Birthplace: North Carolina
-Ice Cream: Cinnamon
-Movies: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
-TV Shows: Brooklyn Nine-Nine
-Song: Wait for Me
Three Words That Describe Me: Chill, Productive, and Introverted
Extreme Activity: Theatre, Puzzles, and Hiking
The One Thing I Couldn't Live Without: Live theatre
Coach Bennett has been a part of Stonewall Jackson High School for 10 years, and he currently helps coach the varsity football and the track teams. Coach Bennett was inspired to become involved in the school system by the youth and wanted to help them out and make a difference in their lives. Coach Bennett’s favorite moment at SJHS was seeing two former athletes that he coached in football make it to the NFL. Some facts that people may not know about Coach Bennett are that he used to play basketball and was involved in dance. The most adventurous activity Coach Bennett has done was white water rafting. If he could go anywhere in the world it would be Las Vegas because that is one place he has never been. Coach Bennett’s playlist consists of Johnny Gill, R. Kelly, and Smooth Jazz. Advice Coach Bennett would give to all students is “Never use the word CAN’T because you can do anything you put your mind to.”
Lt. Colonel Robinson has worked at SJHS as the AFJROTC instructor for the past 7 years. He recognized that teaching and coaching was a gift from God and that is what inspired him to become a teacher and follow his dreams. One of his favorite memories during his time at Stonewall was being named head football coach and seeing the success of his students after they graduate. An interesting fact that many people may not know about Lt. Colonel Robinson is that he is a father of 4, a grandfather of 6, and is soon to become a great-grandfather. The most adventurous activity Lt. Colonel Robinson has ever done was take a cruise to the Bahamas. If Lt. Colonel Robinson could go anywhere in the world, it would be back to Hawaii because of the weather, scenery, and it is a great place to visit. Music that you would find on his playlist would be gospel music. One piece of advice that he would give to others is “be yourself, be who you are versus being molded by the culture and people around you.”
Mr. Ronco, who has worked at Stonewall for 6 years, currently teaches Algebra, Geometry, and Advanced Math. Mr. Ronco was inspired to become a teacher by his grandparents and parents, and they now call it a family tradition. His favorite memory from SJHS was his first year of teaching Algebra 1 Part II, when a student that had failed Algebra 1 four times before passed his SOL and that showed him how much he really enjoyed being a teacher and how much he wanted to do it. In addition to teaching, Mr. Ronco is also learning how to build furniture for his apartment. The most adventurous thing that he has ever done was spent an entire month in India. Mr. Ronco is planning a trip to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, to watch the solar eclipse on March 20th. Mr. Ronco loves music and he has hundreds of songs on his playlist. Each day of the year he has a different piece of music playing in between classes depending on the number of the day. One of his favorite songs on his playlist is Hallelujah by Rufus Wain Wright. Mr. Ronco’s favorite quote and advice to all students is one by Nelson Mandela: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time you fall”.
Mr. Smith has been a teacher at Stonewall Jackson for 13 years and currently teaches biology, theory of knowledge, and co-teaches SALC. Mr. Smith always liked science but didn’t want to work in a lab and was inspired to become a teacher by his uncle who was also a biology teacher. Mr. Smith’s favorite memories are the ones he makes every day. Some interesting stuff about Mr. Smith is that he originally planned on being a chef, he has the most awesome dog, and he is an Eagle Scout. The most adventurous thing Mr. Smith has ever done was mountain climbing at Philmont, the high adventure camp. If Mr. Smith could go anywhere he would go to the Appellation Mountains and hike the entire mountain. Mr. Smith’s music playlist plateaued after college and changes depending on his mood but primarily consists of rock. The advice Mr. Smith would like to give is that “education is the answer.”
Mr. LePore of the Physical Education department has been at Stonewall Jackson for four years and teaches advanced weightlifting. In addition to teaching, Mr. LePore is also one of the offensive coordinators on the football team and has been head coach of the varsity baseball team for four years. Mr. LePore was inspired to become a teacher by the sports he played and the relationships he built through his high school and college experiences. His favorite memories of Stonewall Jackson are when he is coaching and the chance that he had to coach his two sons. Something interesting that people may not know is that he was a public school administrator for eleven years. Although he loves to coach, the most adventurous thing he has ever done is gone white water rafting. If Mr. LePore cold travel to one place in the world, he’d travel to Italy because his ancestors are from there and he would like to see the sights. Mr. LePore listens to classic rock, mo-town and disco music. The most important piece of advice Mr. LePore can give you is to “find your love and passion and enjoy every day of your life”.
