Administration

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Darien Kardos - Campus Coordinator

Born in Maryland, but raised across the United States as part of a military family, Darien began to establish roots in Georgia as a sophomore in high school. There she married her high school sweetheart, Josh, graduated from the University of Georgia, and pursued a career in education. Darien taught middle school science and health and coached Cross Country and Track at a Christian school before she and Josh started their family. Once their youngest was school-aged (then living in North Carolina), Darien returned to education as a third grade teacher at a Classical Christian school. Her love of the Classical tradition grew during her tenure, however her longing for more family time did as well. After two years of working outside the home, Darien decided to homeschool. Darien is thrilled to join the VCS family and looks forward to the years ahead in educational partnership.

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Jody Strom - Academic Coordinator

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Lower School

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Nancy Anderson - Pre-K

Nancy Anderson graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Civil Engineering. Following a few years in the consulting industry, she and her husband Eric returned to Blacksburg and began their family. She has been homeschooling her four children for the past ten years.  Nancy is extremely excited to return to VCS for another year.  First exposed to classical education through Classical Conversations, Nancy has watched her children pass through the grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric stages, and she can attest to its effectiveness. Nancy tutored Foundations for three years as a part of the Blacksburg Classical Conversations community where she worked with 1st and 2nd graders as well as 5th and 6th graders. As a swim coach, Nancy has been working with kids of all ages for nearly ten years. When she is not homeschooling or coaching, Nancy enjoys reading, running, and spending time with her friends and family.


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Tonia strange - Kinder

After graduating from Radford University and working five years in the tech industry, Tonia landed her dream job: motherhood. She has classically taught her children at home ever since while working to support fellow homeschooling families by teaching co-ops, classes, and private lessons for over a decade. She and her husband, Brent, own and operate Reliant Farm, LLC on fifteen acres in Craig County where they live with their two daughters. While books will always be her favorite, she also loves learning through the beauty of music, nature, and the people she meets. She is thrilled to pass on this love of learning to the children of VCS.

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Kay Lefevre - 1st Grade

Kay Lefevre, having taught for almost 40 years in several schools on the eastern side of the U.S. and also three years in Peru teaching missionary children, is excited about being a part of the teaching team at VCS. She has a B.R.E. from Baptist Bible College in Pennsylvania. She has taught K4 through middle school students. Her passion is the younger grades and she is excited about teaching 1st grade. Her greatest love while teaching has been the two years spent teaching classically and watching her children’s desire to learn all they could. She loves being creative in presenting materials to help the children love learning!

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Jillian Sullivan - 2nd Grade

Jillian, though originally from Blacksburg, spent most of her childhood overseas, before returning to Blacksburg to finish high school. She graduated from Virginia Tech, with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and received her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University. After graduation, Jillian began working with Montgomery County Public Schools, and has been teaching 2nd grade for the last 7 years. In addition to teaching 2nd grade, Jillian has taught Sunday school for many years, as well as traveled overseas for English camps serving elementary and middle school students. While she loves to travel, see new places, and spend time with people, most of her time is spent being a mom to her young son! Jillian loves learning along with her students!

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Kate Orton - 3rd Grade

Kate Orton attended a classical school from 7-12 grade, then graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in English Literature, and a minor in Bible and World Missions Studies. She taught English in South Korea for a year before getting married in 2016 to her husband, Andrew, and moving to Blacksburg. She has taught 3rd grade at VCS since 2017.

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Kristina McClung - 4th Grade

Native to Blacksburg and the Roanoke Valley, Kristina McClung attended Virginia Tech where she earned a B.S. in Psychology, a minor in African American studies, and met her husband, Nathan. She has worked with children on a vocational and volunteer basis for over five years and is passionate about teaching. She believes that academic education can play a beautiful role in learning how to, “Glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”

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Jesse Case - Campus Aide

Jesse Case was born and raised in Virginia, just outside of DC. He has just recently graduated from Virginia Tech with a double major in History and Classical Studies. He lives in Blacksburg with his wife Kristian, who has one year left in her undergraduate degree in Material Science Engineering. Jesse's first exposure to teaching came while volunteering at his church's ESL program while in high school. Since then, he has continued working with foreign language students and tutoring in general throughout his college career. His hobbies include reading, cooking, and exploring the outdoors with his wife.

