Faculty

BSH Faculty, not just inspiring teachers. Lifelong role models.

BSH faculty for our high school, middle school, lower school and early learners programs are inspired educators committed to guiding and nurturing students, using innovative and sound teaching practices. Our teachers never stop seeking personal and professional growth.

We like to say BSH is a one-of-a-kind school for your one-of-a-kind student. The key is our faculty, made up of passionate, dedicated men and women who see every child as the unique person they are. The result is independent, curious, confident students ready for anything.

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Mr. Tracy Hamner ~ Head of School

I am honored to be the Head of School at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot.   I have ten years of experience in Catholic School administration and over twenty years of experience in teaching and coaching at all levels of education.   I spent the last four years as Principal of St. Edward Epiphany School in Richmond.   I have my Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Richmond, a Masters of Science from West Virginia University and recently completed a Masters in Business Administration.   I spent five years as a college basketball coach at West Virginia University, the University of Michigan and Francis Marion University.   My wife and I have been married for 16 years and we are parishioners at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church.  We have three children, Taylor, Molly and Sean, and all three will be attending BSH in the Fall.

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Mrs. Meredith Perry ~ Assistant Principal

The power of education is skipping stones on a placid lake. Aided by knowledge acquisition and the passage of time, education’s dispersion starts localized and then expands to encompass a larger surface area. What begins as impacting an individual psyche can, in turn, create dramatic ripple effects that transform a collective experience. This is my third year at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot (BSH), and I am honored to be here. After 20 years working in the field of education, I believe individuals possess the innate desire to grow professionally and personally. Education provides the confidence needed to strengthen one’s self-efficacy, intellectually and emotionally. On a personal note, Catholicism grounds me and nurtures my mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, it is a gift to have the opportunity to blend my faith and experience in education to support BSH students and faculty to “be who they are meant to be” (BSH Vision Statement) and witness the positive ripple effects that emerge at BSH as we all work authentically together as a team.

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Mrs. Wendy Lipscomb ~ Director of Early Learners

I am originally from Durham, North Carolina; however, I have lived in the West End of Richmond, Virginia, for the majority of my life. I attended Douglas Southall Freeman High School and later graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Marketing. I completed some of my graduate studies in Early Childhood at Mary Baldwin College and have taught and/or been an administrator in this field for over 15 years. My husband, two sons and I love to spend time either in Virginia Beach or on the Piankatank River. My favorite activities include riding and caring for our horses, as well as, boating.

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Mrs. Christine Lively ~ Director of School Counseling & College Advisor

I am originally from Maryland, and have lived in Virginia for the past 18 years. I became part of the BSH family in 2015, where I have the privilege of working with all students in JK-12th grade as the school counselor and college advisor. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from James Madison University (Go DUKES!). I then went on to study School Counseling at Loyola University of Maryland, where I earned my Master’s in Education.

I currently reside in Powhatan with my husband and two daughters. I love traveling (especially to the beach), cooking, going to sporting events, and most of all, spending time with my family.

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Mrs. Mandy Mills ~ Instructional Coordinator

I am blessed to live out my dream of being apart of a Catholic School and I am honored to be serving as our school’s Instructional Coordinator. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Appalachian State University in the beautiful mountains of Boone, North Carolina. I then received my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with a specialization in Literacy, through Lesley University. I am extremely faith and family oriented. I love my “Knight Family”, and I feel extremely fortunate to work within this exceptional community.
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Mrs. Karen Badman ~ Business Manager

After graduating from James Madison University with a degree in Accounting, I joined Deloitte & Touche, LLP in Washington, DC. I then spent over twenty years in the IT industry and a private law firm where I concentrated on financial analysis, forecasting and budgeting, driving profitability, process improvement and efficiency and measuring and reporting on key performance indicators. I hold a CPA certificate from the Commonwealth of VA and am a Certified Management Accountant. I have been married for over 25 years to my teenage sweetheart and am the proud mother of three boys, the eldest of whom have flown the nest. I happily joined BSH in the fall of 2021 after enrolling my youngest son. It is wonderful to work in a faith based environment where I feel as though my efforts truly make a difference every day.

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Mr. Charles Thomas ~ Director of Athletics

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Mrs. Christina Dowdy ~ Director of Enrollment Management

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Mrs. Varna Redlich ~ Associate Director of Enrollment Management-Upper School

I am thrilled to be the Admissions and Enrollment coordinator for the Upper School at BSH. For more than 12 years, I have taught a diverse population of students in the classroom ranging in age from 2-22 in Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado and in the United Kingdom.

 

I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University in Psychology and Elementary Education. After moving to Colorado, I earned a Master of Arts degree in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado. I have been recognized by the Virginia Department of Education for my work as a Collaborative Special Education teacher. I am a Nationally licensed soccer coach with a passion for coaching girl’s sports.

