Our Faculty

Michaela Ednie, B.A.

IB Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Spanish I

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. In testing the water and soil, she enjoys providing experiential learning students, showing them how their areas of study apply to their everyday lives. Ms. Ednie will lead the school’s IB science core courses and labs. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, Ms. Ednie serves as the school’s International Baccalaureate Coordinator, guiding the school through successful authorization.

Lisa A. Walker, M.A.

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.

Susan Motley, M.Ed.

World 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 will lead the school’s IB Language & Literature courses.

Barbara Waefler

Barbara Waefler, M.Ed.


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!

Kathleen McLaughlin, M.S.Ed.


Ms. Kathleen McLaughlin teaches the Algebra II/Trig class for 10th graders and will lead the 12th grade IB course in Calculus & Statistics.  She has 30 years of teaching experience with Norfolk Public Schools, at Granby High School, where she was the Mathematics department chair and has taught classes from Pre-Algebra through Calculus, including 20 years of experience teaching in the International Baccalaureate program.  She holds an Associate’s degree in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics, and a Master of Science degree in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as more than 30 hours of post graduate level courses along with College Board and IB training for teaching both AP and IB level mathematics courses and their prerequisites. 

Bill Sanford, M.Ed.

IB Physics and Computer Science

Mr. Sanford is a native of Buffalo, NY but has lived in Norfolk since 1992. He received a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University and his Masters in Education from Old Dominion University. Mr. Sanford teaches Physics and Computer Science at The Hague School and is eager to build a robotics team there. He taught and coached at Nansemond Suffolk Academy in Suffolk for 21 years before joining the school in 2020. Before teaching, he served as a US Navy Submarine Officer and while teaching, served in the US Navy Reserve until retirement.  

Luisa Adelfio, M.A.

IB Studio Art & World Languages

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, MA

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.

Stephanie Hall, M.A.T.

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

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.

Talton Manning


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.

Matt Friedman


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.

Jennifer Warren, J.D.

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 is pursuing postgraduate work in Educational Leadership from George Mason University and in Women’s Studies from Old Dominion University. Ms. Warren leads 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

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.

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