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


The History department is dedicated to developing critical, independent thought and expression among its students through a progressive and developmental sequence of courses. Faculty focus on preparing students for the challenges of a university education: reading texts, implementing strategies for note taking, and writing critical essays and research papers. The skills required for each course in our curriculum build on those learned in prior courses.

Teachers and students form strong relationships in the History department as a result of optimal student-to-teacher ratios and small class sizes. The Hopkins Writing Center houses our faculty offices and provides a meeting place for students and teachers to work with one another.

Students are required to complete three years of history for graduation. Most students take Global Cultures in ninth grade followed by Modern World History or US Government & Politics, US History, then senior electives, including other options like Economics. Advanced Placement courses are offered in World History, US History and US Government & Politics.

After completing the sequence of courses in the history curriculum, students should be able to understand the motives and ideas of historical figures and events, which will help them think critically and create logical and coherent arguments in their work in college and in later life.

Department Staff

Brendon Barrios

Dean of Student Life | Teacher, Global Cultures | Coach, Soccer

Martha Terrell Burruss

Anne McKimmon Winston Chair of History | Advisor, Model UN | Yoga Coordinator

Chris Button

Associate Head of School | History Teacher | Head Coach, Mountain Biking

Kevin Gates

Economics and Government Teacher|Head Coach, Boys Varsity Lacrosse|Assistant Coach, Varsity Football

Grant Neagli

Teacher, Global Cultures |Coach, Football, Lacrosse

Meghan Nealis

History Teacher | Asst Coach, Field Hockey

Alex Rivenburgh

History Teacher | Head Coach, JV Volleyball & Wrestling

Michelle Staggers

Interim Director of Equity and Inclusion | History Teacher | Asst Coach, Girls Varsity Lacrosse