jay is an award-winning poet, fiction and nonfiction writer, whose work has appeared in the United States, Ireland, England, Sweden, and France. Winner of the Andrew Grossbardt Memorial Prize (from Brandeis University), his work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New American Voices, among other awards. Recent work has appeared in The Writer’s Chronicle, Lumina, Upstreet, Storyglossia, Gulf Stream, CutBank, Mid-American Review, the Doire Press International Chapbook Competition Anthology, and elsewhere. He has been Writer-in-Residence at Randolph College, and Konstepidemin (in Gothenburg, Sweden), and has taught at Randolph College, Vermont College, Göteborgs Stadsbibliotek, WriterHouse, and University of Virginia. He has also been a jazz drummer, and competitive swimmer.


Thomas Pallante


Tom_webFine Arts Chair, Photography Teacher

B.A., College of Wooster

M.F.A., Radford University

Email: tpallante@millerschool.org

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Thomas W. Pallante committed himself to the study of art and photography during his time at the College of Wooster, Ohio where he graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in 1999. He lived in Boston, MA where he worked for a photographic printing company before entering into graduate studies at Radford University in Virginia. After receiving his MFA in Photography in 2004, he taught all levels of Photography, Mixed-Media Art, Art Foundations and Art Appreciation at Radford University until the spring of 2008. He also instructed at Virginia Western Community College and New River Community College. Tom continues to create art that explores the social and political American landscape through photography and mixed-media collage.

Since joining the Miller School of Albemarle community in 2008, Tom is energized by the commitment to the ‘minds, hands, and heart’ philosophy. He appreciates the students’ and staff’s motivation toward establishing a creative, involved, respectful culture with high standards of honor and excellence in teaching and living. He believes the location and eccentric beauty of the preserved campus offers students a unique and inspiring place to learn and to grow.

Tom has been part of the Baseball program coaching both J.V. and Varsity Baseball since arriving at Miller and currently stands as an Assistant Varsity Coach.  As a photographer Tom explores traditional medium and large format photography, practicing antiquated processes such as wet plate collodion techniques while also capturing Maverick sporting events as well as the natural and architectural beauty of the Miller School of Albemarle campus. Tom and his wife, Jayme Armistead Pallante, have a daughter, Lily Hope, a son, Ty Collins.


Antoinette Tyler

Assistant Director of Student Life, Wayland Hall Dorm Director

B.S., Liberty University

Email: atyler@millerschool.org

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Antoinette joined the Miller School of Albemarle in September of 2001 as an Administrative Assistant to the Director of Admissions and the Headmaster. Antoinette started her career in education in August of 1993 at Greer Elementary School in Albemarle County as a Teaching Assistant and a special needs assistant for a young man with Autism.

Antoinette likes to spend her spare time with family and catching up with friends. Antoinette enjoys having movie night with her family, reading, playing board games, having “girl talk” with the Wayland girls and supporting Miller School of Albemarle sporting events.


Meghan Waddle


B.S., California University of Pennsylvania

Master of Arts Education, Teacher Leadership

Email: mwaddle@millerschool.org

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Meghan Waddle graduated in 2005 from a small Pennsylvania state school called California University. During her time there, she enthusiastically studied Chemistry and realized her strong passion for education. She was awarded the CETP (Collaborative Excellence in Teacher Preparation) scholarship that investigated the benefits of constructivism in a science and math classroom. Her unique student teaching experiences ranged from inner city to alternative environmental education. This helped her to prepare for her current position at the Miller School of Albemarle.

Ms. Waddle feels that the best part of the Miller School of Albemarle is the fact that the small class sizes allows for her to recognize and teach to the needs of each and every student.


Clay Wawner


Clay_webDiscipline, Study Skills

B.A., Denison University

Email: cwawner@millerschool.org

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Clay Wawner graduated from Denison University with a B. A. in History, where he was captain of the lacrosse team for both his junior and senior seasons. After graduation, Clay worked in the Outdoor Education field where he led wilderness expeditions in Western North Carolina, Hawaii, Alaska, Tanzania and across Europe.

