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.


Jennifer Douglas

WCD Orientation Day-91

Sylvie Blank


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

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

additional educational training, Sunbridge Institute, New York


Meg Flanagan

Pre-Kindergarten Assistant

BS, Old Dominion University

WCD Orientation Day-52

Nikki Brady


BA, Virginia Tech;

MEd, Marymount Univeristy

WCDS Teachers 2-46

Jennifer Thede

First Grade

BA, Old Dominion University

WCDS Alumna, 1988


Tara McCormick

Second Grade

BS, Shenandoah University;

MS, George Mason University


Molly Fairhurst

Third Grade

BS, Therapeutic Recreation, JMU;

BS, Recreation Management, JMU


Lyndsey Pheister

Fourth Grade

BA, George Washington University

Keni Herman

Keni Herman

Fifth Grade

BS, James Madison University

WCDS Teachers 2-98

Margaret Di Domenico

Sixth Grade

Literature and Composition

BA, George Mason University

WCDS Teachers 2-18

Trish Mullins

Upper and Middle School English

BA, George Mason University

WCDS Teachers 2-154

Welby Griffin

Latin, Comp/Grammar, Grades 7 & 8

Geography, Grade 6,  AP Literature

AB, Bryn Mawr College

WCDS Alumna, 1995


Tara Johnson

8th Grade Literature

BA, Elizabethtown College

WCDS Teachers 2-42

Amanda Hoffman

Learning Specialist

BA, English;

MA teaching, Mary Baldwin;

AA, nursing, LFCC;

MEd, James Madison U


WCDS Teachers 2-88

Ann Pankow

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

BS, University Maryland;

MEd, Penn State;

MS, Virginia Tech

WCDS Teachers 2-111

John McMahon

Latin & Greek

BA, Christendom College

WCD Orientation Day-11

JuLong Zhao

AP Statistics, Algebra & Geometry

B.S., University of London & Singapore University of Social Sciences

M.S., Texas A & M University

WCDS Teachers 2-11

Brian Beres


Science, Grades 4/5

Math, Grades 5/6

B.S., University of Virginia

PhD., Arizona State University

WCD Orientation Day-4

Stuart Ginsberg

Middle and Upper School Teacher

B.A. Williams College

J.D. Georgetown School of Law

DMD University of Pennsylvania


Gladdy Hampton

AP Language & Composition and AP Literature

B.S. MacMurray College

M.Ed., Notre Dame College

M.A.L.S. Columbia University


Elizabeth Monseur

Upper School History

B.S. James Madison University

M.Ed., George Mason University

Post Graduate, American Military University


Joe Crain

Upper School Spanish

BA, University of North Carolina at Wilmington

M.Ed., North Carolina State University

WCD Orientation Day-131

Jeannette Miranda-Gould


BFA, SF Academy of Art;

MLA Spanish Certification,

George Mason

WCD Orientation Day-75

Kerrie Mullany

Art Teacher

BFA, Corcoran College of Art and Design

Suzanne Zylonis

Suzanne Zylonis


BA, University of Mary Washington

James Looney

James Looney

Music Teacher

BM, Trumpet Performance, Shenandoah University

BM, Jazz Studies, Shenandoah University