LSG teachers are extraordinary. Faculty members are intellectually curious and highly capable, and they are here because they want to help students learn deeply and be successful in, and long after, college.
Sylvia Israel, JD
Dr. Kevin Oliveau
Ms. Carmen Carraway
Ms. Ashley Gam
Dr. Michael Hendry
Ms. Wendy Huth
Deciding to pursue her passion, Wendy began a career teaching mathematics after many years working as an actuary and benefits executive-level consultant. Her professional experience included all facets of the employee benefits field including pension, retiree health, health and other group benefit plans. As a consultant, she summarized and presented complex material to clients in a clear and understandable manner. As a mentor and trainer, she developed training programs both locally and nationally for the company. The core competencies that transferred to her pursuit to become a teacher include a strong mathematical background and the ability to bring applications of mathematics into the classroom. Drawing on her professional experience, her combination of theoretical and practical knowledge is unique and enriches the classroom.
Wendy has a Commonwealth of Virginia Collegiate Professional License with a Mathematics endorsement. She has taught for Loudoun County and also as a private math tutor the last ten years since leaving behind actuarial work. She is familiar with a variety of math curriculums. Wendy has B.A. in Mathematics with 15 hours post graduate credits. Wendy is passionate about teaching math and believes learning should be fun and interesting for students in a classroom fostering trust and respect.
Ms. Vanessa Moreno
Vanessa is originally from Madrid, Spain. She grew up in Madrid and went to Universidad de Alcala de Henares. In 1999, she was granted a scholarship to finish her studies in Germany. Once there, she graduated with Honors in 2000 earning her bachelor's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. From 1999 through 2002, she lived and worked in Germany. She worked at Weiterbildungszentrum school, in Ingelheim, as a Spanish teacher.
In 2003, she moved to the United States and worked as an European travel expert consultant, being a Spanish tutor on the side. Seeking professional advancement and new challenges, she soon made tutoring her full-time job. She took the Spanish praxis exam and became a substitute teacher for Loudon County. She has been working for Hola Kids LLC, teaching Spanish in an immersion program, developing children’s language skills through games and fun activities.
She is a firm believer that learning a second language at an early age has a positive effect on intellectual growth and enriches and enhances mental development. She likes to engage children in speaking right away, as well as better an ear for listening.
Dr. Deborah March
Academic Director, English
Deborah earned a Ph.D. in American Studies and African American Studies from Yale University, where she was also a Jacob K. Javits Fellow and recipient of the Sylvia Arden Boone Dissertation Prize. She received a B.A. in English literature from what is now the Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She maintains a Virginia Postgraduate Professional teaching license with an endorsement in English.
Her scholarly interests in literary modernism, cultural studies, visual culture, archive theory, and history of the book are informed by her desire to understand the real-world stakes of narrative texts. Rooted in historical context and an appreciation of literary form, her courses implicitly ask: what can stories do for people, and how have they worked to frame or structure our knowledge?
As an educator, Deborah is passionate about student-driven inquiry. In her previous position as a teacher for Fairfax County, Deborah co-founded and directed her high school's writing center (based on the university model) and advised the school newspaper and broadcast journalism programs. Her ultimate pedagogical goal is to equip her students to form and pursue their own questions within and beyond her classroom.
Ms. Yangxin Ou
Yangxin Ou (Ms. Shin) was born in China. She went to college in Russia and got her bachelor's degree from St. Petersburg State University. She came to the United States in 2010 and earned a master's degree in Probability and Statistics from Michigan State University in 2012.
Yangxin Ou is a native Chinese speaker and has built strong language and communication skills through her diverse educational and life experience. She is also a multi-linguist. Yangxin Ou has been working at a learning center in Virginia with students from K-12 since 2012, as well as being the director assistant to develop curricula that meet the needs of students. She enjoys teaching and helping students build confidence in their ability to achieve, both academically and socially.
Mr. Jim Percoco
Jim is a nationally recognized history educator and author. He taught for 32 years at West Springfield High School in Fairfax County.
Jim is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including: Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year at the Walt Disney Company American Teacher Awards, the Archivist's Award for Achievement presented by the National Archives and Records Administration, the Mount Vernon Teacher of the Year Award, and the Civil War Trust's Teacher of the Year to name a few. He has also written a number of books, such as A Passion for the Past: Creative Teaching of US History, and Divided We Stand: Teaching About Conflict in US History. In 2011, Jim was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.
A devotee of Thomas Merton, Jim aspires to Merton's conviction, “We do not exist for ourselves alone, and it is only when we are fully convinced of this that we begin to love ourselves properly and thus also love others. What do I mean by loving ourselves properly? I mean, first of all, desiring to live, accepting life as a very great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, but because of what it enables us to give others.”
Mr. Clark Ragsdale
Clark went to his father and brother’s alma mater at Virginia Tech for his BS in Chemical Engineering. After 13 years on the corporate path with DuPont, he decided to switch course and obtain his MBA in Marketing and Multinational Management from Wharton. This provided a good background for moving to Mexico City and spending four years consulting with various Mexican and international companies. Subsequently, the boom in technology provided an additional opportunity to work in IT Management Consulting with projects throughout the US as well as Russia and Argentina. However, extensive travel did not fit well with his being home for two children, so he and his family moved to Leesburg where he bought and has operated a landscape company by day while tutoring all levels of math through AP Calculus as well as AP chemistry in the evenings and during weekends for the past 10 years.
Of all his business and professional pursuits, Clark finds working with students to be the most rewarding and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm with the students at LSG.
Mr. David Romero
Physical Computing, Science
David earned his B.S. in physics from Caltech. He is interested in condensed matter physics – specifically systems that demonstrate quantum effects at large scales, like superconductors and superfluids.
David has taught in one form or another since 2006, when he served as an AmeriCorps member at Tenth Street Elementary in Los Angeles and Western New York Maritime Charter in Buffalo. At Tenth Street, he also served as part of Everybody Wins L.A.!, working with English Language Learner (ELL) students, organizing lunchtime read-alouds with downtown Los Angeles professionals, and facilitating a path-to-college workshop for parents. At Maritime, he supported struggling students, organized talks from University of Buffalo engineering students, and collaborated with other service sites throughout the region. For three years, David taught advanced students at BASIS Scottsdale, teaching physics and a fifth-grade algebra course. He coached the Science Bowl team to three state championships, with the team placing in the top ten at the national competition.
David feels the most whole when he is serving others. The joy of watching how quickly young people can learn and grow gives him hope for the future. The Loudoun School’s optimistic and caring atmosphere is what drew him to move across the country just to work here. He hopes to explore what can and should be done to enable students to work hard and enjoy doing it.