At Carlisle School, we are a family where faculty and staff share care, compassion, and support with one another. Continue reading to get to know our team.
Cameron Aaron ’15 , Upper School Teacher Mr. Aaron is an Upper Division teacher who is teaching US government and policies. He graduated from The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina in 2019 with a degree in Political Science with a sub-focus in Military and International Affairs. This is his first year teaching at Carlisle. He graduated from Carlisle School in 2015 and is excited to return to the Carlisle Family.
Susan Aaron, Director of College Counseling/Upper School English Instructor Mrs. Aaron has been involved with Carlisle School since 2002 when her son entered Kindergarten first as a parent volunteer, then as faculty, and for the past nine years as the College Counselor and faculty. She earned her B. S. in Education from UNC-G and her Master’s Degree in Education from UVA. Susan is also involved in the Arts at Carlisle School. She strives to instill in her students a passion for learning while helping them to find their voices and achieve their educational and collegiate goals.
Mrs. Carter is an eclectic teacher in the Upper School that teaches in the fields of AP Psychology, AP Statistics, and Sports Medicine. She holds a Master Of Education from Averett University and Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Emory & Henry College. She started coaching volleyball at Carlisle in 2009 and loved it so much that she pursued her Master’s and started teaching in the same year in 2010. She teaches from the philosophy that your “health is your wealth” where mind and body are taught simultaneously to promote the well-being of the whole student.
Judy Dashoff, Middle & Upper School Art Teacher, Fine Arts Department Chair Mrs. Dashoff has taught at Carlisle for many years. She has three daughters that are all Carlisle alumni. She tries to instill a love of art in her students and encourages them to develop confidence in their own ability to be original and creative.
Damian Dydyn, Middle School History and Geography Teacher Mr. Dydyn joined Carlisle School for the 2018-2019 school year to teach middle school history and geography. He has a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in History from Central Connecticut State University. Damian had planned to pursue teaching following his graduation but life took him on a long and winding road through multiple industries including film and television production, and sports writing. He covered baseball for a number of websites between 2015 and 2018. When the opportunity to join the Carlisle family was presented, he was thrilled to take advantage and rekindle his love of the classroom.
Lindsay Favero, AP Program Coordinator, Upper School Spanish Teacher Mrs. Favero is a National Board Certified Teacher and teaches higher-level Spanish courses. She holds a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Radford University and a Bachelor of Arts from Lenoir-Rhyne University. She loves the well-rounded education offered by Carlisle School, where students are encouraged to excel in academics, the arts, general stage presence, and athletics.
Beth Gammons, Middle and Upper School Director, Upper School Math Teacher Mrs. Gammons earned her B.S. in Mathematics Education in 1999 from Averett University and then earned her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction in 2007. She taught in Rockingham and Henry Counties for four years before beginning her career at Carlisle in 2004. Mrs. Gammons began as an Upper School mathematics teacher until 2012 when she became the Middle School Director. By being a part of Carlisle School, Mrs. Gammons has fulfilled her lifelong dream of teaching students and working with faculty to create an outstanding learning environment that is second to none.
Linda Gibson, Middle and Upper School History Teacher, History Dept. Chair Ms. Gibson teaches eighth grade United States history, AP Modern European History, and US Government. She earned a BA degree in history from Wake Forest University. She came to Carlisle in 1989 when her daughters were students. Like many other Carlisle parents. Mrs. Gibson believes that the Carlisle faculty prepared her children well for college and beyond. She thinks that Carlisle is able to attract strong faculty members because of the inspirational leadership of administrators, the example of dedicated faculty colleagues and the intellectual demands of the students. Emerson said the first rule of education is “Respect the pupil.” Carlisle students benefit from individual attention and remember the teachers who love their subjects and offer unstinting support while encouraging active learning and critical thinking. Our teachers respect students’ individuality and self-image and help them reach their personal bests through self-discipline and daring. Teaching is a high calling and the student is at the heart of it.