Since joining the Miller School of Albemarle community in 2013, Clay has taken on a number of roles as the Dean of Students, head varsity lacrosse coach, community service coordinator and a member of the history department.  Clay is teaching our Europe and the World history course, as well as a Senior Seminar on Native American Studies.

When he is not in the classroom, or on the athletic field, Clay enjoys fly fishing, whitewater rafting and exploring the outdoors with his wife Maggie and dog Stanley.


Mary Jo Burke


Maryjo_web Latin I, Latin II, Latin III, Latin IV, Advanced Latin

Foreign Language Department Chair

B.A., Union College

M.A., University of Virginia

Email: mjburke@millerschool.org

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Mary Jo joined the Miller School of Albemarle in August 2004. Prior to her arrival at MSA, Mary Jo worked as a Latin tutor at Champion Tutoring in Charlottesville, VA, and taught at Woodberry Forest School. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Union College, receiving a BA in Classics in 1990. Mary Jo continued her study of Classics at the University of Virginia, receiving a MA in Latin in 1992. She did additional graduate work in Classics at the University at the Ph.D. level. Mary Jo has presented papers on Roman authors including Catullus, Livy and Menander at meetings of the Classical Association of the Midwest and South.

In addition to teaching Latin, Mary Jo serves as faculty advisor to the National Honor Society at MSA, in which capacity she oversees the school’s Peer Tutoring program. She is the faculty chair of the MSA Honor and Discipline Committee. In her free time, Mary Jo does volunteer work for her alma mater, Union College, in the role of Annual Fund class agent. 

A transplant to Virginia from Albany, New York, Mary Jo is a die-hard New York Yankees fan who also roots for the UVa Cavaliers. Other pastimes include traveling, spending time with family and friends, and reading.

Aiden Burke, Mary Jo’s husband, is the network administrator at Woodberry Forest School. The Burkes have two sons, Patrick and Brendan.


Kathie Cason

Kathie_webDirector of Student Life

Mary Baldwin College

Email: kcason@millerschool.org

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Kathie was born and raised in Charlottesville, VA. She is married to Bernie Cason, also known as “Coach.” They each have worked in the public school system for over 25 years. Kathie began her career at Greer Elementary School, where she was the administrative assistant for Principal Fulton Marshall, a Miller School of Albemarle alumnus. Her husband coached football for Albemarle High School for many years. Kathie has run numerous summer camps as well as done training for high schools for the State of Virginia for the Operation Prom/Graduation Project (alcohol/drug free after prom/graduation parties).

Kathie and Bernie have 2 children, one of whom graduated from the Miller School of Albemarle. Kathie is currently serving as Director of Student Life and Dorm Director for Wayland Hall. When she is not spending her time dreaming up creative and fun ideas for student life, she is busy going to music festivals with her husband, watching scary movies, scrapbooking, and scouring the state of Virginia for the perfect spot to build her dream home where she can indulge in her favorite pastime – hanging out with her family.


Sharon Barrett


Sharon_webArt Teacher, Yearbook Coordinator

B.A., Bridgewater College

P.G.T.L., Mary Baldwin College

Email: skbarrett@millerschool.org

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Sharon is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Bridgewater College in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Earning a B.A. in Studio Art, her electives included courses in education, psychology, music, and drama, plus she completed an internship in adaptive recreation at a rehabilitation center.

Following graduation, Sharon worked with elderly and disabled adults as an activities director in residential care facilities. After taking some time off to raise her two sons, she went back to school to earn her state teaching license in Art K-12. She worked in a large, multicultural elementary school for seven years before joining the Miller faculty in 1999.

Some of Sharon’s former students are now successful illustrators, landscape architects, and fashion designers, and she still enjoys helping new MSA students gain skills and confidence in their artistic abilities.


Peter Hufnagel

Peter_webDean of Faculty, Director of Special Programs, English 10

B.A., University of Virginia

M.A., University of Virginia

Email: phufnagel@millerschool.org

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Peter Hufnagel has been teaching English and coaching at Miller School of Albemarle since 2005. Before joining the MSA faculty, Hufnagel earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Virginia, where he studied English Literature as a Bradley Fellow. While at UVA, Hufnagel raced for the cycling team, and in 2005 he won both the ACC Cycling Road Race Championship and the ACC Team Time Trial Championship. Since graduating, Hufnagel has continued to pursue both academics and athletics.

