Amy Butcher, Head of School
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.
Lynnette Fields, Dean of Academics
Lynnette’s favorite Bible verse is Psalm 46:10:
Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
She is reminded to stop and rest in Him, our refuge and strength, when reflecting on this verse.
Lynnette loves so many things about the outdoors, it is difficult to choose just one activity! If she had to choose, gardening would have to take the prize. Cultivating a garden full of flowers and vegetables encompasses several of her favorite things about the outdoors - playing in the dirt, observing insects, learning new things, and beautifying a space for daydreaming or reading a good book.
Abigail Reynolds, Director of Administrative Services and Strategic Initiatives
Abigail loves the testimonies of faith found in Hebrews 11:32-34:
And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
She is humbled to read about the great faith of many before her and the incredible love, faithfulness and preeminence of our heavenly father and friend. May we be encouraged to reflect often on our own testimonies of faith as reminders of the Lord’s steadfast love and kindness.
Nicolas Reynolds, Director of Property Care and Outdoor Adventures
One of Nicolas’ favorite bible verses is Psalm 119:105:
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
This verse reminds us of God’s promise to be our good counselor - always faithful to lead and guide our lives as we submit to his perfect and dependable word. May we always humbly hold the words of peace that our Lord has so graciously given us.
Outside the classroom, Nicolas enjoys playing soccer, photosynthesizing at the beach and visiting historic sites with his wife.
Michael Abundo, Educational Operations Manager
My favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28:
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.
The promise of Romans 8:28 is that God works for our good “in all things” is reassuring. It means that no matter the circumstance, there are only two qualifiers for God to be working all things together for our good. Being called according to God’s purpose also reminds us of what “our good” is. It’s not our comfort or worldly success. It’s the furthering of His purpose through us. My favorite outdoor activity is nature walks! In a nutshell, it is getting outside, observing, and enjoying nature. While simple to define, the possibilities are endless which can make it hard to pin down sometimes.