Sarah Ginter, Upper School Science Teacher Mrs. Ginter is a science teacher in the Upper School where she teaches Biology, AP/Dual Enrollment Biology, Dual Enrollment Anatomy and Physiology, and Forensic Science. In addition to teaching science courses, she also serves as faculty advisor to the Carlisle Chapter of the National Honor Society. Mrs. Ginter earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a chemistry minor from Christopher Newport University and a Master of Science degree in biological sciences from Clemson University. She joined the Carlisle faculty in 2013 as a middle school science teacher and moved to the upper school in 2015. Mrs. Ginter believes in hands-on, interactive learning and strives to bring lab experiences to the classroom.
Tracy Guebert, Librarian Mrs. Guebert became part of the Carlisle family in 1996 when she was appointed head librarian. She has a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry from MacMurray College (Jacksonville, Illinois) and a Master’s of Science in Library Science from Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan.) During her time at Carlisle School, she has shared her love of books and reading and her belief that a child who reads is a child who succeeds. She also believes that the library is more than a place to find books – it is also a place to find answers. Information literacy and research skills have always been an integral part of her curriculum and in today’s climate of disinformation, misinformation, and fake news, their importance only increases. Mrs. Guebert and her husband are the proud parents of three Carlisle graduates: Ethan ‘09, Erich ‘12, and Emmie ‘17.
Mrs. Gunn earned her BS Degree from East Carolina University in 1999 and joined our Carlisle family in 2006. Over the years, she has adapted to many roles at our school. Mrs. Gunn began as a Carlisle parent, starting the education of her three children in our preschools. She resides in Danville, Va with her husband and three children. She has worked in Pre-Kindergarten, as an admissions assistant, K-3 aide, and as an auxiliary parent for our international students. Her volunteer experience is as wide-reaching as her career by serving as middle school girls basketball assistant coach, basketball scorekeeper, Girls on the Run assistant coach, and tennis club assistant coach. Some of her best memories are volunteering alongside parents while fundraising for the school. More than anything, Mrs. Gunn loves to be a helping hand to her co-workers, whom she also considers her friends. In the classroom, she encourages an engaging atmosphere with energetic lessons. She is caring and fun with our students, always ready to make a change, and fully invested in our future at Carlisle.
William Inman, Lower School P.E. Teacher/Coach Coach Inman began teaching at Carlisle in 2017. He has a Physical Education degree from Averett University and is the head coach of the varsity baseball team. Prior to joining the Carlisle family, he was fortunate enough to play nine and a half years of professional baseball for the Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, and also the Tampa Bay Rays.
Lori Jones, Grade 1 Teacher Mrs. Jones has a B. A. degree from James Madison University. She joined the Carlisle family in 2004 when she accepted a position teaching kindergarten. After working with kindergarteners for six years, she moved to first grade in 2010. Mrs. Jones enjoys first grade because of the tremendous growth which takes place in each student during this important school year. She especially enjoys teaching her students to read. She believes, in the words of Kate DiCamillo, that “reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift.”
Rhonda Kangas, Pre-K3 & Pre-K4 Aide, Director of Academic Support Mrs. Kangas came to Carlisle in 2008, first as a parent, then a parent-volunteer. Her love for children brought her to full-time employment at Carlisle as a Preschool 3 and 4 classroom aid. She held the position of classroom teacher for our Preschool 2 class for three years. Mrs. Kangas holds numerous certificates in Early childhood education. She has over 13 years of experience working with younger children and says she continues to love the work. Mrs. Kangas has one son, a rising junior who has attended Carlisle since kindergarten.
Rhonda Lord, Middle & Upper School Spanish Teacher Sra. Lord has taught middle and upper-division Spanish at Carlisle School since 2010. She received a B.S. in foreign language education from Bob Jones University. She seeks to instill in her students a love and appreciation for the Spanish language and culture. Sra. Lord enjoys interacting with her students not only in the classroom but also outside of class. She finds it especially rewarding when students choose to take higher levels of Spanish and even go on to use Spanish in their careers. Her desire is to make a difference and to be a lasting influence for good in her students’ lives.