He has had essays published in Studies in the Novel, Forum for World Literature Studies, and the Norton Critical Edition of The Time Machine. In addition, he gave a paper at the annual Renaissance Prose Conference at Purdue University in 2009 and spoke as a panelist on Shakespeare’s Roman plays at the University of Richmond’s Jepson School of Leadership.

In athletics, Hufnagel continues to pursue road cycling, mountain biking, and triathlon at an elite level. In 2007, he raced as a guest rider for the professional cycling team Colavita/ Sutter Home in the NRC stage race Tour of Virginia. Most recently, he finished 3rd in the Pro 1,2 Virginia State Championship Criterium and won the Charlottesville Olympic Distance Triathlon.

In 2010, Hufnagel finished 14th overall in the Richmond Half-Marathon and Charlottesville 10-Miler. While Chair of the MSA English Department, Hufnagel authored the school’s writing manual and founded the school’s Writing Center.

Hufnagel lives in Crozet with his wife Andrea, who is a former collegiate triathlon National Champion and currently one of the nation’s top-ranked professional cyclists.


Jessica Landseadel

jessica_webAP Biology, Wayland Hall Dorm Director

B.S., College of William and Mary

Email: jlandseadel@millerschool.org

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Jason Nabi


Jason_webEnglish 11, AP English Language, English Department Chair, Director of Academics

B.A., Columbia University

Ph.D., University of Virginia

Email: jnabi@millerschool.org

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Jason joined the Miller community in 2013. He holds a doctorate in English Language and Literature from U.Va., where he taught literature surveys, poetry seminars, composition courses, and public speaking. He has published in Victorian Poetry, and he has presented at several conferences, including one held by the English Faculty at the University of Oxford for the Tennyson Bicentenary. His teaching and research interests include poetic form and theory; logic, rhetoric, and linguistics; and contemporary poetries (such as rap as an art form).

Jason is thrilled to be on the Miller team and to be a part of a community that prides itself on inspiring and fulfilling the total student. Having served as a swim instructor to all ages for various programs at U.Va., Jason helped to start the Miller School swim team and is currently head coach. His service group works with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, which holds the Festival of the Book each spring. As Associate Dean of Faculty, he serves as a resource for his fellow teachers in all pedagogical matters, from lesson planning to classroom observation.

Jason lives in Charlottesville with his wife, Liz, and his son, Thomas, and loves spending his time with them. He enjoys running, biking, swimming, and an occasional triathlon.


Thomas Fickley


Thomas_webPolitical Philosophy, Ancient and Medieval History, AP Modern European History

History Department Chair

B. A. George Mason University

M. A. Missouri State University

Email: tfickley@millerschool.org

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Thomas Fickley, an Albemarle County native, came to the Miller School of Albemarle in the Spring of 2012. He holds a BA from George Mason University and an MA from Missouri State University, both in history. Thomas enjoys reading, playing bluegrass music, building things, studying and playing chess, gardening, all outdoor activities, and spending time with his wife and three sons. He teaches Ancient and Medieval History, AP European History, and Dual Enrollment American History. 



Lisa Wayand

Lisa_webAssistant to the Headmaster

B.A., Mercyhurst University

Email: lwayand@millerschool.org

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A native of Erie, PA, Lisa earned her B.A. in Art from Mercyhurst University. With her background in graphic design, she spent the first 10 years of her career as an art director for a large publishing company before moving around the country with her husband, Joe. Prior to coming to Miller this year as the new Administrative Assistant to the Headmaster, Lisa worked at a marketing and communications firm in downtown Charlottesville.

The mother of a college-aged son, she has the good fortune to experience both sides of Miller by also being the parent of a MSA senior.

When she is not busy with her family or freelance projects, Lisa is an avid tennis player, enjoys all sports, painting with her daughter, and kayaking and hiking with her husband.