 

I live in Powhatan county and I can usually be found outside with my family & my animals wearing my running shoes. Above all, I believe all students are capable and curious learners. I am excited to share the benefits of a BSH education with new families.

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Mrs. Sue Hickey ~ Director of Development

Our family has called BSH home since 2007. Each of our kids became Knights in preschool, and have either graduated or are currently working their way through the upper school. I am honored to say that I have held the position of Director of Development since 2019.

I grew up in Connecticut and moved down south to attend JMU – Go Dukes! I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. In my ‘previous life’ I taught various disciplines of dance and worked in stage management and light design and loved every minute of it.  My husband, Scott, and I met while at JMU. After college we moved to Richmond, got married, had our first child a few years later, and then moved out to Goochland where we have been ever since.

I have actively volunteered at school since our kids were little. I started out helping with class parties, became a room parent, then joined uKnighted, where I eventually served as President for several years. Fundraising events like winter auctions and Beef & Music began calling my name during that time, and I have been working on them ever since. My volunteer years at BSH were some of the best – getting to know and work with the families, students, and teachers was extremely rewarding, and it was where I found my BSH family.

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Mrs. Tracy Allen ~ Associate Director of Development

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Mrs. Catherine Ringling ~ Assoc. Director of Development

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Mrs. Elizabeth Gorman ~ Office Manager

I was born in Sydney Australia and attended Frensham; a girls boarding school in rural New South Wales. Following the completion of school, I studied interior design at KVB College in Sydney Australia.

After college, I set off to backpack around the world with one of my best friends. Exploring the world I travelled through Asia, Europe and UK, finally making my way to the USA and Richmond, Virginia where I met my husband Dave. We have: two boys, Jack and Will, a huge yellow lab George and three cats, Holly, Garfield and Mouse. I have been blessed to be a part of the BSH family since 2020.

I love horse riding, swimming, reading by the pool and traveling. Most of all I enjoy spending time with my family and visiting my parents in UK

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Mrs. Beth McCombs ~ Payroll Administrator

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Ms. Earica Key ~ Office Aide

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Mr. Courtney Hardy ~ Facilities & Transportation Manager

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Mrs. Courtney Joyner ~ Two Year Olds Lead Teacher

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Ms. Victoria Palma ~ Junior Kindergarten Instructional Assistant

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Mrs. Wendy Lipscomb ~ Director of Early Learners

I am originally from Durham, North Carolina; however, I have lived in the West End of Richmond, Virginia, for the majority of my life. I attended Douglas Southall Freeman High School and later graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Marketing. I completed some of my graduate studies in Early Childhood at Mary Baldwin College and have taught and/or been an administrator in this field for over 15 years. My husband, two sons and I love to spend time either in Virginia Beach or on the Piankatank River. My favorite activities include riding and caring for our horses, as well as, boating.

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Mrs. Julie Gresham ~ Early Learner Two Year Olds Instructional Assistant

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Mrs. Kim Roberts ~ Early Learner Three Year Olds Lead Teacher, Mighty Knights Coordinator, Safety Patrol Coordinator

My name is Kim Roberts and I have been teaching at Blessed Sacrament since 2007. I am a mother of 2 great kids who both attended here for many years. “Lil” Landon is a VCU graduate. He is now a court reporter with Planet Depos. And Mary Kate is exploring life in San Diego, California. My husband “Big” Landon has always helped me out here and he is now a teacher in our Mighty Knights program. We are avid Disney/Mickey Mouse and Redskin fans.

 

I am also the Coordinator for Mighty Knights, the before and after school program as well Coordinator for the 5th grade Safety Patrols.

I love being involved here at BSH. It is truly a family environment.

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Mrs. Brandy Beasley ~ Early Learner Two Year Olds Lead Teacher

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Mrs. Angel Kosco ~ Junior Kindergarten Instructional Assistant

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Mrs. Lynn Sprouse ~ Three Year Olds Instructional Assistant

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Mrs. Mindy Zimmerman ~ Early Learner Three Year Olds Lead Teacher

My name is Melinda (Mindy) Zimmerman I Have my CDA in early childhood. I am the mother of three amazing daughters, all of them Attended BSH. Brittany is 26 she attended Ferrum College as a cheerleader and now has 3 children of her own. Bethany is 24 she attended VCU in the Honors College and then Bon Secours School of Nursing which she graduated from in May of 2019 Magna Cum Laude and she is now an RN/BSN at Saint Mary’s Hospital working in the ICU. Brieanna (Brie) is 20 and attends Randolph Macon College and is a Senior this year. She is a Wellness Advisor, the mens soccer Manager and played on the women’s Basketball Team, her team won the ODAC’s in 2018 . We have been part of BSH for about 20 years!

I teach the 3 year olds because watching their love of learning and transforming into bright amazing young children ready to take on Pre-K is one of my greatest loves. They quickly win my heart and I love all of our adventures throughout their time with me.