Lorelei Maney, Upper School Teacher Mrs. Maney teaches Upper School Dual Enrollment AP U.S. History, Standard U.S. History, World History, and Journalism/Yearbook class. She moved to Virginia in 2007 from California, at which time she joined the Carlisle School family. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in History, and a Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy Degree, with a Major Field in Early Modern European History: Renaissance and Reformation, and Minor Fields in Modern European Intellectual History, and U.S. Cultural/Neo-Classical History from the University of California San Diego. Prior to moving to Virginia, she taught college for 14 years at UCSD in the Revelle Humanities program, California State University San Marcos, and Mira Costa Community College. Mrs. Maney has a clear understanding of what Carlisle Upper School students need to do in order to prepare for college, and her goal is to contribute to that preparation in as many ways as possible, as they make their journey.
Teresa Martin, Pre-K4 Teacher Mrs. Martin has a B.A. Degree from Longwood University. She joined the Carlisle School family in 2010, bringing with her twenty-three years of experience, love, and passion for young learners. She enjoys the whole child learning opportunities that Carlisle encourages. Mrs. Martin teaches her students to be empathetic toward others and to strive to be helpers. Her favorite quote by Helen Hayes that she instills in her students is, “ The expert in anything was once a beginner.” She challenges her children to experience new ideas and not to befearful of trying. In her time at Carlisle, she has also been a host parent for International students, sharing her home with students from around the world. This experience has been very valuable for her and her family. She is also an advocate of the arts and sports. She has enjoyed having the opportunity to help with dance recitals, paint parties, cheering sports teams, teaching summer camps, and participating in a variety of other Carlisle projects. Mrs. Martin’s son came to Carlisle in 2014 and played soccer and golf for the Chiefs before graduating in 2016.
Greg Morrison ’02, Upper School English Teacher Mr. Morrisonreturned to Carlisle School in 2013 to teach Upper School English and several electives. He has a B.A. in Anthropology from William & Mary, and he earned his Master’s Degree in English from Hollins University. Gregory has also written for many publications, including the Los Angeles Review of Books. He hopes to give students the same experience that he had during his time at Carlisle: a small community where teachers were free to help students find their own passions.
Sherry Moschler, STEAM Coordinator; Lower School Art Teacher Mrs. Moschler has been a part of the Carlisle family since 2004. She holds a B.A degree in Art from Averett University and earned teacher licensure for grades K-12th grade. She has a daughter Lindsey who is a 2017 graduate of Carlisle school and a son Luke who will be a Carlisle school graduate in 2020. She loves sharing her love of art with her students and helping them discover their inner artist.
Jacquelyn Penprase, Grade 5 Teacher Ms. Penprase comes from Melbourne, Australia and will teach 5th grade this year. She completed her undergraduate in nursing and has a background working in hospitals with children with disabilities. More recently, she has completed her Master’s in Special Education. She has worked with children from 5th through 8th grade and loves being able to help grow each student individually.
Katina Pettit, Grade 4 Teacher Mrs. Pettit has a Bachelor’s of Science in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech and a Master’s of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. She has worked in teaching and administration in Henry County and Patrick County for many years. She and her family are lifelong Hokie fans and you can find them at Lane Stadium during football season. She also enjoys gardening and is an animal lover. Her family includes a dog and three cats. Her daughter, Kaylee, has been a part of the Carlisle family since PreK-4 and is a driving force of being part of the Carlisle family. Carlisle is a school that fosters academics, character, and personal growth in a nurturing and supportive environment.
Dean Randall, Upper School Math Teacher Mr. Randall began teaching Geometry and Algebra II at Carlisle School in August of 2018. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Radford University, his Master of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University, and his Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech. Both of his daughters attended Carlisle School and his wife taught at Carlisle for 11 years. He loves mathematics, thinks it is enlightening, and hopes to instill that love in his students.
Shannon Reynolds, Upper School Teacher Mrs. Reynolds is an Upper School English teacher. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and an additional major in English with a minor in professional writing In addition to teaching English, she has taught writing and film at the upper level. She has been teaching since 2005 and at Carlisle since 2016. She loves Carlisle’s educational environment because it truly fosters the whole child in a way that leads to success.
