Meet the Madeira Arts Faculty

The Madeira Arts Faculty brings theatre, visual art, music, and more to our students.


Stacy Bell

Voice Instructor

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Stacy Bell moved to Sterling, VA in July 2009 where she opened her private studio. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Music: Vocal Pedagogy from Northland International University in 2009 and her Contemporary Commercial Vocal Music certification from Shenandoah University in 2013. Her students have gone on to be a part of music programs in institutions including James Madison University, George Mason University, Virginia Tech, William and Mary, The University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Shenandoah Conservatory, Carnegie Melon University, and Christopher Newport University.

Krista Cowan

Director of Theater and Film

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Ms. Cowan began teaching at Madeira in 2006. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Gordon College and a master's degree in Theater Directing from the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Cowan teaches Intro to Performing Arts, Intermediate Acting, Advanced Acting, Film Production, Advanced Film Production, Advanced Theater Production, and ninth grade Public Speaking. Additionally she directs the fall play, winter musical, and the Madeira Film Festival; co-sponsors the Madeira Arts Council; lead advisor to the Cappies Team; and ninth grade class advisor. She enjoys singing, acting, directing, and watching movies as well as hiking and staying active.

Sasha Newman

Arts Department Chair, Technical Director

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Ms. Newman began teaching at Madeira in 2010. She earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Scene Design from Boston University and a Master's degree in Art Education from the University of Florida. She currently teaches Technical Theater, Advanced Theater Production, and STEAM in addition to designing the Fall play and Winter musical.

Bridgette Khoo

Director of Chamber Orchestra

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Ms. Khoo began working at Madeira in 2001. She earned a bachelor's degree in Music from Ithaca College.

Constance Mattox

Visual Arts Teacher

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Ms. Mattox began teaching at Madeira in 2008. She earned a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from Wayne State University.

Elaine Randolph

Production Manager

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Ms. Randolph began teaching at Madeira in 2009. She earned a bachelor's degree from Dickinson College.

Michelle Sarson

Director of Dance

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Michelle has taught jazz technique and choreographed for The Kirov Academy in Washington D.C., The Washington School of Ballet, Maryland Youth Ballet and CityDance Ensemble. She has been the on-site director for CityDance at The Madeira School for six years and was named Director of Dance in 2016.

Dannice Crespo

Violin and Viola Instructor

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Ms. Crespo started working at Madeira in 2002. She a bachelor's degree in Music from University of Central Arkansas and a master's degree from University of California at Irvine.

Deborah Morris

Piano and Flute Instructor

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Ms. Morris began instructing at Madeira in 1998. She earned a bachelor's degree in Music from Bowling Green State University and a master's degree from The Catholic University.

Innocentia Afa

Assistant Director of Admission

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Innocentia Afa hails from Ethiopia and Ghana and joined Madeira in the fall of 2015.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Communication and International Studies at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and found her time there to be a rich and rewarding experience. As a result of her time at a women’s college, she feels very much at home at Madeira and is excited about all the opportunities the school has to offer.  Prior to coming to Madeira, Innocentia worked at  Legacy International, an international educational non-profit based in the central Virginia area. During her time at Legacy, she served as program manager and outreach coordinator, recruiting and mentoring hundreds of students from around the world. Innocentia currently serves as the advisor for the International Student's Ambassador Program and is the affinity group leader for the Muslim Students Association.

Heather Fetrow

Director of Choral Music

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Heather Fetrow joins the Madeira Fine Arts department this fall as the Director of Choral Music.  Ms. Fetrow has directed choral ensembles previously at the Browning School in New York City and the Hun School of Princeton.  She is currently the Associate Director of Strathmore Children's Choir's Treble Chorus in Rockville, MD. She holds degrees in Music Education, Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. 

Ann Miller

Visual Arts Teacher

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