Our On-Campus Faculty

Sharon Arne, Academic Dean, lives with her daughter Caroline '17, on campus in Gibbs House. She oversees the articulation of Stuart Hall's PreK-12 curriculum and is responsible for observing, supervising, and evaluating the faculty in the development and implementation of curriculum. A native Virginian, Ms. Young is a graduate of James Madison University (Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education: Math/Science Specialization) and Western Governor’s University (Master’s Degree, Education: Management and Innovation.) 

Ray Beatty and Sarah Harms are dorm parents for Stuart and Scott Halls. Married in 2015, they are both from Williamsburg and are both Physical Education teachers and coaches for Stuart Hall. Ray teaches PE at the Lower School and Sarah teaches Middle and Upper School students.

Ann Clavin is a dorm parent for Watkins Hall. Ann has more than a decade of experience teaching middle and upper school students in the United States and abroad in China and Kosova. She holds a Master of Education from Kent State University.

Nicole Barnett is also a dorm parent for Watkins Hall. For the past five years Nicole has worked in the health care industry as both a Nurse Aide and Emergency Medical Technician. Originally from Texas, Nicole joined the Stuart Hall community in 2016.

Mark Eastham, Head of School, also lives on campus with his family. The Easthams are an active part of on-campus life at Stuart Hall, and often have students, faculty, and parents into their home for social gatherings. His daughter Katherine graduated from Stuart Hall in 2011 and his daughter Caroline will graduate from Stuart Hall this May.

Dave Knop is a dorm parent for Cochran House. Dave is a video producer and editor and recently moved to the Shenandoah Valley. He says that one of his main interests is “helping to inspire students to do the things that inspire them.” Dave holds an Associates Degree in Video/Film Production from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Kevin and Hannah Leaman are dorm parents in the boys’ dorm, Robertson. They are both recent graduates of Eastern Mennonite University and have experience working with people from different cultural backgrounds. Hannah is currently working towards her doctorate in Occupational Therapy at the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, and Kevin is in the Physician Assistant program at Murphy Deming.

Jason and Jihye Lovelace are dorm parents for High Holborn. Jason teaches ESL at Stuart Hall to our international boarding students. He has nearly two decades of experience teaching ESL classes, including serving as an Adjunct Professor of English as a Second Language at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Jay is currently working on his Doctoral in Biblical Studies and holds a Master of Ministry from Newburgh Theological Seminary and a B.A. in History, Spanish, and Modern Languages from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Jihye is a piano accompanist in the Music Department at Mary Baldwin University.

Katherine Meier is the Residence Life Coordinator for Stuart Hall and dorm parent for Old Virginia. Katherine comes to our School from Ohio, where she worked for three years at the Boys Hope Girls Hope Foundation. During her time there, she served as college and academic advisor to students in the program, as well as lived and worked as part of the residential team to provide life skills and enrichment activities, and create the supportive, caring, and challenging environment that leads to success both in and out of the classroom. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Human Development from California State University, Long Beach, and is currently finishing up a Master's Degree in Youth Development at Michigan State.  

Blake Nickles, our Lower and Middle School Spanish Teacher, lives on campus in an apartment that is is part of Gibbs House. This is her second year teaching and living at Stuart Hall. Before joining us, she was an assistant teacher in the Hispanic Studies Department at Davidson College. Blake holds a B.A. in Hispanic Studies.

Adam and Christy Swartz '03, live on campus with their infant daughter, Sarai, on the ground level of Cochran House. Christy, is originally from Staunton, Virginia, and graduated from Stuart Hall School in 2003 . She continued her education at Shenandoah University where she minored in dance and majored in Biology. Christy loves being a dorm parent because she gets the unique opportunity to be part of so many of our students' lives. Christy says, “It is a rewarding experience to be able to support our students through their ups and downs and to see them succeed in their endeavors.” Adam is also originally from the Shenandoah Valley. His passions include percussion, singing, acting, sports, and exercise of all types. Adam loves being a dorm parent because he gets the chance to listen to interact with students on a meaningful level. 

Matthew Walker is the Residence Life Recreation and Wellness Program Coordinator of Stuart Hall, as well as dorm parent for Robertson House. Matthew is from Chattanooga, Tennessee, and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville before joining the STU community in 2012. Matthew says he loves being an on campus faculty member because he is able to get to know the boarding students outside of the classroom or playing on the field. Matthew said that one of his favorite aspects of Residence Life was seeing a 10th grade domestic boarder quickly become friends with an 8th grade international boarder. Matthew says, “The boarding community is exactly that—a community where you can feel at home while living far away from home.”

Andy Jones-Wilkins is the Director of Community Life for Stuart Hall School and lives directly across the street from campus. He and other School administrators take turns serving as the Administrator on Duty each weekend that school is in session. As the Director of Community Life, Andy oversees the Residence Life program as well as our social and emotional curriculum, study skills curriculum, and enrichment programming for middle and upper school students. Andy has a wealth of experience working with Middle and Upper School students at independent schools around the country. He and his wife Shelly have three sons: Carson, Logan, and Tully. Carson is heading off to college, but Logan '18 and Tully '21 are both students at Stuart Hall.


Stuart Hall Voices

"The thing I love most about Stuart Hall is the sense of family." 

—Mariah '16