Christy Richardson, Upper School Science Teacher Mrs. Richardson joined the Carlisle family in 2018 along with her three sons. She has a Microbiology and Cell Science degree from the University of Florida and is the Underwater MATE Robotics Team Mentor. Before coming to Carlisle, she was taught in the Rockingham County Schools District for five years at Dalton L. McMichael High School. Inspiring creativity and a passion for innovation in her students is what fuels her teaching.
Hillary Robinson, Middle School Science Teacher Mrs. Robinson is a science teacher in the Middle School. She teaches earth and environmental science, life science, and physical science. She studied at Averett University earning a Bachelor of Science in biology. She has a passion to instill a love of science to all students. Mrs. Robinson loves the education that Carlisle School offers because each educator strives to develop the whole child.
Monica Rogers, Lower School Spanish Teacher and Pre-K Aid. Mrs. Rogers served for 13 years in the Navy where she earned a Leadership Certificate.
She started working at Carlisle School in 2004 as a Spanish teacher and currently also aids in Pre-Kindergarten 4. She has two children who have attended Carlisle School since Pre-K. Her daughter graduated in 2018 and her son is currently in second grade.
Shannon Spencer, Classroom Aide & Cafeteria Assistant Mrs. Spencer attended the University of South Carolina earning a B.A. in Public Relations. She started working at Carlisle School as a substitute teacher then began working full-time as a classroom aide and cafeteria assistant. She has helped with the second and third grade as well as preschool. Mrs. Spencer has two children attending Carlisle School.
Debra Sullivan, Grade 3 Teacher Mrs. Sullivan studied at the University of North Carolina Charlotte earning a B.A. in Elementary Education with a concentration in science. She then went onto study at the University of Massachusetts Amherst earning a Masters of Education (M.Ed) in Elementary Education. Mrs. Sullivan has also studied at Capella University earning her Education Specialist degree in Administration (Ed.S). She has taught in grades 2-5 in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia before she came to join the faculty at Carlisle school. Mrs. Sullivan has two daughters who attend Carlisle school and loves the well-rounded education and the caring environment that the school provides.
Paige Swanson, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Ms. Swanson received a B.A. degree from Averett University. She joined Carlisle in 2014 as a Pre-K 4 teacher and has also taught second grade. She is known for her use of music and hands-on activities to educate, engage, and provide differentiated instruction for her students. She believes this approach creates a more conducive atmosphere for learning. Ms. Swanson was diagnosed with Lupus SLE in 2016. Her students are the driving force behind her fight against this chronic autoimmune condition. She is grateful for the accommodations, love, and support provided by her “Carlisle School Family.”
Casey Thompson, Grade 5 Teacher Mrs. Thompson graduated from Radford University in 2006 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Teaching. She continued her education further to earn a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Reading in 2007. Prior to coming to Carlisle in 2011, she taught in the Pittsylvania County School system. Mrs. Thompson has one daughter in Lower School who has been a part of the Carlisle family since Preschool 3. She also has a son who will join the Carlisle family in the near future. Mrs. Thompson loves the small classroom setting and the family atmosphere that is felt at the Carlisle campus.
Christina Tisdale, Guidance Counselor; Guidance Department Chair Mrs. Tisdale joined the Carlisle family in 1996. She earned her Bachelor’s’ degree from James Madison University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She also received her M.Ed. in Counselor Education at the University of Virginia. She serves as a guidance counselor for all grades at Carlisle, as well as SCA sponsor for lower and middle school. Additionally, she coordinates all MAP testing for grades K – 8. Mrs. Tisdale believes we all have a personal responsibility to ourselves and the world around us to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit. A healthy psyche begins in childhood and is an integral part of any child’s education. She has enjoyed being part of our students’ growth with her student-centered and solution-focused counseling philosophy.
Laura Walker, Grade 3 Teacher Mrs. Walker graduated from Averett University in 2005 with a B.S. and then earned her Masters in Education in 2010. She taught in Pittsylvania County Schools for 10 years before joining the Carlisle Family in 2016. Mrs. Walker has two daughters in Lower School and loves the small, family atmosphere that Carlisle offers.
