Read About Our New Faculty

Donald Skeen
Interim Director

Don Skeen brings 38 years of teaching and administrative experience to Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School. After finishing high school in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, he completed his undergraduate work at Milligan College, Tennessee, and began his teaching career in Pulaski County as a Health & Physical Education teacher and coach. He earned his Master’s degree from Radford University and he taught in Pulaski County for 25 years, before moving to Chesterfield County in 1995. He began his administrative career at Manchester High School as an assistant principal before moving to Midlothian High School for two years. He served as principal for Bailey Bridge Middle School until his retirement two years ago. Since retirement, he has served as the Interim Director at Appomattox Governor’s School and as an instructional coach at Meadowbrook High School in Chesterfield County. He has a passion for education and is pleased to have the opportunity to serve as Interim Director at MLWGS. In his retirement, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, or enjoying most any outdoor activity, which includes golfing and fishing.

Sam Ulmschneider
AP US History

A 2002 graduate of Maggie Walker, Sam holds a B.A. with dual major in Philosophy and History at the University of Mary Washington and an M.A. in History from Virginia Commonwealth University. As part of his graduate work at VCU he spent a summer in intensive classes at Fudan University in Shanghai and Beijing Foreign Language University in Beijing. He is now working on his M.Ed and gifted endorsement through the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Richmond.

Sam has worked as a teaching assistant at VCU, and has taught as adjunct faculty at John Tyler Community College and in public and private schools in Dalian, China. His volunteer experiences include working with Maggie Walker’s We The People team and teaching ESL skills. He has been a Virginia ranked foil fencer, loves cooking, hiking and running, and can rarely be found without a couple of new books or articles within arm’s reach."

Stephanie Burr
Global Studies

Stephanie Burr is an alum of the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School (Class of 2002) and is excited to return home to teach Global Studies 9 and 10 and a section of U.S. History. She received her B.A. in History from the University of Richmond and spent the summer of 2005 studying Chinese language and culture at Beijing University. She taught world history for four years at James River High School in Chesterfield County, where she was voted “Teacher of the Year” by her colleagues for the 2010-2011 school year. She has served as a reader for the AP World History exam, and she is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Council for the Social Studies. Her hobbies include reading, crafting things, and traveling to new places, and she enjoys cooking almost as much as she enjoys eating.

John Piersol
English

John Piersol is a 2002 graduate of Maggie Walker who is thrilled to have the opportunity to come back and teach at the place that first inspired him to enter the profession. After graduating from Maggie Walker, John earned his B.A. in English from the University of Virginia, and then went on to receive an M.A. in Literature and a Secondary English Teaching Certification at Virginia Commonwealth University. He also spent a summer abroad studying British Literature at University College, Oxford. In between degrees he spent a year living in New York City working as an investment accountant on the 41st floor of 30 Rockefeller Center, and it was during this time that he decided to leave the big city, return to Richmond, and teach high school English. He could not be happier.

Hana Reed
Global Studies

Ms. Hana Reed joins the Global Studies Department part time this year, teaching Global Studies 9 and 10. Though a Blacksburg, VA native, she has lived in Richmond for most of her life. She is a graduate of the Chesterfield County Mathematics and Science High School. Ms. Reed attended the University of Virginia where she earned her BA in History, with distinction, and her MT in Secondary Social Studies Education. She has studied language and history a semester each in Grantham, England and Valencia, Spain. Ms. Reed has been a substitute at Maggie L. Walker since 2008. Out of the classroom, she loves traveling, reading, cooking, and music (playing, singing, or listening).