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

Paula Ledbetter Head of School Blessed Sacrament Huguenot

Mrs. Paula Ledbetter ~ Head of School

I am honored and humbled to serve as Head of School since 2015. BSH is a special place and I love the fact that we are a part of a child’s life during their education and development from Preschool until they graduate from high school.

Catholic education has always been a part of my life. I grew up in Richmond and attended St. Bridget’s and Saint Gertrude High School. I graduated from Sweet Briar College with my B.A. in English/Creative Writing and then earned my M.Ed from Lynchburg College. I am grateful to my parents for making sacrifices so that my sister and I could attend Catholic school. Today, my husband and I are grateful that our children have the opportunity to learn and grow in a loving, supportive, Catholic school environment at BSH.

My husband Mike and I live in Powhatan with our three children. When we are not at school (which is rare!) I enjoy being outside (especially at the beach!), gardening, decorating, and family time.

pledbetter@bshknights.org
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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.

mperry@bshknights.org
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Mrs. Wendy Lipscomb ~ Director of Early Learners

wlipscomb@bshknights.org

Mrs. Karen Badman ~ Business Manager

kbadman@bshknights.org
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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.

clively@bshknights.org
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Mrs. Christina Dowdy ~ Director of Enrollment Management

cdowdy@bshknights.org
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Mrs. Sue Hickey ~ Director of Development

Our family has called BSH home for 15 years. Each of our kids became Knights in preschool, and are currently in the 12th, 10th, 8th, and 6th grades. I am honored to say this is my third year in the position of Director of Development.

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 for sixteen years.

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.

shickey@bshknights.org
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Mrs. Catherine Ringling ~ Asst. Director of Development, Communications Coordinator & Volleyball Coach

I grew up in Meriden, CT, the youngest of six children. I attended Choate Rosemary Hall, a college prep school in Wallingford, CT, after which I attended Bates College in Lewiston, ME. I earned a B.S. in Chemistry and was a member of the Bates Women’s Varsity Volleyball team all four of my years. Go Bobcats!

For eight years, I worked for Pfizer Inc. in Groton, CT conducting Toxicology Studies, during which time I met my husband Justin. In 2012, we moved to Powhatan, VA from Rhode Island along with our two children, Tyler and Tabitha. Tabitha has attended BSH since the 2nd grade and will be in 1th grade this year.

I am a parishioner at St. John Neumann Catholic Church where I am also a member of their choir as well as a cantor. I enjoy traveling with my husband and going to the beach with family and friends. I enjoy spending time with my German Shepherd dog, Lucy, and our family’s 10 chickens: Kinkajou, Glacier, TigerClaw, Nyx, Yennefer, Frosch, Arya, Skadi, Ciri, and Shalltear.

cringling@bshknights.org
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Mr. James Poore ~ Director of Athletics, 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.

 

Coach Poore

In 22 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 also 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

jpoore@bshknights.org
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Mr. Grayson Lovern ~ Athletics Coordinator, 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.

glovern@bshknights.org
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Mrs. Jillayne Merritt ~ Payroll Manager & Finance

jmerritt@bshknights.org
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Mrs. Janet Trivett ~ Office Manager

jtrivett@bshknights.org
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Mrs. Wendy Lipscomb ~ Director of Early Learners

wlipscomb@bshknights.org

Ms. Brandy Beasley ~ Three Year Olds Instructional Assistant

BBeasley@bshknights.org

Mrs. Emily Farrell ~ Junior Kindergarten 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!

efarrell@bshknights.org

Mrs. Lynn Sprouse ~ Three Year Olds Instructional Assistant

lsprouse@bshknights.org

Mrs. Julie Gresham ~ Two Year Olds Instructional Assistant

jgresham@bshknights.org

Ms. Abby Davey ~ Junior Kindergarten Instructional Assistant

Ms. Brooke Shannon ~ Junior Kindergarten Instructional Assistant

Ms. Hanna Kidder ~ Junior Kindergarten Instructional Assistant

hkidder@bshknights.org

Ms. Taylor Kosco ~ Two Year Olds Teacher

My name is Taylor Kosco and I teach the Two Year Olds Class. I began teaching at BSH in 2020 as an Instructional Assistant for the Three’s Class, and was offered the opportunity to be the lead teacher in the Twos Class the following year. My husband Mason and I live in Amelia and we welcomed our first baby girl, Hazel, to the world in October. I love teaching the Twos because l get to watch them come in as toddlers and leave as big kids! For some of these kiddos I am their very first teacher and that is so special to me.

tkosco@bshknights.org

Mrs. Kim Roberts ~ Three Year Olds 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. Landon is a student at VCU studying Journalism and Film. And Mary Kate is a nursing student at John Tyler. 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 teach 3’s because I love being the beginning of their school experience and hope that they learn to love school because of being in my class. They are a joy to be around and keep me on my toes.

