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.
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.
Community Relations Director
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.