Gerri Stewart


Director of Finance, Certified Public Accountant

B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University

C.P.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

Email: gstewart@millerschool.org

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Gerri joined the Miller School of Albemarle in July 2007, after serving for 7 years as the Chief Financial Officer of Oakcrest School in northern Virginia. Prior to making a career change into education, Gerri was a Medical Technologist for 18 years. After returning to school in 1994 and changing course into accounting, she became a Certified Public Accountant in 1997.

Gerri enjoys living in the country with her pets (26 in all) and husband on 68 acres in Nelson County. She loves to garden, ride horses, and spend time with her children and grandchildren whenever possible.

Gerri’s husband, Clay, is a computer programmer and network engineer. They own a wireless internet service company in Nelson County. They also love to work on their dream house in their spare time. Built around a log cabin constructed in the 1800’s, this project of love has been on-going for more than 7 years, with no end in sight!

Gerri often describes working in a school with an old line from the Peace Corps: “it’s the hardest job you will ever love.”

Assistant to the Headmaster

Assistant to the Headmaster

P.E.T.E., West Virginia University

Email: eschumacher@millerschool.org

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Ralf Melis



Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, Math Department Head

B.A., University of North Carolina at Asheville

M.A., University of Phoenix

Email: rmelis@millerschool.org

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Ralf Melis was born and raised in the Netherlands and still considers himself a Dutchman. However, in the summer of 2013 he obtained his United States citizenship as well, and he now is a proud dual citizen. Ralf, Kristi, and Jordan Melis became a part of the Miller community in August of 2011. They enjoy living on campus, eating in the dining hall, watching different athletic events, and they use all the trails extensively to walk their four-legged family member Tazz.

Ralf attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He graduated from Asheville summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in business and a minor in economics. Ralf attended Asheville on a basketball scholarship and he still follows the Bulldogs closely. Ralf was recognized nationally for his success in the classroom and on the court as a Third Team Academic All-American in 1995. He was also recognized by the Big South Conference as the recipient of the George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence, an award given each year to one male student-athlete and one female student-athlete who attain the highest grade point averages during their college careers and are graduates of a member institution. Upon graduation Ralf played basketball professionally in Europe for teams in Belgium, Portugal, and the Netherlands. During this time he also represented his country as a member of the Dutch National Team.

After retiring from basketball Ralf and Kristi moved to Mesa, Arizona in 2001 where he started his teaching career. While teaching at a charter school he enrolled at The University of Phoenix and earned his Master in Secondary Education. He has taught classes ranging from 6th grade mathematics to AP Statistics. He really enjoys problems that combine algebra with other fields of mathematics, and particularly problems that can be solved through multiple approaches. He is often amazed at the richness of approaches his students use when they solve these types of problems.


Sam Hale

Sam_webDirector of Admission

B.A., University of Mary Washington

Email: shale@millerschool.org

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Sam joined Miller School of Albemarle in 2007 after graduating from Mary Washington College with a B.A. in History. Beginning at MSA in the History Department, Sam taught United States History and American Government. Later Sam added AP United States History to his courses and served as the chair of the History Department from 2009-2011. Sam has also helped out in coaching wrestling, soccer, and strength and conditioning at MSA. Starting with the 2011-12 academic year, Sam transitioned to his current position as Director of Admission. He loves introducing new families to MSA and sharing his passion for our school.


Brad Lovelace


Brad_webDirector of Facilities


Email: blovelace@millerschool.org

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Although he was a Constitutional scholar in college, post university Brad became more of a follower of Henry David Thoreau and like Thoreau he sought “to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.” This enthusiasm led him to a career of designing, building and restoring structures.

Brad’s love of architecture and building has provided him with a variety of work experiences which range from restoring a church steeple in Manhattan to fixing up a beach villa in Greece. He has also worked on projects and lived extensively in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Costa Rica and Haiti.

Currently, he is overjoyed at being one of the caretakers of Samuel Miller’s vision. This daunting task keeps him pretty well occupied. But, working on the beautiful 1,600 acre campus and the numerous historic buildings is indeed a labor of love.


