Our On-Campus Faculty
Sharon Arne, Academic Dean, lives 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. Arne is a graduate of James Madison University (bachelor's degree in middle school education: math/science specialization) and Western Governor’s University (master's degree in education: management and innovation). Her youngest daughter, Caroline, graduated from Stuart Hall in 2018 and is currently attending college in North Carolina.
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. They welcomed their son Walker to the Stuart Hall family in 2018.
Jason Coady, our Director of the Staunton Campus, and his wife, Stephanie Trauner, and their children, Evan, Emma, and Elisabeth, all of whom attend Stuart Hall, live in Fillmore House directly across the street from the school. For the last fifteen years he was at The Hill School in Pottstown, PA, where he taught mathematics, coached, served as an advisor, and held roles including Director of Learning Research & Development, Student Leadership Programs Coordinator, and dormitory head.
Abby Courtney is a dorm parent on Fleet Hall. Abby is part of the faculty team at the Lower School, serving as both the PreK Assistant and Librarian. Abby joined Stuart Hall in 2018 and has been teaching for 15 years.
Pete and Meg Echols are dorm parents in the boys' dorm, Robertson House. Pete has been our Middle and Upper School Music Teacher since 2015. His wife Meg teaches high school English. "We love getting to know students in a setting other than in the classroom. We enjoy being a part of a fantastic community that extends much beyond the confines of the school day!"
Connor Gwin ("Chaplain Connor") and his wife Emma and baby daughter Harper Jane live on campus in Institute House. Chaplain Connor Gwin is integrally involved in the daily life of the community and seeks to foster Stuart Hall School’s philosophy and mission, to show hospitality to all by building the Stuart Hall School community, to help constituents embrace the Episcopal school identity, and to promote community wholeness through programs centered on diversity, inclusion, wellness, and service-learning. In addition to directing the chapel program at both campuses, Chaplain Connor teaches Comparative Religion in the Upper School.
Jason and Jihye Lovelace are dorm parents for High Holborn. Jason is currently working on his doctoral degree in biblical studies and holds a master's degree in ministry from Newburgh Theological Seminary and a bachelor's degree in history, Spanish, and modern languages from MidAmerica Nazarene University. Jihye is a piano accompanist in the Music Department at Mary Baldwin University.
Bhekumuzi Prince Makhubo is a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, Mr. Makhubo recently graduated from Bridgewater College with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. In addition to his work in residence life as a dorm parent in Cochran Dormitory, Mr. Makhubo oversees the Middle School After School Study Hall program.
Hunter and Kelsey Murray are dorm parents in Robertson House. Hunter joined us in 2018 as an Upper School Science Teacher. Before joining the STU faculty, he taught anatomy and physiology, as well as ecology and AP biology, at Jackson Academy in Jackson, MS. He has a passion for the outdoor world and is an avid environmentalist. Hunter holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education from the University of Mississippi. Kelsey is a special education teacher.
Maria Ortiz '14 is the Residence Life Coordinator for Stuart Hall and dorm parent for Old Virginia. Maria is a graduate of Shenandoah University where she was an active leader in the residence life program and taught dance courses at the conservatory. In addition to dance, Maria enjoys travel, having visited multiple countries throughout Europe. Maria says this about residence life at Stuart Hall, "The best part of working in residence life is being able to see every side of students, not just what they want to show their teacher in the classroom or their coach on the field. And being able to do that at Stuart Hall with a wonderful team and a welcoming community is just great. It honestly feels like I never left!"
Michael Robinson, Head of School, along with his wife, Frances, and dog, Bear, also live on campus in Worthington House. Mr. Robinson is in his first year as Head of Stuart Hall School. Coming to Stuart Hall from his position as chaplain at Trinity-Pawling, a day-boarding school in Pawling, NY, Michael has experience in faculty leadership, curriculum development, diversity, equity and inclusion programs, working with boarding and day students, and fundraising. Michael and Frances look forward to hosting parents and students at Worthington.
Debra and Martin Schmid are dorm parents for Watkins Hall. Debra has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Virginia in Marketing & Human Resource Management and has American Montessori Pre-Primary Certification from the Virginia Center for Montessori Teacher Training. She has worked in a variety of educational and business settings teaching and directing both children and adults. Debra has worked for Stuart Hall at the Lower School for the past nine years. Debra enjoys a variety of hobbies such as arts and crafts, welding, gardening, and finding unusual “treasures” at yard sales & thrift shops. Martin has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University and works for the City of Staunton as a probation officer. He enjoys listening to variety of musical genres, cooking, and is a licensed massage therapist. "We feel honored to take part in supporting wellness and holistic health during this very special time in the boarders' lives."
Daniel Snyder, our Upper School Science Teacher, lives on campus in an apartment that is is part of Gibbs House. Daniel grew up in Churchville, VA and returned to the Valley in 2018 after spending many years teaching chemistry, biology, and earth science in Montana in both a boarding and a day school setting, He loves the outdoors, is an avid rock climber, and has spent numerous summers as a wildlife guide in Yellowstone National Park. He enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors with our boarders. Daniel holds a Master of Teaching from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science from Virginia Tech.
Adam and Christy Swartz '03 live on campus with their children 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 and interact with students on a meaningful level."