Ms. Crayne can call Stonewall Jackson High School her second home as she has been here for 23 years and teaches Econ and Finance. Ms. Crayne always wanted to become a teacher since she was little and she turned that dream into a passion. Ms. Crayne’s favorite memory is from about 10 years ago, when a class all pitched in money to buy her a talking stuffed bear with individual messages from the students. An few interesting facts that not many people know about is she enjoys working with a lot of crafts, has a huge obsession with purses, and is an animal lover that donates to ASPCA and Paws for Pets. The most adventurous act Ms. Crayne has ever done was hang gliding in Punta Cana. If she could go anywhere in the world she would love to go to Hawaii because she likes the beach and loves the white sand and the clear water. On her playlist she has a lot of 70’s music and a lot of reggae. Ms. Crayne’s a huge Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Luther Vandross fan, and she listens to a lot of soul music. The best piece of advice that Ms. Crayne can give to others is “to always be true to yourself”.
Mrs. Driscoll has accumulated twenty-three years of teaching at Stonewall Jackson. She has been an English teacher during her tenure and has also been involved with theatre and drama. She was inspired by her tenth grade English teacher Mrs. Bell, who graduated from Kent State University. Her favorite memory from Stonewall Jackson was the open classroom initiative where there were no walls barricading the classrooms from one another. She believed this initiative helped her to collaborate with other teachers and helped her learn from those with greater experience. An interesting thing about Mrs. Driscoll is that she was a disc jockey on the AM Radio during her first year of teaching. Mrs. Driscoll is very outgoing; her tennis team was runner up in their age group during a national tournament in Arizona this past fall. She loves visiting several different cities around the country, and if she could pick one place to go, she’d pick anywhere in the northwest region of the United Sates because that’s the only region she hasn’t visited within the country. She enjoys listening to 70’s and 80’s music, but also listens to most of the pop culture music produced today. If Mrs. Driscoll could give you one piece of advice’ it would be to become an avid learner and to always try to learn something new.
Mrs. Hayden has been teaching business classes at Stonewall Jackson High School for the last 15 years. Mrs. Hayden was inspired to become a teacher by her mother. Although not a teacher herself, Mrs. Hayden’s mother was an entrepreneur, managing her own baton school. It was this sense of entrepreneurship that eventually led Mrs. Hayden to take an interest in both businesses, as well as teaching. Although Mrs. Hayden cannot pick only one favorite memory of her time at SJHS, she finds seeing her FBLA members to be one of the greatest joys, including all the journeys that come with it. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Mrs. Hayden was a state champion baton twirler all throughout high school and college, earning an impressive 10th best in the nation. One of the most adventurous activities Mrs. Hayden feels she has done is taking on the task of being a parent. However, despite the struggles that come with this role, she would not trade it for anything else in the world. Although she does not particularly desire to see anything outside of the United States, Mrs. Hayden has dreamed of one day seeing the Grand Canyon and Niagara Falls, two of America’s greatest wonders. A “playlist” is something Mrs. Hayden admits she does not have, but during car trips is often fond of listening to music from the 60’s and 70’s. If Mrs. Hayden were to give another person advice, it would be “do what you love with strong ethics and morals”.
Mrs. Hodgson has been with Prince William County for five years and she currently teaches English classes. The reason why Mrs. Hodgson became a teacher was due to the fact that she had a lot of really great teachers when she was in high school, and she realized that was the kind of experience she wanted to share with students. One of Mrs. Hodgson’s favorite memories involving Stonewall Jackson was during the pep rally this year, when juniors Ashlyn Johns and Daniel Grant came into the gymnasium and were greeted with a standing ovation, as she felt it was a heartwarming moment. One fact not many people may know about Mrs. Hodgson is that she is originally from Texas, and used to be a barrel racer, participating in the rodeos. The most adventurous thing Mrs. Hodgson has ever done was spent a summer working at a field station in the Bahamas, tagging wildlife, even coming face to face with sharks. If you were to look on her iPod, you would find tracks from The Hobbit soundtrack, and songs of arena rock, including Bon Jovi. The advice Mrs. Hodgson gives to others is to “never be so set in your way that you aren’t open to new ideas. You don’t have to agree to something to accept something.”