Andy Guptill


World Geography, Endurance Team Director

B.S., Fort Lewis College

Email: aguptill@millerschool.org

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Andy was born and raised in upstate New York and was inseparable from his bike as soon as he could ride on two wheels. At the suggestion of a local bike shop employee, he entered his first mountain bike race at the age of 13 and was hooked. After representing the United States at the Junior World Mountain Bike Championships in 2001, Andy began school at Fort Lewis College, a perennial powerhouse in collegiate cycling in Durango, Colorado.

While completing his degree in Exercise Science, Andy slowly shifted his focus from mountain to road, and was able to spend several summers competing in Europe with the U23 National team. Upon graduation, Andy signed his first professional road contract and raced full time until the fall of 2011, when he took on the new challenge of directing the Miller School of Albemarle Endurance Team. In July of 2010, Andy and Peter Hufnagel held the inaugural Charlottesville Bike Camp (CBC) junior development road cycling camp and in 2011 added a mountain bike camp as well. Between the Miller School of Albemarle Endurance Team and Charlottesville Bike Camps, Andy applies his years of professional experience to working with beginner to elite level junior cyclists and enjoys teaching them the skills needed to progress while keeping the sport fun and hopefully a lifelong endeavor.


Erra Grant

Haden Hart Dorm Director

A.A.S., Art and Design, Central Virginia Community College

Attending Piedmont Virginia Community College

Email: egrant@millerschool.org

Erra also works for Piedmont Virginia Community College in the Theater Department. Along with a professional production crew by the name of Stagemonkie LLC. Some of the major shows Erra has been apart of include; WWE World Wrestling Entertainment, Cirque Du Soleil, Josh Groban, and Michael Buble.

On her days off she still can’t get enough of theater because Erra is also an active volunteer for Live Arts Theater in downtown Charlottesville.


Gene Dunfee

Biology, Economics, AP Economics

B.A. Economics and Environmental Science, University of Virginia

M. Ed.,, Curriculum and Instruction, George Mason University

Email: gdunfee@millerschool.org

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David Riddick

US History & Government, AP US History

B.A., Hampden-Sydney College

Email: driddick@millerschool.org

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David Riddick, who teaches AP US History, and is one of those rare individuals who is an actual Charlottesville native. His passion and interest in US History is fueled by his deep family roots in Virginia. In fact, Dave’s ancestor, Clifton G. Burton, served with the 10th Virginia Cavalry of Wise’s Legion during the Civil War.

Dave previously taught 35 years within the Albemarle County Public School System both at Western Albemarle High School and Albemarle High School. He taught every level of US History, including AP, and was a founding member of the AHS American Studies teams tasked with creating and implementing the new, and highly emulated, program. Dave also team-taught a collaborative mainstream Special Education U.S. History class. In 2008, he taught both the AP Micro and AP Macro Economics classes where all his students earned a 5 on the exams. In 1997, Dave received the Brenton S. Halsey Teaching Excellence Award from the Virginia Historical Society.

Dave graduated from Hampden Sydney where he earned the distinction of being named captain of the lacrosse team during his Junior and Senior seasons. He has coached national, state and regional award-winning high school football and lacrosse teams at both Albemarle county high schools and at St. Anne’s Belfield.

For recreation, Dave enjoys motorcycling, hiking, golf and croquet. He lives in Crozet, Virginia with his wife Pat. Both of his daughters played goalie in lacrosse. Lauren played at Johns Hopkins University, and Catharine played at VA Tech.


Lucas Ames

Lucas_webAP Macroeconomics, Economics, and American Government and Politics, History Department

B.A., Georgetown University, Majors: Government and History

M.A., Binghamton University, History

Email: lames@millerschool.org

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Lucas Ames teaches AP Macroeconomics, Economics, and American Government and Politics in the History Department at Miller School. This is his first year on the Hill. Originally planning on law school, Lucas fell in love with being an educator during a one year volunteer position teaching at a private school for low income boys. Prior to arriving at Miller , Lucas taught at Flint Hill School outside of Washington, DC. While at Flint Hill, he served as chair of the History and Social Sciences department and led the cross country program. Before Flint Hill, he worked at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). There he partnered with teachers to help develop entrepreneurship curriculum in DC area schools. Working in over twenty classrooms, he got to see a lot of different teaching styles and techniques.

