Faculty and Staff
Holly Brown serves as the English and Elective Teacher for middle and upper school. Mrs. Brown recently served as the Office Manager and Admissions Coordinator for the past two years. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to Lynnhaven, she was a home school parent and worked as a tutor with Richmond Public Schools. Mrs. Brown is certified in Orton-Gillingham which is a direct, explicit, multi-sensory, structured, sequential, diagnostic, and prescriptive way to teach literacy when reading, writing, and spelling. In her free time she enjoys reading, photography, traveling, and spending time with her family. Her two sons attend Lynnhaven.
Bernadett Carter teaches Mathematics and serves as the Dean of Upper School. Over her 20 plus years in the education arena, Mrs. Carter most recently served 5 years as an adjunct instructor at John Tyler Community College. She has also worked for Rappahannock Community College as an instructor, and Richmond and Henrico County Schools. Mrs. Carter graduated summa cum laude from Virginia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Math, and a Masters of Science in Math Education. In her spare time, she enjoys attending her children's activities, reading, and participating in various church organizations. This is her fifth year at Lynnhaven.
Amanda Dougherty teaches Middle and Upper School History. Ms. Dougherty has been teaching for 2 years. She grew up in Mantua, NJ, but moved to Virginia during her middle and high school years. She started her educational career at JEJ Moore Middle School in Prince George County teaching US History II 1865- Present. Ms. Dougherty received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences from Radford University where she also received a collegiate professional license from the Virginia Department of Education with endorsements in History and Social Sciences. In her free time, Ms. Dougherty enjoys reading, movies, playing catch with her dog Bandit, and spending time with her loved ones.
Kim Graham teaches Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mary Baldwin College, Mrs. Graham spent a few years in corporate America. Her love of children and teaching prevailed and she returned to school and acquired a Master of Arts in Teaching from Towson University. She has taught Language Arts, Social Studies, Computer and Drama in Middle Schools in Baltimore County MD, Virginia Beach and Rockingham County VA. All together Mrs. Graham has over 10 years of teaching experience. As a lifelong learner and mother, she continues to learn about child growth and development, diverse learning styles and neuroscience. Her son Conner, is a rising sophomore at Lynnhaven. This is her first year at Lynnhaven.
Johnathan Harris is the Head of School. His primary responsibility is to advance the school's mission through community engagement, development, and fundraising. He attended Liberty High School in his native Bedford, Virginia. Mr. Harris is an alumnus of Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA and he completed graduate studies in Special Education and Curriculum Development from Lynchburg College, Virginia State University, and Grand Canyon University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Innovation Studies from Marymount University. Mr. Harris began his teaching career in Fredericksburg, Virginia at Battlefield Middle School, as a Middle School Resource Teacher. Throughout his career, he has garnered 20 years of educational experience in the public, private, and government sector. He and his wife, Courtney, have one child, Caydence. They reside in Midlothian. Please click here to read the entire bio.
Casey Hitchcock is the Deputy Head of School. Her primary responsibilities will include guiding the school's curriculum and instruction, business operations, and professional learning. Mrs. Hitchcock previously served as an English Teacher and Interim Head of School. She attended Alexander High School in her native Albany, Ohio. She is an alumnae of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and she obtained a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She began her career in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, at Mahaffey Middle School, as a 6th Grade Social Studies and Language Arts teacher. Throughout her career, she has garnered over 10 years of experience in education and research. As a life long learner, Mrs. Hitchcock is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Innovation Studies from Marymount University. She and her husband, Zachary, who serves as a Major in the United States Army, have three children, Josephine, Cooper, and Lawson. They reside in Bon Air. Please see her complete bio by clicking this link. This is her fourth year at Lynnhaven.
Israel Melendez is the Spanish and Humanities Teacher. He has been teaching & mentoring youth for 23 years. Mr. Israel grew up in Los Angeles, California and after completing his military service in the United States Air Force, he made Virginia his home. He began his educational career as a middle school Social Studies teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He received baccalaureate degrees in African American Studies from California State University, Northridge, and Spanish from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. Mr. Israel holds a collegiate professional license from the Virginia Department of Education with endorsements in K-12 Spanish, Driver’s Education, and Carpentry and he is a certified NASP® Basic Archery Instructor. During his free time he enjoys cycling, reading, watching movies, archery, target shooting, and spending time at home in the country. This is his second year at Lynnhaven.
Eve Smith is the Multidisciplinary Art Teacher. She is the 2020 Faculty of the Year. Ms. Smith has been a practicing artist for over 15 years. She completed a BA in Studio Arts in 2006 from the School of Art at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. While an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Rome, Italy in the summer of 2004. She was accepted as an artist in Residence through Arkansas Arts Council in 2005 at which she taught in seven elementary schools in the Van Buren & Fort Smith area from 2006 through 2008. For ten years she has been director of exhibition spaces and public programs. She grew one of the largest summer visual arts camps in North West Arkansas activating spaces through public art and creative placemaking. Her mediums include oil, watercolor, and mixed media crossing over into large scale public art and digital art. In her spare time, she enjoys being active in her community. When not in the studio creating, she can be found on the tennis court, with her twin sister, or out in nature. This is her second year.
Ryan Serrette is the Science teacher at Lynnhaven. Mr. Serrette grew up between the highlands of Scotland and the tropical rain forest of Trinidad in the Caribbean. As a young boy, he developed a love and understanding for geology and environmental science. Mr. Serrette began his career after graduating from Tidewater Community College with a degree in Geology. He continued his science education at Old Dominion University and completed an undergraduate degree in Science with a minor in Sports Management. He spent a little under ten years as a high school Earth Science teacher and middle school Social Studies and Mathematics teacher at Virginia Beach Friends School. During this time, he worked on promoting environmental stewardship and sustainability by incorporating lessons around the school’s greenhouse, as well as partnering with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. This work taught students about the importance of the Chesapeake and how they can be stewards and ambassadors of the bay. He is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Environmental Compliance at Southern New Hampshire University. This is his second year at Lynnhaven.
Stephanie White is the Director of Admissions and Family Engagement. Mrs. White has lived her entire life in the Richmond, VA. Her post secondary education led her to a B.A. degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in Education specializing in Administration. She began her career in 2002 as an English teacher with Henrico County Public Schools and then with Chesterfield County Public Schools. Her journey through the growing field of academics has allowed her to instruct preschoolers through post secondary adults. In 2009, Mrs. White established her skill set in the field of academic administration at the post secondary level, serving as Campus Director of Academic Affairs, and then Quality Assurance Specialist for two local universities. In her time outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her family, cake decorating, and interior design. Mrs. White has three children who attend Lynnhaven. This is her first year.