Robert Orlando – Head of School
Robert Orlando is Peabody’s Head of School. Mr. Orlando received a B.A from Boston College in Education and History and a M.S. Ed. from Simmons College. He completed his administrative coursework at Northeastern University. Mr. Orlando has worked with various populations of students PK-12 in both public and independent schools. Prior to his arrival at Peabody, Mr. Orlando was the Head of School at Academy Hill, a school for gifted and talented students in Springfield, MA.
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.
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 has taught 2nd-5th grade at Peabody School and currently serves as our Director of Curriculum & Instruction. Upon receiving her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia in 2007, she joined Teach for America and taught at a college preparatory 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 a charter school with a focus on environmental education, she returned to Charlottesville and joined the Peabody staff in 2011. Ms. Young received her Master’s degree from Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in 2014 and currently serves on the board of the local non-profit StreamWatch. She loves being outdoors and is pursuing her dream of visiting all of our country’s National Parks.
Amy Brudin – Director of Educational Technology
Amy Brudin is the Director of Educational Technology and the 3-8 technology teacher. She has been teaching and learning with technology since she graduated from UVA in 1994. She spent 10 years in the Washington DC area, teaching at the National Cathedral School and consulting privately with families looking to set up networks and computers at home. She and her husband George (a UVA grad, as well) moved to Batesville in 2003, and welcomed their daughter Addison in 2007 (who is a current Peabody student.)
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.