I am the JV and Varsity Cheerleading Coach and have coached the Middle school girls Basketball Team.

I Love BSH and the Family that comes with it!

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Miss Hannah Kidder ~ Two Year Olds Instructional Assistant

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Mrs. Emily Farrell ~ Junior Kindergarten Lead Teacher

I am happy to be one of the Junior Kindergarten teachers at BSH. My daughter, Ryleigh, is also a Knight. We
are proud to call Powhatan our home. I graduated from Longwood University with my
Bachelor’s Degree and am a fourth generation educator. I have a true passion for teaching and
being a part of students’ educational journeys. My daughter and I love being part of the BSH
family!

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Mrs. Brooke Shannon ~ Junior Kindergarten Instructional Assistant

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Mrs. Jillayne Merritt ~ Early Learner Three Year Olds Instructional Assistant

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Mrs. Hilary Roberts ~ Junior Kindergarten Lead Teacher

I am a Miami University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. I have lived in Virginia for 17 years and currently teach JK at BSH going on 6 years. I love decorating as you can tell by my room! It must be a fun place to spend a day!

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Ms. Ashley Mertz ~ STEAM Teacher

I love being the STEAM teacher at BSH! I have been teaching since 2012 with experiences in both Catholic and public schools with students in elementary through middle grades. I am originally from New Jersey where I began my teaching career and moved to Virginia in 2018. My goal is to help students take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. In addition to teaching my early learner through middle school classes, I also offer after school STEAM events.

With technology, we can achieve the unimaginable!

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Mrs. Cheryl Fonash ~ Kindergarten

My name is Cheri Fonash, and I have twenty years of teaching experience in pre-kindergarten through 4th grade. A year ago, my husband and I moved from Maryland to Virginia. We are the parents of four young adults and the grandparents of two adorable babies. We enjoy kayaking and spending time with our family, which includes two German Shepherd dogs.

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Mrs. Marielle Pool ~ 1st Grade

I am so excited to be a part of the BSH family! I have a Master’s Degree from Virginia Tech in Education. I taught special education for 12 years before deciding to take a break to be home with our 2 girls. When our youngest started Kg, I taught preschool for a few years. After our 2 daughters started attending BSH, I knew I wanted to be more involved at this amazing school and decided to take the Kg instructional assistant position. I did that for 2 years and then decided to become one of the first grade teachers. This is my second year teaching first grade and I absolutely love it. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, exercising, and organizing.

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Mrs. Cathy Yago ~ Kindergarten

I was born and raised in the West End of Henrico County,
and am a lifelong member of St. Anthony Maronite
Catholic Church. I graduated from Virginia Tech where I
majored in Early Childhood Education and am certified to
teach preschool through fifth grade. After college I moved
farther west to Hanover County. In the beginning of my
career I spent most of my time teaching fourth grade. After
our second child was born I stayed home to raise our
family. I have recently re-entered teaching, and love
teaching Kindergarten here at Blessed Sacrament.
When I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with my
husband and four children.

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Mrs. Meg Anderson ~ 1st Grade

I have been blessed to call BSH home for the past twenty years. Prior to teaching here, I was the First Grade teacher at All Saints Catholic School in Richmond. I graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. I love teaching First Grade and watching how much my students grow in one short year! When I am not at school, I enjoy going to the beach with my family and cheering for the Cleveland Guardians baseball team.

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Mr. Phil Villiott ~ Health and PE

This is my fifth year at BSH. Prior to my employment with BSH I also was employed as a teacher or
administrator with the following school divisions; Prince George County, Chesterfield County, Henrico
County, Stafford County and Hanover County.
I currently instruct physical education to grades K to 8 and enjoy it very much. I find it very rewarding to
watch students grow and develop their athletic skills over the course of several years.
I am married to Donna Jolly Villiott from Hampton Virginia. We have two grown children Matt Villiott
who resides in Savannah ,Georgia and Catherine Villiott who resides in Midlothian Virginia.
I am an avid University of Virginia and Virginia Tech sports fan. I enjoy playing golf and watching all
sports.

Education
B.S. Health and Physical Education, Radford University
M.S. Health and Physical Education ,Virginia Commonwealth University
M.S. Athletic Administration , Virginia Commonwealth University
Post-Masters Certificate Administration /Supervision , Virginia Commonwealth University

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Ms. Holly Kearns ~ 3rd Grade

I grew up in New Jersey. I attended William Paterson University in New Jersey where I majored in Elementary Education and English Literature. My husband and I have three daughters. We lived in Florida for 7 years and moved to Virginia 6 years ago. Over the past twenty years I have taught various grades from Prek-8. I have been teaching at BSH for 5 years. When I am not teaching I enjoy crafting, reading and spending time with my family (especially at the beach).