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Rachel Kimzey - Campus Aide

A Blacksburg native, Rachel grew up home schooled K-12 via a classical approach and plenty of whole books. After graduating with her B.A. in Humanities from Thomas Edison State University, she studied hands-on communications, theology, and humanities in Italy for a semester. She has helped lead kids' day camps, and as the oldest of eight siblings, connecting with kids and helping school happen is a natural bent. The rest of her week fills up with part-time nannying, family dinners, coffee (or long-distance calls) with friends, discipleship ministry, student leadership, exploring outside, and too many books.

Upper School

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Andrea Buehrer - 6/7th Mathematics, 7th Bible

Andrea Buehrer grew up in Michigan and Ohio and attended the University of Toledo. After graduating with a degree in Nursing, she married Mike and moved to Blacksburg. Here they have raised and homeschooled their six kids. She has a passion for homeschooling and is so excited to be part of VCS where she can learn more about classical education and continue to homeschool at the same time. Her hobbies include family hikes and camping trips, gardening, and spending time outdoors.

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marjory Clement - 2nd Form Latin

Marjory Clement was born and raised in Annapolis, MD, where she and her brothers were homeschooled. Her mother, a long-time Latin teacher, instilled in her a love of grammar and languages, and she got her first taste of teaching in high school when she tutored middle schoolers in Latin. Marjory went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Belhaven University, during which time she took three semesters of biblical Greek and worked as both a departmental and a freelance tutor. After graduation, she moved to Blacksburg to pursue a PhD in theoretical chemistry from Virginia Tech. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crafting, and puzzling, as well as working with the children and youth at her church.

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danae McGregor - 5/6/7th Humanities & 3rd Form Latin

Danae McGregor holds a B.A. in Classical Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Literature and Latin from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. She has taught in a variety of education models, including private, homeschool co-op, and subject-specific tutoring. Danae finds her deepest joy in teaching the Humanities -- all of them. Most recently, she taught Latin for five years and served one year as the Foreign Language Department Chair at a private school in northern Virginia. Danae believes that language plays a beautiful and powerful role in the pursuit of the true, the good, and the beautiful. Whether through reading well-known stories or writing a complex epigram, she is convinced that the study of language offers something for everyone to learn.

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katelyn Printz - 5th Grade Math, 5/6/7th Science, 5/6th Bible & Poetry

Originally from Atlanta, Katelyn was first exposed to classical education as a child, where she attended Veritas Classical School. She graduated from Lee University with her B.S. in Biology. While a student at Lee, she began working at a rural hospital in Kenya during her summer breaks. Long-term medical missions is one of her deepest passions. During her time in Kenya, she met her husband Trask. Before moving to Blacksburg, Katelyn completed her Masters in Biblical Studies at the Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta. She and Trask plan to return to Kenya long-term when he is finished with medical school. In her spare time, Katelyn loves to go on hikes/runs with her dog and enjoys being a foster mom for Montgomery County Animal Care and Adoption Center.

The Arts, Physical Education, and Eloquium

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sammi Lytton - Pre-K - 6th Choir, Campus Aid

Sammi and her husband Ryan moved to the NRV in 2009. She studied Biblical Studies and Music and Worship Leadership at Life Pacific University in San Dimas, CA. Music is one of her life-long passions and she brings over twenty years of music performance experience to her role. Sammi enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family, including her two young children.

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mary Lekoshere - Eloquium Art Teacher

Mary Lekoshere studied painting, drawing and printmaking at Bob Jones University. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2006. She currently enjoys painting representational art in oil, and illustrating in both oil and watercolor.

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rachel Kimzey - Eloquium Art Teacher

A Blacksburg native, Rachel grew up home schooled K-12 via a classical approach and plenty of whole books. After graduating with her B.A. in Humanities from Thomas Edison State University, she studied hands-on communications, theology, and humanities in Italy for a semester. She has helped lead kids' day camps, and as the oldest of eight siblings, connecting with kids and helping school happen is a natural bent. The rest of her week fills up with part-time nannying, family dinners, coffee (or long-distance calls) with friends, discipleship ministry, student leadership, exploring outside, and too many books.

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jillian Sullivan - Eloquium Drama Teacher

Jillian, though originally from Blacksburg, spent most of her childhood overseas, before returning to Blacksburg to finish high school. She graduated from Virginia Tech, with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and received her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University. After graduation, Jillian began working with Montgomery County Public Schools, and has been teaching 2nd grade for the last 7 years. In addition to teaching 2nd grade, Jillian has taught Sunday school for many years, as well as traveled overseas for English camps serving elementary and middle school students. While she loves to travel, see new places, and spend time with people, most of her time is spent being a mom to her young son! Jillian loves learning along with her students!