ADMINISTRATION

Mrs. Paula Ledbetter, Head of School

Mrs. Meredith Perry, Assistant Principal

The power of education is skipping stones on a placid lake. Aided by knowledge acquisition and the passage of time, education’s dispersion starts localized and then expands to encompass a larger surface area. What begins as impacting an individual psyche can, in turn, create dramatic ripple effects that transform a collective experience. This is my first year at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot (BSH), and I am honored to be here. After 18 years working in the field of education, I believe individuals possess the innate desire to grow professionally and personally. Education provides the confidence needed to strengthen one’s self-efficacy, intellectually and emotionally. On a personal note, Catholicism grounds me and nurtures my mind, body, and spirit. Therefore, it is a gift to have the opportunity to blend my faith and experience in education to support BSH students and faculty to “be who they are meant to be” and witness the positive ripple effects that emerge at BSH (BSH Vision Statement).   

Mrs. Wendy Lipscomb, Director of Early Childhood

Mrs. Christine Lively, Director of School Counseling & College Advisor

Mrs. Christina Dowdy, Director of Admissions

Mrs. Jillayne Merritt, Business Manager

Mrs. Sue Hickey, Director of Development

Our family has called BSH “home” for 12 years now. The children all began their school adventures right here in pre-school, and are currently in the 10th, 8th, 6th, and 4th grade classes. I am thrilled to be working at BSH this year to build up our Development and Alumni Departments. 

I grew up in Connecticut and moved down south to attend JMU – Go Dukes! – where I met my husband, Scott. After college, we moved to Richmond, got married, had our first child, and then later moved out to Goochland, where we have been for fourteen years. What started as a new house with one kid and a couple of dogs, quickly grew to a very full house and a small farm in the backyard. 

I have been actively volunteering at school since the kids were little. I started as a Room Mom, moved on to uKnighted, where I eventually served as President for a number of years, and gained many partners-in-crime along the way. Fundraising events like winter auctions and Beef & Music began calling my name during that time, and I have been working on them ever since. My youngest, before he was old enough to start school, would come to a complete stop at the threshold of Alumni House, because he knew if he went in there with mommy, it would be hours before we came out!
 

Mrs. Cat Ringling, Asst. Director of Development & Communications Coordinator

Mrs. Catherine Ringling

 

I grew up in Meriden, CT, the youngest of six children. I attended Choate Rosemary Hall, a college prep school in Wallingford, CT, after which I attended Bates College in Lewiston, ME. I earned a B.S. in Chemistry and was a member of the Bates Women’s Varsity Volleyball team all four of my years. Go Bobcats!

 

For eight years, I worked for Pfizer Inc. in Groton, CT conducting Toxicology Studies, during which time I met my husband Justin. In 2012, we moved to Powhatan, VA from Rhode Island along with our two children, Tyler and Tabitha. Tabitha has attended BSH since the 2nd grade and will be in 9th grade this year. Tyer is in his last semester at Longwood University. 

 

I am a parishioner at St. John Neumann Catholic Church where I am also a member of their choir as well as a cantor.  I enjoy traveling with my husband and going to the beach with family and friends. I enjoy spending time with my German Shepherd dog, Lucy, and our family's 11 chickens: Kinkajou, Glacier, Tiger Claw, Nix, Yennifer, Froshe, Arya, Scottie, Siri, Moonwatcher and Chrissy.

Mr. James Poore, Director of Athletics

I  grew up in Amelia County on a farm and attended Hampden Sydney College where I majored in History and played baseball. While at Hampden Sydney College, I also participated in the Glee Club and was the school mascot during basketball season. I was known as the “Bleacher Creature.” I have spent 25 years on the BSH campus as both a student and as a teacher and have loved every minute of it. I currently reside in Amelia with my wife Lindsey and our two children Willie and Avery, both of whom attend BSH. I enjoy playing and coaching sports as well as rooting for my favorite teams.

