Faculty Fellows Program
We are currently accepting faculty fellow applications for the 2021-22 school year. Our committee will review all submitted materials and communicate decisions in the upcoming weeks.
The Faculty Fellows Program is designed to bring dynamic early-career educators to FRA for one-year fellowships. Fellows are typically only one to two years removed from their undergraduate work. All fellows are paired with a master teacher with whom they collaborate throughout the year, adding another instructor to the classroom and another mentor for our students.+
While at FRA, faculty fellows engage in regular and ongoing professional development led by local university professors. Through these seminars and internal professional development, all fellows build professional portfolios during their time on our campus.
In addition to teaching duties in their mentors’ classroom, fellows are actively involved in our co-curricular programs each season. Many fellows have extensive experience in collegiate athletics, arts, and service life, and they bring expertise, energy, and enthusiasm to FRA playing fields, gyms, theaters, and service programs.
Applications for the Fellows Program are reviewed for all departments in each division.
Compensation & Benefits include:
- Salary Stipend
- Housing & Utilities
- Reduced Lunch Cost
- Opportunity to enroll in health, dental, life, vision, and long-term disability plan
- Opportunity to enroll in health savings account to offset health-related costs
2020-21 Faculty Fellows
Mentor Teacher: Stephanie Feyes
Upper School Science
Macie Grissom is thrilled to work alongside Stephanie Feyes as a Faculty Fellow in the upper school science department. Macie grew up in a small town outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, before moving to New England to attend college. Macie graduated from Mount Holyoke College in May 2020, studying biology and education, earning her initial teaching license in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is looking forward to discussing the wonder of the natural world in the biology classroom and bringing her joyful energy to the cross country, cheerleading, and track & field teams. In her free time, Macie enjoys spending time outdoors, running and hiking, cooking plant-based meals, and traveling home to Utah to spend time with her family.
Mentor Teacher: Sonia Brady
Upper School Science
Matthew Groves is excited to serve as a faculty fellow in the upper school science department. As a Christian and proud Appalachian, Matthew’s enthusiasm for both faith and science led him to study physics and religion at the College of William & Mary in Virginia in 2016, followed by a Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt in 2019. He is looking forward to helping FRA students talk about how science fits into their faith, both in the physics classroom and as an assistant on boys’ and girls’ soccer and the robotics team. His wife Sarah is a cancer researcher at Vanderbilt. They enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, playing with their dog Millie, and praying for the US Men's soccer team to make the World Cup in 2022.
Mentor Teacher: Zachary Virgin
Upper School History
Ralston Hartness will teach as a faculty fellow in the upper school history department for the 2020-21 academic year. A 2018 graduate of Washington & Lee University, Ralston has spent countless hours leading and serving adolescents inside middle- and high-school classrooms. Ralston also enjoys encouraging and challenging students beyond the classroom, whether he is leading Young Life expeditions in the West Virginia backcountry or creating programming for residential life at Washington & Lee. You can often find Ralston enjoying an old book or writing and playing his own music. He is excited to apply those passions to the middle school performing arts program, in which he will assist along with coaching cross country and track. Ralston hopes his experiences and passions will also find many other ways to support the FRA community!
Mentor Teacher: Caitlin Maguire
Upper School Latin
Haley Jobe, a 2020 Davidson College graduate and Richmond, VA native, is excited to start her professional career as a faculty fellow at Franklin Road Academy. She graduated with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy with an emphasis on Classical Studies and Languages. Throughout her time at Davidson College, Haley has been involved in many aspects of her community by serving in the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid, Athletics, and Student Activities, as well as, Davidson United Methodist Church. She enjoys mentoring others and is looking forward to serving her students not only in the Latin classroom, but also on the volleyball court, softball field, and in debate/public speaking competitions. When she isn’t in the classroom, Haley enjoys reading, yoga, and cooking anything found in an Ina Garten cookbook.
At this time, FRA alumni will not be eligible to apply for the Faculty Fellows Program. While we welcome the application of alumni for full-time teaching positions, the Fellows Program is designed to include candidates with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Please contact Ryan Harris and Prentice Stabler with questions about the alumni policy.