Lucas is passionate about the integration of technology across the curriculum and will occasionally write about it on his blog Entrepreneurial Teaching. He is also a contributor at EdSocialMedia, an organization dedicated toward schools discovering the power of social media.

Lucas lives with his wife, Amanda, in Charlottesville. They enjoy spending time running, traveling, and exploring new restaurants. Lucas is a loyal Hoya and loves spending college basketball season cheering on Georgetown and the Big East.


Zakiah Pierre


B.S., Tuskegee University

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Email: zpierre@millerschool.org

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Dr. Pierre earned her BS in Chemical Engineering from Tuskegee University, where she graduated magna cum laude. She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also taught chemistry. During her career, Dr. Pierre has focused on curriculum development aimed to improve K-12 STEM education in the US. Most recently, she has worked as a Research Scientist at the Center for Diversity in Engineering at the University of Virginia. Her work was recently recognized in the C’ville Weekly. In 2012, the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital honored her as one of the year’s most influential women working in STEM.

Mrs Pierre lives in Charlottesville with her husband (Sober), 2 month old daughter (Kira) and two kitties (Sango and Keelalah).


Morgan Cobuzzi

Morgan_webEnglish 9 and English 12

B.A., Sewanee: The University of the South

M.Ed., Vanderbilt University, Peabody College

Email: mcobuzzi@millerschool.org

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Morgan Cobuzzi joins the Miller School faculty after substituting at MSA throughout the previous school year. Prior to joining the MSA community, Morgan taught high school English in Fairfax County, Virginia and northern New Jersey, where she is from. Morgan will be building on her track coaching experience as the MSA women’s cross country coach this year, and as a former Varsity collegiate swimmer, she will also be assisting with the Miller School swim team. Morgan is thrilled to be part of the supportive and well-rounded community here at MSA.

When she is not teaching or reading to prepare for her classes, Morgan enjoys taking creative writing classes at WriterHouse in Charlottesville. Last year, Morgan’s poetry was selected as part of the “Bus Lines” poetry contest run by Charlottesville Area Transit. Morgan has also published short stories in fiction and is currently working on a novel.

Morgan resides in Charlottesville with her husband Paul. Both New Jersey natives, they enjoy exploring all that “Cavalier country” has to offer!


Beth Hochstein

Assistant Director of Advancement

B.A., University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown

Email: bhochstein@millerschool.org

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Beth joined MSA with over 10 years of professional experience in education at secondary and post-secondary levels, most recently at PVCC. In addition to her 5 years of expertise in fundraising, where she formerly served as Executive Director for a United Way in southern VA.

Beth and her family enjoy the country life and mountain views on their 30 acre farm circa 1905 which they are restoring. Having grown up around the Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania Beth says, “When life’s challenges seem too big a hurdle, I look to the mountains and find solace and a renewed strength.”


Ryan Henry



Physics, Director of Applied Engineering Program

Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University

Email: rhenry@millerschool.org

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Ryan Henry graduated from college in 1998 from a small northern New York college called Clarkson University with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Upon graduation, Ryan moved to Groton, CT to work at General Dynamics in their Electric Boat division. There he worked on the Virginia Class nuclear-powered submarine as a Mechanical Engineer in their engine room structures group. His career path eventually led him to Vermont and again went to work for General Dynamics in their Ordnance and Tactical Systems division. As the M61 Gatling Gun Engineer, Ryan supported our troops through a wide range of land, sea, and air platforms including the Navy’s F/A-18 Super Hornet.

In the summer of 2014, Ryan and his wife Amy moved to Virginia in search of warmer weather and a fresh start at life. Ryan is confident that his professional experience combined with his passion for teaching will offer the Miller School of Albemarle an exciting addition to their Applied Engineering Program, where Ryan is the Department Chair. When not teaching, Ryan enjoys the sport of Triathlon, which combines the individual sports of swimming, biking, and running.