Mrs. Pomaranski has been a guidance counselor at Stonewall Jackson for 9 years. Mrs. Pomaranski ‘s inspiration to become a counselor and help those in high school came from her watching her own kids grow up and experience high school. While Mrs. Pomaranski does not have a single favorite memory, she does feel that the concept of watching kids grow from a freshman to a senior is one of her favorite parts of being a guidance counselor because she gets to watch who they become. One thing about Mrs. Pomaranski that many people may not know is that she likes to rescue senior dogs through the adoption process, and as a result has a lot of pets. The most adventurous activity Mrs. Pomaranski has ever done has to be when she went body-surfing at Cape Hatteras in the Outer banks of North Carolina. If she could go anywhere in the world, Mrs. Pomaranski would want to go to Ireland, as she would love to see where her family roots are, and just the overall beauty of Ireland. If one were to go into her office, they would hear Mrs. Pomaranski’s favorite songs of the 1960’s, which have a very “upbeat” feel. Finally, when asked what advice she would give others, Mrs. Pomaranski responded with “be kind, because you never know what people are going through”.
Seniora Stafford has been teaching Spanish at Stonewall Jackson High School for sixteen years. Sra. Stafford always wanted to become a teacher, but her biggest inspiration to become a Spanish teacher came from her college professor Dr. Donna Clark. Her favorite memory at Stonewall was performing Thriller at a pep rally with other faculty members a few years ago. Some interesting facts about Sra. Stafford are that she was a cheerleader at Garfield High School and she studied ballet for fourteen years. The most adventurous thing she has ever done was go on the Xtreme Skyflyer at Kings Dominion. If Sra. Stafford could go anywhere in the world she would go back to Spain so she could spend more time there. The music on her playlist consists of 80’s music and Ricky Martin. Advice Sra. Stafford would give to others is “never be afraid to try something new and always be friendly to others because you never know when you are going to need them”.
Mrs. McCarthy has worked at Stonewall as a history teacher for 8 years. Mrs. McCarthy was always interested in what was going on in the world politically, and that was what served as her inspiration to become a history teacher. One of Mrs. McCarthy’s favorite memories of working at SJHS was when Key Club won the award for the second best fund raising club in the district. An interesting fact about Mrs. McCarthy that many people may not know is that she is the oldest of three sisters. The most adventurous activity Mrs. McCarthy has ever done is white water rafting on the Dead River in Maine. If she could go anywhere in the world, Mrs. McCarthy would go to Fiji because of the beautiful beaches and the warm water. Some music that Mrs. McCarthy likes to listen to is Van Morrison, James Taylor, Billy Joel, and Luke Bryan. One piece of advice that Mrs. McCarthy would give to others is “Wake up every day and give it your best shot.”
Mrs. Demby has been with Prince William County Schools for the last 11 years and has worked various roles in the math department. Mrs. Demby was inspired to become a teacher by her lovely mother when she was young. Mrs. Demby’s favorite memory of SJHS is from the pep rally when she and other teachers danced for the students – she loves how the staff comes together for a good cause. Mrs. Demby was born and raised in Washington D.C., and in her free time she enjoys playing Scrabble & Sudoku. The most adventurous place Mrs. Demby has traveled to is Egypt. Mrs.Demby wants to travel to Australia to see the kangaroos and to make sure the water goes in the opposite direction. Some music on her playlist includes Dancing Queen, I Believe In You, and Knock You Down. A piece of advice Mrs. Demby would give to all student is: “Always do your best and take time to experience life for yourself.”
Ms. Stearman has been an English teacher at Stonewall Jackson for 2 years. She was inspired by her high school English teacher because he was a really interesting, fun teacher and she wanted to do the same. One of her favorite memories at Stonewall Jackson was sophomore interview day because she enjoyed watching her kids all dressed up and looking like professionals. An interesting thing people may not know about her, she goes to comic cons every year. Ms. Stearman has done her most adventurous activities in her teenage years like riding a shopping cart down some stairs. Ms. Stearman would go to London for aspiration, history, food, and of course literary sites. Her playlist consists of classic rock, Josh Groban, Band of Horses and Blink 182. One piece of advice from her would be “To have empathy.”
