In 2018 Alexandria musicians Vaughn and Robyn Ambrose founded Yellow Door Concert Series with the mission of bringing communities together through music. They are working to ensure racial and gender equity to show their audiences represented on stage. Inspiration comes when you can see yourself represented everywhere.
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Katherine Bryant and Candace Crawford
SSSAS Middle School History Teacher SSSAS Middle School English Teacher
Katherine and Candace teach Humanities courses at the Middle School and have spent time at home and abroad working with people seeking asylum. We believe in the transformative power of discomfort and experience and that students in our community are critical to making change and having positive influence in this globalized world.
Tim Enright is a Food Program Manager for Alive! the city of Alexandria's food bank, and a local agriculture advocate via MAFRAC (the Mid Atlantic food Resilience and Access Coalition). He studied the archaeology of food at diet at The George Washington University, performing field work in Israel and Kenya. He is working on a soil reclamation project at a Maryland goat farm in is spare time.
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Sebastian Gluzman and Gabriela Muñoz Cano
SSSAS Upper School Spanish Teacher Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
Gabriela Muñoz Cano is the Field Coordinator for HIAS in El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico (I will provide the full bio soon). Sebastian Gluzman is a Spanish teacher with a background in journalism. He has volunteered with HIAS and Never Again Action on immigration issues. He is originally from Argentina and has been living in the US for 20 years.
Nancy Klein is a volunteer puppy raiser. She has been volunteering with Guiding Eyes for the Blind since 2018. Nancy also works for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University, and she was previously an Army officer.
Erin Lee is a 4th grade teacher at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School. Now in her 10th year of teaching she continues to grow in her teaching through professional development and collaboration with her colleagues. She believes her work as a teacher is to help her students reach their dreams in whatever pursuits they choose to explore.
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Jill McElroy and Bud Garikes
SSSAS Upper School English Teacher SSSAS Upper School History Teacher
Ms. McElroy consumes news in many forms, and though she is not on social media, she appreciates all that technology has done to promote journalism. Ms. McElroy holds a master’s degree in print journalism from the University of Southern California, and she has written for the Los Angeles Times, Cincinnati Enquirer, and MSNBC.com, among other publications. She loved being a journalist, but she loves being a teacher even more!
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Nathan Pugh '17
Nathan Pugh ('17) is a journalist, culture critic, and essayist. He is an intern for the NPR shows "It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders" and "Code Switch," and covers D.C. area theatre for Theatrely. As a gay Filipino man, he explores race, nationality, gender, and sexuality in performance.
Bob Weiman has held leadership roles in the MS UNITE group, faculty multicultural committee, LS anti-bias program, and the Action Steps for Racial Justice plan. He has taught magic for 30 years, studied the psychology of magic for 10 years, and is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians’ Order of Merlin.
I am a problem solver with proven experience leveraging data analysis to collaborate and develop high- quality, data-driven solutions. I have technical experience in Excel, Tableau, SQL, and Geospatial Information Systems/ArcGIS to support creative problem solving. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William & Mary in International Relations, with a focus on public health, economics, and international development. Additionally, I maintain a high proficiency in spoken and written French.
Reading is Julie Esanu’s passion reading passion, profession and avocation. Julie is currently the Head Lower School Librarian and Interdisciplinary Learning Coordinator at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes. This is her twelfth year as a school librarian.
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SSSAS Lower School P.E. Teacher DEIB Program Assistant
Mr. Joseph is a retired police officer and current physical education instructor and head football coach at SSSAS. Has spent the majority of adult life in public service facing some of our societal ills head on.
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Karen Kunz, Susannah Harrison, and Susan DeLaurentis
Karen Kunz, MA has been the middle school counselor for 16 years at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School. During her time at SSSAS, she has also been involved in diversity and equity work on the middle school campus. She has been a member of the JK-12 Multicultural Committee, and this year is the Middle School Diversity Coordinator.
Susannah Harrison, M.A., LPC has over 20 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and families within independent school settings as a mental health counselor. She completed her master’s degree in counseling at Boston College, and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia since 2011. She joined the SSSAS community in 2004.