Stephanie Bittner


Algebra I, Algebra II

B.S., Virginia Wesleyan College

Email: sbittner@millerschool.org

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Stephanie Bittner started at the Miller School at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year. She received a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and a minor in business from Virginia Wesleyan College in Norfolk, VA in 2013. While at VWC, Stephanie was a member of the women’s tennis team, a Resident Assistant, Peer Advisor, and the President of the Math club. She was also a volunteer leader at Tidewater Independent Schools Young Life. With these experiences and attendance at a small liberal arts school, Stephanie feels confident in her current position at the Miller School of Albemarle.

Stephanie was born and raised in Westminster, Maryland for 22 years, but now calls Charlottesville home. She is a die-hard fan of the Baltimore Ravens and Orioles, and now finds herself rooting for UVA alongside her Fiancé.

In addition to teaching pre-algebra, algebra 1, and algebra 2, Stephanie coaches Varsity Volleyball and will be serving as the Senior Class Sponsor. Outside of Miller, Stephanie enjoys playing volleyball and tennis, hiking and kayaking with her fiancé, Devin, and her dog Rivanna.


Ellen Ewell



Registrar, AP Coordinator


Email: registrar@millerschool.org

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Sarah Gillespie


Sarah_web Spanish and ESL

B.A., James Madison University

M.A., Middlebury College

Email: stgillespie@millerschool.org

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A native of Richmond Virginia, Sarah joined the Miller School in 2014. It was while completing a double major in Spanish and English at James Madison University that Sarah first fell in love with the Shenandoah Valley. While at JMU she discovered her passion for Spanish literature during a semester abroad in Salamanca Spain.

After graduation Sarah worked briefly in Washington D.C. before deciding that her love of Spanish could not be ignored. Her decision led her to the Middlebury College Spanish School, where she received her Master’s degree, as well as to an internship in Buenos Aires Argentina where she lived off and on over two years.

Sarah’s love of classical ballet was a perfect fit for the new Miller dance program. During the 2014 fall season, Sarah began teaching ballet class in the beautifully renovated fourth floor studio. An enthusiastic advocate of dance, Sarah continues her study of ballet through classes at the Charlottesville Ballet, Richmond Ballet and Sun King Dance. After living in Argentina, Sarah has also added Argentine tango to her dance repertoire.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys participating in the Charlottesville Tango community as well as indulging in her love of gardening; entertaining at her home in Charlottesville and traveling.


Gene Gartner


Gene_web"Calculus, Equestrian and Business Competition

B.A., Mathematics, Rutgers University

MBA, George Mason University

Email: ggartner@millerschool.org

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Prior to joining the MSA staff, Gene taught math at Lord Fairfax Community College for five years and several years at the high school level. Before becoming a teacher Gene was an executive with multiple companies in the tech sector where he worked with start-up and pre-IPO companies. He started his career working for two of Ross Perot’s companies – EDS and Perot Systems.

Gene was born in New Jersey in the NYC area. Immediately after college he re-located to Dallas, Texas and then spent the next 15 years living in different parts of the country including Detroit, Milwaukee and St Louis, as well extensive business travel to many other parts of the country.

When not teaching Gene works with his horses on his farm with his wife Ann. Gene foxhunts and events with his current horse Munchkin.


Brad Bodager

BradB_webVice President, Director of Institutional Advancement

B.A., Colgate University

J.D., USF School of Law

L.L.M., Georgetown University

Email: bbodager@millerschool.org

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Vice President and Director of Institutional Advancement, Bradley Bodager brings to MSA over thirty years of supervisory management experience in educational and non-profit settings. With responsibility for Capital Campaign fundraising and management of the Advancement functions of Major Gift donations, Grant Writing, and the Annual Fund, he focuses on implementation of the MSA strategic plan by articulating opportunities for individuals, corporations and foundations to make investments in MSA objectives and goals. Brad provides MSA representation for the Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees and leads the MSA Management Committee. A member of numerous professional and community associations, he is President of the Rotary Club of Charlottesville and was recipient of the Rotarian of the Year Award in 2013. He serves on the Martha Jefferson House Board of Trustees.


