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Teachers Collaborative Committee Richmond

Every month we feature a few members of our Teacher Collaborative Committee. Check out the member profiles below. It's a great way to get to know our teachers. Stay tuned for more!

Jerry Brown

Jerry Brown

School: The Bryn Mawr School

Baltimore, MD
Years Teaching: 39

Member of TCC Since 2017
Favorite Hobby: Sailing
If I weren't teaching I'd... “be sailing”

Favorite Quote: "Have the courage to act instead of react.” – Oliver W. Holmes

How would you describe a perfect day?
"Spending time with family.”


Maddy Halbach

Maddy Halbach

School: Applications and Research Laboratory
Howard County, MD
Years Teaching: 15

Member of TCC Since 2017
Favorite Hobby: Designing clothing 
If I weren't teaching I'd... "be a consultant."

Favorite Quote: "Luck is where opportunity meets preparation."

How would you describe a perfect day? "One of my students said 'Saturday'."


Nancy Brandon

Nancy Brandon

School: Colonial Forge High School
Stafford, VA

Member of TCC Since 2017
Favorite Hobby: Sports and reading 



Laura Graham

Laura Graham

School: Hermitage High School
Henrico County, VA
Years Teaching: 29

Member of TCC Since 2016
Favorite Hobby: Gardening

Favorite Quote: "You can be whatever you dream you can be.”

How would you describe a perfect day? "Sitting under an umbrella at a beach; temperature around 75 degrees; reading a good book.”

Stephen Frederick

Stephen Frederick

School: Patterson High School
Baltimore City, MD
Years Teaching: 17

Member of TCC Since 2017
Favorite Hobby: Avid sports fan, golfer, and traveler 
If I weren't teaching I'd... “be volunteering somewhere or golfing if the weather was decent.”

Favorite Quote: "Don’t procrastinate!”

How would you describe a perfect day? "Arrive to work early, complete preparations and proceed through a meaningful instructional day.  Afterwards, proceed to the links with student golfers and enjoy an afternoon practice round or match.  End the day with a tender steak and a beverage while watching the O’s!”

Susan Bistransin

Susan Bistransin

School: Parkdale High School 
Prince George’s County, MD
Years Teaching: 31

Member of TCC Since 2017

Favorite Hobby: Sewing

If I weren't teaching I'd... “be working as an advocate for financial literacy education.”

Favorite Quote: "Don't spend time beating on a wall hoping to transform it into a door.”

How would you describe a perfect day? "A day with no stress and lots of accomplishments!”

Scott Bailey

Scott Bailey

School: Powhatan High School 
Powhatan, VA
Years Teaching: 23

Member of TCC Since 2017

Favorite Hobby: Spending time with family, vacationing at Disney World, working with scouts earning their advancement.

If I weren't teaching I'd... “enjoy traveling.”

Favorite Quote: “Live your life so you never look back and say, ‘I wish I had’..."

How would you describe a perfect day? "Spending time with family, relaxing, no major commitments and able to enjoy the moment.”

TCC member Beth Schwartz

Beth Schwartz

School: Patrick Henry High School
Hanover County, VA
Years Teaching: 11

Member of TCC Since 2016

Favorite Hobby: Party planning

If I weren't teaching I'd... "Open up my own party planning business!"

Favorite Quote: "Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves a purpose in your life, encourages you to grow, or makes you happy."

How would you describe a perfect day? "Going out for breakfast with my family, having a lazy day at home playing board games, watching movies, and reading, then going out to dinner with my family."

TCC member Steve Zanetti

Steve Zanetti 

School: Kellam High School
Virginia Beach, VA
Years Teaching: 27

Member of TCC Since 2014

Favorite Hobby: Cycling

If I weren't teaching I'd... "be mountain biking in the Shenandoah Valley."

Favorite Quote: "Don't go broke trying to save money." - Allen Zanetti, my dad

How would you describe a perfect day? "Crisp fall weather walking around with my camera doing street photography."

TCC member Iris Gibson

Iris Gibson 

School: Langston High School
Arlington County, VA
Years Teaching: 2 at the secondary level, 20 at the post-secondary level

Member of TCC Since 2017

Favorite Hobby: Going to museums

If I weren't teaching I'd... "do academic advising at the college level."

Favorite Quote: "Your legacy will be what you love." - Dr. Cornel West

How would you describe a perfect day? "Sleeping in till 8 a.m., lots of carbs for breakfast, an outing with my family at a museum or taking a hike, followed by a home-cooked meal and a Marvel universe movie with my husband and two kids (with snacks of course)."

TCC member Christine Pederson

Christine Pedersen

School: New Kent High School
New Kent, VA
Years Teaching: 15

Member of TCC Since 2014

Favorite Hobby: Reading

If I weren't teaching I'd... "be a librarian."

Favorite Quote: "You'll regret the things you don't do more than the things you do!"

How would you describe a perfect day? "Spending time learning and sharing ideas with interesting and stimulating people, in real life or in a book, but also having introspective downtime just to think, process, and write. And watching the sunrise over the ocean, and the sunset on the Piankatank River!"

2017-2018 Teacher Collaborative Committee Members – Richmond

PHOTO BY RODNEY WEST

From left to right:
Front row: Elaine Johnson-Macon (Franklin Military Academy), Kayla Siwiec (Powhatan High School), Nancy Brandon (Colonial Forge High School)
Second row: Robin Schultz (Varina High School), Christine Pedersen (New Kent High School), Laura Graham (Hermitage High School), Beth Schwartz (Patrick Henry High School), Monica Van Arsdale (Midlothian High School)
Third row: Scott Bailey (Powhatan High School), Alicesa Foster-Graves (Henrico High School), Charlotte Hayer (Richmond Community High School), Marc Rutman (Hanover High School)
**Not pictured: Steve Zanetti (Kellam High School), Brooks Ann Smith (Powhatan High School)

2017-2018 Teacher Collaborative Committee Members – Baltimore

PHOTO BY YOLANDA FERGUSON

From left to right:
Front row: Jerry Brown (The Bryn Mawr School), Iris Gibson (Langston High School), Lynda Motiram (Meade High School), Stephen Frederick (Patterson High School #405)
Back row: Susan Bistransin (Parkdale High School), Devorah Danielson (Suitland High School), Maddy Halbach (Applications and Research Laboratory)

*The metro-Baltimore area includes the following: Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, and Queen Anne’s County.

*The metro-Richmond area includes the following: Amelia County, Caroline County, Charles City County, Chesterfield County, Dinwiddie County, Goochland County, Hanover County, Henrico County, King William County, New Kent County, Powhatan County, Prince George County, Sussex County, Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell, and Colonial Heights.