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Melody Imburg

Director of Admissions, Technology, and Diversity
mimburg@orchardhouse.org
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Melody Imburg

Director of Admissions, Technology, and Diversity
mimburg@orchardhouse.org
A parent of two Orchard House graduates, Melody holds a B.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University. Melody is always willing to learn and to try new things because of her strong belief in modeling the skills and attitudes that we want our students to learn.
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Laura Haskins

Head of School
lhaskins@orchardhouse.org
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Laura Haskins

Head of School
lhaskins@orchardhouse.org
Summer 2016, Laura Haskins assumed the Headship for Orchard House School.  Laura brings extensive experience in independent school leadership and a long-standing commitment to middle school education.  As she states in her educational philosophy, Laura believes that "the school community must be mission-focused and care deeply about the well being of each and every student.  Teachers and administrators must respect each student as a unique individual with her own learning style, preference, and personality and value the contributions she brings to the community."

Most recently, Laura served as Assistant Head of School at the Williamsburg Montessori School where her areas of focus included developing marketing strategies, coordinating admissions, collaborating with local universities such as the College William & Mary, and guiding the development of creative programming and services for students and the school community.  A native of Blacksburg, Virginia, Laura graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and the University of Virginia, where she received her Master of Education. After college, Laura worked for the Virginia Governor's Office before moving to the Richmond Montessori School, where she served as the Lead Middle School Teacher.
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Jane Carlson

Director of Advancement
jcarlson@orchardhouse.org
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Elizabeth Lafoon

English, Music, and Director of Facilities
elafoon@orchardhouse.org
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Elizabeth Lafoon

English, Music, and Director of Facilities
elafoon@orchardhouse.org
Elizabeth joined Orchard House in 2001. Before that, she used her degree in Sociology and English in her work as a corporate trainer for G.E. Lighting, focusing on conflict resolution, group facilitation, and customer service - all skills that continue to serve her well in the independent girls' middle school environment. Music has been a lifelong passion and pursuit for Elizabeth. She has worked with various vocal ensembles all of her life and now passes on her knowledge and enthusiasm to the girls at Orchard House. 
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Lynne Read

Finance Manager
lread@orchardhouse.org
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Lynne Read

Finance Manager
lread@orchardhouse.org
Lynne has more than 20 years of accounting and management experience, with a specialty in non-profit organizations. In her leisure time, Lynne enjoys playing and watching tennis, running, reading, and experiencing the great outdoors. Lynne is a member of several local choral groups, and she shares her passion for singing with her husband, Steve.
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Morgan Santos

Advancement Associate and Webmaster
msantos@orchardhouse.org
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Morgan Santos

Advancement Associate and Webmaster
msantos@orchardhouse.org
After attending Randolph Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College), Morgan knew she wanted to work in single-sex education. In her free time, Morgan enjoys playing volleyball at Richmond Volleyball Club with her husband, Peter, spending time with their daughters, and taking long road trips whenever possible.  
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Antonio Stevens

Facilities Maintenance
astevens@orchardhouse.org
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Antonio Stevens

Facilities Maintenance
astevens@orchardhouse.org
Antonio recently moved to Virginia from Brooklyn, New York. He is the father of four and loves to grill and watch football.
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Jenna Stickley

Front Office Coordinator and Business Office Associate
jstickley@orchardhouse.org
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Jenna Stickley

Front Office Coordinator and Business Office Associate
jstickley@orchardhouse.org
After careers in banking and hospitality, Jenna joined the staff in 2008. She also holds current realtor and cosmetology licenses. Jenna enjoys down-time with her husband, Palmer, and their daughter, Kira, an Orchard House alumna. Jenna’s ultimate dream is to live in a little house by the sea.
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Penn Ward

Front Office, Librarian
pward@orchardhouse.org
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Penn Ward

Front Office, Librarian
pward@orchardhouse.org
Penn comes to Orchard House by way of a decade of Richmond nannying, substituting in a Montessori preschool classroom, opening a local music venue, and receiving his M.A. in Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University. He relishes an infectious drive for learning and is at his happiest at schools. When he isn't helping Thursdays and Fridays run smoothly at OHS, you can find him riding bikes with children in the Fan, and scouring Craigslist for secondhand Ikea furniture.
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Doug Welch

Mathematics, Director of Operations and Athletics Director
dwelch@orchardhouse.org
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Doug Welch

Mathematics, Director of Operations and Athletics Director
dwelch@orchardhouse.org
Doug’s students may not know that he was a University of Virginia philosophy major, but they know him as a teacher who thinks with them in class and as someone they can trust for guidance in academics and day-to-day life. Outside of OHS, you might see Doug running trails along the James River or reading a good book at a local coffee shop. 

Faculty

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Lucretia Anderson

English and Theatre Arts
landerson@orchardhouse.org
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Lucretia Anderson

English and Theatre Arts
landerson@orchardhouse.org
A Washington, D.C., native, Lucretia holds a BFA from West Virginia University and was an artist educator and arts administrator in the DC Metro area before moving to Richmond. Her chapter on teaching Shakespeare was recently published in Arts Integration in Education: Teachers and Teaching Artists as Agents of Change (2016, Intellect Books). 
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Robin Arthur

Dance and Mathematics
rarthur@orchardhouse.org
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Robin Arthur

Dance and Mathematics
rarthur@orchardhouse.org
A dancer from age four, Robin also loved to “play school" during the summer months. So Orchard House provides the perfect place to merge her passion for the arts with her love of “bossing people around!” Robin holds a B.S. in mathematics from North Carolina State University. Outside of school, Robin works as an actor, choreographer, and director both locally and regionally.
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Jennifer Brookman

Science
jbrookman@orchardhouse.org
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Jennifer Brookman