Dana Ainsworth

Dana_webEnglish 8 & 9

B.A., Brevard College

M.A., Liberty University

Email: dainsworth@millerschool.org

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Dana Ainsworth earned her BA in Integrated Studies, with a focus on Journalism and Education, from Brevard College. She went on to earn her Masters of Teaching (English) at Liberty University. During her student teaching, Ms. Ainsworth mentored under former MSA English Department Chair, Ellen Hicks, who instilled a love of the Mind, Hands and Heart philosophy.

Upon completing graduate school, Ms. Ainsworth accepted a position as Assistant Director at Clayborne Education, where she focused on developing their Academic Coaching program. This greatly deepened her understanding of the learning process and continues to lend to her time in the classroom.

Ms. Ainsworth is an avid traveler and has volunteered internationally through various organizations in Kenya, Malaysia, India, and Australia. She finds it thrilling that she gets to share one of her greatest passions (literature!) with her students and deeply appreciates the beauty of the MSA campus.


Laurel Fortier



B.A., Virginia Tech

Email: lfortier@millerschool.org

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Laurel has been a part of the Miller School family since early 2011, residing on campus with her husband, Chris, who works for the Facilities Department. She became employed by the Miller School of Albemarle in early 2013, assisting in the Registrar’s Office. In 2015, she joined the Main Office as a part-time Receptionist.

She attended Virginia Tech, graduating in 2007 with a B.A. in English and enjoys watching the Hokies play on Saturdays. She and her husband, Chris, still reside on campus with their two sons, Arlo and Harrison.


Julie Hebert


Biology, Environmental Science

B.S., Duke University

Ph.D., University of Maryland

Email: jhebert@millerschool.org

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Julie joined the Miller School of Albemarle in 2015, after completing postdoctoral work at the USDA. During graduate school, Julie served as a teaching assistant for introductory biology courses, genetics, anatomy and physiology, and calculus for the life sciences. She played soccer and ultimate frisbee in high school and college, and coached club ultimate while at the University of Maryland. She coaches ultimate frisbee and women’s soccer at Miller.

Julie is originally from North Carolina, and attended NCSSM. She earned her B.S. at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and her Ph.D. in Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics (BEES) at the University of Maryland in College Park.


Amy Life


Statistics & AP Statistics

B.A., University of Virginia

M.A., University of Virginia

Email: alife@millerschool.org

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Sarah Goodbar


Library, Study Skills, English 12

B.A. Bard College, Languages and Literature

M.A. University of Virginia, English

Email: sgoodbar@millerschool.org

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Russell Leary


Politics & AP Government, Economics

B.A., James Madison University

M.A., James Madison University

Email: rleary@millerschool.org

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Hugh Meagher


Hugh_web" College Placement

B.S., Tulane University

M.A., University of Virginia

Ph.D., University of Virginia

Email: hmeagher@millerschool.org

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Hugh Meagher is a native Virginian who has attended and worked in private schools for all of his life. Meagher spent four years as a boarding student at Christchurch School, attended Tulane University as an undergraduate, and has done graduate work at both Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia.

Recently, Meagher was awarded a Ph.D. at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education.  His dissertation concerns Miller’s first Headmaster Charles Vawter, Vawter’s role as rector of the boards of visitors at both Virginia Tech and Virginia State University, nineteenth century Progressive Education, and race relations during Vawter’s career.

Professionally, Meagher has been a classroom teacher, department chair, and has served in various administrative positions. He has worked at Miller since 2006 as Director of College Placement and Director of the Duty Teams.

Prior to Miller, Meagher worked at North Cross School in Roanoke for twenty-seven years. Personally, Meagher and his wife Bridget have owned and operated a restaurant and special events business for over a quarter-century, have built four houses and three commercial properties – doing much of the work themselves.

Meagher and his family live in Albemarle County on a small farm where they grow vegetables, blueberries and other fruits, and keep several hives of honey bees. They have two adult daughters.



Head of School

B.A., Assumption College

M.B.A., Fordham University

Email: mdrude@millerschool.org

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Assistant to the Headmaster

P.E.T.E., West Virginia University

Email: eschumacher@millerschool.org

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