Mr. Strakosch has only been at Stonewall Jackson High School for two years, and he currently teaches various English classes and one Creative Writing class. In the past, he coached hockey, and worked at hockey camps. That’s how he discovered his love for teaching. He also loved reading, so he put the two together and decided to major in English. One of his favorite memories at SJHS is when was able to be a part of graduation. A few facts you may or may not know about Mr. Strakosch is that, over the summer, he works at a fish shack as a fry cook. Also, that he danced at a Harvard party with Emma Watson (formally known as Hermione from Harry Potter). The most adventurous activity he has ever done is jet skied at a random lake in northern Ontario. If he could go anywhere in the world he would go to Germany because that’s where his family is from. A few types of music on Mr. Strakosch’s playlist are country, alternative grunge 90’s rock, as well as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Advice he would give to anyone is, “No matter what you do, always do work that you can be proud of.”
Mr. Simmons has been part of the SJHS staff for 1 year. He teaches Economics and Finance and Programming. Mr. Simmons’ mom inspired him to become a teacher because she is an elementary school teacher. His favorite memory at SJHS was beating 100 students at connect four. He kept proof of his victory and has the list of students he beat in his classroom. Something that not many people know about him is that he is an introvert. The most adventurous activity he has done was when he went to the Eiffel Tower. If Mr. Simmons could go anywhere in the world he would go to China to visit the Great Wall in his private jet. Mr. Simmons’ current favorite songs are “Encantadora” by Yandel and “When You Love Me Last” by Michl. His advice for everyone is to “Work hard, party harder.”
Ms. Fort has been working here at Stonewall Jackson High school for 2 years and teaches us Latin. She became inspired to teach Latin from her 8th grade Latin teacher, as Ms. Fort was helping another student she decided she wanted to be like her teacher. Her favorite memory here at stonewall was in 2015, when students in her Latin 3 class had written a fan-fiction based on the textbook characters. Something that many people may not know about Ms. Fort is that she writes works of fiction in her spare time. The most adventurous activity that she has done so far is riding the back of her boyfriend’s motorcycle. If she could go anywhere in the world it would be Croatia because her friends have taken many interesting pictures of the country. Ms. Fort enjoys a wide variety of music, including the Goo Goo Dolls, Eminem, One Republic as well as heavy metal, some pop, and some classical music with her favorite song being "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls. Some advice she would like to give to people is to keep an open mind.
Mr. Donatelli has been teaching math for only 2 years so far. He was inspired by his high school Math teachers. His favorite moment at Stonewall was his first pep rally. One interesting thing about Mr. Donatelli is that his right foot is bigger than his left foot. The most adventurous activity he has done was that he went to the highest Mountain in Colorado and snowboarded down it. If he could go anywhere in the world it would be Australia because he has heard good things about it. Mr. Donatelli's playlist consists of hip hop and country music. The advice Mr. Donatelli would give is to stay focused, work hard, and keep your cool.
Mrs. Vidoli has been a part of Stonewall Jackson High school for over 4 years, she currently teaches English. Mrs. Vidoli was inspired to be an English teacher because of her auntie Barbara, when she was younger, her aunt used to teach High School in jail, and she would take her with her to help sometimes. Mrs. Vidoli enjoyed helping out. Her favorite memory during her time here at stonewall was seeing students she worked with in credit recovery walk across the stage at graduation, sophomore interview day is one of her favorite days each year as well. A few interesting facts that not many people know about is that she grew up in California , her brothers and her went to school at the University of Kansas , where she met her husband , and now where her children go to school there . Her daughter lives in the same sorority house where she was living when she was still in school. The most adventurous activity she has ever done was repelling zip lining and swimming in a cenote in Mexico. If Mrs. Vidoli could go anywhere in the world, she would go to Italy because both her family and her husband’s families are from there. On her playlist she has Will Smith “switch”, Meghan Trainor “All about That Bass” and a lot of country music. If Mrs. Vidoli could give you a one piece of advice ‘it would be to work hard, be nice to people and try to find the good in others.
