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CCS welcomes new teachers

New Christchurch School faculty members include, from left, Clay Tharrington, William Taylor, Chris Newton, Katie Parker, Shannon Fisher-Bloom, Charlotte Cornwell Charlton ‘02, Colin Murasko, Liping Liu, Tom Thomas, and Lawrence Robinson ‘07.

Christchurch School has 12 new faculty members this school year. They are:

  • Clay Tharrington, head of hall. He holds a BA in economics and business from Virginia Military Institute. His previous experience includes being a project engineer with W.M. Jordan Company, and he was head lacrosse coach at The Steward School.

  • William Taylor, the assistant director of development, is a business instructor. He holds a BA in religion from Hampden-Sydney College. He was a principal with Frisch Capital Partners LLC, and defensive coordinator for the University of Georgia men’s lacrosse team.

  • Chris Newton, a science instructor, holds a PhD in genetics from George Washington University; a masters in molecular genetics from the University of Leicester, England; and a BS in biology from Trinity College. He was adjunct faculty biology at Northern Virginia Community College, and taught chemistry at Episcopal High School.

  • Katie Parker is the learning skills program instructor. She earned her BA at Longwood University and taught fourth grade in Hanover County.

  • Shannon Fisher-Bloom is the community life coordinator. She hold a BA in anthropology and sociology from Lafayette University where she was assistant volleyball coach. She also holds a master’s in sport management from East Stroudsburg University, where she was head volleyball coach.

  • Charlotte Cornwell Charlton (’02) is an English instructor. She has a BA in English from the University of Delaware. She was a teaching fellow at St. Catherine’s School.

  • Colin Murasko, an art instructor, holds a master’s of fine arts degree in painting and drawing from Claremont Graduate University; and bachelors of fine arts in sculpture and drawing from Stephen F. Austin State University. He was a middle and upper school art instructor at The Emery/Wiener School; an academic advisor and adjunct instructor at the University of Texas, Arlington; an adjunct instructor at Tarrant County (Texas) Community College; and an adjunct instructor at Dallas County Community College.

  • Liping Liu, will teach Chinese. Liu holds an Ed.D. in teaching, curriculum and learning environment from Harvard University; a master’s in liberal studies from Dartmouth College; an M.Ed. in foreign language teaching methodology from Beijing Normal University; and a BA in English language and literature from Anhui University. Previously Liu was a Chinese instructor at The College of William and Mary, and at Christchurch School; an assistant professor of Chinese at Christopher Newport University; an assistant professor of ESL and education at Brevard College; and a Chinese instructor at Harvard University.

  • Tom Thomas, a development associate, will be head crew coach. He holds a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law and a BS in animal science from Rutgers University. Previously he was a partner at Fagelson, Schonberger, Payne & Deichmeister, a crew coach for the Bishop Eustace Prep Crusaders, and director of Res. living at the University of Charleston.

  • Lawrence Robinson (’07) will be an intern. He has a BS in sports management from West Liberty University.

  • Isaac Clark, science instructor and head sailing coach. He holds a BS in geology from The College of William and Mary. He was a research assistant at Coastal Hydrodynamics and Sediment Dynamics Lab at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and was sailing director of Summer Camps on the River at CCS.

  • Paul Vernon, a history instructor, holds a degree from Hertford College, England. Previously he was community liaison officer with the U.S. Embassy in Prague, an office management specialist at the U.S Embassy in Madrid, a video researcher for PBS and British ITV in Hertford College, England.

posted 10.17.2012

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