Redeemer Faculty and Staff
Mrs. Teresa Patton
Mrs. Teresa Patton received her Bachelor's Degree from Virginia Tech in Child Development and Elementary Education and has been teaching in public, private and home-schooling environments for almost 30 years. In addition to teaching, she has been very active in curriculum development for Redeemer. She enjoys traveling, hiking and enjoying the outdoors with her family. Mrs. Patton has been with Redeemer since 2004.
Mrs. Holly Michael
Mrs. Holly Michael graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood education. Moving to Harrisonburg, she began working at Woodland Montessori School. She went on to receive her teaching degree in Montessori education. She taught at Woodland for six years building a foundation in their primary education. She is very excited to be teaching about the love of Christ.
Mrs. Shernae Storella
Shernae received her bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Recreation Parks and Tourism. After graduating, she returned to VCU taking educational courses for the lower elementary level. She home-schooled her two children for seven years, served as an Awana Leader, chaired a K-5 Children's Ministry, worked in a Daycare Facility and a parochial school. Shernae has served as Redeemer's Kindergarten teacher since 2005 and she loves teaching children how big and fun learning is. Shernae counts it an honor and a privilege to teach the children of our future.
Mrs. Sarah Plonsky
Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at North Greenville University in Tigerville, SC. She has taught in public and private school classrooms, and has most recently been homeschooling four of her children. She has lived in many places in her life, but has decided that the Shenandoah Valley is by far her favorite, and hopes she never has to leave. Sarah and her husband James are, by God’s grace, successfully blending two families together, making their home of nine a busy (and often loud!) place! When she’s not occupied being a mom and teacher, Sarah enjoys keeping busy with activities at church, renovating their old Civil War-era home, gardening, and sewing. An ideal weekend would be one with NOTHING on the calendar!
Mrs. Julie Landes
Julie Landes received a Master of Arts in elementary education at James Madison University, through their five-year program. Julie taught two years in the second grade classroom before moving down to teaching first grade. She is excited to be teaching in a school where she can teach the truth of God through all subjects.
Mrs. Hannah Wenger
Hannah received her Bachelor's Degree from Eastern Mennonite University in Elementary Education and has taught second grade, Kindergarten, and preschool in the public schools. Hannah is looking forward to having the chance to connect faith into her teaching. Learning comes alive for her in a classroom where reverence is given to the God who made our minds and hearts. A wonderful day for her would involve a scenic car drive to a mountain hike with her husband and two sons (age 8 and 6) complete with a picnic.
Mrs. Grace Yoder
Grace received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education and also earned a certificate to teach Algebra I from James Madison University. Grace has traveled over Europe, which included a five week language study in Spain. She loves teaching in a Classical Christian environment where she can teach academics while glorifying and delighting in the Lord with 2nd graders!
Miss Kate Scheel
Kate has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and a Master’s in Art Education from Christopher Newport University. She has had the opportunity to teach at both elementary and high school levels. Having experienced home-school, public, and Classical educations, Kate is excited to return to the Classical education format. She studied art in Florence, further confirming her love for Renaissance history, art, and architecture. Aside from teaching, Kate enjoys leisurely biking, road trips, painting, and of course, exploring museums.
Mrs. Kendra Matter
Kendra first discovered a passion for history, literature, and culture through studying art in high school and college. She went on to graduate from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Science in Art and a minor in Art History. Kendra has been involved in classical and Christian education for 15 years, from homeschooling to classroom instruction. Outside Redeemer you might find her hiking with family, coaching gymnastics, or reading Victorian literature on the front porch.
Fifth Grade & History Dept. Head
Mrs. Jane Fowler
Mrs. Jane Fowler received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Virginia in Middle School Education and has been teaching in public, private and home-schooling environments for nearly 30 years. She currently teaches fifth grade. Jane is one of the founding teachers of Redeemer and has enjoyed watching Redeemer grow over the years. She is the chairperson for the history department at Redeemer and loves to hear the students recite the history timeline together. Jane has three grown and two grandchildren who she enjoys visiting as often as she can.
6th Grade Study Skills
Mrs. Peyton Miller
Mrs. Peyton Miller has an undergraduate degree in Parks and Recreation Management from Virginia Commonwealth University and a graduate degree in Special Education from James Madison University. She helped start a Young Life program for middle school students in Richmond, Virginia. Combining her interests in literature, education and recreation, she is excited about teaching students during their formative years of middle school. Her perfect day would include competitive sports or hiking, eating at an excellent restaurant, time with family, and reading outside in a hammock.
7th & 8th Science
Mrs. Heather Dowdy
Heather graduated summa cum laude from James Madison University with distinction in Geology and a minor in Middle Education. She has worked in both public and private settings as a teacher, a tutor, and an aid to students of all ability levels. She has also enjoyed helping as a teacher in the after school program and ESL classes through her church's Hispanic ministry. She is thankful for the opportunity to teach science in an environment where she can point her students toward the wonderful Creator of this magnificent world in which we live.
Logic & 6th Grade Science
Mrs. Jocelyn White
Jocelyn is a 1982 graduate of the University of Michigan with a B. A. in Political Science. She served 7 years active duty in the United States Army as a Military Intelligence Officer, and 3 years in the Army Reserves. She has lived in South Korea, Canada, Haiti and Italy. She has homeschooled 3 children over the course of the last 17 years which included 5 years of coaching a local Speech & Debate club for competition in the NCFCA and Stoa leagues. She has been here in the Rockingham County area for the last 13 years and can't imagine living anywhere else!
