Paul Larner

Paul F. Larner

Head of School

Paul Larner received his JD from the University of Virginia and began his career as a real estate lawyer at Piper & Marbury in Baltimore in 1985. He switched to real estate finance in 1991 while working at The Charles E. Smith Companies in Arlington, VA, where he became Chief Financial Officer in 1998 and in 2002 Chief Operating Officer. After Smith merged with Vornado Realty Trust he became Chief Administrative Officer of the combined public company. Since 2003 he has been the principal in many real estate investment partnerships and he also manages a private investment fund dedicated to real estate income securities. He is a graduate of Haverford College (with Honors); Kings College, the University of London (with Distinction); and the University of Virginia School of Law. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger from 1978-80. In addition to formerly being Chairman of WCDS, Mr. Larner has been instrumental in the Advisory and Adjunct Faculty Programs at WCDS. He lives in Rappahannock County with his wife Rosita; they have three children. Their youngest, Daniel Larner, is a 2012 graduate of WCDS and a 2016 graduate of the University of Mary Washington.


WCDS teachers know their students and push each to succeed in a caring, stimulating environment. Every teacher challenges students to question, research, write, and speak in a reflective manner appropriate to their level of development. Teachers wear many hats, coaching teams, sponsoring afterschool activities and clubs, and giving their all to the school. All teachers and staff are expected to embrace the school’s mission of striving for personal and academic excellence.

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Sylvie Blank


BA, Sancta Maria College of Social Pedagogy,
Bruchsal, Germany

AA, Gustav von Schmoller
College of Business, Heilbronn, Germany

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Nikki Brady


BA, Virginia Tech

M.Ed, Marymount Univeristy

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Priscilla Clearfield

First Grade

BS, Thomas Edison State College

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Susan O'Donnell

Second Grade

BIS, James Madison University

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Molly Fairhurst

Third Grade

BS, James Madison University

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Amanda Hoffman

Learning Specialist

BA, English

MA teaching, Mary Baldwin

AA, nursing, LFCC

MEd, James Madison University

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Meg Flanagan

Fifth Grade

BS, Old Dominion University

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Margaret Di Domenico

Sixth Grade

BA, George Mason University

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WCDS Teachers 2-154

Welby Griffin

Latin, Comp/Grammar, Grades 7 & 8

Geography, Grade 6,  AP Literature

AB, Bryn Mawr College

WCDS Alumna, 1995

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WCDS Teachers 2-18

Trish Mullins

Upper and Middle School English

BA, George Mason University

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Ann Pankow

Dual Enrollment and AP Environmental Science,  Chemistry, Anthropology, Forensics, Earth Science, Physical Science

BS, University Maryland;

MEd, Penn State

MS, Virginia Tech

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WCDS Teachers 2-11

Brian Beres


Science, Grades 4/5

Math, Grades 5/6

BS, University of Virginia

PhD, Arizona State University

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Tara Johnson

8th Grade Literature, ASL and Theatre

BA, Elizabethtown College

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Gustavo Tisera


MEd. James Madison University

Masters Universidad de Salamanca

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Stuart Ginsberg

Middle and Upper School Teacher

BA, Williams College

JD, Georgetown School of Law

DMD, University of Pennsylvania

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JuLong Zhao

AP Calculus & Pre-Calculus

BS, University of London & Singapore University of Social Sciences

MS, Texas A & M University

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Bryan Burk

AP Statistics, Algebra & Geometry

BS, Ohio State University

MS, Colorado State University

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Elizabeth Monseur

Upper School History

B.S. James Madison University

M.Ed., George Mason University

Post Graduate, American Military University

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Kara Ellis Skora

AP/Honors Literature, "The Hero's Journey" Literature, Narration & Persuasion in Writing, World Religions

AB, Harvard University

Ph.D, University of Virginia

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Jeannette Miranda-Gould


BFA, SF Academy of Art

MLA Spanish Certification,

George Mason University

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Kerrie Mullany


BFA, Corcoran College of Art and Design

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Suzanne Zylonis

Suzanne Zylonis


BA, University of Mary Washington

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Nile Patel '18

Athletic Director

Lower School Physical Health

BS, George Mason University


Julia Carney


LS Enrichment Specialist

BA, Goucher College

M.Ed., Loyola University Maryland

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Brian Dotzler

Physical Education

BS, The Citadel

BA, University of Maryland

MA, St. Mary's University

MA, Sam Houston State University

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