Middle School Profiles

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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.

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. He is a certified scuba diver, guitar player, and triathlete.

Leah Cole – EnglishCole
Leah Cole teaches middle school English at Peabody School. She earned her dual B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2006, with a minor in English and concentration in literacy. Miss Cole has teaching experiences in PA, OH, and VA in a variety of positions, including learning support staff at high school levels and Language Arts middle school teacher. In addition to English, she has taught remedial math and science, economics, government, and job coach. Prior work also included time spent as director of a summer youth program, tutor, and sponsor for Poquoson High School’s community service club. Miss Cole recently earned her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology at the University of Virginia, which focused on developmental stages, motivation, and diversity, and also included a program evaluation of a local city schoolyard garden program. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, community service opportunities, writing, creating music, drawing, and outdoor activities.

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Jeff Corlett teaches Algebra I and Algebra II. He attended the University of Florida and the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in mathematics. Mr. Corlett previously taught in public schools on Long Island and private school in New York City. He has taught all levels of math from Algebra I through Calculus. Mr. Corlett grew up in Florida, but has lived in New York for the last eighteen years. When he is not working, he enjoys reading fiction and playing pool.

Kate O’Dowd
Kate O’Dowd graduated from Dartmouth College (2013) with a degree in Sociology.  In May 2016, she received her Masters in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University, concentrating in math education. Prior to coming to Peabody School, she taught 7th and 8th grade Pre-Algebra and Algebra I in Dallas, TX and New York City. Although she was born and raised in Staten Island, NY, she is excited to call Charlottesville her new home. When she is not teaching, Ms. O’Dowd enjoys knitting hats, DIY projects and playing basketball.