Meet our newest faculty and staff

September 6, 2013

New and transitioning positions in the classroom

Mariska Batavia ’01 returns to Madeira after finishing her Ph.D.in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley in May 2013. She is happy to return to the school at which her passion for Biology was ignited. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College with a double major in Biology and Anthropology. She has taught students of all ages and from many walks of life; she has taught a quarter of AP Environmental Science at a private high school, remedial math in a state prison, and served as a graduate student instructor for several introductory and upper-level biology courses at Berkeley. 

Andy Cai has taught various mathematics classes at Madeira since 1994. He earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Shanghai University and a master's in Mathematics from Shanghai Education Academic Degree. He is a Master Teacher and serves as advisor for the Chinese Club. This year, Mr. Cai will teach all Chinese levels.

Rebecca Hogue began working at Madeira in 2010 as assistant to the academic dean and substitute teaching in English. This year, she will teach English III and English IV, senior elective Asian American Literature. She earned her bachelor's degree in American Studies from Columbia University and a master's degree in Literature from Georgetown University. She is head varsity basketball coach, assistant varsity volleyball coach, and dorm director for New Dorm. She also acts as co-advisor for the Gay-Straight Alliance club.

Audra Krupp joins Madeira as our new learning specialist in the Skills Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College where she focused her studies in Psychology and Scientific and Philosophic Studies of Mind. She has her master’s degree in Child Development from Tufts University. Her experience as a student at The Hockaday School, an all-girls boarding and day school in Texas, allows her to fully understand the value and impact of our community. Ms. Krupp’s previous work experience includes working as a learning specialists at Worcester State University; academic coach at Dean College; premier tutor and instructor, master trainer, and course director at The Princeton Review; and principal tutor at Test Dynamic. She is a sports enthusiast who has coached field hockey and lacrosse teams on the college level.

Chandra Smith comes to Madeira with 12+ years developing and teaching curriculum. Most recently she was taught 10th grade Chemistry and 8th grade Accelerated Math at The Potomac School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with concentration in chemical engineering and chemistry from the University of Virginia. She has been published in several instructional books for math. Ms. Smith is an accomplished musician, playing the piano, clarinet, and tenor saxophone.

Jean Wright comes to us from McLean High School where she has spent the majority of her teaching career and where last year she was named "Teacher of the Year."  Jean has her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Ohio University and her master's degree from Duke University. She is certified to teach mathematics as well as computer science. She sponsored the Robotics Club and coached the programming contest team. She has previously taught every level of math from Algebra I to AP Calculus.  This year at Madeira she will be teaching Algebra I, Algebra II, and Advanced Pre-calculus. 

Outside the classroom

Tracy Crittenberger ’77, formerly the assistant dean of students for student activities, has transitioned to the Admission Office as assistant director of admission.

Nicole Cologne has moved from the Admissions Office to join Tracie Epes in the Counseling Office where she will put to use her master’s degree in School Counseling, knowledge of Madeira, and experience in a variety of school settings. 

Chris Cochrane started as director of campus safety and security in August.

Christa Dalakis joins Madeira as strength and conditioning coach. A trainer at BreakAway Sport in Tyson’s, Ms. Dalakis has worked with Madeira for several years, but will now help oversee strength and conditioning for all teams. Christa was a two sport division I scholarship athlete in women’s fast-pitch softball and women’s volleyball at George Mason University. After graduating she played with the Connecticut Brakettes, a prestigious Women Majors fast-pitch team. In August 2002, Christa made the Greek National Softball Team which won gold at the 2003 European Championships B-Pool. In 2004 she was selected to be an alternate and assistant coach for the team at the Olympic Summer Games in Athens, Greece. In 2005 she helped the team win an A Pool Silver at the European Championships.

Karin Hamel has rejoined Madeira to sub in the Co-Curriculum Office while Ms. Crable takes maternity leave this fall.

Becca Leland ’08 joins Madeira as daytime adult on duty (AOD) in the Dean of Students Office.

Jenny Walton ’08, who worked as daytime AOD last year, is now the assistant dean of students for student activities and dorm adult for East Dorm.

Dana Woodward joins Madeira as athletic trainer. She has a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Liberty University, is certified through the National Athletic Training Association, and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Medicine. She is also a Virginia certified EMT. In her free time she loves dancing, golfing, and any pick-up games.