Our Faculty

Barbara Waefler

Barbara Waefler, M.Ed.

Geometry, IB Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches

Ms. Waefler taught advanced math courses including Algebra 1, 2, and 3, Pre-calculus, Geometry, AP Statistics, IB Math Studies and IB SL at Granby High School for the past 20 years. Certified in all mathematical levels of the International Baccalaureate Programme, she is passionate about connecting with her students and finding ways to encourage their growth and development. Her warm personality and creativity make learning math fun!

Lisa A. Walker, M.A.

Faculty & Curriculum Specialist, English Literature

Ms. Walker is the previous Gifted Resource at Tallwood HS and Global Studies Academy in Virginia Beach. During her 30 + years of teaching she has received numerous honors:  2003 Virginia Beach Public Schools and Virginia Region II Gifted Teacher of the Year, 2007 VBCity  Humanitarian Award, 2008 American Councils of Education, and 2009 Fulbright/ Hayes Grant Travel Awards to Russia. Trained in the Harkness Method at Phillips Exeter Academy, Ms. Walker uses her expertise in gifted education, curriculum and development, and her global perspective to prepare students for their transition to a college preparatory high school. She is passionate about helping students to become critical readers, writers, and thinkers. Ms. Walker teaches English Literature 9 at The Hague School.

Luisa Adelfio, M.A.

IB Visual Arts, Studio Art, IB Spanish

Ms. Adelfio is an internationally recognized sculptor who serves as the Artist-in-Residence at The Hague School. Her students integrate art history with creation, utilizing the school’s partnership with The Chrysler Museum to engage with original works of art, as well as producing their own unique pieces. Trained in the Harkness Method at Phillips Exeter Academy, Ms. Adelfio also brings her international experience to lead our growing world languages initiative, which incorporates linguistics and cultural awareness with language proficiency in Italian, French, and Spanish.

Aurelie Beinsteiner, M.A.

IB French, French I and II

Ms. Beinsteiner is a French native who holds a Master of Arts in Education and English Literature from Université de Lorraine, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in French as a Second Language from Université Stendhal Grenoble. Her graduate study included task-based language teaching, technology aids in teaching, phonetics, linguistics, literature, history, and sociology. After years of teaching French and English as a second language in France, Belgium, and Northern Ireland, she moved to the U.S. in 2014. She is IB trained and teaches French at The Hague School.

Christopher Simmons, B.S.

Introduction to Physics

Mr. Simmons is an Indiana native and graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Physics and minor in Mathematics. After graduation, he joined the Navy where he worked as a submarine warfare officer, earning a graduate level education in nuclear propulsion. He looks forward to equipping the coming generation with the tools to solve the difficult, physics-based questions and problems of the future. Also an active community member in his church as well as bassoon player for multiple performing arts groups in the 757.

Susan Motley, M.Ed.

IB Language and Literature

Ms. Motley has over thirty years experience as an English teacher at the high school, junior high and adult education levels. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Motley served on numerous curriculum development committees, served as a department chairperson for the Global Studies and World Languages Academy at Tallwood High School, and presented frequently at local and state conferences. Ms. Motley holds a masters degree in school administration from The George Washington University and leads the school’s IB Language & Literature courses.

Stephanie Hall, M.A.T.

Cultural Geography, U.S. History, & IB History

Ms. Hall is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she received a B.A. in History and a Master’s Degree in Teaching, with postgraduate training in Literacy across the Curriculum. Following her coursework, she first taught 20th Century History at Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. She then became licensed in New York where after being offered a position as a founding teacher at East Brooklyn Community High School in Brooklyn, NY. There she taught courses in Global Africa, Global Middle East, Global Asia, Global Historical Figures, Global Europe, Latin American History through Art, French Language and Culture, and Communism in Literature. At The Hague School, Ms. Hall leads its IB core courses in Individuals & Societies and further serve as the school’s Advancement Coordinator.