Sheana Wingfield,NBCT, Grade 1 Teacher Mrs. Wingfield has a passion for instilling a love of learning in children. She earned her Bachelors Degree from Radford University after her first child, Hannah, finished her teaching degree, and her second daughter, Amanda, was completing her nutritional degree. Mrs. Wingfield made this career change due to her love for children and a desire to improve her career opportunities. She taught first grade 11 years at Rich Acres Elementary in Henry County Public Schools, and she became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2012. Mrs. Wingfield enjoyed the transition to Carlisle in 2018 and believes the education students receive at Carlisle School gives them opportunities to use critical/creative thinking, experience all the arts in a personal way, and to grow as a leader in ways not currently available in a public school setting.
Mrs. Anne has been involved at Carlisle School since 2001. She has a B.S. Degree from Virginia Tech and works professionally in the theatre world, choreographing and directing productions throughout Virginia and North Carolina. At Carlisle School, she is the Director of Fine Arts and coordinates Lower School Music/Creative Movement/Productions, Middle School Drama/Dance and Upper School Musical Productions. She also is the proud mom to Scarlett Grace, a middle school Carlisle student. Her work and family are her passions, and she loves being a part of all three divisions at Carlisle School! She is also the director of the after-school dance program and the cotillion program at Carlisle School.
School Staff & Administration
Gracie Agnew, Head of School Ms. Agnew’s choice of the field of education as her career was prompted by her love of and passion for reading and the world that it opened for her. She chose to major in English at Winston-Salem State University where she received her BA degree and began teaching in order to fulfill her desire to instill in others that same passion. She earned her MA degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Although serving as a classroom teacher at the secondary and college level, a middle and high school administrator, as well as a central office administrator has brought her much joy, it is her current role as Carlisle’s Head of School that she treasures. She considers it an honor to work with excellent teachers and administrators, to partner with involved parents with the goal of providing all students in her charge with a premier education.
Mrs. Bailey joined the school in 2008 along with her son Jaycob. She is known by the little ones as Ms. Sandy and has been the lower school assistant for eleven years. She was recently promoted to Admissions to help the Carlisle Family grow. She thinks the best part about Carlisle is the lifetime bond you make with the students and their families.
Sherri Coles, Lower School Administrative Assistant Mrs. Coles has been a member of the Carlisle family since 2009 when her son started preschool. He is now currently in the 8th grade. She also has a daughter that is in the 2nd grade here at Carlisle. Mrs. Coles started as a substitute teacher for the school in 2011. She has now taken on the role as the lower school administrative assistant. Mrs. Coles loves being a part of the Carlisle family and especially loves all of the children.
Jennifer Doss, Resource Development & Marketing Director Mrs. Doss earned a B.S. from Longwood University in 2007 and completed the STS Marketing College Program in 2013. She has been a member of the Carlisle Family since 2014 when her son Hunter began kindergarten and she joined the staff in 2016. Mrs. Doss loves the family atmosphere that Carlisle offers and is proud to help promote exciting stories to the community about the creativity and passion for learning that Carlisle’s faculty bring to the classrooms each day.
Neil Easley, Director of Technology Mr. Easley completed the Bachelor of Science, Computer Information Science in Network Security program with ECPI University. He is experienced in deploying PCs, troubleshooting network issues, and overall IT administration. Mr. Easley is married, with four boys, ages ranging from 12 to 19 years old. His favorite sport is golf, and he enjoys watching college and major league baseball.
Melinda East-Brightwell, Athletic Director and Registrar Mrs. Brightwell brings a vast amount of experience to Carlisle from many different platforms. After traveling the country and spending 5 years working trackside with NASCAR she ventured into the technology world. Acting as a regional sales account manager for one of the country’s leading Microsoft partners, she focused on new customer acquisition and revenue growth. When her oldest child entered school in 2010, the opportunity presented itself for Mrs. Brightwell to join the Carlisle family. She earned her MBA from Averett University in 2005 and she takes great joy in seeing the successes of Carlisle students from Lower School through graduation.