Mr. Grayson Lovern, Athletics Coordinator

I grew up in Winder, Georgia, just outside of Athens. I had the privilege of attending the University of Georgia from 2007 to 2013, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Religion and a Master of Arts in Teaching Social Studies Education. I am entering my sixth year at BSH having taught a variety of subjects within the Social Studies Department. This year I will be teaching 10th grade World History II and Honors World History II, AP United States History, and AP United States Government. In addition to teaching, I serve as the school's Technology Coordinator and Athletics Coordinator.

Mrs. Janet Trivett, Office Manager

Mr. Courtney Hardy, Facilities & Transportation Manager

EARLY CHILDHOOD

Mrs. Kim Roberts, Two Year Olds Teacher, Mighty Knights Coordinator

Kim Roberts

2 year old teacher

Mighty Knights Coordinator

Safety Patrol Coordinator

 

My name is Kim Roberts and I have been teaching at Blessed Sacrament since 2007. I am a mother of 2 great kids who both attended here for many years. Landon is a student at VCU studying Journalism and Film. And Mary Kate is a nursing student at John Tyler. My husband “Big” Landon has always helped me out here and he is now a teacher in our Mighty Knights program. We are avid Disney/Mickey Mouse and Redskin fans.

 

I teach 2’s because I love to watch them come in as “babies” and emerge in June as little independent kiddos. I love being the beginning of their school experience and hope that they learn to love school because of being in my class. They are a joy to be around and keep me on my toes. 

 

I am also the Coordinator for Mighty Knights, the before and after school program as well Coordinator for the 5th grade Safety Patrols. 

 

I love being involved here at BSH. It is truly a family environment. 

Mrs. Lynn Sprouse,Two Year Olds Instructional Assistant

Mrs. Mindy Zimmerman, Three Year Olds Teacher

 Mrs. Mindy Zimmerman

3 year old Teacher

J.V and Varsity Cheerleading Coach

My name is Melinda (Mindy) Zimmerman I Have my CDA in early childhood. I am the mother of three amazing daughters, all of them Attended BSH.  Brittany is 26 she attended Ferrum College as a cheerleader and now has 3 children of her own. Bethany is 24 she attended VCU in the Honors College and then Bon Secours School of Nursing which she graduated from in May of 2019 Magna Cum Laude and she is now an RN/BSN at Saint Mary's Hospital working in the ICU.  Brieanna (Brie) is 20 and attends Randolph Macon College and is a Senior this year. She is a Wellness Advisor, the mens soccer Manager and played on the women’s Basketball Team, her team won the ODAC’s in 2018 . We have been part of BSH for about 20 years! 

I teach the 3 year olds because watching their love of learning and transforming into bright amazing young children ready to take on Pre-K is one of my greatest loves.  They quickly win my heart and I love all of our adventures throughout their time with me.

I am the JV and Varsity Cheerleading Coach and have coached the Middle school girls Basketball Team.  

I Love BSH and the Family that comes with it!

Ms. Elizabeth Pugh, Three Year Olds Instructional Assistant, Mighty Knights Assistant

Ms. Holly Kearns, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs. Glennis Leighty, Early Childhood Pre-K Assistant

Although many people think they are musically impaired, we are all musical to some degree. Even before babies can talk, they respond to their mother singing to them. Music surrounds us and it wrings our emotions. It is important to us. I love all kinds of music and want to give my students an appreciation for listening to different types of music whether it be a Bach Concerto or a Jazz piece by Louis Armstrong.  Music can and is fun and should give students an outlet of expression. It is also a stress reducer. I want my students to not be afraid to express themselves through music. I am their sideline encouragement and their support. We have some of the best students to work with and it drives me to produce their best effort whether is singing at Mass or performing at May Day.

More about Mrs. Leighty

I have lived most of my life in Powhatan, Virginia. I graduated from Longwood College with a BME in Music Education. This is my 34th year teaching at BHS.  I raised three boys who graduated from BSH and am married to Jeff Leighty.  We live in Ballsville with two cats. 

