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Specials Profiles

Chris Haske – Art
Chris Haske is the art teacher. He loves making art, especially with young people. In fact, he went to Whitman College and New York University to get better at making art with young people. He has had the pleasure of teaching art and a few other subjects in South Korea, Connecticut, New York, Honduras, and Virginia. Chris also enjoys volunteering. He has had full-time volunteer positions caring for children and adults with special needs in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Maryline Meyer-Pollock – French
Maryline Meyer-Pollock, B.A., M.A., is the French teacher at Peabody School. A native of France, Ms. Meyer-Pollock earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Communication and her Master’s Degree in Information and Communication at the University of Nancy, France. Prior to joining the Peabody School faculty in 2000, Ms. Meyer-Pollock taught middle and high school in Lorraine, France for five years and is certified by the French National Education System in modern literature. She enjoys volunteering at the SPCA and singing in local rock band, The Pollocks.

Mary-Patricia Moynihan – Spanish
Mary-Patricia Moynihan teaches Spanish at Peabody, and holds an M.A. in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University.  While completing her B.A. at the University of Virginia, she majored in both Spanish and in Foreign Affairs with a concentration in Latin America.  Her experience includes years of teaching Spanish on the high-school and university levels, as well as running her own Spanish language tutoring service.  “Profe,” as the kids call her, delights in international travel. As a high-school teacher, she ran several student trips abroad.  She also has taught on the Semester-at-Sea ship.  Having embarked on her first international trip at the tender age of fourteen months, Profe has now set foot on all seven continents and has visited at least 41 different countries.  Her ambition is to make it to every single Spanish-speaking country, although that dream is still being realized.

Travis Miller – K-2 Technology
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 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.

Amy Brudin – 3-8 Technology
Amy Brudin is 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 will be joining Peabody as a second grader.) She is also a teacher for the Online School for Girls, teaching Intro to Computer Programming.

Kim Nash – Physical Education
Kim Nash, B.S., is the physical education teacher for the Peabody School’s students. A 2002 graduate of Longwood College with a major in physical education/health, Mrs. Nash joined the Peabody School faculty in the fall of 2002. Mrs. Nash offers Peabody students a wide range of physical education and sports opportunities throughout the school year, encouraging each student to achieve his or her personal best. She enjoys spending time with her family in the great outdoors.


Melissa Charles – Drama (K-5)
Melissa is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA and has worked as an actor in film, TV, and on stage in NYC, LA and in regional theaters throughout the country. She is the founder of both the Broadway Adventure program and the Union Street Theatre (UST), and served as Artistic Director and Director of Education for both. She has taught workshops, classes, and coached actors for the International Thespian Festival, TVI Studios, DMR Adventures, Broadway Adventure, UST, Live Arts, and Lighthouse Studios.  She has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University and a B.A. in Drama from the University of Virginia. She has produced, directed and choreographed over 40 productions, and specializes in musical theatre. In addition to her work in the performing arts, Melissa is also a graphic designer, an event planner, an entrepreneur, and manages social media and communications for several organizations.