Faculty

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English 10 Honors

This is Ms. Nguyen's second year at James River High School and she loves being a Rapid! Her teaching style is loud, hands-on, and focused on real-world applications. In her free time she likes to go on walks, experiment in the kitchen, and take care of her house plants. 

AP English Literature

Mr. Nabors is a veteran of 32 years teaching in Chesterfield County Public Schools.  Mr. Nabors has taught AP English Literature and Composition for more than 20 years, and has worked with English speakers from nations representing five continents. He loves being an advocate of high school seniors, and he takes great pride in having served on the Center for Leadership and International Relations faculty since its inception.  Nothing makes him happier than traveling with his family:  his wife, Autumn; son, Carter; daughter, Campbell; and standard poodle, Linus. 

English 11 Honors

This is Mr. Schumacher's 26th year at James River High School and he is passionate about teaching, making James River the best it can be, and forming relationships with his students. In addition to American Literature, Mr. "Schu" teaches Sports Literature and African American Literature.  He is also the varsity baseball coach and enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

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AP US Government

Mr. Addison has been lucky enough to be the Center's AP Government teacher since 2013. He enjoys connecting the curriculum to current events and helping students register to vote for the first time. Outside of class, Mr. Addison likes to travel, camp, and hike with his wife, two kids, and dogs.

AP World History

Mr. Bourassa joined the JRHS faculty in 2014.  Prior to JRHS, he taught high school social studies in Ohio, attended law school in New Hampshire, and worked for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  In addition to teaching AP World History: Modern, he also teaches AP Economics.

Ethics

Mr. Couillard has taught Physics at James River since 1996 and Ethics since 2004. Every year he is inspired to find new ways to explore Ethics from the TED Ed Student Voice program, and the National High School Ethics Bowl to moral inquiry through Dungeons and Dragons.  Mr. Couillard is passionate about playing games, cooking food, and other nerdy curiosities. 

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AP US History

Mr. Greg Dommisse is entering his 28th year teaching at James River and is the only remaining original faculty member.  He has taught Advanced Placement United States History in the Leadership Center since it opened.  A native of Wisconsin, he is avid outdoorsman, spending time kayaking, pontooning, fishing, and hiking with his wife and three children.  He is also a longtime basketball and baseball coach, entering his 33rd year coaching high school sports. 

Perspectives

A Social Studies nerd from the age of 10, Mr. Doyle has been teaching History, Sociology, Leadership and International Relations for many years. After earning degrees from VCU, he taught at Manchester Middle for his first six years and at James River ever since. Teaching in the Center has been incredibly rewarding, and recently, Mr. Doyle has thoroughly enjoyed bringing former students back as guest speakers and curriculum consultants. In his free time, Mr. Doyle is all about guitars and guitar gear, and plays in a couple of local bands. His wife is a NICU nurse at St. Mary's and a legit "animal whisperer!"  They both are diehard VCU Rams basketball fans.

Human Geography

Mr. McClure is passionate about teaching and developing relationships with his students. His love for history and the lessons that it can teach us caused his career shift away from the corporate world and into the classroom. His new found passion in the classroom has revolved around AP Human Geography and that course’s relevance to the contemporary world. Mr. McClure coaches volleyball and soccer at JRHS, serves on the Education Advisory Board at the University of Richmond, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. This school year will be a significant one for Mr. McClure, as he is getting married over Spring Break!

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Communications

Mrs. Spratley is a passionate educator and effective communicator who enjoys empowering her students to be confident in their communication abilities. She is a James River High School alumna and this is her tenth year of teaching at James River. Mrs. Spratley enjoys traveling, reading a good book, and all things Virginia Tech. Go Hokies! However, nothing brings her more joy than spending time and creating memories with her husband and their daughters.

English 9 Honors

This is Mrs. Violette's third year at James River High School and she loves building relationships with students. She enjoys hands-on, collaborative, and real-world focused lessons in her classroom. Outside of school, she works for a publishing company, enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her husband, children, and pets.  

Specialty Center Coordinator

Mrs. Smith tried on every professional hat she could think of before finding her passion for education.  Prior to joining the Center, she taught English in both Hanover County and Richmond Public Schools.  She loves to travel, cook, and go on weekend adventures with her husband and kids.  She is always reading more than one book, and will probably never finish renovating her house.