 

Glennis Leighty
Music director

Ms. Hilary Roberts, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher

I am a Miami University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education.  I have lived in Virginia for 13 years and currently teach Pre-K at BSH going on 3 years. I love decorating as you can tell by my room!  It must be a fun place to spend a day!

Mrs. Charyce Benusa, Early Childhood PK Assistant

LOWER SCHOOL

Mrs. Cheryl Fonash, Kindergarten

My name is Cheri Fonash, and I have twenty years of teaching experience in pre-kindergarten through 4th grade.  A year ago, my husband and I moved from Maryland to Virginia.  We are the parents of four young adults and the grandparents of two adorable babies.  We enjoy kayaking and spending time with our family, which includes two German Shepherd dogs. 

Mrs. Meg Anderson, 1st Grade

Mrs. Joann Mertz, 1st Grade Instructional Assistant

I was born and raised in Central New Jersey and relocated last year to Midlothian, Virginia and was blessed to find a place like BSH to call home. I am the lower school STEAM teacher and first grade instructional assistant this year.  I attended Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. I was a visual arts teacher at St. Benedict School in Holmdel, NJ for 20 years. Previously, I was an art director at AT&T Laboratories and was also an assistant teacher in a Kindergarten classroom for 7 years. My passion for art has led me to open my own business offering paint-and-sip events, painting parties for children, and private art lessons. 

 

I have three amazing children, Ashley, Hannah, and Shane. I love spending time with my girls, who live in VA, and I enjoy visiting my son in Chicago. In my free time, I enjoy painting, baking and reading. I am officially going to be a grandmother this year in early March of 2020! My daughter, Hannah, and her husband, Billy, are expecting their first child early March! 

Mrs. Mandy Mills, 2nd Grade

I am blessed to live out my dream of being a Catholic school teacher, and I am honored to be apart of the Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School’s team once again. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Appalachian State University in the beautiful mountains of Boone, North Carolina. I then received my master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with a specialization in Literacy, through Lesley University.  I have eight years of public school experience and five years of private school experience. I have loved teaching, and I am excited to embark on my 13th year as a teacher. In addition to teaching second grade, my current role includes being the chairman of our school’s improvement plan and being the Literacy Coach for grades K-2. I am extremely faith and family oriented. I love my “Knight Family”, and I feel extremely fortunate to work within this exceptional community.  

Mrs. Patty Bowman, 3rd Grade

I have had the great pleasure of teaching third graders for twenty years. Every year I meet a new class of happy and excited children who are eager to learn. It’s true we learn all about reading, writing, and arithmetic, but it is so much more! We all learn together what friendship means. We learn how to work together, share ideas, and accept one another for each of our special talents and gifts God has given us. Teaching at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot allows me to follow my students as they grow from year to year, from preschool through high school. As I watch my former third grade students graduate from High School, I am able to witness their joy and celebrate their achievements with them. I feel privileged, knowing that I have played a part in their amazing journey!

More about Mrs. Bowman...

I am from Ohio. I attended The Ohio State University in Columbus. I graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education. My husband and I lived in Columbus for three years, during which time our first daughter was born. Our second daughter was born in a small town in central Ohio.

 

My husband’s job took us to Louisville, Kentucky where we lived for three years. We loved the city and enjoyed the week-long celebrations that revolved around the Kentucky Derby! Our final move brought us to Richmond where we have lived since 1988.

 

I came to BSH in 1999 as a third grade teacher. I love teaching third grade! The children are sweet and funny and always eager to learn. I am on the uKnighted Board and serve on various committees at BSH.

 

In my free time I love spending days with my two grandsons. They are all boy, so I often find myself digging in the mud or stomping through mud puddles. Of course, I am a huge Ohio State Buckeye football fan!

Mrs. Beth Yagel, 4th Grade

I am originally from Peoria, Illinois, but I lived in Florida for 20 years where I worked in the travel industry as a sales manager for a hotel and a tour company.  About 12 years ago, we moved to Virginia to be near my husband’s family.

