|Connie Beddard, High School Chemistry
Mrs. Beddard graduated from West Virginia University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Chemistry as well as a Masters in Business Administration. She spent 12 years in the pharmaceutical industry working in various capacities in the laboratory, regulatory affairs, and quality control and compliance. She enjoys being outside and spending time with her family. She and her husband and two daughters live in Glen Allen and are active in the Area 10 Faith Community church in Richmond city.
|Amy Bleach, High School Technology
Mrs. Bleach is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned both her undergraduate in English and Master's in Teaching. She spent 15 years in the Chesterfield County Public School System. Mrs. Bleach was a member of the iTech and Anti-Bullying focus teams at her previous school. Hailing from Louisa County, Mrs. Bleach loves a long walk in the country, reading a good book, and relaxing at the beach. She is a member of the praise team at the Bonnie Brae Church of Christ where she and her husband, Justin, and two sons, Ethan and Elliot, are members.
|Ben Berumez, Chapel Band Director
Ben Berumez is a performing musician and instructor. Offering instruction in a wide variety of instruments and genres, Ben enjoys sharing his love of music with students of all ages. With over a decade of teaching experience, his teaching methodology centers around tailoring information to each student’s needs and goals. As a performer, he has worked as a solo act and as the front man for the indie rock band Saint Square. Ben has also been involved with multiple church bands, working in support and leadership roles. Whether teaching, performing, or leading in worship, it is Ben’s goal to provide a quality musical experience. Ben, his wife Chelsea, and their two daughters live in Aylett, VA, and attend Freedom Fellowship Church in Mechanicsville, VA..
|Susan Cole, High School Social Studies
Ms. Cole received her undergraduate degrees in Secondary Education and Bible from Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee. She earned her Master's of Art in Education from Johnson as well. Ms. Cole completed her internship teaching in two public middle schools in Tennessee and a private Christian school in Tao Baja, Puerto Rico. Virginia-raised and educated, Ms. Cole is excited to be teaching HS History in her fifth year at GCS. Outside the classroom, Ms. Cole enjoys playing soccer, reading anything and everything, and meeting new people. Living in Richmond City, Ms. Cole is an active member of Area 10 Faith Community.
Tanya Conti is a graduate of Liberty Christian High School, Hanover County's first Christian secondary school. She was a member of their first graduating class in 1993. In 2006, Ms. Conti returned to Liberty Christian where she served as the school's administrative assistant until 2016. Born and raised in King William County, Ms. Conti enjoys spending her free time outside working in her garden and writing poetry. Ms. Conti and her two sons, Cody and Cooper, have been lifelong members of Bruington Baptist Church in King and Queen County.
|Amy Harrison, Middle School Language Arts
Mrs. Harrison is a graduate of Longwood College. She has over 20 years teaching experience, 13 of which were in Henrico County. In her years as an educator, she has served as the grade level chairperson, leadership team member, and the collaborative teacher for her grade level. She, her husband and two sons live in Mechanicsville where they are active members of Cool Spring Baptist Church. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, camping, reading, shopping, and organizing.
Brandy Hogue, Middle School History
|Ginger Jamara, High School and Dual Enrollment Mathematics
Mrs. Jamara received her undergraduate degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY in Secondary Math Education. She later earned her Master’s degree in Special Education from Boise State University in Boise, ID. Mrs. Jamara has her Virginia certification in Secondary Mathematics, grades 6-12 and received the Praxis Recognition of Excellence. She served as Math Department Chair during her employment with Richmond City Public Schools. This will be Mrs. Jarmara’s tenth year of teaching high school math. Mrs. Jamara, her husband Tom, and their children are active members of Hanover Evangelical Friends church.
|Susan Jenkins, Middle School Science and
High School Math
Having grown up on a farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Mrs. Jenkins learned to appreciate God’s creation at an early age. Serving as a Sunday school teacher, as an intern at the Wallop’s Space Flight facility, and as a naturalist at a local park sparked her interest in a teaching career that now spans 25 years in both public and private schools. After graduating from Washington College with a degree in biology and obtaining a Master’s Degree in curriculum and instruction from Western Maryland College, Mrs. Jenkins taught middle school science at a private school in Maryland. Five years later, she and her husband moved to her husband’s home state of Virginia where she taught middle school science for Hanover County Public Schools. Mrs. Jenkins served as the science department chair for OKMS and received the Teacher of the Year award. Most recently she taught middle and then elementary school at Liberty Christian School and served as the co-administrator. Mrs. Jenkins is a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church and enjoys doing crafts with children, sewing, gardening, visiting the beach, boating, and enjoying nature.
|Paul Jenks, Middle and High School PE
Mr. Jenks is a graduate of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee where he earned undergraduate degrees in Accounting and in Physical Education. After working in the business field for over 20 years, he followed his heart and became a teacher. He has 12 years of teaching experience with students both in the Elementary and Secondary levels and has taught in both public and private schools. Mr. Jenks and his wife Connie are members of Mechanicsville Church of Christ. Mr. Jenks is passionate about prison ministry, Virginia Tech football and St. Louis Cardinals baseball. His favorite bible verse is Matthew 25:40.
Amy Martin, Middle and High School Science
|Maria Toro, Spanish
Senora Toro is a graduate of Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador - Quito where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and Georgetown University, where she earned her master’s degree and her Virginia teaching license. Senora Toro has over 18 years experience as a classroom Spanish teacher and has been recognized for numerous awards: Laspau, Fulbright Scholarship and Medal of Excellence in teaching, J.B Fisher Elementary School. Senora Toro and her husband Federico Puma, are active members of Winfree Memorial Baptist Church in Chesterfield County.
|Laci Whitlow, High School and Dual Enrollment English
Mrs. Whitlow is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English Education. In 2003, Mrs. Whitlow received the award Henrico County New Teacher of the Year. In 2009, she received the national award Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. In addition to her classroom experience, Mrs. Whitlow is a certified Laying the Foundations National Trainer, a math and science initiative targeted to transform classroom teaching practices. Mrs. Whitlow, her husband Chris, and their two children live in Mechanicsville. They are members of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.