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Ms. Amy Beals ~ 3rd Grade

I am a native of Chesterfield Co. Va. I went to school in Chesterfield and graduated from the first class of Monacan High School. I continued my undergrad studies at Longwood College. I entered as a voice major, but after the first year switched my major to Elementary Education with a minor in Voice. After I graduated, I began my first of 36 years in Chesterfield County. While in the county, I taught 1,2, 4th and fourth grade gifted. While my daughters were little, I went back to school at VCU and the University of Delaware where I earned a degree in Economics Education. After COVID and 36 years, I decided to retire from Chesterfield County .I found myself wondering about what was next. Well… here I am teaching 3rd grade at BSH.

I am a widow and have raised 2 daughters in Chesterfield. I have been very active in the Methodist Church. I have been a youth director,assistant children’s choir director, active in choirs and praise bands. As a youth director I lead several missions in Appalachia, Mexico and with Harvest of Hope on the Eastern Shore and in Hanover. I also went to Kenya, Africa and helped build an electric fence around a small village.
I have two beautiful daughters. Cara is at Brightpoint studying to be a funeral director and Ashton is in VA Beach working for the Embassy Suites connected with the Cavalier Resort.
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Mrs. Beth Yagel ~ 4th Grade

My name is Beth Yagel and I grew up in Peoria, Illinois. I moved to Florida in my twenties and worked in the travel and tourism industry for years. After volunteering in my son’s classroom, I realized that teaching was my true passion. My husband, son, and I relocated to Virginia where I completed my degree in History and Education at Mary Baldwin University. Having worked in public and private schools in various elementary grade levels, I feel so blessed to be teaching fourth grade at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot School. Teaching these interesting young people how to think for themselves and live out a Gospel inspired life is something I feel thankful for every day. I also co-sponsor a Girls on the Run team for 3rd-5th grade girls. This program focuses on building social, emotional, and physical skills in girls while encouraging healthy habits for life. When not at BSH, I enjoy cooking, crafting, and reading.

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Mrs. Ashlea Creegan ~ 2nd Grade

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Mrs. Kari Hare ~ 5th Grade

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Mrs. Lisa Pugh ~ 5th Grade

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Ms. Megan Nunn ~ 4th Grade

This will be my third year at BSH and I am so excited to be teaching fourth grade. I am originally from Clarksville, Virginia, but moved to the Richmond area 2 years ago. In 2019, I graduated from Virginia Tech with my Bachelor’s of Science. I am currently pursuing my Master’s Degree in Teaching with a concentration in Elementary Education from Mary Baldwin University. Working with children has always brought me joy, so it didn’t take me long to realize that being in the classroom is where I am meant to be. Being able to play a vital role in my students’ growth and see them blossom is one of the greatest rewards. It is truly a blessing to be a part of this community and to be surrounded by supportive and loving individuals. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending time with my family and friends.

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Ms. Elizabeth Pugh ~ 2nd Grade

My name is Elizabeth (Lizzie) Pugh. I have been working at Blessed Sacrament since 2017, and I currently teach second grade. I graduated from Randolph Macon College in 2017 with a degree in Communications. I am also currently pursuing my Masters in Education at Liberty University.

I have always loved working with children and finding new and unique ways to keep them learning while also having fun. Seeing things through their eyes keeps me wanting to learn too.

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Ms. Joann Mertz ~ Art

My name is Joann Mertz and I am honored to be the Lower School Art Teacher at our school. I love the fact that I’m able to share my excitement about art with my students and help them grow as artists and creative thinkers.
Originally from New Jersey, I attended Monmouth University. I was a Graphic Designer for Bell Laboratories before I taught art at St. Benedict’s School for 20 years, having created the school’s art program there.
I have two wonderful daughters here in Virginia, Ashley and Hannah, along with the world’s greatest son-in-law and granddaughter, Charlotte Grace (a future Knight this Fall!). My youngest child, Shane, resides in Chicago.
In addition to teaching my Junior Kindergarten through 7th grade students, I enjoy providing after school art enrichment classes and summer art camps.
My art room mantra is 3,2,1, Art is Fun, and at Blessed Sacrament, it surely is!

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Mrs. Barbara Rogers ~ Library

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Mrs. Debbie Thompson ~ Music

My ‘lifesong sings’ by having invested over four and a half decades teaching music and instilling a love of music to children and youth so that each student may recognize, develop and realize their musical potential. Teaching public school music in Indiana, Ohio, Chesterfield County, VA, two classical, Christian RVA schools as well as serving in church music ministry positions has prepared me well for teaching at BSH. Go KNIGHTS! The lyrics of ‘our’ Alma Mater–”two that now are one” ring special significance for me in that my husband, Rob Thompson, graduated from Huguenot Academy.
A native ‘Hoosier’, I graduated with majors in voice, music education as well as a minor in piano from what is now the University of Indianapolis. I have studied choral conducting and music education methodologies at the graduate level at Butler University and school administration at VCU. My performance pursuits as a musician include singing in professional choral groups associated with the University of Richmond as well as directing and accompanying choirs in local churches and groups.
On a personal note, I am a wife, proud mother of two grown sons and two grown stepsons, grandmother to four girls and loving ‘mom’ to ‘Henry’ our boykin spaniel mutt! Rob and I reside in a historical cottage built beside a beautiful pond on a 7 acre property near the Foundry Golf Course and Fine Creek Mills in Powhatan.

