Renee Henslee – Head of School
Renee Henslee is Peabody School’s Head of School. Mrs. Henslee has a B.A. in Business and an M.Ed with a focus on leadership from Mary Baldwin College. She began teaching at Peabody School in 2001, serving as a lower school teacher and Assistant Head of Lower School before becoming Head of School in 2009. Prior to joining Peabody School, Mrs. Henslee served on a management team at Canon Virginia, Inc. overseeing the management of quality assurance programs and directing activities pertaining to product development and quality engineering.
Marie Beaurline – Head of Middle School, Math
Marie Beaurline, B.S., M.A.T., teaches Grade Six Mathematics and Geometry and serves as Head of Middle School at Peabody School. Mrs. Beaurline received her B.S., with a major in information systems, from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and her M.A.T. with a focus on grades K-8, from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. She also attended the University of Virginia, where she studied instructional technology at the graduate level. Mrs. Beaurline was a software developer for 14 years before becoming a teacher. Prior to joining the full-time faculty in 1998, she coached one of the school’s Odyssey of the Mind teams and co-designed the Magical Measurement History Tour, a traveling museum exhibit that combines mathematics and history. In addition to middle-school mathematics, Mrs. Beaurline has taught kindergarten, first, third, fourth, and fifth grades during her tenure at Peabody School.
Travis Miller – Operations Manager
Travis Miller is Peabody’s Operations Manager and the K-2 technology teacher. He has a B.A. in Biology and a Master’s in Teaching from the University of Virginia. In his previous position as the Middle School science teacher, he developed a strong interest in instructional technology and chose to shift teaching roles, becoming the school’s technology teacher in 2011. He has also been a presenter at the Virginia Association of Science Teachers’ annual conference, demonstrating the effectiveness of using interactive computer simulations to illustrate hard-to-teach concepts. Mr. Miller has a passion for working with children and helping them develop the lifelong skills and confidence necessary to navigate today’s increasingly complex world.
Demi Runkle – Community Coordinator
Demi Runkle is the Community Coordinator for Peabody School and she is also a member of the administrative team. . She is a native Virginian, attended local private and public schools, and graduated from Mary Washington College with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. She began her teaching career in 1969 in the Albemarle Public Schools system, retiring in 2000 after 31 years. Mrs. Runkle has received an M.ED from UVA, and has a academically advanced education endorsement. She began teaching at Peabody School in the fall of 2000. She has also done educational consulting for various school systems in Virginia. Mrs. Runkle has four miniature dachshunds. Her hobbies are gardening, walking, yoga, and reading good books.
Katherine Murrah – Director of Admissions
Katie Witthauer Murrah serves as the Director of Admissions for Peabody School. Mrs. Murrah holds a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Gifted Education from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education as well as a B.A. in Psychology from Mississippi State University. Prior to joining the faculty of Peabody School, Mrs. Murrah was the Gifted Education Specialist at Clark Elementary School for five years. In 2012, Mrs. Murrah received the Golden Apple award for excellence in teaching. Mrs. Murrah enjoys meeting new people and sharing information with them about Peabody School’s outstanding students and faculty.
Victoria Young – Curriculum and Instruction Director
Victoria Young, B.A., teaches fifth grade science and is the Curriculum & Instruction Director at Peabody School. Ms. Young graduated from the University of Virginia in 2007 with a dual degree in American Studies and Spanish. Through the national program Teach for America, she spent two years teaching third and fourth grade at IDEA Quest Academy, an IB charter school in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. She went on to work for Living Classrooms, an educational non-profit in Washington, D.C., where she designed and taught an environmental science curriculum for early elementary students. After serving as a founding teacher at an elementary charter school with a focus on environmental education, she returned to Charlottesville to join the Peabody staff in 2010 and has since earned a graduate degree in environmental studies through Virginia Tech.
Veronica Gomez-Torres – Administrative Assistant
Veronica Gomez-Torres is the administrative assistant and office manager at Peabody School. She earned her degree in Communication Design and brings her expertise in graphic design, photography and communication to the school. She enjoys being a part of the Peabody community helping parents, teachers, and students on a daily basis.
Anna Gorisch – Executive Assistant to the Head of School
Anna Gorisch is the Executive assistant to the Head of School. She has a B.A. in Theatre and worked for a number of years as a professional actress and performing arts instructor. In this capacity she developed programs for troubled youth and designed lessons for kids of all ages based on the Lincoln Center Aesthetic Education model. She is also a published, award-winning playwright. After relocating to Washington, D.C., she decided to attend law school and graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 2011. Ms. Gorisch is an active member of the Virginia State Bar and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She is passionate about education and looks forward to applying what she has learned over the years in her role at the Peabody School.
Medina Wilkerson – Bookkeeper
Medina Wilkerson is the Bookkeeper. Medina brings with her 24+ years non-profit experience, six of those with a non-profit day school specializing in Autism. She is very excited to join the Peabody community, and looks forward to meeting all of the students, parents, and faculty.