I graduated from Mary Baldwin College.  My major was history, and I minored in Education.

Having previously taught in fifth and first grade classrooms, I feel that I have found my niche in fourth grade.  I think it’s the BEST age, and I love my fourth graders.

When I’m not teaching or looking for fun things to do in the classroom, I love to sew or do other creative, crafty things.  My other favorite pastime is reading, particularly historical fiction, or visiting historical places.

Mrs. Kelin Flowers, 5th Grade

I love teaching fifth grade, but most of all I love the BSH culture!  I believe in having a classroom that fosters a positive and fun environment for learning.  As a classroom family, we will laugh, celebrate our accomplishments, and cheer each other through challenges.  As 5th grade is my students' last year in Lower School, I help prepare them for the transition into Middle School.  Each child has a gift; I'm blessed to have a profession that allows me to help them make their mark on the world!  "Once a Flowers' Flounder, Always a Flowers' Flounder!"

More about Mrs. Flowers

Mrs. Kelin Flowers Fifth Grade Teacher/Mentor Coordinator

About Me...

My family and I moved to Virginia 3 1⁄2 years ago from Austin, Texas. We absolutely love living in Powhatan! My husband Duane and I have been married for 12 years and have 3 beautiful boys. When I’m not cheering on the sidelines at my oldest son’s travel soccer league, I love watching movies and spending time with family and friends.

Education & Experience...

I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. I have a specialization in Reading. This will be my 12th year of teaching. I taught in the public school sector, both 2nd & 4th grade, and this will be my third year teaching 5th grade at BSH. Being a part of a school where faith, family & education go hand-in-hand is truly a blessing.

Mrs. Mary Jane Newbill, Art

Mrs. Newbill

BSH Lower School  Art & 6th Grade

Born  in Charlotte, North  Carolina

Raised  in Richmond, Virginia

Attended  St. Bridget’s,  Marymount High School  and Longwood University

B S Degree  in Art Education

Formerly  Art Teacher  of the Year for  the state of Virginia  and the Southeastern Region  of the United States!

Love  children, art, family (human and fur), gardening, painting, and making new adventures !  Always love being an art teacher!!!

Mrs. Nancy Clendenon, Librarian

Nancy has a vast background in the field of education.  She has worked and taught in a variety of settings, including higher education at the University of Virginia.  Additionally she has taught preschool through high school students in a classical, Christian educational environment.  After homeschooling her own children for sixteen years, Nancy is currently pursuing School Librarianship in the M.Ed. program at Longwood University. She brings great passion and enthusiasm for working as a collaborative instructional partner, information and media specialist, and teacher.

Mrs. Glennis Leighty, Music

Although many people think they are musically impaired, we are all musical to some degree. Even before babies can talk, they respond to their mother singing to them. Music surrounds us and it wrings our emotions. It is important to us. I love all kinds of music and want to give my students an appreciation for listening to different types of music whether it be a Bach Concerto or a Jazz piece by Louis Armstrong.  Music can and is fun and should give students an outlet of expression. It is also a stress reducer. I want my students to not be afraid to express themselves through music. I am their sideline encouragement and their support. We have some of the best students to work with and it drives me to produce their best effort whether is singing at Mass or performing at May Day.

More about Mrs. Leighty

I have lived most of my life in Powhatan, Virginia. I graduated from Longwood College with a BME in Music Education. This is my 34th year teaching at BHS.  I raised three boys who graduated from BSH and am married to Jeff Leighty.  We live in Ballsville with two cats. 

 

Glennis Leighty
Music director

Mrs. Donna Kidder, French

I’m incredibly excited about this year at Blessed Sacrament!!! I’m Donna Kidder and this year I will be teaching English  8H, 11, 12, as well as resource French classes for the lower school.  I am originally from Chesterfield, VA, but currently live in Cumberland, VA, with my family and three dogs. I graduated from Longwood University with a degree in Secondary Education in English and in French.  Since then I have taught English/French at Benedictine High, in Chesterfield County, in Powhatan County, and in Cumberland County. This will be my fourth year as an advisor for the Senior Class. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, watching old movies, playing with my crazy dogs, and sports--especially football!!! Go Knights!!!