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.

kroberts@bshknights.org

Mrs. Mindy Zimmerman ~ Three Year Olds Teacher, J.V and Varsity Cheerleading Coach

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!

mzimmerman@bshknights.org
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Ms. Elizabeth Pugh ~ Junior Kindergarten Teacher

My name is Elizabeth (Lizzie) Pugh. I have been working with the Early Learners at Blessed Sacrament since 2017, and I currently teach Junior Kindergarten. 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.

epugh@bshknights.org
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Ms. Hilary Roberts ~ Junior Kindergarten 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!

hroberts@bshknights.org

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.

cfonash@bshknights.org

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.

cyago@bshknights.org
Marielle Pool

Mrs. Marielle Pool ~ Kindergarten Instructional Assistant

I am so excited to be a part of the BSH family! Our oldest daughter started in 2020 and our youngest daughter started in 2021. We fell in love with the school after the tour and in a short time BSH has provided us with so many memories and blessings. 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 daughter started, I knew I wanted to be more involved at this amazing school and decided to take the Kg instructional assistant position. This is my second year and I absolutely love it. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and organizing.

mpool@bshknights.org
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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.

manderson@bshknights.org

Mrs. Kim Baldwin ~ 2nd Grade

kbaldwin@bshknights.org
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Mrs. Mandy Mills ~ 2nd Grade

I am blessed to live out my dream of being a Catholic school teacher, and I am honored to be apart of the Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School’s team once again. 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 have eight years of public school experience and five years of private school experience. I have loved teaching, and I am excited to embark on my 13th year as a teacher. In addition to teaching second grade, my current role includes being the chairman of our school’s improvement plan and being the Literacy Coach for grades K-2. I am extremely faith and family oriented. I love my “Knight Family”, and I feel extremely fortunate to work within this exceptional community.

mmills@bshknights.org
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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).

HKearns@bshknights.org

Ms. Jordan Paquet ~ 3rd Grade

I was born and raised in Maine. I attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio where I received my bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and my master’s degree in Reading Instruction. I taught for 10 years in Ohio before moving to Virginia in 2021. I love to read and write. My ultimate goal is to have a published novel. My favorite subjects to teach are writing and science. I love being a part of the BSH family!

jpaquet@bshknights.org
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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.

byagel@bshknights.org

Mrs. Kari Hare ~ 5th Grade

khare@bshknights.org

Ms. Amanda Seeman ~ English

aseeman@bshknights.org
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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.

jfrazier@bshknights.org
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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

lgoodwyn@bshknights.org
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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 and a lower school French resource teacher, I am blessed beyond measure to teach students in multiple grade levels. It is the best of all possible worlds! I also have the privilege of co-sponsoring the senior class as an advisor which enables me to experience all the special events and milestones seniors have the opportunity to enjoy here. 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.

dkidder@bshknights.org
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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!

MOBrien@bshknights.org
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Mrs. Annelise Shelton ~ English (English Department Chair)

BSH became my family and home in 2016. I love teaching juniors and seniors in my Honors and AP English courses. I also serve as the Yearbook advisor, a Senior class advisor, the Mentor Coordinator for our new teachers, 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!

ashelton@bshknights.org
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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.

lcastillo@bshknights.org
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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!

PWinterrowd@bshknights.org
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Mrs. Michelle Costello ~ Math (Math Department Chair)

mcostello@bshknights.org
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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.

jhawkins@bshknights.org
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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 to Beaumont, Texas in 2000, I earned an additional degree in Education from Lamar University. I then began a 15 year 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.

