Stephen Doss, Principal and 7th/8th Grade Teacher
Mr. Doss has been married for over 30 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. Mr. Doss shares John 13:34-35 each year as his guiding word for students on how he wants his students to interact with him and each other: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
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
Jeannie Ramsey, 1st/2nd Grade Teacher
Mrs. Ramsey has been married for more than 40 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.
Laurie Kelly, 3rd/4th Grade Teacher
Mrs. Laurie Kelly has been married to Lance Kelly for 25 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
Hollie Roark, 5th/6th Grade 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
Gifty Ampofo-Rockson, Kindergarten Teacher
Mrs. Gifty is a Ghanaian-American from New York City with a background in theater and the performing arts. Shortly after graduating from Hunter College, New York, she married her best friend King Ampofo, who is currently pursuing a medical degree at Liberty University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. As a member of the North Bronx Ghana SDA Church, she served on the Church Board for 10 years as a representative for the youth and as leader of the Children’s Department. Her contribution and dedication to the establishment and sustaining of the church’s Children’s Choir, Adventurer’s Program, Young Adult’s Group, Sabbath School Program, Youth Program, Singing Band, as well as it’s main choir, have been the pinnacle of her life’s work. Her background in social work, combined with her passion for working with children, naturally gravitated her towards a career in education. She is now teaching the Kindergarten class at Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy. Mrs. Gifty is excited to be teaching and looks forward to a life in the field of academia.
Her educational philosophy: I want to help students see evidence of God in their everyday life, as well as develop a personal relationship with their Savior. These are some of the many benefits of a quality Christian education. I also hope to help my students find joy in the Lord and develop a real relationship with God that extends beyond the classroom.
Nicole Toledo, High School Earth Science and Spanish I Teacher
Mrs. Nicole Toledo was born and raised in Miami, FL where she attended Seventh-day Adventist schools until 12th grade and then attended University of Miami where she received her B.S. in Computer Science with minors in French and Spanish. She has been married to Robert Toledo since 2000, and they have two children, Crystelle and Andre.
Her first job was teaching Computing, French, and Math at a high school in Miami. While teaching there, she had her first child. At that point, she decided to stay home. She eventually home-schooled her two children for many years. Just before coming to Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy, her family had been praying about serving in a school setting once more. God opened that door, and her first year she taught Kindergarten, as well as Spanish and Science for 9th and 10th grade. Now she teaches the High School Sciences and Spanish I. Her passion is in education, and she longs to bring children into a meaningful relationship with their Creator. She says that this quote sums up her philosophy of education:
Love, the basis of creation and of redemption, is the basis of true education…The first and great commandment is, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind.’ Luke 10:27. To love Him, the infinite, the omniscient One, with the whole strength, and mind, and heart, means the highest development of every power. It means that in the whole being—the body, the mind, as well as the soul—the image of God is to be restored. (Education, p. 16, Ellen White)
Pastor Geraldo Alonso, 7/8 Bible and High School Spanish II Teacher
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