Ware has four new teachers
|New teachers at Ware Academy are, from left, Aaron Ward, Ginger James, Sandy Van Leeuwen and Tracy Pausic.|
Aaron Ward of Middlesex is the new music teacher. Ward attended Ware Academy with his three siblings, and his mother Helen served as an employee and later a trustee.
Ward currently manages his family business, Wilton Cottage, and is the music director for Lower United Methodist Church in Hardyville. In addition, Ward is the director of the Rappahannock District Youth Choir.
Dawn Fleet of Lancaster County and Ware’s previous first grade teacher is the new kindergarten teacher and primary school lead teacher. Fleet has 19 years of experience in elementary education.
The new kindergarten assistant is Ginger James of Gloucester County and current Ware parent. James has a bachelor’s degree in elementary and middle school education. She was very busy last year as one of the school’s substitutes on a regular basis, and she has also been a strong volunteer at the school.
Sandy Van Leeuwen of Gloucester County will teach the first grade. Van Leeuwen comes to Ware from Norfolk Collegiate School after an impressive tenure in its lower school. Van Leeuwen wanted to be closer to her home, which is directly across the highway from Ware.
Tracy Pausic of Middlesex County is the new fifth grade teacher. Before moving to this area, Pausic was a sixth grade language arts teacher and has earned her master’s degree. “She is an energetic instructor who diligently integrates the students’ learning experiences across all subject areas,” said a school spokesperson.
After a successful 10-year accreditation visit in April 2008, Ware Academy is off to an eventful start. The visiting team from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools commended the school for its mission and philosophy where a learning environment characterized by developmental practices and a clear emphasis on leadership and character prevail. The school’s mission emphasizes empowerment, academic excellence, and wholeness; and starting this year there will be an even larger focus on standards of excellence throughout the entire educational program, said a school spokesperson.