Faculty

Thomas Brown

Thomas Brown has been a mathematics teacher at Chatham High School for the past 3 years. He received his BA in Music Performance and Mathematics and his MEd in Science Education from Lynchburg College. He has previously worked at the governor's school as a resident assistant. In his spare time, Thomas enjoys listening to and playing music, challenging himself with mathematical puzzles, and hiking.

Harold Butner

Harold Butner received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Butner is a radio astronomer who works in the submillimeter range. He was a Carnegie Fellow at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism Carnegie Institution in Washington D.C. From there he held a position at Stewart Observatory in Arizona and, after that, at the Joint Astronomy Center in Hawaii. He is interested in using submillimeter observations to learn more about the process of star formation.

Mike Coco

Mike Coco is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Lynchburg College. He received his BA in Mathematics Education from Mercyhurst College in Eric, Pennsylvania, and his PhD in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina.

He has been teaching various math courses, including Calculus, Statistics, Complex variables, and Liberal arts math, at Lynchburg College since 2003. He is interested in the interaction of mathematics and other sciences as well as non-scientific disciplines and is involved in student research projects in many fields of mathematics, including Group Theory, Game Theory, Philosophy of Mathematics, and Mathematical Modeling. His current research involves exploration of structural and geometric properties of Banach spaces.

Diana Duckworth

Diana Duckworth received her AB from Duke University in Geology and an MS from the University of Illinois, Chicago in Geological Sciences. She taught for 5 years at the University of Illinois, Chicago before moving to Virginia. Her teaching assignments at Rustburg High School for the last 24 years have included Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry and Ecology and she has been teaching a course in water resources at Governor's School for 15 years.

Ms. Duckworth has won numerous teaching awards, including the AAUW Educator of the Year for Virginia and the McGlothlin Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Ms Duckworth loves to travel and has recently visited Antarctica, Botswana, Namibia and the Galapagos.

She is a passionate photographer and loves drawing and painting.

Kim Geier

Kim Geier earned her Master's of Life Science from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The College of William and Mary. She teaches honors biology I and II at Brookville High School in Campbell County. She has been involved with Governor's School for the past ten years as a lab assistant or teacher of the anatomy course. 

Kristin Harris

Animator and fine artist, Kristin Harris is the president of Kristin Harris Design, Inc. Kristin specializes in 2D animation, as well as logo design, web and print design and illustration. Her focus has been educational media for young children, particularly science education.

Kristin has created over 50 short form animations for young children. HBO Family and HBOL have broadcast forty of her interstitials; the 30-part series, "Now You Know" and "I Want to Be." A selection of these shorts have been included in the Chicago International Children's Film Festival as well as The Museum of Television and Radio's International Children's Television Festival in New York and Los Angeles. "Life Stories," a series of animated life cycles, premiered at the East Lansing Children's Film Festival. Harris received a BA in Fine Arts from UCLA and an MFA from the George Washington University.

She currently teaches in the Art Department at Lynchburg College.

Brennan Kraje

Brennan Kraje earned his B.S. in Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University and his MA in Physics at the University of Southern California. He has over 30 years of professional experience in the aerospace, training simulator, and nuclear and fossil power industries, including work as an Operations Research consultant in the McDermott Inc. Research and Development Division. In 2010 and 2011 he held a Visiting Faculty position in math, physics, and statistics at Roanoke College. Prior to teaching at Roanoke College, he taught math and physics at several local high schools, including several years at the Roanoke Valley Governor's School.

Brennan's wife Lyn is a nursing department professor at Lynchburg College, and he has 5 children, 8 grandchildren, and 4 cats. He especially enjoys exploring the fields, woods, and creek behind his house with his 4 grandchildren who live locally here in Lynchburg. He also enjoys investigating the history of math and science, and the challenges of teaching critical thinking (quantitative reasoning) skills in today's competitive world.

Bob Powers

Bob Powers teaches at Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Virginia. He has several degrees from Virginia Tech - undergraduate degrees in Math, Computer Science, and History and a Master's in Education. He is currently pursuing an Ed.S. in Instructional Technology at Virginia Tech.

Mr. Powers is the debate, scholastic bowl, and chess coach at Cave Spring High School.

Rebecca Ross

Rebecca Ross is the instructor for the class, "Brave New World - Understanding Your Genetic Future." She holds a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Mary Washington, a Master's from the University of Virginia, and a PhD from Virginia Tech. She has taken post-graduate courses in Hawaii and at the University of Virginia, N.C. State, and Catholic University. She has studied Genetics and Biotechnology at the University of Kansas Medical School, Rochester Medical School, Princeton University (as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in 2001), and with the Biotech Center of Cold Spring Harbour, New York, in 2008.

She was a field tester for the book, Shoestring Biotechnology, published in 2002 by NABT, and a reviewer for the book, Recombinant DNA and Biotechnology by Massey and Kreuzer.

Dr. Ross has won numerous awards, such as the Tandy Award, the Outstanding Biology Teacher Award by NABT, the VAST Biology Teacher Award, and the Virginia Academy of Science Award for work with students on research projects. She has served as President of the Virginia Association of Science Teachers, the OBTA Director for Virginia, NABT Regional Director, and President of the National Association of Biology Teachers in 2005.

She has taught Biology, Anatomy, and Physiology at Ferrum College, Virginia Western Community College, University of Virginia, Cave Spring High School, and Radford University. She was Director of Educational Outreach for the Fralin Biotechnology Center at Virginia Tech for 6 years. During those 6 years she organized more than 175 workshops for high school and community college teachers on Biotechnology, set up the first biotech equipment trunks to be lent to teachers to do labs, and organized and ran the Biotech 2001 Regional Conference for years.

She has taught at the Summer Residential Governor's School at Lynchburg College for 7 years.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith has been in Lynchburg College's Health and Physical Education program as an Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education since August, 2003 and is currently the Program Coordinator for the Lifetime Fitness and Wellness General Education Course.

He received both his B.S. in Health and Physical Education and his MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Lynchburg College. He is currently finishing his Doctoral degree in Motor Learning from the University of Virginia. His primary academic fields are motor learning, sport and exercise psychology, and strength and conditioning. His academic interests include functional strength training, human motor development, self-efficacy, phenylketonuria, and talent selection in sports.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Coach Smith serves as the strength and conditioning coach for the cross country and track and field programs and as the Assistant Golf Coach. Previously, he served as Assistant baseball coach at Lynchburg College for 7 years.

He enjoys spending time with his family, lifting weights, golfing, and mountain biking.