Farewell and Welcome

By Andrea Schrock Wenger , Director of Advancement

We said farewell to the following faculty this summer:

  • Brian Buchanan – 17 years, band, and digital recording teacher, auditorium and general technical expert
  • Claudia Fencer – one year, anatomy & physiology and AP biology teacher
  • Lee Good – 11 years, middle and high school science teacher
  • Laurie Loucks – one year, English for International Learners
  • Susan Melendez – nine years, 6th grade teacher
  • Kierra Sauder – three years, high school English teacher

New EMS employees this fall:

  • Nick Gardner – band teacher and auditorium sound technician
  • Merridy Gnagey – teacher assistant, 4th grade
  • Mark Gornto – English 7 & 8 teacher and drama coordinator
  • Leah Huyard ’17 – teacher-in- training with Larry Martin in 6th grade
  • Gwen Lantz – library assistant
  • Thomas Mitch – science 7 & 8, anatomy & physiology, environmental science teacher
  • Karen Suderman – English for International Learners
  • Michelle Weaver – teacher assistant, Spanish

New Board of Directors members (pictured above)

Four new members beginning two-year terms on Eastern Mennonite School’s Board of Directors bring diversity of denomination, life experience, and race.

  • David Berry, assistant professor and chair of the music department at Eastern Mennonite University, member of Divine Unity Church in Harrisonburg, and EMS parent.
  • Andrew Fairfield ’03, representing the Central District of Virginia Mennonite Conference, pastor of Christiansburg (Va.) Mennonite Church.
  • Wendy Malvaez, co-pastor at Manantial de Vida Mennonite Church and EMS parent.
  • Scott Rogers, realtor with Funkhouser Real Estate Group, member of Asbury United Methodist Church, and EMS parent.

More on these appointments at easternmennonite.org/news

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