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Watershed: Sixth Grade

Ryan Chrusch (Lead Teacher)

Ryan joined the teaching staff of our Watershed program in 2015. During the 2015-2016 school year, Ryan supported and was mentored by our previous Watershed teacher, Erica Reiter. He became the lead Watershed teacher in the 2016-2017 school year and will lead Outdoor Education for the school in 2017-2018. He has a B.A. from Messiah College in Adventure Education. Ryan has worked with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Susquehanna Watershed Education Program as intern. He is certified as a Leave-No-Trace (LNT) Trainer, a Wilderness First Responder (WFR), an American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor and has led various extended wilderness trips that focus on reinvigorating people's relationship with God, creation and each other.

Ryan has also worked as a Ropes Course Facilitator, was a member of the leadership team for outdoor experiential retreats through the King’s Men ministry throughout PA, VA, and NY, and also served in the US Marine Corps from 2005 to 2009.

Ryan is married with six boys and enjoys hiking, biking, climbing, paddling, family gardening, exploring nature -- any opportunity to share in the discovery of God’s creation with his family. He has a passion for living simply and contributing to a world that cares deeply for and protects God’s creation and His people.

Laura Grizzard (Sixth Grade Pre-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.

Heidi Warrington (Sixth Grade Math)

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.

Tacye Clarke (Writing)

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.