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Teachers

Our teachers are here because of their love of teaching and dedication to the GWCS community. Master teachers lead core courses and a wide array of electives with an innovative spin. We focus on authentic learning, writing across the curriculum and lively discussion and debate. We avoid busy work and isolating tasks.

Our faculty teach students to do their best work by motivating and challenging them while remaining compassionate and approachable.

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Ms. Alexa Warden - Director

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Ms. Warden was born into an educational community: her parents were teachers and administrators at the McLaren School in upstate New York , where one of her passions was early evident (her first word was “Doggie”). She grew up in Northern Virginia and attended George Mason University for both her undergraduate and graduate studies.

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Mr. Richard Goldie - Assistant Director

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Intellectual Curiosity and Me

I know that everyone is supposed to be either a 'history/English' person or a 'science/math' person, but for as long as I can remember I have been a 'history/math' person.  Of course, without science and English to bridge the gaps none of it would be very useful.  That's why, no matter which subject is your favorite, you should try to be the best 'math/science/history/English' person that you can be.

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Mr. Michael Mallonee - Dean of Students

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Mr. Mallonee was born on Halloween eve in Crusherton, VA. On his first day of school, he told his mom he was an 'outside person' and didn't want to go to school. Reports differ on whether or not he ever did go to school unless you count West Virginia University or George Mason University. He has worked as a counselor for schools for his whole career including Accotink Academy where he became head behavior crisis counselor.

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Ms. Cassie Sinichko - Administrative Director

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Ms. Sinichko was born and raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh , PA. She has two younger brothers and mom and dad who all still live in Pennsylvania . Mrs. Sinichko graduated from Principia College in Elsah , IL with degrees in Elementary Education and Sociology. The first five years out of college were spent in Colorado where she met her husband, worked for a Youth Organization and as Asst. Director for a Child Development Center.

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Ms. Lisa Bowen

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Ms. Bowen has been a Woodbridge , VA native for her entire life. A graduate of Hilton High School and George Mason University , Ms. Bowen is currently enrolled in the Masters program in Education at GMU. In addition to teaching Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Art, Ms. Bowen is the keeper of the Ronald McDonald House flame, and creates backdrops for GW's school plays.

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Mr. Timothy Connelly

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Mr. Connelly was born right outside of Detroit, Michigan (Go Lions!) and then quickly moved on to Sweden, Thailand and Germany. He finally settled back in the states where he went to The College of William and Mary for a BA in History and then Virginia Tech for his MA in Education.

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Dr. Caroline Cox

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Dr. Cox grew up in Arlington and graduated from H.B. Woodlawn Secondary school . She studied theater at Boston University for a year, and then wound up in California and graduated from UCLA with a BS in Astrophysics. She received her MS and PhD in Astronomy from the University of Michigan , followed by research and teaching at the University of Virginia for a few years. She has been at GWCS since 2000.

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Mr. Shawn Fedinatz

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Mr. Fedinatz or as he has been referred to in past settings, Mr. F, is excited to join the Coyotes this school year. He has taught in Washington, D.C. for the past six years and is broadening his horizons by coming west of the Potomac. Mr. F loves history and has a passion for the American Civil War and post-World War I world.

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Mr. Gary Lindner

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Mr. Lindner was born in DC and raised in Kensington, MD. Following high school he studied at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Stanford University (in California, in Paris, France and in Vienna, Austria), with a 2-year church mission in between, earning a BA in French Literature and a MA in Education...

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Mr. Daniel Pereira

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Mr. Pereira was born in the hometown of Robert Louis Stevenson. He grew up where Ken Kesey attended college, and then spent a year living next to a house formerly inhabited by Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. He went to high school in the town Judy Blume wrote about in a book which is currently 8th on the list of most-banned books in America...

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Ms. Wendi Shumard

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Ms. Shumard was born and raised in Southern Ohio where she first discovered her love of literature.  After studying abroad during high school in Eupen, Belgium, she decided to pursue her love of literature at the university level.  She attended Miami University (of Ohio - We were a university before Florida was a state!) to obtain degrees in English Literature and French Language and Literature with a minor in Medieval Studies.  In her time at Miami, she began investigating her options for study and work abroad.

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Mr. Alejandro Torres

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Mr. Torres was born in Santiago, Chile. Two of his older siblings as well as his father are also educators. He must have developed his interest in social science and language early on, because at age 8 he started his own "household newspaper", which he filled with stories about family pets, the comings and goings of various relatives, and reports on the weather.

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Mr. Michael Vanya

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A graduate of UT Austin, Mr. Vanya comes to the GW Community School with almost 20 years of teaching experience in all levels of mathematics, from Algebra to College Calculus. His familiarity with a wide variety of educational settings, from one-on-one tutoring to large public school classrooms, allows him to create classes which are lively, engaging and informative.

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Jimmy the Dog

 

My name is Jimmy. I am a very tall, very chill, black American Labrador Retriever and I am the son of two ESPN champions! My birthday is April 15, 2005.

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