Form Four / Journey: 7th and 8th grades
Tacye Clarke (Lead Teacher, Humanities)
Tacye Clarke has been a part of the Lorien Wood community since its first year, and five of her children have attended the school. She joined the Lorien Wood Board in 2005, serving as Chair from 2007 until 2011. She developed the Form Four Humanities curriculum and served as a teacher mentor before joining the faculty in 2012. Tacye holds an M.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and a B.A. in English with a history minor from Wheaton College. Tacye taught writing and literature at Thomas Nelson Community College in Newport News, VA, and English (grades 7-12) at the Yeshiva of Greater Washington in Silver Spring, MD.
When she is not at Lorien Wood, Tacye homeschools her high school daughter, reads voraciously, nurtures her family, gardens, and practices the art of cooking and hospitality. She is married to Steve, and they have seven children.
Kathryn Foley (Science)
Kathryn Foley joined the Lorien Wood faculty as the Form Four Science teacher in 2015. She has a B.Ed. in Teaching English as a Second Language from Concordia University in Montreal and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum) from The University of Toronto.
She has taught for the past 30 years in various settings from elementary school and graduate college courses. For 13 years, she also homeschooled her children and ran a science club for a local homeschool group where she discovered her passion for experiential science teaching. Kathryn loves the outdoors, especially wilderness canoeing and hiking, travel, art and history. She is committed to youth ministry and pro-life work. Her youngest child graduated from Lorien Wood in 2015.
Heidi Warrington (Geometry, LW Math Captain)
Heidi joined the faculty in 2013 as the part-time Geometry teacher. She has a B.A. in Economics and Government from Georgetown University, and a M.Ed. in Secondary Mathematics Education from George Mason University. Heidi has taught math at the high school level and has also served as a Director of Christian Education at a local church.
In her free time, Heidi is a partner with Graceful Spaces, a charity that provides home organization, furnishings, and financial counseling for previously homeless clients. She also enjoys hiking, reading, and yoga. Heidi is married to Jeff and they have two daughters.
Laura Grizzard (Pre-Algebra, Algebra)
Laura joined the faculty in 2016 and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from George Mason University. She taught at elementary and middle school levels for 12 years at a local Christian school in several subject areas, including math, science, language arts, and art. She also directed the handbell choir. Laura most recently has been homeschooling one of her children.
Laura believes that Christian education is one of the most valuable resources -- that teaching and learning in a Christ-centered atmosphere provides an opportunity to unite our faith in the Creator with learning about Creation. She loves helping her students see God's divine order in nature, helping them appreciate the way everything in our world works together. In her spare time, Laura enjoys sewing, both machine and needle crafts, ringing in her church's handbell choir, and participating in a variety of outdoor activities like tennis, bike-riding, and hiking. She and her husband, Jack, have three teenage children.
Willemijn Pluis (Art)
Willemijn Pluis joined the faculty in 2015 after teaching Form Four art as a volunteer. Willemijn grew up in The Netherlands, attending high school in Bussum. After a gap year working as a volunteer in the Museum of Speelklok tot Pierement in Utrecht, she went to Leiden to do a Museum Studies program with a concentration in art history, museum archiving and education. She worked in several museums as a tour guide and as an archivist. After graduation, Willemijn worked in the education department of the Railway Museum in Utrecht, while studying Graphic Design at night. She moved to the U.S. after meeting her (American) husband in The Netherlands.
Prior to joining the faculty, Willemijn was a long-time parent at the school -- her two daughters attended Lorien Wood K-8. Willemijn was a member of the Student Music Society in university, and has sung locally as a soprano with the Alexandria Choral Society, The Cathedral Choral Society, and currently with the Fairfax Choral Society (along with her daughters). Besides enjoying learning, teaching and music, Willemijn spends a lot of time behind the sewing machine -- designing, creating, mending and sewing for her family and others.
Aleida Baumgartner (Latin)
Aleida Baumgartner joined the faculty of Lorien Wood in 2016. She is a current undergraduate at George Mason University, studying economics. Aleida attended Lorien Wood for grades K-8, and then George Marshall High School, where she excelled in Latin. She really enjoys working with middle and high school students, especially when it regards her ultimate favorite subject, Latin! During her years at Marshall High School, Aleida served as a peer tutor in Latin, as well as tutoring in Marshall's Writing Center.
In addition to teaching Latin and her undergraduate work at George Mason, Aleida volunteers as a middle school Youth Group Leader at Christ Church Vienna. In Summer of 2017, she was a staff intern at Christ Church Vienna, and in Summer of 2018, Aleida interned with FACETS, a Fairfax organization that serves both children and adults in low-income communities. When not studying, teaching, or exploring D.C., Aleida enjoy knitting enormous sweaters and cuddling with her cat and a good book (preferably with coffee close at hand).