Mrs. Toevs came to Stonewall Jackson High School 11 years ago, and she is currently a culinary teacher. Mrs. Toevs was inspired to be a teacher in a very unique way, she had home schooled two of her own kids and loved the way that they blossomed and excelled in knowledge so after home schooling them they went off to public school and she decided to take her passion and share it with other kids. Mrs. Toevs favorite moment was not only being in the culinary program but actually starting it and getting kids together and for the kids to have fun and enjoy to cook. Something interest thing about Mrs. Toevs is that if she could, she’d buy 20 acres of land have a house for every one of her kids and start their very own organic farm. One of the most adventurous things Mrs. Toevs has done is going on a backpacking trip for five days with her family. If Mrs. Toevs had a chance to go anywhere in the world it would be to France and or Italy to take part in a Cooking tour that would only better her cooking skills. On her spare time she likes to listen to Religious music/bands her favorite is Hilsong. If she could give anybody advice is that if someone gives you a hard time, not to take so much offense to it but to step back and just think about what they are going through and try to understand them.
Mr. McCarthy has been working at Stonewall for 15 years and currently teaches in the history/social studies department. He was inspired by the “money, power, and respect that teachers receive.” His favorite memory during his time at SJHS was in the Fall of 2007, when he got to meet the new staff in the department. Something interesting about him that most people would not know is that he loves to collect data. The most adventurous things he has done in life started with getting married and having kids. He has also gone bungee jumping before. If he could go anywhere in the world, he would go to Kilkenny, Ireland. When asked why he chose there, he said “look it up”, so I’m assuming that means it’s a beautiful place to visit. His playlist consists of Journey, The Outfield, Van Morrison, Alabama Shakes, Zac Brown, Kenny Chesney, and Jimmy Buffet. Some advice he would give to others is to “admit your mistakes and rectify them. Nobody else is responsible- only you and you alone.”
Mrs. Pickhardt, who has work in stonewall for four years, currently teaches English classes. Mrs. Pickhardt was inspired to become a teacher by her 10th grade English teacher “she gave me confidence in my writing, and I have lover it ever since” said Mrs. Pickhardt. Mrs. Pickhardt has so many memories but one of things I watching students that she taught progress through the years-all the way to Graduation. “It is emotional for me, and I am so proud of them!” said Mrs. Pickhardt. An interesting fact about Mrs. Pickhardt is she used to Irish Dance from elementary school to college. The most adventurous activity she has done was parasailed over the ocean in Maryland. If Mrs. Pickhardt can go anywhere it would be Ireland-the pictures she sees of it are breathtaking, and she would like to see it in person. Mrs. Pickhardt likes a little bit of everything when it comes to music she loves music and has a wide variety that she likes to listen to. Mrs. Pickhardt advice to others is “work hard to get what you want, be nice to people, appreciate every day, and remind the people you love how important they are to you”.
Mrs. Rohrbacher has been teaching Family and Consumer Science at Stonewall Jackson High School for the past 5 years. Mrs. Black, her high school photography teacher inspired her to be a teacher as she just fell in love on how she was so patient and passionate about teaching, also some friends and college introduced her to FACs and the fact that she loved cooking at the restaurant she worked at all lead her to be FACs teacher. Her favorite memory at Stonewall was her first pep rally, when she danced “the wobble” with other teachers. An interesting fact that not many people may know is that she is very athletic having played softball and soccer in high school and being co-captain of her cheerleading team “pee-wees and midgets.” The most adventurous activity she has ever done was going deep sea fishing in Aruba with complete strangers. Mrs. Rohrbacher loves music listens to everything except country music. Mrs. Rohrbachers biggest advice is to always have respect and to listen.
Mr. Hruska has been teaching at Stonewall Jackson High School for 6 years, working mainly in the engineering department. He had many inspirational teachers while he went to school and they all had an impact on him. His favorite memory at SJHS was when he took the Sea Perch teams to New Orleans for the National Sea Perch Competition. He then said “Bayou Boogaloo!” and that they did well in the competition. One interesting thing about Mr. Hruska that students may not know is that he is the official Public Address Announcer for the Washington Nationals baseball team. When asked the most interesting activity he has done, he said he didn’t know where to begin, then stated a bunch of interesting things he’s done but decided that the most interesting was when he “rode shotgun in a 1966 Chevy Malibu Pro Stock NHRA Hot Rod.” He then told me that its top speed was 280 mph and the car was called “Mr. Security”, ironically owned by his life insurance agent. If he could go anywhere in the world, he would go see Istanbul. “It has been at the top of my list since I was young”, he said. The music he has on his playlist is “anything but jazz, jazz is not music, just noise.” The advice he would give others is “Never stop asking questions. Answers don’t just ‘appear.’”