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Mike Mallett and Julie Krane
SSSAS Upper School Director SSSAS Upper School Science Teacher
Mr. Mallett and Ms. Krane are faculty members in the SSSAS Science Department. Prior to their roles as teachers, both Mr. Mallett and Ms. Krane worked for public and private organizations focused on endangered species recovery programs.
Rick Mittler graduated with a B.A. in Geography from Virginia Tech and worked in GIS and conservation based settings before landing on Environmental Education. His path to EE included AmeriCorps, Student Conservation Association, the Blue Sky Fund, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in 2015. After managing two of CBF’s environmental education programs, Rick into his current role as the Virginia Student Leadership Coordinator.
Megan Fink has an Executive Masters of Natural Resources with a certificate in Global Sustainability and a B.S. in Wildlife Science, both from Virginia Tech. In 2011, she joined the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to lead students, teachers, and school administrators on interdisciplinary investigations of the Bay and its communities. After four years of managing CBF’s Island Environmental Education Programs, she moved to her current role as Maryland Student Leadership Coordinator.
Valentina Raman is a social entrepreneur and community organizer specifically focused on education transformation. Currently, she is the Co-Founder & Community Organizer for YouthxYouth ("Youth by Youth"), a global community for youth activists and adult allies dedicated to the reimagination & transformation of education towards a more thriving people and planet. She also serves part-time as Director of Education for Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder, and was formerly Director of Service Learning & Social Entrepreneurship at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School!
Jim Toomey (SSSAS '78) draws the popular comic strip Sherman’s Lagoon, which appears daily in over 250 daily newspapers, including the Washington Post. The strip’s underwater theme explores environmental issues in a way that appeals to both adults and children alike. As an award-winning videographer and animator, Jim has successfully communicated science and conservation issues in media for over 20 years.
Michelle Bruch is a Kindergarten teacher at SSSAS who is passionate about literacy, diversity, equity and belonging. Serendipity led to a change encounter with Mary V. in a Zoom breakout session, where she expressed a genuine desire to connect with young children and build relationships around books and literacy. This partnership has had a tremendous impact on Kindergarten students within the Saints community and in the local community.
Amy Cohen spent twenty years as a middle and high school social studies teacher. As Director of Education at History Making Productions, she develops educational materials to accompany documentaries about Philadelphia history. Cohen is a columnist for Hidden City, an on-line magazine about the city’s built environment and is writing a book about local Black history and its reflection in the landscape.
Carly has been a faculty member at SSSAS for almost 20 years. She is a former first grade teacher and current learning specialist at the Lower School. Throughout her teaching career she has focused her efforts on building the understanding that our differences and challenges are often great gifts.
Brian Kane is a landscape architect and environmental planner with a practice on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. He serves as the Mid-Atlantic Director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, a national non-profit organization in Maryland. He is the former Environmental Stewardship Director at SSSAS and his four daughters attended the Lower and Middle Schools.. Brian enjoys any time he can spend outside, particularly when he is near tidal creeks and bays.
Tara Laughlin is a full stack software engineer at Capital One. She has led many initiatives at Capital One targeted towards early career women in the field of technology and strives to create a culture that passionately encourages young people to engage and thrive in their careers.Tara received her Bachelors of Fine Arts and her Bachelors of Science degrees at Virginia Tech in May of 2019. She majored in Computer Science and Creative Technologies with a minor in Art History. She is returning to Virginia Tech to pursue her Masters of Engineering with a specialization in Human Computer Interaction. Academia is where Tara became a subject matter expert in dealing with impostor syndrome and has made it her personal mission to create an inclusive environment for everyone, everywhere that she goes.
Melina McCrary is currently a learning specialist at St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School. Raised in Alexandria, she returned to the area to earn her Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Ms. McCrary is fluent in sign-language and loves sharing her experiences with the Deaf community.
Kurt is an independent researcher and ecologist, and president/co-founder of the Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation, an organization that promotes nature, culture, and community at lower Four Mile Run in Alexandria and Arlington.
After a couple of stints in the service, Dr. Andy Sidle discovered environmentalism and grad school. The former discovery led to participation in environmental activism from Oklahoma to Florida to North Carolina, and the latter led to earning a Ph.D. and becoming an upper school English teacher at SSSAS.