Logic School Math
Mrs. Colleen Ernst
Colleen graduated from James Madison University with her bachelors degree in Mathematics in 2011 and with her Master of Arts in Teaching in 2012 through JMU's five-year program. She truly enjoys teaching math in a Christian school, and her students love having Colleen as their teacher ... especially on Pi day.
Logic School History and Geography
Miss Hannah Shickel
Hannah graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science through the History Department at Liberty University. Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley fueled her passion for history and began a desire to share with others the stories of the past. She strives to instill a love and an appreciation of history into the lives of young people and share with them the most life-changing story in all of history. Hannah enjoys coaching and playing volleyball, running, and hiking.
Logic School Latin & Literature
Mrs. Annie Leach
Annie Leach graduated from Wake Forest University with a major in English and a minor in education. She and her husband, Bill, are among the founders of Redeemer, and they are increasingly thankful that their five children have attended RCS. Annie enjoys studying words and syntax in her favorite languages. She relishes the opportunity to share the wonder of words with her Latin and literature students. Annie has loved helping others improve their writing since her college days. She considers her responsibility to train RCS students to excel in written communication a great privilege. Annie grew up on Tampa Bay and savors chances to be around water. She also loves making and eating Cuban food, laughing and playing games with her family, and sitting by the fire reading Russian literature.
Logic School Bible
Mr. Bill Leach
Bill was part of the core group that helped get Redeemer started and has been involved ever since. He is serving on the board and is excited for the chance to teach two bible classes this year for the logic school this academic year. Bill has served as a pastor in the community since 1995. He received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and received his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary.
Logic School Physical Education
Mrs. Dia Russell
Dia has been a fitness enthusiast since she started playing softball at the age of 7. She believes in the fact that our bodies are temples for the Most High and that it is an honor and privileged responsibility to take care of it. Through individual and team-based activities, Dia seeks to instill a love of fitness in all children. She used a variety of teaching techniques to reach each child where they are at and help them develop athletic ability, character, and love of the Lord. Dia is married and has two girl who attend Redeemer. She enjoys raising Labrador Retrievers, running, hiking and camping.
Grammar School Physical Education
Mrs. Ashley Hormel
Ashley graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Social Work. She worked professionally in children's health and wellness prior to joining Redeemer. Ashley is thankful for the opportunity to teach children to glorify God in both their work and play, and by caring for the bodies He has given us. She enjoys teaching sportsmanship to the grammar school children while they learn new, traditional, and unique ways to be physically fit. Ashley enjoys being active herself and can often be found out on a long run or hiking or playing games with her three children (all at Redeemer) and husband.
Art and Art History
Mrs. Laura Carpenter
Laura graduated from James Madison University in 2000 with a Bachelors of Science in Media Arts and Design. She taught art classes in a variety of settings and in 2004 she joined the newly-launched Redeemer Classical School as the art teacher. In March of 2010, with the birth of her second child, Laura took a break from the classroom. In the Fall of 2016, she returned to RCS with renewed excitement. Outside of the classroom Laura is an Explorers Leader in her daughter’s American Heritage Girls troop. She also volunteers for the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association of Virginia. If free time allows, you will find her working in her flower gardens or maybe rushing off to a dance class. Laura’s oldest child attends RCS and her youngest will follow in his sister's steps in the coming years.
Mrs. Kathleen Wissinger
Kathleen (Kath) has directed youth handbells since 1988 at Massanutten Presbyterian Church. A composer herself, she encourages her class to create their own pieces (Fog Train, Edakafad, Misty Moon) and writes pedagogical pieces (Accolade, Suite Praise, Hyfrydol, A Tree and a Star, Campana Sonos, Many and Great, Laudare and others.) Kath is the founding artistic director of MOSAIC Handbell Ensemble and is the adult handbell director at Muhlenberg Lutheran Church. She is an active clinician at ringing events nationwide and coordinates the "Bells in Education" Column for Overtones,the national guild's magazine. She also chairs the CHIME Loan program for Area 3. Kath has a degree in geology from Miami University (BA 1978 Oxford, Ohio) and worked as a National Park Service Ranger and environmental educator. She loves bells and knows they are a superb tool for teaching music theory and performance and for developing discipline, focus, fellowship and cooperation.
Grammar School Music
Miss Cameron Dusman
Cameron graduated from Grove City College in Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, concentration in percussion. She has taught elementary music at a Christian school in Charlottesville for the past five years and now is pursuing a Master's Degree in Music Education at James Madison University. She's thankful for the opportunity to teach in a school where music can point children towards the creativity, beauty, order, and goodness of their Creator. Besides music she enjoys traveling, cooking, and exploring new hiking trails in the beautiful state of Virginia.
After School Program
Mrs. Carrie Jacobsen
Carrie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton. She has taught prekindergarten and kindergarten in the past and has been teaching third grade since coming to Redeemer in 2013. Having been raised in Christian education, Carrie understands the difference that can make in and to an early learner and is grateful to have the opportunity to partner with parents in nurturing a love for the Lord and a love of learning in her students.
Director of Development
Mrs. Jean “Jaye” Brumfield
Jaye earned her B.A. in Communications and Spanish from James Madison University in 1995. Shortly after, she began her career with the Bridgewater College Advancement Office. During the subsequent years, she continued to hone her design, writing and marketing skills working at JMU, PricewaterhouseCooper, an advertising agency, her own design firm, and a start-up tech company. Jaye has been involved with Redeemer since before her eldest enrolled in Kindergarten. She created the branding, established the Festival of the Ages, designed most of the RCS marketing materials, and served on the Board of Directors for two separate terms.