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Meet Our Faculty

Administration

LINDA
MURDOCK

Head of School

PETER MURDOCK

COO & CFO

DR. SHELLY BOARDMAN

Director of Student Affairs

Anahita
Mehrvarz

Dean of Students and Guidance

People often say, “I’ll be happy when…” Being happy does not mean to always get what you want. Happiness comes when you love what you have and you are grateful for it.

Live life by laughing a lot, dreaming big … when you fall, get up and run faster. Life is not about me, it’s about the people that surround me.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a privilege to partner with our Lyndon families!

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”- Rita Pierson

Meet Our Faculty

Administration

LINDA
MURDOCK

Head of School

People often say, “I’ll be happy when…” Being happy does not mean to always get what you want. Happiness comes when you love what you have and you are grateful for it.

PETER MURDOCK

COO & CFO

Live life by laughing a lot, dreaming big … when you fall, get up and run faster. Life is not about me, it’s about the people that surround me.

DR. SHELLY BOARDMAN

Director of Student Affairs

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. – Martin Luther King, Jr. It is a privilege to partner with our Lyndon families!

Anahita
Mehrvarz

Dean of Students and Guidance

“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”- Rita Pierson

Faculty

Alex Yaden
Music Teacher & Band Director
Amy McCarthy
Middle School English and History Teacher
Aubree Metlick
Art Teacher
Caleb Boone
Middle & Upper School Science Teacher
Catherine Hill
Lower School Social Studies Teacher

Teaching at Lyndon Academy means many things–supporting one another, communicating effectively, and stopping at nothing to provide our students the best possible experience in the performing arts and beyond.

Living an extraordinary life is one that is built on integrity, authentic communications, and listening in humbleness for bigger possibilities. It is being unstoppable in the midst of breakdowns and turning them into breakthroughs.

Art education is an essential part of developing creativity and critical thinking. I enjoy watching children grow and thrive, and being a part of their creative journey. “Every child is an Artist. The problem is how to remain an Artist once we grow up.” – Picasso

Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that’s precise, predictive and reliable – a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional.

It is my privilege and joy to be able to develop relationships with my students that foster creativity, self-confidence, and critical thinking. “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.”- Walt Disney

Daphne Mullen
Lower School Math and Spanish Teacher
Denise Stanford
Lower School Science Teacher
Eric Burin
Middle & Upper School History Teacher
Janet Gillam
Lower School Language Arts Teacher
Janise Placanica
Middle School Science Teacher

It is a privilege to help students see the relevance of their studies, foster curiosity, and encourage them to become life-long learners. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. -Albert Einstein

Choosing to be an educator is choosing to be a perennial optimist. You’re buying into the future. You’re playing a part in the foundation of the lives of your students.

Teach students to read and write well, and you give them the world! “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”- Charles William Eliot

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Jeanette Pagano
Middle & Upper School Spanish Teacher
Jocelyn Belden
ESL and ACT/SAT Teacher
Kelly Webb
Lower School Language Arts Teacher
Kevin Rein
Middle & Upper School Math Teacher, Athletic Director
Kiran Damania
Upper School English Teacher

“Pregúntate si lo que estás haciendo hoy te acerca al lugar en el que quieres estar mañana”- Walt Disney. My journey has been a winding road that has led me to the perfect place.

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X My mission is to help children get their passport, and as we say at Lyndon, “the future is our priority.”

I want to spark and ignite an enthusiasm for learning. I strive to provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning by applying a variety of strategies. My students deserve my very best, and it is my pleasure to serve them.

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” – Tim Duncan

It takes a village to raise a child. – African Proverb. The community at Lyndon Academy is just that “village”, looking out for each and every student. I am proud to be a part of this wonderful team!

Lorena Morgan
Lower School Spanish Teacher
Nicole Coleman
Jr. Kindergarten Teacher
Nicole Zerr
Lower School Math Teacher
Pam Bonitatibus
PE and Business Teacher
Yang Yu
Upper School Mandarin Teacher

I love to teach at Lyndon, because students can learn Spanish and open their hearts to new experiences. My mission is for students to enjoy learning and become proficient in another language and culture.

I love teaching little hands with big hearts at Lyndon Academy! “Children want the same things we want … to laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.” – Dr. Seuss

Albert Einstein says it best: “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching and the greatest things can happen.” – Pete Carrol

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela. I would like to pass on the passion for learning and worldly curiosity.

Yu Xia
Lower School Mandarin Teacher

I believe it is children who teach me to love and to live. They are the sunshine in my life, and I will strive to teach them and experience a language and culture that is half way around the world.

Faculty

Alex Yaden
Music Teacher & Band Director

Teaching at Lyndon Academy means many things–supporting one another, communicating effectively, and stopping at nothing to provide our students the best possible experience in the performing arts and beyond.

Amy McCarthy
Middle School English and History Teacher

Living an extraordinary life is one that is built on integrity, authentic communications, and listening in humbleness for bigger possibilities. It is being unstoppable in the midst of breakdowns and turning them into breakthroughs.

Aubree Metlick
Art Teacher

Art education is an essential part of developing creativity and critical thinking. I enjoy watching children grow and thrive, and being a part of their creative journey. “Every child is an Artist. The problem is how to remain an Artist once we grow up.” – Picasso

Caleb Boone
Middle & Upper School Science Teacher

Science is the process that takes us from confusion to understanding in a manner that’s precise, predictive and reliable – a transformation, for those lucky enough to experience it, that is empowering and emotional.