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Dr. James Frazier ~ Math

I received my undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Kansas, moved to Virginia Tech where I received a Masters in Synthesis of Natural Products, a PhD in Analytical Chemistry of Super-Critical Fluids and met my lovely wife, Ruth. Post-graduation I took a job in the Pharmaceutical Industry and worked for American Cyanamid and Schering Plough in New Jersey.

We eventually moved back to Virginia where I had the privilege of leading global analytical sciences for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and GSK Consumer Healthcare. I have been associated with BSH for over 25 years before joining to teach mathematics – my wife is a teacher, both of my children attended BSH from Pre-K through 12 and I served on the Board of Advisors at BSH for multiple years.

My parents instilled in me the importance of a solid, well-rounded education, including science, math, literature, and the arts. Having hired hundreds of individuals throughout my career, I truly understand the need for an excellent and balanced education. I love teaching and made a decision to take early retirement to pursue that passion at BSH where I hope to make a difference.
BSH is a very special place where the teachers and students have a very symbiotic relationship that leads to an incredible education as well as a student population that understands the interconnection between multiple aspects of life.

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Mr. Phil Villiott ~ Health and PE

This is my fifth year at BSH. Prior to my employment with BSH I also was employed as a teacher or
administrator with the following school divisions; Prince George County, Chesterfield County, Henrico
County, Stafford County and Hanover County.
I currently instruct physical education to grades K to 8 and enjoy it very much. I find it very rewarding to
watch students grow and develop their athletic skills over the course of several years.
I am married to Donna Jolly Villiott from Hampton Virginia. We have two grown children Matt Villiott
who resides in Savannah ,Georgia and Catherine Villiott who resides in Midlothian Virginia.
I am an avid University of Virginia and Virginia Tech sports fan. I enjoy playing golf and watching all
sports.

Education
B.S. Health and Physical Education, Radford University
M.S. Health and Physical Education ,Virginia Commonwealth University
M.S. Athletic Administration , Virginia Commonwealth University
Post-Masters Certificate Administration /Supervision , Virginia Commonwealth University

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Mrs. Lisa Goodwyn ~ Art/Art History (Electives Department Chair)

I teach because I love it. I teach art because art makes my heart beat faster and because I believe that art matters, that it has always mattered as a mediator of the sweeping range of human experience. I value the role of the art teacher as facilitator and awakener. And I believe that if I am doing my job well in the classroom, I am a source of encouragement every minute.Read more here: Mrs. Goodwyn’s Gallery

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Mrs. Donna Kidder ~ English

I have joyously been part of our Knight family since 2015. As an upper school English teacher I am blessed beyond measure to teach students in multiple grade levels. I graduated from Longwood with a degree in secondary English and French education. I have attended both public and private schools as a student, and have taught in both, as well. My previous teaching experiences have included Benedictine High School, Chesterfield County Public Schools, Powhatan County Schools, and Cumberland County Schools. My husband and I currently reside in Cumberland County and have three spoiled dogs that run our lives. I look forward to many more years here at BSH and to being part of the Knight family forever.

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Mrs. Martha O’Brien ~ English, Drama

My name is Martha O’Brien, and I am an English teacher and drama director at Blessed Sacrament – Huguenot. After six years of retirement, I am returning to BSH and looking forward to being back in the classroom.

I grew up in Greenville, North Carolina and moved to Richmond when I was in the eighth grade. I graduated from Sweet Briar College with a degree in English and also attended The University of Exeter in England for two years (where my favorite author, J.K. Rowling also attended!).

I have always loved drama (as my family will readily attest!) and have been involved in theatre productions throughout my school days as well as my teaching ones. Travel and art are two of my other passions, and I never go anywhere without a book to read because reading is as essential to me as the air that I breathe.

My husband Tom and I live in Midlothian with two demanding dogs, Guinness and Luna Lovegood, and a very aloof cat called Mrs. Miniver. Our son Toby graduated from BSH in 2010, graduated from college with an acting degree from The Conservatory at Shenandoah University, and is now living in New Orleans where he is pursuing his music career.

I am looking forward to an exciting school year both in the classroom as well as on the stage!

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Mrs. Annelise Shelton ~ English (English Department Chair)

BSH became my family and home in 2016. I love teaching English to juniors and seniors. My favorite class is AP Literature & Composition. I also serve as a Senior class advisor and the English Department Chair.