I am married with three grown sons and two grandchildren. Teaching is my passion, and I enjoy planning challenging yet engaging lab activities for my classes. When away from the classroom, I enjoy hiking, decorating, spending time with family, and traveling with my husband. I am blessed to be a part of the BSH family.

tclapper@bshknights.org
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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.

rfrazier@bshknights.org
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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!

kNowaczyk@bshknights.org

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

jvaden@bshknights.org

Mrs. Jennifer Keister ~ Theology (Theology Department Chair)

jkeister@bshknights.org
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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.
msheffler@bshknights.org
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Mr. James Poore ~ Director of Athletics, 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.

 

Coach Poore

In 22 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 also 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

jpoore@bshknights.org
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Mr. Grayson Lovern ~ Athletics Coordinator, 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.

glovern@bshknights.org

Mrs. Varna Redlich ~ STEAM

Varna Swartz Redlich is the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics) teacher. For more than 12 years, Varna has taught a diverse population of students ranging in age from 2-22 in Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado and in the United Kingdom. Varna received a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University in Psychology and Elementary Education and a Master of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in Special Education. Varna has been recognized by the Virginia Department of Education for her work as a Collaborative Special Education teacher. Varna lives in Powhatan county with her family, animals and running shoes. She enjoys coaching girls sports and being outside. Above all, Varna believes all students are capable and curious learners.

vredlich@bshknights.org

Mr. Phil Villiott ~ Health and PE

Coach Villiott is currently in his 38th year of education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In those thirty-eight years, he has been a teacher, coach, and school administrator. Coach Villiott is in his third year at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot teaching health and physical education to grades K to 10. In addition to teaching physical education, he is also the Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach. Coach Villiott is married to Donna Jolly Villiott of Hampton, Virginia. The Villiott’s have two children, Matthew who is a graduate of the University of Virginia and resides in Savannah, Georgia and a daughter Catherine who is a senior at Virginia Tech.

Head Coaching Varsity Experience

Clover Hill High School Girls Basketball
Colonial Forge High School Boys Basketball
Blessed Sacrament Huguenot School Girls Basketball

Team and Individual Accomplishments
1996 AAA Central Region Girls Basketball Championship
1996 AAA State of Virginia Basketball Tournament Quarter Finalist
1997 AAA Central Region Girls Basketball Final Four
2020 Virginia Commonwealth Conference Girls Basketball Regular Season Runner-Up
2020 Virginia Commonwealth Conference Tournament Runner-Up
2020 VISAA Girls Basketball Tournament “Elite Eight”
1997 Dominion District Co- Coach of the year

Former players have played NCAA Division 1, 2, 3, athletics and in the National Football League
Education

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

pvilliott@bshknights.org

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.

dthompson@bshknights.org

Mrs. Barbara Rogers ~ Library

brogers@bshknights.org

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!

jmertz@bshknights.org
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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 and a lower school French resource teacher, I am blessed beyond measure to teach students in multiple grade levels. It is the best of all possible worlds! I also have the privilege of co-sponsoring the senior class as an advisor which enables me to experience all the special events and milestones seniors have the opportunity to enjoy here. 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.

dkidder@bshknights.org
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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.

MSmith@bshknights.org

Mrs. Betty Aust ~ School Nurse

I live in Midlothian and have been married to my husband, Richard, for 45 years. We have three children and seven grandchildren and we are fortunate to have them close to us in Midlothian and Powhatan. All three of our children attended BSH. I am truly blessed to have been hired as the school nurse. I have found my dream job and second family here at BSH. I am the tennis coach and love all my girls! I also enjoy volunteering wherever I am needed here at school.
baust@bshknights.org

Coach Patrick Winterrowd

Hello Knights!

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. 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 Ph.D. 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 Greek Mythology, World Mythology and Latin Medical Terminology.  I am the Defensive Coordinator for our football team, which won the D2 State Championship in the Fall 2021!  Our defense led the league in yards and points allowed that season.  I am also the Head Coach of the Soccer Team and help to direct our offseason conditioning programs.

When I am not coaching, I am involved in various extracurricular activities, including performing in school plays (MacBeth, Christmas Carol) and taking the stage as Elvis in the school talent show.  I also direct our school Latin Club, which takes annual trips to the State Latin Convention in Richmond.  I have also had the opportunity to assist Mrs. Lisa Goodwyn in directing Study Abroad trips to Italy, Spain, and France!

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!

