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.
Travis Miller – Technology
Travis Miller is Peabody’s Head of Middle School and the K-8 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.
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.
Joseph Olivarez – Music
Joseph Olivarez teaches music at Peabody. A San Diego native, Joseph also received his undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego, majoring in music composition. In addition he received a California Teaching Credential while studying at USD. He was also an active performer as an electric bass guitarist in a rock band, as well as upright bassist in the University orchestra. After graduating USD, Joseph and his wife Monica moved to Pittsburgh, PA for graduate school. He recently finished his graduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Music Education, with an emphasis in composition. While at CMU, Joseph studied conducting with choral pedagogue Dr. Robert Page, composer, Nancy Galbraith, and recently elected PMEA hall of fame teacher, Dr. Natalie Ozeas, to name a few. In his free time Joseph thoroughly enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, canoeing, anything that is outdoors-related. Joseph is extremely excited to join the teaching staff at Peabody, where he can continue to grow as a teacher and musician.
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.
Traci Wynn – Resource, Enrichment, and Service Learning
Traci Wynn, B.S., is an Enrichment/Resource/Diversity Support Specialist at Peabody School. She is also the coordinator of the middle school service-learning program. She is a 1992 graduate of James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Traci was an Instructional Assistant in Albemarle County Public Schools for three years, where she taught individual pupils as well as small groups of elementary level students in a variety of academic subjects, and where she was also responsible for the regular supervision of groups of students in the classroom and during other times throughout the school day. In the past, Traci has also taught character education at Peabody School.