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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 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.

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.

English Barbour
Director of Community Relations and Admissions

English joined the Lorien Wood faculty in 2018 as the Community Relations Director. She previously served as a board member. She graduated from Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC) in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Nutrition and became a Registered Dietitian in 1999 after completing a graduate Nutrition Internship program. 

Following graduation she worked as a clinical dietitian at Carolinas Hospital Center and the Medical University of South Carolina for 14 years.  She also served as adjunct faculty teaching nutrition for nursing and culinary students. She has authored book chapters and multiple scientific publications as well as presented at local, state and national scientific meetings on her research in medical nutrition. Since taking time off to raise her children she has coordinated a local Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group for several years as well as started a new MOPS chapter in the rural mountains of Haiti.  

In her spare time, English enjoys watching sports, traveling, reading, speaking at local MOPS groups on nutrition and serving in her local church and in Haiti through World Vision programs. English and her husband, John, have two children. 


Abigail Reynolds
Director of Administrative Services 

Abigail Reynolds joined Lorien Wood faculty in 2021. She received her undergraduate degree from Regent University, where she studied English and Mathematics. At Regent, she developed a deep love and appreciation for classical literature, language, and holistic education. Spending the majority of her time investing in student leadership and campus ministries, she came to discover her strengths in teaching and fostering strong relationships. Throughout college, she wrote for several publications, including The Daily Signal, as well as contributing to various publications for Family Research Council. Upon graduating, Abigail worked as a case manager and grant writer for The Genieve Shelter, a battered women’s shelter in Suffolk, Virginia.

In her free time, Abigail enjoys spending time with her husband, hiking, baking, reading, and sharing a meal with close family and friends.