Catherine Hill
Lower School Social Studies Teacher

It is my privilege and joy to be able to develop relationships with my students that foster creativity, self-confidence, and critical thinking. “Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.”- Walt Disney

Daphne Mullen
Lower School Math and Spanish Teacher

It is a privilege to help students see the relevance of their studies, foster curiosity, and encourage them to become life-long learners. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – William Butler Yeats

Denise Stanford
Lower School Science Teacher

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. -Albert Einstein

Eric Burin
Middle & Upper School History Teacher

Choosing to be an educator is choosing to be a perennial optimist. You’re buying into the future. You’re playing a part in the foundation of the lives of your students.

Janet Gillam
Lower School Language Arts Teacher

Teach students to read and write well, and you give them the world! “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”- Charles William Eliot

Janise Placanica
Middle School Science Teacher

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Jeanette Pagano
Middle & Upper School Spanish Teacher

“Pregúntate si lo que estás haciendo hoy te acerca al lugar en el que quieres estar mañana”- Walt Disney. My journey has been a winding road that has led me to the perfect place.

Jocelyn Belden
ESL and ACT/SAT Teacher

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X My mission is to help children get their passport, and as we say at Lyndon, “the future is our priority.”

Kelly Webb
Lower School Language Arts Teacher

I want to spark and ignite an enthusiasm for learning. I strive to provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning by applying a variety of strategies. My students deserve my very best, and it is my pleasure to serve them.

Kevin Rein
Middle & Upper School Math Teacher, Athletic Director

“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” – Tim Duncan

Kiran Damania
Upper School English Teacher

It takes a village to raise a child. – African Proverb. The community at Lyndon Academy is just that “village”, looking out for each and every student. I am proud to be a part of this wonderful team!

Lorena Morgan
Lower School Spanish Teacher

I love to teach at Lyndon, because students can learn Spanish and open their hearts to new experiences. My mission is for students to enjoy learning and become proficient in another language and culture.

Nicole Coleman
Jr. Kindergarten Teacher

I love teaching little hands with big hearts at Lyndon Academy! “Children want the same things we want … to laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained, and delighted.” – Dr. Seuss

Nicole Zerr
Lower School Math Teacher

Albert Einstein says it best: “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”

Pam Bonitatibus
PE and Business Teacher

“Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching and the greatest things can happen.” – Pete Carrol

Yang Yu
Upper School Mandarin Teacher

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela. I would like to pass on the passion for learning and worldly curiosity.

Yu Xia
Lower School Mandarin Teacher

I believe it is children who teach me to love and to live. They are the sunshine in my life, and I will strive to teach them and experience a language and culture that is half way around the world.

Staff

Aleathea Ostman
Kitchen Manager
Jennifer Hillhouse
Executive Assistant
Kiya Morgan
Assistant Kitchen Manager
Les Jones
Bus Driver
Shanna Rein
Executive Assistant

My kids look forward to going to school every day, and I look forward to going to work each day with them. I feel the warmth and enthusiasm of each and every student. I am truly blessed to be part of something great.

This is a place of dreams. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

In order to thrive and succeed in life, every living species must be properly nourished. We feed their minds, their creativity, their hearts, and their bellies. I love hearing children say, “Thank you lunch lady!”

Driving for Lyndon Academy is my retirement job and purpose. The number one responsibility the school has placed on me is the safety and well-being of the students on my bus. I take this responsibility very seriously.

It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together. If I can make a difference in the lives of children and allow them to continue to make a difference in mine, then I am fulfilled.

Terra Foster
Teacher’s Assistant
Vickie Hunt
Bus Driver

I love the look on a child’s face, when they reach a goal, that they have worked so hard to achieve. I am so grateful to be a part of the learning experience.

Each day I am grateful for the privilege to safely bring children to school to get an excellent education. “Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23

Staff

Aleathea Ostman
Kitchen Manager

My kids look forward to going to school every day, and I look forward to going to work each day with them. I feel the warmth and enthusiasm of each and every student. I am truly blessed to be part of something great.

Jennifer Hillhouse
Executive Assistant

This is a place of dreams. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Kiya Morgan
Assistant Kitchen Manager

In order to thrive and succeed in life, every living species must be properly nourished. We feed their minds, their creativity, their hearts, and their bellies. I love hearing children say, “Thank you lunch lady!”

Les Jones
Bus Driver

Driving for Lyndon Academy is my retirement job and purpose. The number one responsibility the school has placed on me is the safety and well-being of the students on my bus. I take this responsibility very seriously.

Shanna Rein
Executive Assistant

It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion come together. If I can make a difference in the lives of children and allow them to continue to make a difference in mine, then I am fulfilled.

Terra Foster
Teacher’s Assistant

I love the look on a child’s face, when they reach a goal, that they have worked so hard to achieve. I am so grateful to be a part of the learning experience.

Vickie Hunt
Bus Driver

Each day I am grateful for the privilege to safely bring children to school to get an excellent education. “Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23

Schedule A Tour

At Lyndon Academy we believe immersion is the best way to learn. And that holds true if you are considering joining the Lyndon Academy family. That is why we offer tours that allow you to see our students and faculty in action. We want you to immerse yourself in the Lyndon way so that you might get a small taste of the amazing experiences that happen within our walls.