Paul F. Larner

Paul 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.


Taylor Stynes


BA, University of Mary Washington

Early Childhood Education Certification, Ashworth College

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

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

WCDS Teachers 2-28

Rebecca Lough

Second Grade

BA, Western Governors' University, UT

WCDS Teachers 2-175

Molly Fairhurst

Third Grade

BS, Therapeutic Recreation, JMU;

BS, Recreation Management, JMU

WCDS Teachers 2-42

Amanda Hoffman

Fourth Grade

BA, English;

MA teaching, Mary Baldwin;

AA, nursing, LFCC;

MEd, James Madison U


Keni Herman

Keni Herman

Fifth and Sixth Grades

BS, James Madison University

WCDS Teachers 2-18

Trish Mullins

Upper and Middle School English

BA, George Mason University

WCDS Teachers 2-98

Margaret Di Domenico

Fifth/Sixth Grades

Literature and Composition

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

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

WCD Orientation Day-105

Jeff Day

AP US History, AP Govt., ELL Govt,

AP Comparative Government

BA, George Washington U;

JD, Lewis and Clark

WCDS Teachers 2-111

John McMahon

Latin & Greek

BA, Christendom College

Mary Kruck

Mary Kruck

British Literature & 10th Grade Composition

AP Language and Composition

BA, St. Bonaventure University

MA, George Mason University

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

World History 9 and Independent Study: U.S. Foreign Policy

B.A. Williams College

J.D. Georgetown School of Law

DMD University of Pennsylvania

Adela Pardo

Adela Pardo

Middle & Upper School Spanish

BA, Christendom College

Universidad Panamericana

WCD Orientation Day-131

Jeannette Miranda-Gould


BFA, SF Academy of Art;

MLA Spanish Certification,

George Mason

Suzanne Zylonis

Suzanne Zylonis


BA, University of Mary Washington

WCD Orientation Day-75

Kerrie Mullany

Art Teacher

BFA, Corcoran College of Art and Design

James Looney

James Looney

Music Teacher

BM, Trumpet Performance, Shenandoah University

BM, Jazz Studies, Shenandoah University