Ms. Jacobs has been a part of stonewall a little less than a year. She is currently a special education teacher. She used to be a coach at a high school. Her inspiration into becoming a teacher were children, the way of mentoring them helped her want to become what she is now. The most adventurous thing she has done is riding the drop zone at Kings Dominion. Her most memorable moments at Stonewall have been meeting amazing kids so far. Something interesting about her is that she enjoys playing basketball, she even got a basketball scholarship. If she could go anywhere, it would be Jamaica. She loves to listen to r&b music. Her current favorite song right now is “Love” by Keyshia Cole. One piece of advice Ms. Jacobs would give to others would be “skies the limit”.
Ms. Nash has been part of the SJHS staff for 13 years. She teaches Math. Ms. Nash’s father inspired her to become a teacher. She became a teacher because she didn’t have any black teachers when she was in school. His favorite memory at SJHS was the dance all the teachers did at the pep-rally. Something that not many people know about her is that she is funny. The most adventurous activity she has done is the 2 day nonstop running competition. If Ms. Nash could go anywhere in the world she would go to Barcelona because she’s never been there. Ms. Nash current favorite singer is Beyoncé. Her advice for others is to never give up.
Mrs. MacDonald has been teaching English at Stonewall Jackson High School for 3 years. Mrs. MacDonald’s husband inspired her to become a teacher as he used to be a teacher. Her favorite memory at Stonewall was when all of the English department dressed up as characters of the movie “Alice in Wonderland”, it was the first time the English department had done something like that so it was very cool. An interesting fact that many might not know about her is that she used to be a cheerleader, goes to comic cons and does cosplay. Her most adventurous activity she has ever done was moving to Canada and living there for a year and a half as it was very cold. If she could be anywhere right now it would be Rome because of the history it has. Currently a lot of Christmas carols and holiday themed music are on her playlist. The advice Mrs. Mac would give others would be love conquers all.
Mr. Chad Dively has been part of the SJHS staff for 16 years. He teaches Social Studies. Mr. Dively became a teacher because he desired to help students better understand history. His favorite memory at SJHS was when a couple of students brought him cake and Chick Fil A for teacher appreciation week. Something that not many people know about him is that he is interested in model railroading. The most adventurous activity he has done was getting married to his beautiful wife, they have been married for 12 adventurous years. If Mr. Dively could go anywhere in the world he would go to Manchester, England or to the Bahamas for a romantic getaway with his wife. His favorite Band was and still until this day is Led Zeppelin. His advice for others is “To be the man, you gotta beat the man” by Ric Fiar.
Mrs. Ball has been part of Stonewall Jackson High School for 11 years, and he currently teaches Business. Mrs. Ball was inspired to be a teacher from her high school math teacher. Her favorite memory in SJ is planning and doing the FBLA Color Run in honor of the CARES Foundation. The most adventurous activity Mrs. Ball has done is Zip-lining through the rain forest in Saint Lucia. If Mrs. Ball can go anywhere it would be Fiji because it is beautiful there. Mrs. Ball’s playlists considers of Eminem, Christian Music, 90’s and 80’s music. The advice Mrs. Ball gives out is “work hard because hard work pays off in the end!”
Mr. Bouchard has been part of Stonewall Jackson High school for 6 years, currently is one of the security staff members. What inspired Mr. Bouchard to be a security is that he liked working with children. One of Mr. Bouchard favorite memory during stonewall was seeing his first graduation at Stonewall since he moved here. One interesting thing about Mr. Bouchard is that he speaks flued Germen and that he is from Germany. One most adventures activity Mr. Bouchard has done is hand gliding. If Mr. Bouchard can go anywhere in the world it would be Alaska, because he always wanted to see it and is not the same as other states. Music that Mr. Bouchard is listing to is Country. One advice Mr. Bouchard would give out to others is “live life to the full everyday”
Mrs. Orndoff-Sayers has been teaching at SJHS in the Family Consumer Science department for 30 years. The whole reason why she became a teacher is from her 4-H leader. She ended up helping them at a 4-H camp and that leader also used to be a Home Ec teacher. Her favorite moments at Stonewall were the day she found a girl in her underwear out on the back patio and when there was a snake in the classroom, it took 11 employees to get a baby snake out of the room! Some interesting things about Mrs. Orndoff-Sayers not many people know about her is that she likes antique cars and that she owns her own restaurant which she’s the 3rd generation. Scuba Diving in the Bahamas is the most adventurous thing she’s ever done, while she would go to Russia out of every place in the world. She would like to see the Capital and she’s interested in Women Ruling. Her music on her playlist ranges from the ‘oldies’ to country / redneck music along using Sirus radio. Her advice she gives to others is “Don’t stop trying” and “Pick your own battles”.