Michaela Ednie, B.A.

IB Biology, Chemistry

Ms. Ednie is a graduate of Amherst College, where she majored in Astronomy and Chemistry, following a pre-medical track. After graduation, she was selected to work in Amherst’s Being Human in Stem (HSTEM) initiative and led student demonstrations and group discussion. She is passionate about the environment and helping young minds foresee the utility of looking at the world through a scientific lens. Ms. Ednie leads the school’s IB science core courses and labs. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, 

Matt Friedman

Filmmaking

Mr. Friedman teaches filmmaking at The Hague School and the Governor’s School for the Arts, where he helped start the school’s film department. He wrote the local independent feature comedy, Moving, in the early 2000s (for which he won “Best Screenplay” at the Digital Visions film festival in Chicago) and received the Sloan Foundation Fellowship for science themes in film. He assistant directed the 2012 Doritos commercial “Man’s Best Friend,” which became the #1 ad of that year’s Superbowl, then wrote and co-wrote several followups. In 2016, he produced and scored the short film Moss Manor, which won Best Film at the Hampton Roads 48 Hour Film Project and also garnered him the award for Best Original Score. He has been a screenwriting panelist at the Virginia Festival of the Book, a screenwriting workshop instructor at the CNU Writer’s Conference.

Echard Wheeler

Photography

Mr. Wheeler has been a professional photographer for the past 22 years. His favorite genre of photography is documentary mixed with fine art, which uniquely speaks to this historic time in our society. Each of us holds a unique perspective on the world around us. Mr. Wheeler’s classes offer the chance to document and share our view while learning frame, shading, color, depth, aspect, and other photography fundamentals.

Jennifer Warren, J.D., M.Ed.

Women's Studies, IB Creativity, Activity, & Service, Associate Head of School

Ms. Warren holds a Juris Doctor degree and is one of the founders of The Hague School, currently serving as the school’s Associate Head of School.  In 2019, she completed her Harkness training through Phillips Exeter Academy’s Humanities Institute, and she has a  Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from George Mason University and is pursuing a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies from Old Dominion University. Ms. Warren has completed training to lead the school’s IB Extended Essay and CAS core courses and teaches electives in Women’s Studies to reflect her passion for building confidence in young women while empowering them to express themselves at the table.

Paul Warren, J.D., M.A.

Research & Composition, IB Theory of Knowledge, Provost & CAO

One of the founders of The Hague School, Mr. Warren designed The Hague Approach, the pedagogical foundation for The Hague School’s Harkness method courses. He has taught Composition at ODU since 1998 and directed its Conflict Management Program from 2001-2009. He has authored two professional texts, a novel, several short stories, and dozens of professional articles, presentations, and seminar curricula. Trained in the Harkness Method at Phillips Exeter Academy, Mr. Warren leads Research and Composition, Debate, and serves as the school’s Mock Trial Coordinator.

Jadwiga De Mott, M.A.

World Literature

Ms. De Mott holds an M.A. in English Philology from Jagiellonian University and a M.A. in Humanities from Old Dominion University. An adjunct professor at Old Dominion University, Ms. De Mott has worked with a diverse range of student populations, including students at Tidewater Community College and at Virginia Beach Public Schools. Fluent in Polish, Ms. De Mott has taught English as a foreign language to students in Poland and worked as an English to Polish interpreter. She teaches World Literature at The Hague School.

Corie Sullivan RTR/L CHT

Physical Education

Ms. Sullivan is an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist holding a BS in Occupational Therapy from Elizabethtown College and a post-graduate certificate in Hand and Upper Quarter Rehabilitation from Drexel University. She obtained her CHT in 2002. An adjunct faculty member at ODU, she works part-time at ODU Monarch Therapy. Ms. Sullivan has a passion for mentoring youth in sports, wellness, and life. She coaches girls’ Lacrosse at the high school and club level. Her classroom is a positive environment where students learn to embrace mistakes, take responsibility for actions, develop strong work ethic, and strive for excellence. In addition to teaching Physical Education, Ms Sullivan is leading the formation of the IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science course. 

