Are you seeing some new faces around campus this year? Wakefield School has added faculty members to three divisions this year.
David Button Jr. joined Wakefield as the new Upper School physics teacher. Mr. Button comes from Prince William County public schools where he spent the past 14 years teaching physics and math. He received his B.S. in physics from Bridgewater College. Of special note is the fact that Mr. Button has done extensive work as a robots coach and mentor.
Tom Campbell is teaching AP European History as well as the World History class. He has a B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and a M.A. from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. He has taught at Squaw Valley Academy, the Fletcher School, St. Andrew’s Episcopal in Mississippi, and Collegiate School in Richmond. Mr. Campbell has a particular interest in German history.
Ruth Marshall has also joined the History Department, where she is teaching U.S. History and U.S. Government. In addition to teaching at Wakefield, she is also pursuing a degree in education at George Mason. She has taught at both Foxcroft and Middleburg Academy.
Dr. Niranjan Rao joined the Upper School Math Department and is teaching classes in Geometry, Algebra, and Trigonometry. Prior to coming to Wakefield, Dr. Rao worked at Boeing as a rocket scientist and was Chief Engineer, Project Manager and a Boeing Fellow. He received his BA, ME, and Ph.D from the University of Virginia. In addition, he has studied at MIT, the University of Alabama, and the University of San Diego.
Bethlehem Addis has just completed her M.A. in Public Administration from George Mason University and has joined Wakefield as the Middle School Learning Support Teacher. She did her undergraduate work at GMU as well, with a major in Legal Studies and a concentration in Conflict Resolution and Childhood studies. Ms. Addis has spent the past several years as Site Director at the Loudoun County YMCA. She has also been a graduate teaching assistant at George Mason and an intern at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria.
Jennifer Butler is teaching middle school math. Mrs. Butler has her B.A. in Business and Psychology and her M.A. in Industrial & Organizational Psychology and her teaching certificate. She substituted at Wakefield last school year and helped in the Admissions Office during May. She has more than 15 years of experience teaching students at the elementary and middle school level.
Danielle Curtis is teaching lower school art for students in the Early Childhood Center through second grades. She has her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Mary Washington.
Tabitha Ward, a 2006 graduate of Wakefield, joined Wakefield this summer as Assistant Director of Admissions. Ms. Ward received her B.A. from Christopher Newport University and her M.A. from VCU in social work. She has worked with youth in a variety of ways, from teaching kindergarteners to high school students and running student leadership classes.