Coaching Experience
Defensive Coordinator, BSH Football 2020-22 (State Champions, Fall ’21)
Assistant Coach, Defensive Backs/Wide Receivers, BSH Football 2016-2019
Head Coach, BSH Soccer, 2020-22
Assistant Coach, BSH Soccer, 2017-2020
Men’s Rugby, University of Oklahoma, 2009-2011

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 2018-2021

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.

chamner@bshknights.org

Mrs. Varna Redlich ~ STEAM

Varna Swartz Redlich is the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics) teacher. For more than 12 years, Varna has taught a diverse population of students ranging in age from 2-22 in Virginia, North Carolina, Colorado and in the United Kingdom. Varna received a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University in Psychology and Elementary Education and a Master of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado in Special Education. Varna has been recognized by the Virginia Department of Education for her work as a Collaborative Special Education teacher. Varna lives in Powhatan county with her family, animals and running shoes. She enjoys coaching girls sports and being outside. Above all, Varna believes all students are capable and curious learners.

vredlich@bshknights.org

Mr. Phil Villiott ~ Health and PE

Coach Villiott is currently in his 38th year of education in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In those thirty-eight years, he has been a teacher, coach, and school administrator. Coach Villiott is in his third year at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot teaching health and physical education to grades K to 10. In addition to teaching physical education, he is also the Varsity Girls Basketball Head Coach. Coach Villiott is married to Donna Jolly Villiott of Hampton, Virginia. The Villiott’s have two children, Matthew who is a graduate of the University of Virginia and resides in Savannah, Georgia and a daughter Catherine who is a senior at Virginia Tech.

Head Coaching Varsity Experience

Clover Hill High School Girls Basketball
Colonial Forge High School Boys Basketball
Blessed Sacrament Huguenot School Girls Basketball

Team and Individual Accomplishments
1996 AAA Central Region Girls Basketball Championship
1996 AAA State of Virginia Basketball Tournament Quarter Finalist
1997 AAA Central Region Girls Basketball Final Four
2020 Virginia Commonwealth Conference Girls Basketball Regular Season Runner-Up
2020 Virginia Commonwealth Conference Tournament Runner-Up
2020 VISAA Girls Basketball Tournament “Elite Eight”
1997 Dominion District Co- Coach of the year

Former players have played NCAA Division 1, 2, 3, athletics and in the National Football League
Education

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

pvilliott@bshknights.org

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

jvaden@bshknights.org

Mrs. Betty Aust ~ School Nurse

I live in Midlothian and have been married to my husband, Richard, for 45 years. We have three children and seven grandchildren and we are fortunate to have them close to us in Midlothian and Powhatan. All three of our children attended BSH. I am truly blessed to have been hired as the school nurse. I have found my dream job and second family here at BSH. I am the tennis coach and love all my girls! I also enjoy volunteering wherever I am needed here at school.
baust@bshknights.org
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Mrs. Catherine Ringling ~ Asst. Director of Development, Communications Coordinator & Volleyball Coach

I grew up in Meriden, CT, the youngest of six children. I attended Choate Rosemary Hall, a college prep school in Wallingford, CT, after which I attended Bates College in Lewiston, ME. I earned a B.S. in Chemistry and was a member of the Bates Women’s Varsity Volleyball team all four of my years. Go Bobcats!

For eight years, I worked for Pfizer Inc. in Groton, CT conducting Toxicology Studies, during which time I met my husband Justin. In 2012, we moved to Powhatan, VA from Rhode Island along with our two children, Tyler and Tabitha. Tabitha has attended BSH since the 2nd grade and will be in 1th grade this year.

I am a parishioner at St. John Neumann Catholic Church where I am also a member of their choir as well as a cantor. I enjoy traveling with my husband and going to the beach with family and friends. I enjoy spending time with my German Shepherd dog, Lucy, and our family’s 10 chickens: Kinkajou, Glacier, TigerClaw, Nyx, Yennefer, Frosch, Arya, Skadi, Ciri, and Shalltear.

cringling@bshknights.org
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Mr. James Poore ~ Director of Athletics, 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.

 

Coach Poore

In 22 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 also 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

jpoore@bshknights.org
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Mr. Grayson Lovern ~ Athletics Coordinator, 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.

glovern@bshknights.org

Ms. Diane Williams ~ Bus Driver

Ms. Tamara Nash ~ Bus Driver