Staff Profiles

Director - Sarah Stelzl   
Email: sstelzl@wcps.k12.va.us or sstelzl@vabregs.org

    This is my second year as Director of BREGS and I am excited to continue to be a part of this learning community. I was the Mediasphere teacher before becoming the director. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher in Warren County and this is my 24th year teaching.
    I live in Stephens City with my husband and two children, Tommy, who is 16 and Emma who is 11. We live on a dairy and hog farm, where my husband farms full-time and is a part-time United Methodist Pastor. Environmental issues are important to us and our livelihood.

Biosphere - Jillian Atherton-Mellish
    Hello! I taught at BREGS years ago and I am excited to return this year to teach Biosphere. I currently teach science courses at Wakefield School but over my twelve-year career I have gained experience working with students at the middle-school to collegiate levels. My master's degree focused on amphibian populations so I am most passionate about environmental issues that impact natural water sources and amphibians.
    I live in Front Royal with my husband and three young children. I love spending my free time running, reading and exploring the outdoors. I am looking forward to being a part of BREGS this summer!
    
Biosphere -  Clancy Weisner

Biosphere Intern - Benjamin Viner
    Hi! My name is Ben. This is my sixth year at BREGS and my second year as an intern. I am going into my junior year and John Handley High School in Winchester. This is my third year doing Biosphere, so I'm excited to try and bring new ideas and thoughts to the group. 

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Geosphere - Michele Barber
    Hello! This is my first year as an assistant at BREGS, I am a Biology II and Anatomy Teacher with Warren County Public Schools. I am married with a 2 year old daughter. I love to play outside with my daughter, paint, draw, and cook. I look forward to all the new adventures and experiences we will have at BREGS this summer!

Geosphere  - Lisa Packard
   Hello, my name is Lisa Packard.  I have been with BREGS since 2002.  I LOVE IT!!!!  Every year I have the pleasure and honor of interacting with the greatest bunch of kids and teachers on the planet.
I have the best job in Page County as the Virtual Virginia facilitator at Luray High School.  Go Bulldogs!  
I was born and raised in California.  My husband of 30 years and I found our way to Virginia via the Army.  I enjoy the outdoors.  I love camping, hiking, bird watching and gardening. 
My environmental concern is the dwindling Bee population.  Without Bees we cannot continue to Be.

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Globalsphere - Bill Luders

    Mr. William Luders, a 4th grade math teacher in Page County, will be the instructional leader for the Globalsphere.  His philosophy of learning centers around positive, fun experiences that have students actively involved in and taking ownership of their own learning experiences.      
    He graduated from Iowa State University in 1977, so he has certainly lived a lot of life and seen and pondered many things. One thing centers his entire demeanor, though. His youthful attitude comes from always working with children and young men and ladies. He is a grandfather of 7 grandsons, aging from 7 to 19.  
    He believes that the protection and preservation of the planet is a duty and responsibility of every person who lives on it. Convenience and ease are no excuse for making our home unlivable for future generations.
    He is humble, realizing that every good thing about him comes from others outside of himself who cared and helped shape him.  He is very honored to be a working with the Blue Ridge Environmental Governor's School for a 6th year.


Globalsphere - Liz Osborne
    Hi, my name is Liz Osborne. I've been teaching US II History for 23 years. I live in Page County, I'm married and have 2 kids and 2 dogs. I love the outdoors, canoeing, hiking, gardening, reading, cooking. I used to be a park ranger for the NPS in Shenandoah. This is my 4th year at BREGS.

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Mediasphere - Chanda Greco
Hello! I am Chanda Greco and I am an Instructional Technology Resource Coach in Shenandoah County. I have never taught at BREGS before, but have been to BREGS in previous years to work with students on 3D design and printing. I am committed to bringing the latest in cutting edge technologies to the students I serve.

My husband of 12 years and I live in Strasburg, Virginia.  I have two children, Camille, 9, and Chase, 7.  We live down near the park and usually spend our weekends on the ball field or play with our chocolate lab, Lucy, or cavachon, Maddie.

Mediasphere - Megan Reilly
Welcome to BREGS! My name is Megan Reilly and I am a 6th grade Science teacher at James Wood Middle School in Frederick County. This is my first year as an assistant instructor for BREGS and I am so excited to be working in Mediasphere. I have been teaching for 5 years, going on my 6th and I have taught in Illinois and Virginia. Science is my passion and I am commited to helping my students gain enviroliteracy and an appreciation for the natural world around them. 

When I am not teaching, I am riding my horse Tori. She is an off-track thoroughbred, she's 15, and is full of spunk. We 3-day event and I am looking forward to our upcoming competitions around Maryland and Viriginia this summer. It should be a great two weeks here at BREGS and I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of the students in my group! WOOHOO, BREGS 2018!!!!!!

Mediasphere Intern - Adrianne Kinsey 
My name is Adrianne Kinsey. I am 16 years old and a rising junior at Skyline High School in Warren County. I play volleyball and softball. I’ve been at BREGS for the four years as a student and this will be my second year as an intern. This will be my third time in Mediasphere and I’m very excited to see what differences and new experiences this year will bring with new students!!

Mediasphere Intern - Brooke Jones
Hi! I'm Brooke Jones and this is my fourth year at BREGS but my first as an intern. I'm 15 and going into my sophomore year at Stonewall Jackson High School. I've never been in Mediasphere before, so I'm excited for new experiences and another great year at BREGS!


Sociosphere -  Angela Mohr
Hello! This is my first year as an assistant at BREGS, although I have certainly filled out my share of recommendations for gifted students' applications! I am a Gifted Resource Teacher with Frederick County Public Schools where I teach a research class and mentor chess teams and rock stacking clubs. I look forward to exploring with like-minded folks of all ages at BREGS this summer!

Sociosphere - Katie Kikel
Hi, my name is Katie Kikel and this is my first year at BREGS.  I have been teaching for thirteen years and have worked with several different grade levels.  I taught fifth grade for eleven years, but loved science so much I decided to move to the middle school level so I could teach it all day!  I currently teach sixth and eighth grade science.  

My husband & I love to travel and have been to many exciting places!  Taking a road trip out west to Grand Teton National Park remains our favorite.  It is one of the most beautiful places!  I enjoy learning how to be a better steward of the Earth so places like this can be preserved for a very long time!  We have two pets, a golden retriever and a cat.  I enjoy camping, photography, spending time with my family, and taking our dog for walks.  I'm excited to be a part of this wonderful program and look forward to working with everyone!  Let's go have some fun! :)

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