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Faculty Briefs

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  • 32

    faculty members
  • 1:5

    faculty to students
  • 66%

    of faculty
    hold advanced degrees
  • 93%

    of faculty and administrators
    live on campus

  • Stephanie Young ’00, Global Studies

  • Karin Thorndike and Jackie Washam, Fine Arts

  • Kate Worsham, Riding Program Highlights


Professional Development & Recognition

William R. Kenan Fund for Faculty Enrichment

The William R. Kenan Fund for Faculty Enrichment, given in 1979 by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, provides grants to faculty for summer research, scholarship, creativity, and academic excellence in order to enhance teaching and learning at Foxcroft. Projects funded by these grants will be innovative and collaborative, support a teacher’s professional growth plan, enhance student learning, and further strategic and departmental goals.

Recent Grant Recipients

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  • Regan Antila

    Awarded in Summer 2022

    Ms. Antila explored the topic of executive function (EF) to curate a collection of resource materials for teaching faculty and advisors through a Learning Center tile developed for myFoxcroft. Research demonstrates that EF is a more reliable predictor of success in life and academics than test scores, IQ, and socioeconomic status (edutopia.org) and that EF strategy instruction can help students become effective, flexible, self-reflective learners (understood.org).
  • James Sweeney

    Dr. Sweeney researched and created a curriculum for Algebra II that uses a self-paced and mastery strategy, allowing him to meet students where they are on their math journey and help them progress through the content at a level and pace that makes sense for them. He developed the first two units of his course over the summer and created a framework that will allow him to improve on the ideas as he moves through the school year.
  • Anne Mueller

    Awarded in Summer 2021

    Dr. Mueller has worked to bolster the advisor program by reassessing and editing our description of advisory in both the Student and Parent Handbook and Faculty Handbook, creating month-by-month programming for advisors to help them foresee the ebbs and flows of the work, and instructing faculty on incorporating community building techniques in their advisories as part of her ongoing efforts to support the incorporation of Restorative Practices in advising.  
  • Katie Hergenreder

    Awarded in Summer 2021

    Ms. Hergenreder will work with faculty and student leaders to coordinate internships and mission-aligned Wintermission classes, prioritizing experiential learning, place-based learning, and student leadership. 
  • Lindsay O'Connor

    Awarded in Summer 2021

    Dr. O’Connor will work on the alignment of research and inquiry with the Information Fluency pillars by gathering information about research and inquiry at Foxcroft and working with the library to better plan research and inquiry for English teaching and assessment for next year. She’ll then share her work with the community to offer a model of collaboration and to move us toward shared definitions of research and inquiry and shared ways of teaching these skills. 
  • Steve McCarty

    Awarded in Summer 2019

    Steve McCarty will focus on making American Literature and Advanced Placement Economics into mastery classes and transform the student experience by flipping the classroom with tutorials and giving students problem-based tasks.
  • John Scharfenberg

    Awarded in Summer 2019

    John Scharfenberg will spend time researching the 58 inaugural addresses of our 45 presidents, highlighting the hope and optimism of each presidential term. These messages and lessons learned will be directly applicable to his Advanced Placement United States History, American Government and Politics, and Constitutional Law courses.
  • Karin Thorndike

    Awarded in Summer 2019

    Karin Thorndike will enhance her knowledge of and receive certification in theatrical sound production methods and equipment through online classes in audio production. After completing the courses offered by Synergetic Audio Concepts, she plans to share her new knowledge with theater “Tekkies” and student actors.
  • Anne Mueller

    Awarded in Summer 2018

    French teacher Dr. Anne Mueller, or “Madame,” as her students call her, wanted to address the variety of student ability levels and the disconnect between assessments and goals, as well as build in purpose and connection to the content so that students have meaningful and relevant learning experiences. She applied for and received her Kenan Grant for Faculty Enrichment to create personalized learning experiences for the students in her French 3 class that will improve fluency in French, increase cultural knowledge, and hone critical thinking, collaboration, self-motivated learning, and research skills.
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  • Katie Hergenreder

    Awarded in Summer 2018

    The new Animal Science class & Concentration program at Foxcroft provided the fodder for STEM teacher Katie Hergenreder’s Kenan Grant. Hergenreder’s first challenge was to determine the curriculum for the Animal Science class, a prerequisite of the Animal Science Concentration, and a class that must prepare the girls for the added rigor of this concentration, which also includes Biology as a co-requisite, another nine hours of math and science classes, an independent research project, plus an internship and active club involvement.
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  • Meghen Tuttle

    Awarded in Summer 2018

    Dr. Meghen Tuttle, STEM teacher and Wellness Program Coordinator was awarded her Kenan Grant this past summer to expand Foxcroft’s Wellness Program so that it aligns with advisory and residential programming, and to develop an on-dorm curriculum for new students, who are not freshmen, to ensure that they do not experience a gap in their wellness education.
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Recent Teaching Award Recipients

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Mary Louise Leipheimer Excellence in Teaching Award

The Mary Louise Leipheimer Excellence in Teaching Award was established in 2014 by Foxcroft’s Board of Trustees to honor the retiring Head of School who spent 40+ years at the all girls school in Virginia as a teacher and administrator. The award recognizes a faculty member with a tenure of at least three years who connects with and challenges each student to develop her analytical ability, critical and independent thinking, communication skills and personal integrity.

Jane Lockhart Service Award

The Jane Lockhart Service Award was established in 2012 by Foxcroft parents and students in appreciation of the dedication, commitment, and passion of Jane Lockhart, who has worked at Foxcroft since 1966. It honors a staff or faculty member who “exemplifies a personal commitment to and understanding of all of our students,” with an emphasis on all.

Recent Service Award Recipients

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