Guadalupe Elias, P.H.D.

Foreign Language

Ms. Elias first became a teacher at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland, where she taught Hispanic literature and cinema and Spanish as a second language. She also has experience teaching at high school level in Mexico and is currently an adjunct lecturer at Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí and a teacher at Harkness Institute, San Luis Potosí. Ms. Elias considers learning a foreign language as a tool of personal development, one that is vital to broaden one’s perspective of the world. She understands education as a form of empowerment that allows students to develop their own knowledge and make sense of themselves and what surrounds them. She favours teaching methods that make room for discussion and exchange, and a variety of pedagogy-informed activities that allow students to develop critical thinking skills and a sense of belonging to their community.

Cathy Hickman, M.A. Ed.

Environmental Science and Algebra II

Ms. Hickman graduated from Barton College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion/Philosophy.  She spent 25 years as a Christian Educator working with students of all ages.  She completed her teaching certificate in secondary math from Old Dominion University.  Recently she has earned a M.A.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology from ODU.  Ms. Hickman has spent the past 10 years teaching math at all levels.  She believes that students are more successful when they participate in their learning.  At The Hague School she teaches Environmental Science and Algebra II. 

Becky Boncal, M.F.A.

Visual Rhetoric and Multimedia Documentary

Becky Boncal earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University where she studied the short story and novel under Alan Cheuse. For more than twelve years, she has been honored to share the transformative power of language and visual art with students at colleges and universities across Virginia. She has twice led students on study abroad trips to Ireland and Northern Ireland.  After moving back to Norfolk from Richmond to be closer to her roots, she has found a home both in the Larchmont neighborhood and at The Hague School, where she teaches Research & Composition, Visual Rhetoric, and Multimedia Documentary. Her poetry, fiction, and non-fiction appear in various anthologies, literary journals, and magazines including the The Adirondack Review, The Copperfield Review, The Richmond Times Dispatch and R Home.

Photo of Patrick Dacey in flannel shirt.

Patrick Dacey, M.F.A.

IB History and US History

Patrick Dacey is the author of two books of fiction, The Outer Cape: a Novel and We’ve Already Gone This Far: Stories, published by Henry Holt and Company. He holds an MFA from Syracuse University, and his work has been featured on NPR’s Selected Shorts, and in The Paris Review, Zoetrope All-Story, Guernica, The Kenyon Review, and Harper’s, among other publications. Patrick has taught English at several universities in the U.S. and Mexico, and has worked as a reporter, door-to-door  salesman, and substance abuse counselor. He is the recipient of a 2022 Pushcart Prize.He teaches IB History, US History, and Creative Writing at The Hague School. 

Talton Manning

Music

Mr. Manning studied music at ODU and has been a full-time musician since 2009. Proficient in four instruments, his contemporary jazz ensemble Different Perspectives has played throughout Hampton Roads, Richmond, and beyond. He has more than seventeen years of experience playing the saxophone and a solid background in classical, jazz, and gospel music. He teaches Music Theory, offers after school jazz, and leads an Intro to Music Production summer camp at The Hague School.

Aliya Zafar

Studio Art

Ms. Zafar is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the ethereal qualities of interconnectivity through light and shadow. Her studio practice, which combines glass, digital media, and lighting, merges elements of contemporary design with the powerful poetics of fine art. While pursuing her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design, Ms. Zafar found hot glass, a time based material capable of vivacious manipulation. Ms. Zafar is invested in sharing her curiosity of material and process with students. A consummate teacher, she has guided students at institutions such as: Corning Museum of Glass, Governor School of the Arts, Old Dominion University and RISD. Currently, Ms. Zafar is enrolled in the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio Assistantship Residency Program. She teaches Studio Art at The Hague School.

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