Faculty and Staff
Holly Brown is Lynnhaven Academy’s Office Manager and Admissions Coordinator. Mrs. Brown received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has experience in a variety of professional and educational environments, including serving as an elementary school Orton-Gillingham reading specialist. In her free time she enjoys reading, photography, traveling, and spending time with her family. This is her second year at Lynnhaven Academy.
Bernadett Carter teaches Mathematics and serves as the Dean of Student Life. 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 third year at Lynnhaven.
Keenan Hartline teaches Humanity and Social Sciences. He is no stranger to us, as he was a board substitute at Lynnhaven. A native of Hampton Roads, Mr. Hartline has most recently worked as a public historian for the Commonwealth of Virginia, leading guided tours of the State Capitol. He has a wide range of experience as an educator, having worked at the John Marshall House, Pamplin Historical Park, and the Virginia War Memorial—and has portrayed various founding fathers in the Liberty or Death! reenactments at Historic St. John's. Mr. Hartline received his Bachelor's and Master's Degree in History from Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in Twentieth-Century Europe. When he is not exploring Mayan ruins in Mexico with his wife, Emilia, he enjoys taking friends to Civil War battlefields, reading the works of Tolkien, and spending time in the Blue Ridge.
Casey Hitchcock is entering her third year at Lynnhaven Academy. She most recently served as the Interim Head of School for one year. She continues her leadership role as the Deputy Head of School & Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Her primary responsibilities will include teaching middle school, guiding the school's curriculum and instruction, professional development, and leading admissions. Mrs. Hitchcock 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. 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.
Israel Melendez is the Experiential Learning Teacher. He has been teaching and 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.
Eve Smith is the Multidisciplinary Art Teacher. 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.
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 first year at Lynnhaven.