Did you know we have four Tandem alums working here at Tandem? And three on our Board of Trustees? It's a great benefit to the school to have them here and they seem to love it as well. Julia Sapir (TFS '93) is in her 9th year of teaching at Tandem and serves as 5th and 6th grade Humanities teacher. Mary Lyman Bias (TFS '02) joined Tandem last year as Admissions Coordinator, Front Office Manager, and Student Health Coordinator. This year she added a new role as Tandem parent when her son Tynan joined the 5th grade. When Tandem decided to hire a school counselor this year,, we ended up with two part time counselors - both of whom are Tandem alums! Monica Johnson (TFS '04) and Andriana Hench (TFS '06) now serve our students as counselors and share an office in the art building. You'll find more info on Monica and Andirana in the Alumni News section.
Currently serving on our Board of Trustees are Jake Minturn (TFS '03), Margaret McNett Burruss (TFS '83) and Seth Pates ('06). Jake joined the board in 2016 and is currently serving as co-chair, so he is involved in many committees. Margaret joined the board in 2017 and serves on the Advancement Committee. Seth joined in 2018 and brings his CPA skills to the Finance Committee. It's a busy board year as the school works to finalize a Strategic Plan. You can read more about our alumni board members on the website.
In addition to Tandemite faculty and staff members, we have also had Tandemite coaches this year. Edan Lyons (TFS '12) has returned to the Charlottesville area after graduating from MAry Washington College and living abroad and has started the first-ever Tandem Ultimate Frisbee team. The coed Middle School team will be coached by Edan and competing against local UF league teams. Additionally, Abby Tinsley, who attended here from 7th through 10th grade as a member of the class of 2014, helped Gordon Fields coach the varsity girls basketball team. Abby is back in Charlottesville after playing basketball for and graduating from Carson Newman University. We love having alum coaches!