Growing up in Charlotte, NC, I attended Charlotte Latin School for K-12 before journeying off to Southwest Virginia to attend Emory & Henry College. It is there that I met my future husband who happened to be a BSH alum. I furthered my educational journey by earning a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC Charlotte.

My husband and I have two adorable cats that love to help me grade papers and read books. Having grown up in a private K-12 community I am blessed beyond measure to now teach at one, as I can say firsthand how this type of environment will foster lifelong success. Go Knights!

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Mrs. Lois Castillo ~ Language: Spanish

I am from Pennsylvania and went to college at Ohio Northern University where I met my future husband and graduated with a B.S. in ED. Since he is from Venezuela, he encouraged me to take some Spanish courses. I fell in love with the language and culture and finished with a major in Spanish.

After graduating, we moved to Venezuela to be near his family. This certainly helped me to be immersed in the language and culture. While living there we raised our five children and I taught EFL (English as a Foreign Language) at the binational center for over twenty years.

I relocated to Richmond, VA in 2003 to be near my children. I was hired by Chesterfield County Public Schools to teach Spanish where I taught for 14 years before coming to BSH.

In addition to my degree in Spanish, I have taken graduate work in ESL, English as a Second Language.

I love traveling and in addition to living and traveling in Venezuela, I have been to Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Germany, France, and Italy.

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Mr. Patrick Winterrowd ~ Language: Latin

SALVETE, Y’ALL!

My name is Patrick Winterrowd and I am a Latin instructor, football and soccer coach here at BSH.

I am originally from Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Classical Civilizations in the summer of 2013. During my time at OU (Boomer Sooner!), I served as President for my local rugby club as well as for the local chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America. During my summer breaks, I helped to excavate spectacular Roman villas at Castellemare di Stabia and Pompeii in Italy.

In 2013, I was accepted to Florida State University, where I received two Masters Degrees, in Roman Archaeology and Latin, respectively. As part of my degrees, I went back to Italy for a fourth time, excavating a mountaintop Etruscan temple sanctuary in Cetamura del Chianti, Italy. I then spent the following year in a Phd program in Classics at the University of Virginia before arriving at BSH in the fall of 2015.

In my time at BSH, I have taught courses in Latin (1-AP) and mythology and have served as an assistant coach for both the football and soccer teams. I have performed in student plays (King Macduff in Shakespeare’s Macbeth), emceed the Homecoming Dance, sung in the student talent show, and taken students to the annual Latin Convention in Richmond, Virginia. I have also had the pleasure of helping to lead a study abroad trip during Spring Break of 2017 to Italy, and am looking forward to a further study abroad trip to Europe (location TBD) this year!

My favorite part of BSH is the community and getting to know each of my students as individuals. I love the small-school atmosphere and the way that everyone works together to achieve our collective goal of providing a well- rounded, Catholic education to our students. Welcome to our family: it’s going to be a great year! GO KNIGHTS!

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Mrs. Michelle Costello ~ Math (Math Department Chair)

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Mr. Jonathan Hawkins ~ Math

I was born in Richmond and grew up in the Midlothian area. I have also lived in Clemson, South
Carolina and Boulder, Colorado while attending college.
I studied Agricultural Economics at Clemson University and earned a BA in History at the
University of Colorado Boulder.
This is my fifth year at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot. I have truly found a family and home
here, and I am committed to developing the whole student, not just academically.
I currently teach Prep School Math (all levels) and Algebra I.
In addition to teaching mathematics, I coach Varsity Golf.
Outside of BSH, I spend as much of my time as I can with my new grandson. Otherwise, I enjoy
playing golf, working with my two Golden Retrievers, biking and swimming.

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Mrs. Theresa Clapper ~ Science

I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. After moving from Covington, Virginia to Beaumont, Texas in 2000, I earned an additional degree in Math and Science Education from Lamar University. I then began my teaching career at a small, family oriented Catholic school, very similar to BSH, in which I taught Middle School Science, Mathematics, and Language Arts. This experience led me to BSH in 2017 as the Middle School Science teacher.

I am married with three grown sons and three grandchildren. Teaching is my passion, and I enjoy creating a classroom where learning science concepts can be fun as well as challenging.  Teaching students to think critically is a top priority.  When away from the classroom, I enjoy hiking, reading, and traveling with my husband. I am blessed to be a part of the BSH family.

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Dr. Ruth Frazier ~ Science (Science Department Chair)

I grew up in Powhatan and actually completed my high school years and matriculated from Huguenot Academy. My education includes a BS in biochemistry from Virginia Tech, grad school in medicinal chemistry at MCV, and I completed my PhD from Rutgers University in New Jersey in environmental analytical chemistry. After working in the pharmaceutical industry for a few years, my husband and I returned to Powhatan to help with the family farm. While in New Jersey both of our children were born. Graham and Clara graduated from BSH and are currently pursuing science PhDs with eventual focus on the environment. I started subbing at BSH in 1999 and became a full employee in 2000. Currently my classes include chemistry, dual enrollment chemistry, conceptual physics, honors physics, and AP environmental science. My husband and I are still fortunate enough to work the small family farm in Powhatan; and to teach at BSH with such awesome and inspiring people.

