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.