Head of School, Amy Butcher
Amy Butcher joined the Lorien Wood community first as a parent, then as a member of the Board of Trustees, and is now excited to lead the staff and faculty as Head of School in 2016. Amy brings a wide variety of educational and administrative experiences to her role and is excited to partner with faculty, parents, and students as we explore God’s world together and find our place in it.
Prior to joining the Lorien Wood community, Amy served as an Associate Professor of English at Crown College (St. Bonifacius, MN) where she taught many courses including Christian Literary Classics, American Literature, and English Composition. In addition to her teaching, Amy also served as the Director of the Honors Program for several years, leading a review of the curriculum and growing the program. In this role, she worked closely with many areas of the College to offer an integral, intellectual, and spiritual educational experience for Honors students. She holds a Masters of Arts in English Literature from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) and a Bachelor of Arts in English and Studio Art from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Her primary area of scholarship and study is Theological Aesthetics, with a significant focus on C.S. Lewis and his body of work.
Once joining the Lorien Wood School community in 2013, Amy began working closely with Amy Imbody (Head of School Emeritus) as the Coordinator of the RE Conference. Amy Butcher has been an active member in all aspects of the school and looks forward to continuing her work with the entire school body. Amy passionately loves the work of Redemptive Education at Lorien Wood and is poised to lead the school confidently in both Mission and Vision.
Amy lives with her husband and three children in Vienna, VA, where she enjoys a multitude of creative pursuits including painting, reading, the art of hospitality, and exploring God’s beautiful world.
Nicola joined the Lorien Wood staff in 2011 as Office Manager. Nicola serves the crucial role of managing the day-to-day operations of our school. The staff and students depend on her organization skills, attention to detail, level-headed problem-solving skills, first aid and medical knowledge, and her kindness and compassion.
Before joining Lorien Wood, Nicola taught preschool for 5 years and was office manager at Emmanuel Lutheran Preschool. She graduated from the Montessori Centre International in London, England with a Montessori Teaching Certificate and NNEB. The NNEB certification provides overall knowledge of children from infant to age 7, including a strong focus on the physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs of children. While in London, she also completed a certificate course at The Cordon Bleu.
Nicola's early childhood was spent in the UK, Bogota, Colombia, and Liberia, West Africa. At age 10, she and her family moved to northern Virginia. In high school, Nicola worked as a dental assistant, a job she stayed with on and off for 14 years, eventually serving as the practice's Office Manager before having children. Nicola loves to travel, spending time with family, reading cookbooks, entertaining, and making pottery.
Head of School Emeritus
Amy Imbody served as Head of School at Lorien Wood for 10 years. She retired in June 2016 to pursue several clear callings, which include writing and speaking about Redemptive Education in a variety of settings, pursuing the creation of a Center for Redemptive Education, and spending time with family.
Amy began teaching at Lorien Wood in 2004 when the school first opened its doors with 18 families and 23 students in grades K-2. She quickly assumed leadership positions and was promoted to Head of School in 2006. During Amy’s tenure as Head of School, she was instrumental in helping to expand Lorien Wood into a full K-8 program by developing the curriculum, faculty, and school community in a manner consistent with the vision of the founding families and the mission of the school.
A graduate of Penn State University (B.A. Liberal Arts) and of Covenant College (M.Ed. in Integral Curriculum and Instruction), Amy’s K-12 education took place in venues as varied as Fairfax County Public Schools, Montgomery County Public Schools, Overseas School of Rome, and the International School of Islamabad in Pakistan.