- Kristen Bunch graduated from Midway College, now called Midway University, with a BA in Equine Management in 2013. After graduation, Kristen worked on a horse farm for a year. She started substituting in Fairfax County Public Schools and realized she loved working with kids. Following this realization, she went to George Mason University and graduated in 2017 with a Master’s in Special Education. She worked in Fairfax County Public Schools as an Instructional Assistant for 4 years. From there she got a job as a Special Education teacher in Loudoun County Public School as a 1st grade Special Education teacher in an inclusion classroom. Kristen has been with North Spring Behavioral Healthcare since September of 2018.
- George Frimpong graduated from Baruch College in New York City with a BBA in Computer Information Systems in 2001. He has been with North Spring BHC since September of 2001. George teaches Mathematics and is licensed as a Special Education Teacher. He is also the Vocational Education Service coordinator. George is very dedicated to his students and strongly believes that every student can achieve excellence regardless of their circumstances. He takes out time to provide one on one instruction with students who need extra attention.
- Rachael Ziegler graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, with teaching certification in Health and Physical Education, K-12. Rachael has experience working with children and youth by way of coaching basketball camps as well as assisting in coaching track and field. While attending college at The Pennsylvania State University Altoona Campus, Rachael was afforded the opportunity to continue to play basketball after high school. Later, her internship allowed her the opportunity to combine her skill sets, her love of sports, and her high interest in youth. During this internship, she was able to teach students healthy and exciting options to physical fitness and health, as well as provide them with an outlet to continue for a lifetime.
- Mr. Clancy Coonradt is a Special Education teacher at North Spring Academy (NSA), currently teaching the sciences. He has an Associate’s in Science from Onondaga Community College, a Bachelor’s in history from Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY (with religious honors) and a Master’s from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland. His passions include book collecting, community involvement, and improving the level of inclusion for youth with exceptionalities. Since a young age he has babysat, tutored, and mentored a diverse population of children and now works to improve the lives of behaviorally challenged youth.
Prior to being employed at NSA Clancy traveled the world as a youth, living in England, and traveling to Scotland, Austria, and many other foreign lands, which enhanced his understanding of diversity and lifestyles around the world. During his time in Ireland, while completing his MA in history, he was able to experience the rich history of the people and the wonderful melting pot of immigrants from various countries. This diversity evolved as a result of “ the lack of borders” spawned by the European Union System.
Mr. Coonradt is interested in supporting the re-opening of the North Spring green house as a component of his science student learning activities.
- Ms. Lauren Mosley is a Special Education Teacher at North Spring Academy. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University in May of 2014. While attending school she took courses in Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, and Cognitive Development. She has experience working with children and youth of many different age groups and backgrounds, including school and church.
She has spent time volunteering with One Heart: Penn State Students against Sexual Abuse, Special Olympics, and Penn State Panhellenic/IFC Dance Marathon (THON: a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer), where she served as family relations captain.
Before graduation, Lauren accepted a position as Lead Prekindergarten 2 Teacher at Chesterbrook Academy in Herndon, VA, where she stayed for one year helping to enrich the minds of young children. In August 2015, she accepted a position as a mental health specialist at North Spring where she greatly applied her knowledge and prior experience working with youth. She believed however that she had other skills to offer to the residents of North Spring, therefore becoming a teacher.
Currently Ms. Mosley is seeking further education to complete requirements for her teaching license in Special Education, as well as obtain a Master’s Degree in Psychology and eventually her Doctorate with a concentration in Family and Marriage Therapy. Both her past experiences and her future aspirations will provide immense value to the North Spring Education Department.
- Mrs. Gwendolen Martin is a Special Education teacher at North Spring Academy. She teaches Economics and Leadership from Mountain State University and her MA in Special Education from Liberty University. Prior to joining the North Spring team, Mrs. Martin was a part of a team of educators whose priority was Personal Finance, as well as other CTE electives. She earned her B.S. in Organizational was to transform the lives of young males with emotional and behavioral concerns. As a result, she will be able to capitalize on her experiences to support the students at North Spring. She began her teaching assignment at North Spring in August 2016 and is looking forward to using her extensive knowledge, skills and abilities to make a positive impact on the students as a part of a new team of educators
- Ms. Dorothy Winston is the Education Coordinator at North Spring Academy. Dorothy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Spelman College. Dorothy worked with K-12 youth in the areas of math and science in private and public educational settings. She has facilitated enrichment programming and excursions for young people to encourage Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. Dorothy also served as a private tutor in professional and community settings.
For seven years, Dorothy managed daytime and afterschool Standard of Learning (SOL) programming interventions for Title 1 schools in Louisa, Petersburg, and Richmond, VA. This experience led to her becoming a government contractor for four years in the area of youth development programming for Army Reserve Families residing in Virginia. Dorothy provided relevant services to the young people of Army Reserve Soldiers preparing for, experiencing and returning from deployment.
Dorothy is a life-long learner and has a Master of Science degree in Biology from Hampton University. She enjoys reading and staying abreast of educational issues affecting students of all ages. Dorothy is a welcomed addition to the Education staff.
- David Ferreira earned an AAS from Suffolk Community College, and his Bachelor of Science from Long Island University where he graduated cum laude. David holds a Masters in Special Education from Liberty University. David is a licensed Teacher in the state of Virginia, and in the past he was a licensed teacher in the state of New York. He served and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy. David has over 20 years’ experience in the field of mental health and enjoys working with kids and providing one on one instruction.
- Ms. Maranda Tennyson graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religion and a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. She has worked with children with Autism, children, teens and parents in domestic violence shelters, in-home services for families and community based counseling for all ages. She has been at North Spring for one year and recently became the Economics and Personal Finance teacher. Her goal is to connect with each child where they are in the moment and help them move forward with their treatment goals, both educational and behavioral. She believes every person has potential and can achieve their goals given the resources they need to help them overcome their obstacles.
- Teresa Patterson is an Illinois native who has lived and taught in France, Indiana, Colorado, and now Virginia. She has a psychology degree from the University of Illinois and teaching licenses for special education and general elementary education. She has experience working in residential treatment centers and non-profit community organizations, and she taught in public schools for six years. Teresa has a passion for helping kids learn how to take care of their social-emotional needs in the classroom so they can maximize their potential as productive citizens.
- Rob Green is a Special Education Teacher who has a VA SPED Provisional License and is working toward a license in Special Education K-12 through Phoenix University. Rob has a Masters’ Degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University. Rob has a B.S. from James Madison University in Political Science and Public Administration with a minor in History. He has VA License in History and Social Science. Rob has taught for five years in the Northern Virginia Area. He has been a Mental Health Counselor for 20 years in the Fairfax County/CSB system. He won 20 of awards for clients for working with those in MH recovery and with MH disabilities. Rob has helped residentially with peoples ADL’s (Adult Daily Living Skill’s). He has facilitated the WRAP program (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) 10 times. Making a difference in people’s lives is very important him. Rob enjoys working with teenagers and has coached 50 soccer teams mostly of both girls and boys in this area. Rob also has a men’s group that he leads weekly. He likes to run, do the elliptical and uses a bench press sometimes. He enjoys mowing the lawn, making vegetable soup and dogs.