Middle School Profiles

Juli Avery – EnglishDSC_4776
Juli Avery teaches Middle School English.  She graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a double major in English literature and secondary education. While student teaching in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, she became interested in curriculum development and integrating technology into the English classroom in meaningful ways. She then pursued a Masters of Education in Learning and Instruction, with a specialty in Digital Literacy from Vanderbilt University. After moving from Nashville to Charlottesville, she taught English at the Miller School of Albemarle and coached girl’s Varsity volleyball and tennis. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, swimming, and….playing ping-pong!

Marie Beaurline – Head of Middle School, Mathematicsheadshot1
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.

Kristopher ChainDSC_4780
Kristopher Chain teaches Middle School Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry from Louisiana Tech University before working as a Developmental Biology and Genetics researcher at Washington University in St. Louis.  Kristopher received his Masters of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Virginia where his graduate work focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of skeletal muscle during exercise and disease.

Carrie Girstantas – MathematicsDSC_9612.jpg
Carrie Girstantas teaches Math 5, Math 7, and Algebra II.  She is a Virginia certified teacher with endorsements in secondary math, biology, technology, middle school math and science, as well as special education.   She holds a master’s degree in Systems Engineering, as well as her Bachelor of Sciences in Systems Engineering and Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia.  With over 20 year experience working with students at all ages from preschool to college, she is inspired to support students as they find joy, ease and success in learning.

Tolly Merrick – Social Studies
Tolly Merrick teaches middle school social studies. He received a Bachelors degree in English from St. Lawrence University and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University of Baltimore. He earned his teaching certificate from the University of New Mexico in 1995, and has been teaching in public and private high schools since that time. Mr. Merrick has worked in New Mexico, Northern California and Virginia, teaching English, History, Health, and sociology classes. He has also coached boys soccer and lacrosse. A certified scuba diver, guitar player, and triathlete, he joins Peabody after seven years at Tandem Friends.