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Ms. Kasey Nowaczyk ~ Science

I am originally from Wilmington, Delaware and grew up in Midlothian, Virginia. I always enjoyed the sciences in school and graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Biology. Go Hokies! I just received my Master’s in Teaching degree at Virginia Commonwealth University. I am very happy to be back at BSH for my 3rd year!. I teach Biology and Anatomy and Physiology in the upper school, as well as a STEAM class for the 6th grade.

Outside of work I enjoy relaxing and spending time with friends and family. Some of my favorite activities are kayaking in the ocean, going to marvel movies with my sister, reading mystery novels, and binge watching my tv shows. In the fall I enjoy keeping up with football. Since I am originally from northern Delaware I am a born and raised Philadelphia Eagles fan. I am still excited about Super Bowl LII. Fly Eagles Fly!

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Mr. Joshua Vaden ~ Social Studies

My name is Josh Vaden and I graduated from Powhatan High School in 2010.  I am ready and eager to continue my passion for teaching here at BSH.  I have spent all of my life in Powhatan County.  During my time at Powhatan High School, I was a member of several sports teams and participated in a variety of clubs at the school. I enjoy coaching various sports here at BSH. In my free time I enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors.  GO KNIGHTS

Coaching experience
Assistant Coach, Defensive Coordinator, BSH Middle School Football
Head Middle School Coach, BSH Basketball
Head JV Coach, BSH Soccer, 2021
Assistant Varsity Coach, BSH Soccer, 2021
Head JV Wrestling Coach, PHS Wrestling, 2015-2016
Assistant Coach Varsity Wrestling, PHS Wrestling, 2015-2016
Club Wrestling, Virginia Tech, 2012-2015

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Mrs. Jennifer Keister ~ Theology (Theology Department Chair)

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Ms. Margaret Sheffler ~ Theology

I was born and raised in Richmond, VA and I graduated from Longwood University. I have been at BSH since the fall of 2016 and I am excited to share my passion and knowledge for something that I hold very dear to me: my Catholic faith. My favorite part about teaching is giving students the opportunity to grow into and become more fully themselves and who God is calling them to be. I enjoy listening to and making music, as well as traveling and spending time with my family.
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Mr. James Poore ~ Social Studies

I grew up in Amelia County on a farm and attended Hampden Sydney College where I majored in History and played baseball. While at Hampden Sydney College, I also participated in the Glee Club and was the school mascot during basketball season. I was known as the “Bleacher Creature.” I have spent 25 years on the BSH campus as both a student and as a teacher and have loved every minute of it. I currently reside in Amelia with my wife Lindsey and our two children Willie and Avery, both of whom attend BSH. I enjoy playing and coaching sports as well as rooting for my favorite teams.

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Mr. Grayson Lovern ~ Social Studies (Social Studies Department Chair)

B.A. – History, University of Georgia ’11
M.A.T. – Social Studies Education, University of Georgia ’13
High School Social Studies | Athletics Coordinator |Technology Coordinator |Soccer Coach

Originally from Georgia, my family and I have called BSH home since 2014. I enjoy the opportunities provided by BSH to help students develop the important critical thinking and communicative skills to navigate our ever-changing world. In addition to teaching high school social studies, I also work with the athletic department and coordinate the school’s on-campus technological needs. In the spring, you can find me after school on the soccer field assisting with the school’s soccer program.

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Mrs. Sheri Light ~ Learning Support Specialist

I was born and raised in Hopewell, VA.  I graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Business Education.  Additionally, I graduated from Virginia State University with a M.Ed. in Special Education.  This is my 2nd year as part of the BSH family.

I currently reside in Midlothian, VA.  I love biking, gardening, reading, and walking in my spare time.

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Mrs. Miriam Smith ~ Learning Support Specialist

I was born and raised in Richmond, Va. I graduated from Radford University with a B.S. in Special Education and K-4 Elementary Education. This is my 9th year as part of the BSH family.

I currently reside in Cartersville, VA where I had the privilege of raising my boys in the fresh air and sunshine. I love to cook, bake and spend time with my family.

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Mrs. Lauren Smith ~ School Nurse

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Coach James Poore ~ Varsity Baseball Head Coach

In 24 years at the helm Coach Poore’s teams have qualified for the VISSA State Tournament 16 times while winning 2 state championships in 2010 and 2012. His 2011 team finished runner-up. Along with coaching at BSH Coach Poore has also been the Head Coach for Powhatan’s Post 201 and Coached the Richmond Braves 17U Travel Team. Coach Poore also served as a pitching instructor at RISE. During Coach Poore’s career, he has coached numerous Division I, II, III, and professional players.

