Stephen Doss, Principal and 7th/8th Grade Teacher
Mr. Doss has been married for 28 years to Anita Doss. The couple has two children: Alexandra and Grayson. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Steve graduated with a B.A. degree from Lynchburg College where he received the 1996 Christopher C. Cowels award in history. He also earned a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) from Liberty University.
Since 1998 He has taught grades 5th through 10th at various times during his tenure at the school. He enjoys camping, backpacking, reading, running and a variety of sports.
His educational philosophy: “I believe that each child is a unique creation of God. For that reason, each child deserves an education that grows them spiritually, mentally and physically. I truly believe this is needed in order for our children to reach the potential God desires for them.”
Billy Wright, Assistant Principal, 9th/10th Grade Teacher and Athletic Director
Mr. Billy Wright has been married to Lisa Wright since 1983. They have two sons: Joshua, and his wife Feather, and Jacob. They also have four grand-daughters.
Billy is a former business owner and graduate of Lynchburg College with a B.S. degree in Mathematics and a minor in sport administration. He received the ETS Recognition of Excellence Award for his scores on the Praxis—Mathematics: Content Knowledge Assessments.
Billy has served at the school since 2005, teaching grades 5th through 10th at different times, as well as coaching the cross-country and soccer teams.
He enjoys spending time with his family, various sports, crafts and restoring items. His educational philosophy: “It is my belief that God has created each student that enters my classroom with a unique personality and a special set of talents. It is my responsibility to teach those students how to use those same gifts to grow into productive Christian adults who can make good decisions, think critically and solve problems. I am entrusted by God and families to nurture each student by equipping them with the necessary tools to succeed in the classroom, in life, and for eternity.”
“…Choose you this day whom ye will serve … but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Laurie Kelly, 3rd/4th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Laurie Kelly has been married to Lance Kelly for 22 years. They have three children: Shannon, Sean, and Luke. She graduated with a B.S. in Elementary Education with Junior Academy Certification in Bible and Science from Andrews University. She also holds a Virginia State Collegiate Professional License for Elementary Education, Pre-K through 6th, and Middle Education: Science, 6th to 8th.
Laurie taught for 6 years before staying home to raise their children for the next 10 years. She returned to teaching in 2007 at Desmond T. Doss. She has taught all of the elementary grades from Pre-K through 8th at one time or another.
She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, gardening, camping, hiking, running and volunteering for the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia. Her philosophy of education: “It is my goal to provide a loving, caring and safe environment for my students to learn. I believe students learn best when they know their teacher loves them and respects them. Most importantly, I can teach my students about our Master Teacher and His love for us. Only God can give us the courage we need to live with joy in our sinful world.”
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Jeannie Ramsey, 1st/2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Ramsey has been married for more than 30 years to Rick Ramsey and is the mother of two adult sons, Matt and Mitch. In 1981, Mrs. Ramsey graduated from Andrews University with a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science. In her past, she has worked for Kettering Hospital, served as an aide in a special needs school, worked as a home health aide, and was an activities director and volunteer coordinator for a nursing home.
Then, in 1997, she completed her Masters in Education at Lynchburg College in Special Education and earned Post-Graduate General Education VA Teacher Licensure for grades Pre-K through 6th. After working as a special education teacher for three years in Appomattox County Public Schools, she came to Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy in 2001.
Jeannie’s interests include her church, children, animals, history, flower gardening, drawing, painting, and classic movies. Her educational philosophy: “I believe that children are a gift from God. Each child is an important and unique person, and they are very precious to the Lord. I feel it’s my job to help them become confident, successful learners and, one day, men and women who desire to serve others. It has been a wonderful blessing in my life to have the privilege of teaching at Desmond T. Doss, where children are not just well educated, but also loved as part of a family.
Mrs. Hollie Roark, Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Roark is married to Christopher Roark. She has four children: Krista, Kailey, Kolton and a step-son named William. She graduated Lynchburg College in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Pre K – 6th grade. Mrs. Roark also holds a director’s certification in Early Childhood Education.
Hollie has 6 years experience teaching Pre-K & Kindergarten. She has over 12+ years being a teacher’s Aide grades K – 8th grade. She has taught Music and Drama for 13+ years. Hollie also directs our school’s Christmas Musicals.
Hollie enjoys spending time with her family, children, music, singing, painting, crafts, photography, outdoors, scrap-booking, shabby chic designing, walks in the evening, and cooking. Her philosophy on education: “I believe the number one goal of teaching should be to open a child’s heart to God. A teacher should promote an atmosphere where the students are learning both about God and academic studies. A teacher must also show passion in what they teach, and it should be reflected in their daily attitude. A teacher without passion is like a fruit without the juice, bland and boring. It is very important for children to see this passion from their teacher, because it creates a willingness to learn.”
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come unto me, do not forbid them, for such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14
Mr. Rick Cooper, 5th/6th Grade Teacher
Mr. Cooper owned a used and rare bookstore. He has worked in many grades in public schools in Roanoke, Virginia. He has a 14-year-old son named Sid. They both like baseball.
Mr. Cooper also enjoys playing the guitar, reading, and many outdoor activities.
He was an Elder at the North Valley Seventh-Day Adventist church. There, was involved in many of the ministries and Sabbath Schools.
His educational philosophy: Young men and women have always needed care and guidance. I believe that the command to families and leaders in Deuteronomy 11:18 and 19, “You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up,” and Joel 1:3, “Tell your sons about it, and let your sons tell their sons, and their sons the next generation,” are equally binding to teachers. Our youth need to have a strong intellect which can be combined with a respect for the Lord. This will cause them to grow into mentally healthy and wise mean and women.