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Four join faculty at Chesapeake Academy

New faculty at Chesapeake Academy for 2008-09 include, front, seated, Karen Minter; behind her, seated, Pam Macaulay; standing on the left, Julie Keesee; and standing on the right, Jennifer Goodlett.

Chesapeake Academy in Irvington welcomed four new teachers this fall: Julianne Keesee, Karen Minter, Jennifer Goodlett, and Pam Macaulay. They bring with them a wealth of talent and experience to the teaching and administrative staff of the independent elementary school.

Julianne Keesee, the new academic dean responsible for lower and middle school, will co-teach the newly-designed 8th grade Writer’s Workshop with Ted Cook and 7th grade Pre-Algebra with Phil Williams.

A resident of Hartfield for the past five years, Keesee graduated with honors from William & Mary College with an AB in government, and an MEd from the University of Chicago in instructional leadership.
Keesee has worked 15 years in education as a teacher, school counselor, school consultant and administrator.

Keesee and her husband, Dr. Neal Keesee, have three children attending Chesapeake Academy, Sam, Emmaline, and Claire.

Karen Minter is teaching Chesapeake’s new full-day kindergarten program. Minter has a BS in early childhood education from Frostburg State College and a masters in guidance from Bowie State University. She brings over 32 years of teaching experience in early childhood education.

A summer resident of Stingray Point for 30 years, the Minters moved permanently to the Tidewater area this year.

Jennifer Goodlett is teaching fourth grade as well as fifth grade social studies. Goodlett is co-teaching students in math and reading with Martha Rogers as part of the academy’s new fourth and fifth grade Bridge Program. Currently residing in Irvington, she and husband Nick moved to the Northern Neck from Indiana, where she graduated Cum Laude and earned a BA in psychology and education at Hanover College.

Pam Macaulay is the new librarian for grades preschool through eight. Having moved last year from Peoria, Illinois, to Weems, Macaulay earned a BA from Radford College and an MA in Christian education from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education/Union Theological Seminary. She comes to Chesapeake with eight years of librarian experience from preschool to middle school.

Macaulay and her husband Clay have a daughter attending Christchurch School, and a son who teaches high school math in North Carolina.

posted 10.02.2008

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