Mrs. Joann Mertz, STEAM

I was born and raised in Central New Jersey and relocated last year to Midlothian, Virginia and was blessed to find a place like BSH to call home. I am the lower school STEAM teacher and first grade instructional assistant this year.  I attended Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. I was a visual arts teacher at St. Benedict School in Holmdel, NJ for 20 years. Previously, I was an art director at AT&T Laboratories and was also an assistant teacher in a Kindergarten classroom for 7 years. My passion for art has led me to open my own business offering paint-and-sip events, painting parties for children, and private art lessons. 

 

I have three amazing children, Ashley, Hannah, and Shane. I love spending time with my girls, who live in VA, and I enjoy visiting my son in Chicago. In my free time, I enjoy painting, baking and reading. I am going to officially be a grandmother this year in March of 2020! My daughter, Hannah, and her husband, Billy, are expecting their first child early March! 

Upper School

Mrs. Lisa Goodwyn, Art/Art History (Electives Department Chair)

I teach because I love it. I teach art because art makes my heart beat faster and because I believe that art matters, that it has always mattered as a mediator of the sweeping range of human experience. I value the role of the art teacher as facilitator and awakener. And I believe that if I am doing my job well in the classroom, I am a source of encouragement every minute.Read more here: Mrs. Goodwyn's Gallery

Ms. Kylene Rinkewich, English

Hi, all! My name is Kylene Rinkewich, and I am new this year to Blessed Sacrament.  I cannot tell you how excited I am to become part of the BSH family. I grew up in Powhatan and have had the pleasure of meeting and becoming lifelong friends with many former BSH students.  After high school, I attended UVA-Wise, where I earned my B.A. in English and Education. I previously worked for a public school district in the Richmond area for two years before taking a year off to start my own business.  I found myself loving teaching too much to simply leave it behind. I am so thankful for the opportunity to teach middle school English here at BSH and am looking forward to what this year has to offer! Go Knights!

Mrs. Donna Kidder, English

I’m incredibly excited about this year at Blessed Sacrament!!! I’m Donna Kidder and this year I will be teaching English  8H, 11, 12, as well as resource French classes for the lower school.  I am originally from Chesterfield, VA, but currently live in Cumberland, VA, with my family and three dogs. I graduated from Longwood University with a degree in Secondary Education in English and in French.  Since then I have taught English/French at Benedictine High, in Chesterfield County, in Powhatan County, and in Cumberland County. This will be my fourth year as an advisor for the Senior Class. I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking, reading, watching old movies, playing with my crazy dogs, and sports--especially football!!! Go Knights!!!

Mrs. Martha O'Brien, English, Drama

My name is Martha O’Brien, and I am an English teacher and drama director at

Blessed Sacrament - Huguenot. After six years of retirement, I am returning to BSH and

looking forward to being back in the classroom.

I grew up in Greenville, North Carolina and moved to Richmond when I was in the

eighth grade. I graduated from Sweet Briar College with a degree in English and also

attended The University of Exeter in England for two years (where my favorite author,

J.K. Rowling also attended!).

I have always loved drama (as my family will readily attest!) and have been involved

in theatre productions throughout my school days as well as my teaching ones. Travel

and art are two of my other passions, and I never go anywhere without a book to read

because reading is as essential to me as the air that I breathe.

My husband Tom and I live in Midlothian with two demanding dogs, Guinness and

Luna Lovegood, and a very aloof cat called Mrs. Miniver. Our son Toby graduated from

BSH in 2010, graduated from college with an acting degree from The Conservatory at

Shenandoah University, and is now living in New Orleans where he is pursuing his

music career.

I am looking forward to an exciting school year both in the classroom as well as on

the stage!

Mrs. Annelise Shelton, English (English Department Chair)