Hampden Sydney College—B.A History Appointed 2000

VCC All-Conference 1994, 1995, 1996
VISSA All State 1994, 1995, 1996
Richmond Times Dispatch All-Metro Honorable Mention 1995 Utility
Played Division III College Baseball (HSC) P. 1B. OF 1996-1999
All ODAC Academic Team 1996-1997
VCC Coach of the Year 2003, 2008, 2009
VISSA DIII State Coach of the Year 2004, 2010, 2012

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Coach Clark Menger ~ Varsity Girls' Volleyball Head Coach

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Coach Larry Starr ~ Head Varsity Girls' Basketball Coach

390 High School Wins
4 State Titles
11 State Appearances
17 Regional Appearances
8 District/Conference Championships
3 Time State Coach of the Year
5 Time Regional Coach of the Year
2 Times Richmond Times Dispatch “All Metro” Coach of the Year

 

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Coach Grayson Lovern ~ Varsity Head Soccer Coach

B.A. – History, University of Georgia ’11
M.A.T. – Social Studies Education, University of Georgia ’13
High School Social Studies | Athletics Coordinator |Technology Coordinator |Soccer Coach

Originally from Georgia, my family and I have called BSH home since 2014. I enjoy the opportunities provided by BSH to help students develop the important critical thinking and communicative skills to navigate our ever-changing world. In addition to teaching high school social studies, I also work with the athletic department and coordinate the school’s on-campus technological needs. In the spring, you can find me after school on the soccer field assisting with the school’s soccer program.

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Coach Gary Brock

Coach Brock has been coaching Football for over forty years. He has spent time at the High School and College ranks. Coach Brock has served in various capacities at many area schools.  Coach Brock has been named Coach of the Year numerous times which is a testimony of his ability to adapt to his players. In 2021 his Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Football Team captured a State Title. Coach Brock also won a State Title while coaching at King William HS.

Head Varsity Football Coach

Gary M. Brock

BA History Hampden Sydney College

Played at Chowan College  1970

All Coast Conference Guard 1971

Played at Hamden Sydney College

All Mason Dixon  Conference Offensive Guard  1973

All Star Divison III Offensive Guard

Graduate Assistant  Hampden Sydney College 1974-1975

Coaching Experience

Huguenot Academy 1977-1995

Tabb High HS- Offensive Coordinator  1996-1998

Cumberland HS- Head Coach 1999

King William H.S.  Offensive Coordinator, Associate Head Coach  2000-2007

Henrico H.S. Offensive Coordinator  2008-2010

JR Tucker HS Offensive Coordinator 2011-2017

Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Offensive Coordinator  2018-2021

Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Head Coach 2018-2024

Coaching Awards

Touch Down Club Coach of the Year  1983

Richmond Times Dispatch Metro  Coach of the Year  1983

VAAC Coach of the Year  1998

VAAC  Coach of the Year 1989

VCC Coach of the Year 1991

VCC Coach of the Year 1993

VCC Coach of the Year 1994

VISL Coach of the Year 2021

Coach Chris Hamner ~ Head Boys' Varsity Basketball Coach

Chris Hamner is the head Boys’ basketball coach at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot School. Prior to Blessed Sacrament Huguenot he coached basketball at James River High School from 2008-2014. While at James River, Coach Hamner led the JV team to an undefeated regular season and also helped lead the Varsity to a school record in wins two consecutive years. Coach Hamner is in his 6th season at BSH. He has led the Knights to 3 straight winning seasons coming into the 2021-2022 season.

Chris has lived in the Richmond area his whole life and attended Catholic Schools his entire childhood. Chris works for Alpha Wealth Advisors, a wealth management firm in Innsbrook, that specializes in administering 401(k) plans. Prior to Alpha Wealth, Chris worked for St. Edward-Epiphany Catholic School, Chesterfield County Public Schools, and Minor League Baseball.

Chris and his wife Katie are parents to a seven year old daughter (Reese), a four year old daughter (Brooks), and a one year old son (Crew). They live in the Midlothian area.

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Mr. Grayson Lovern ~ Social Studies (Social Studies Department Chair)

B.A. – History, University of Georgia ’11
M.A.T. – Social Studies Education, University of Georgia ’13
High School Social Studies | Athletics Coordinator |Technology Coordinator |Soccer Coach

Originally from Georgia, my family and I have called BSH home since 2014. I enjoy the opportunities provided by BSH to help students develop the important critical thinking and communicative skills to navigate our ever-changing world. In addition to teaching high school social studies, I also work with the athletic department and coordinate the school’s on-campus technological needs. In the spring, you can find me after school on the soccer field assisting with the school’s soccer program.

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Ms. Diane Williams ~ Bus Driver

Ms. Tamara Nash ~ Bus Driver