Mrs. Hesse has been part of Stonewall Jackson for 2 years and is currently teaching math, Algebra 1 and AFDA. Mrs. Hesse was inspired by her high school teacher. The most adventures activity was trekking with her friends. If Mrs. Hesse could go anywhere in the world, it would be England because she’s love to see other historical places. She loves to listen to pop and 80’s music. Her advice would be to always treat others the way you would like to be treated.
Mr. Hyde has worked as an English teacher at Stonewall Jackson High School for fifteen years! He got inspired to be a teacher by a cool English teacher that he had in college. One of his favorite memories from SJHS was in 2013, when the football team made a deep run into the playoffs and the school exploded with school spirit! One thing that most people don’t know about Mr. Hyde is that he spends most of his weekends, walking the mountains of Shenandoah National Park and George Washington National Forest, trying to find new streams to fish in. The most adventurous thing that he has ever done was drive from Bristow, Virginia to Colorado to fish with his dad and his friend. They drove for two whole days and spent five days fishing! And then he flew home on a three hour flight because he had to go the beach with his family! If Mr. Hyde could go anywhere in the world he would go back to Alaska because it’s a slower pace lifestyle there. And because the people there work for stuff they want; it’s not just given to them. Country music is what fills up his playlist. And the advice that Mr. Hyde would give to others would be, “learn to do things for yourself and don’t rely on someone else.”
Mrs. Faith is in her 14th year of teaching at Stonewall Jackson High School. She currently teaches the Psychology classes as well as some history classes. She was inspired to become a teacher by her 7th grade science teacher (Mrs. Conklin), her mom, and the fact that she has summers off. When asked her favorite moment at SJHS, she says it was sumo wrestling with Mrs. Kohistani at a pep rally. Some interesting things about her that not many people know are that she graduated from Osbourn Park High School, she was a thrower at JMU, and she flew on an airplane with the Dallas Cowboys. She also mentioned that she has a capped tooth as an injury from playing a form of tag where you keep your hands in your pockets. The injury was sustained at age 8. The most adventurous activity she has ever done was attempting to fight a bear in order to protect her nephews. When asked where she would like to visit in the world, she said she would go back to Paris to “eat a ton of pastries and gelato.” Some music on her playlist is Sia, P!nk, Adele, some British rock, top 40, and “90’s – Spice Girls!” Some advice she would give to others is “be yourself”, be kind”, and “if it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”
Mrs. Russell has only been at SJHS for one year, but taught at Manassas City Public Schools for ten years. She currently teaches English classes. When her oldest kid was in kindergarten, she volunteered in his classroom and that influenced her to become a teacher. One of her favorite memories at SJHS is when her new coworkers invited her to a winery at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to welcome her to Stonewall. A fact you may or may not know about Mrs. Russell is that, her children, her brother, and her sister all have Tourette’s syndrome. The most adventurous activity she has ever done is when she hiked over 100 miles through the mountain regions of Dominican Republic to immunize children in a small village. If she could go anywhere in the world she would go to Maine because that is where her family is from and they have a summer camp on a lake there. She loves the idea of all nature and no people! Mrs. Russel’s favorite song, currently, is Riptide by Vance Joy. Advice she would give to others is, “Recognize all human emotions including the negative ones – ex. anger, jealously, and depression – and decide to react to these emotions in a positive way. Let your reaction define who you are as a person.”
Ms. DaSilva has been teaching at stonewall for 17 years and teaches biology. She was inspired to become a biology teacher from her own high school teacher. Her favorite memory here at SJ has to be from the 2014-2015 pep rally, where Mrs. Madden surprised them by dancing for the school, along with other teachers. Not many people know that Ms. DaSilva is an avid Pokémon GO player, and travels around playing it. The most adventurous thing she has done is white water rafting. If Ms. DaSilva could go anywhere in the world it would be Australia. The environment is so different compared to North America and she would like to experience it. Recently, Ms. DaSilva has been listening to Adele and P!nk. Some advice she would like to give to others is that you have to find the positives in a situation to learn about it.