Science
jbrookman@orchardhouse.org
Through inspiration and guidance from her high school chemistry teacher, Jennifer made real her dream of becoming a teacher after earning her chemistry education degree from Indiana University. Jennifer teaches science with creative songs, fictional characters (or “sidekicks”), experiments, and anything else that captures the attention of her students to improve their learning.
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Casey Freeman

Art
cfreeman@orchardhouse.org
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Casey Freeman

Art
cfreeman@orchardhouse.org
Casey studied Art Education and Art History at Virginia Commonwealth University, then taught art in Richmond  and Henrico County Public Schools. Casey is also a ceramic artist whose work has been featured in a number of juried shows across the region. In her spare time, Casey loves to practice yoga, spend time in the garden, and chase her two children and the family’s dog, Tucker. 
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Taylor Hollander

History
thollander@orchardhouse.org
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Taylor Hollander

History
thollander@orchardhouse.org
Unlike when he was in middle school, Taylor is convinced that learning about the past can be fun and rewarding, and his classes are known for their lively discussions, debates, and skits. Outside the classroom, he has published journal articles, presented conference papers, and contributed to an online model curriculum called World History for Us All. Originally from Canada, Taylor is a keen hockey fan and an outdoor lover.
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Suzi Horner

Health and Physical Education
shorner@orchardhouse.org
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Suzi Horner

Health and Physical Education
shorner@orchardhouse.org
Suzi is also the resident bus driver, registrar, and high-school coordinator. In a former life she worked as the director of the Bureau of Health Education for the Virginia Department of Health. In her free time, Suzi enjoys traveling, visiting her two children, and playing with her rescue dogs—and she is an avid rower! 
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Lauren Jones

Spanish
ljones@orchardhouse.org
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Lauren Jones

Spanish
ljones@orchardhouse.org
Señora Jones' passion for the language and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries began when she was in middle school herself. After earning her BA/MT in Spanish and Foreign Language Education at the University of Virginia, she returned to Spain to teach English in a primary school in Catalonia. An adventure seeker at heart, Lauren enjoys traveling the globe and exploring Richmond with her husband and daughter.
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Elizabeth Lafoon

English, Music, and Director of Facilities
elafoon@orchardhouse.org
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Elizabeth Lafoon

English, Music, and Director of Facilities
elafoon@orchardhouse.org
Elizabeth joined Orchard House in 2001. Before that, she used her degree in Sociology and English in her work as a corporate trainer for G.E. Lighting, focusing on conflict resolution, group facilitation, and customer service - all skills that continue to serve her well in the independent girls' middle school environment. Music has been a lifelong passion and pursuit for Elizabeth. She has worked with various vocal ensembles all of her life and now passes on her knowledge and enthusiasm to the girls at Orchard House. 
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Emily Payne

epayne@orchardhouse.org
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Emily received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Mary Washington College with a focus in Music Education and a Master of Music from VCU. She loves to sing and play the piano, but her favorite thing is making music with students. Emily has taught a range of music classes and ages in public school and directed various church choirs. Middle school is by far her favorite age to teach. When not at Orchard House, Emily can be found making music with her own three children, playing in the band at church, working out at the Y, reading, learning guitar, or teaching piano lessons. She hopes to inspire each girl at Orchard House to be a lifelong lover of music in some capacity.  
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Cathy Pelnik

Mathematics
cpelnik@orchardhouse.org
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Cathy Pelnik

Mathematics
cpelnik@orchardhouse.org
Cathy's love of education led her to Orchard House at its founding in 1998. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Masters in Business from the University of Rhode Island. Before Orchard House, Cathy worked as a manufacturing engineer for a computer firm, and an financial forecaster for an insurance company. Her outside interests include yoga, hiking, and taking advantage of as many travel opportunities as possible. 
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Janine Russo

Mathematics and Music
jrusso@orchardhouse.org
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Janine Russo

Mathematics and Music
jrusso@orchardhouse.org
Having come from a background in the arts with both a BFA and MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Janine implements an artist's approach to her teaching philosophy, encouraging students to connect passion and discipline for a lifelong appreciation of learning. At any time in the day, you may find Janine reading, sketching, singing, or writing in one of her many journals.
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Sally Ann Smith

sasmith@orchardhouse.org
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Sally Ann Smith

sasmith@orchardhouse.org
Whether learning about the history of a creaky-floored house, the passion behind vivid brush strokes, or a favorite memory of a new friend, Sally Ann has always relished a good story. She earned her BA in English and MAT in Secondary Education from James Madison University and has been helping students discover and craft meaningful stories ever since. Out of the classroom, she loves being in nature or taking adventures with her husband, two children, and their jovial King Charles Spaniel, Miles.




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Penn Ward

Front Office, Librarian
pward@orchardhouse.org
Penn Ward's picture

Penn Ward

Front Office, Librarian
pward@orchardhouse.org
Penn comes to Orchard House by way of a decade of Richmond nannying, substituting in a Montessori preschool classroom, opening a local music venue, and receiving his M.A. in Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University. He relishes an infectious drive for learning and is at his happiest at schools. When he isn't helping Thursdays and Fridays run smoothly at OHS, you can find him riding bikes with children in the Fan, and scouring Craigslist for secondhand Ikea furniture.
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Doug Welch

Mathematics, Director of Operations and Athletics Director
dwelch@orchardhouse.org
Doug Welch's picture

Doug Welch

Mathematics, Director of Operations and Athletics Director
dwelch@orchardhouse.org
Doug’s students may not know that he was a University of Virginia philosophy major, but they know him as a teacher who thinks with them in class and as someone they can trust for guidance in academics and day-to-day life. Outside of OHS, you might see Doug running trails along the James River or reading a good book at a local coffee shop.