Virginia Episcopal School

VES is a co-ed college preparatory school for boarding and day students in grades 9 – 12. In our intentionally small, diverse and engaging community—260 young men and women and 40 faculty—we guide students to strive Toward Full Stature in their academic, ethical, spiritual and personal growth.

400 VES RoadLynchburg, Virginia24503


We think of Shakespeare as a writer, but he was formatively a reader of books and life. He mastered the art of absorption and synthesis, the ability to read and appreciate and, with that knowledge, make something new. He was a man of the world too—not just academically inclined. So when you read Shakespeare, you find everything from references to curing leather (his father was a glove maker) to legal terms he picked up likely while suing his neighbors.

Literature ought to include everything, and it does at VES.  Material we explore ranges from the classics to modern bestsellers to bringing in the students’ own lives and experiences. In addition, books help you learn to say your own thoughts well. The VES English program intensively promotes writing, whether in formal essays about literature or personal narratives.

We believe that in reading we might discover the world; and in writing, we might reintroduce the world to itself.

Department Staff

Brian Campbell

James W. Hopkins Chair of English | Head Coach, Track & Field

Michelle Hanning

Teacher, English and Computer Science

Jason Knebel

English Teacher | Advisor, Honor Committee | Asst Coach, Mountain Biking

Matt LaFreniere

Dean of Faculty | English Teacher | Assistant Coach, Lacrosse

Katie Messinger

English Teacher | Head Coach, Swimming | Asst Coach, Girls Varsity Soccer | Advisor, Junior RAs

Alison Tuck

English Teacher | Coach, Drama | Yearbook Advisor