Michelle George, Nurse, L.P.N. Nurse Michelle graduated from Patrick Henry Community College with an A.A.S in nursing in 2010. She worked as an office nurse for six years before joining the Carlisle Family and she has two children at Carlisle. Nurse Michelle loves the family-oriented atmosphere that Carlisle brings to each and every student and their families.
Jim Heffinger, Dean of Residence Mr. Heffinger has been at Carlisle since 2006. He and his wife Marcy were the first House Parents at the Carlisle International House, and they served in that capacity for 11 years. Mr. Heffinger studied Music Education at Shenandoah Conservatory. He is a church musician and served as Music Director for churches in Lancaster, PA, Danville, Va, and Martinsville, VA. He was also the Choral Director at Carlisle School and Sutherlin Academy. He enjoys working with International students and families. Mr. Heffinger’s son, Sam, was a 2008 graduate of Carlisle School.
Sarah Marshall, Lunchroom Manager Mrs. Marshall attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado earning a B.A. in Communications. She worked as a paralegal for Discover Card in Chicago before moving to Martinsville. All three of her children have attended Carlisle School with her youngest son currently in middle school.
Neal Meyer, Lower School Director Mrs. Meyer graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Immediately upon graduation, she began graduate-level coursework at Averett University and met the necessary requirements for certification in elementary education. While attending Averett University, she trained under Dr. Bethany Tucker, developer of Tucker Signing Strategies for Reading. Mrs. Meyer was hired by Dr. Tucker to lead and teach the strategies to other aspiring educators at Averett University and students in the Danville Public Schools. Mrs. Meyer began her 25-year teaching career in Danville Public Schools in 1994. She joined Carlisle School in 2003 as a preschool teacher at the Carlisle School Danville Satellite Campus. In 2008, she transitioned into the position as Lower School Director, giving her the opportunity to fulfill her dream of leading a team the most dedicated and skillful educators in the region. The extraordinary children, parents, and faculty that comprise the Carlisle community, are a privilege for her to serve. They are inquisitive, compassionate, and resourceful, and they provide Mrs. Meyer with learning opportunities of her own each and every day.
Amy Parikh, Director of Finance & Human Resources Mrs. Parikh received her Bachelors Degree from the University of West Georgia in 1998. After completing her degree, she began her career as an auditor with the state of Georgia, then moved into general financial accounting. In 2007, she and her family relocated to Southern Virginia where she ventured into the fields of education and volunteerism, but she always returned to the field of accounting. Prior to assuming the position of Director of Finance in 2017, Mrs. Parikh worked for several organizations in the South Boston – Halifax County area, while also acting as treasurer for The Prizery in South Boston and the Paul Jones Cotillion Club in Halifax. Mrs. Parikh is married with two children.
Kari Shough, Upper School Administrative Assistant Mrs. Shough started in August 2019 as a school aide, helping in the cafeteria and with the extended day program. She has now joined the Upper School as the Administrative Assistant. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Radiation Sciences with a concentration in Radiation Therapy. She just joined the Carlisle team after leaving her Radiation Therapy job to be closer to home and to have more time with her two children and the desire for new career opportunities. She is thrilled to work at a wonderful school that is a nurturing and supportive environment. “
Robin Spencer, Middle School Administrative Assistant Ms. Spencer has an Associate, Arts & Sciences General Studies Degree from Patrick Henry Community College. She joined the Carlisle School family in 2013, bringing with her over fourteen years of administrative experience along with a love for the school and its children. In her time at Carlisle, she has also been a host parent for International students, sharing her home with students from around the world. This experience has been very valuable for her and her family. Ms. Spencer’s son came to Carlisle in 2010 as a PS4 student and now plays JV soccer for the Chiefs.
Mike Washburn, Facilities Manager Mr. Washburn joined the Carlisle Family in the Spring of 2019. He has over 30 years of experience as a Class A Contractor. Throughout much of his career, he has been self-employed and he worked at Ferrum College in Maintenance for five years. Mr. Washburn is married with three children and six grandchildren.