Summer Camp Administration
Jess Reid, Director, Summer Camp
Jess is delighted to be joining the Woods Creek community. She has experience at both the high school and middle school levels teaching French. She holds a B.A. in French from Baylor University and a M.S. in French and Foreign Language Education from the University of Tennessee. Although a native Texan, Jess recently moved to Lexington from Boston, where she served as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at Citylife Presbyterian Church. She lives in Lexington with her husband Colin (professor at W&L), daughter Sloane, and her dog Gus. In her spare time, Jess enjoys running, reading, cooking, and spending time outdoors.
Mallory Bane is a native of Rockbridge County, and grew up in rural Collierstown. She has worked in child care for the last five years, first in special needs, and then for Head Start. Upon graduation from high school, Mallory traveled to Luoyang, Henan, China, to work in a special needs orphanage. While there, she completed a Global Adoption Program, and is active in adoption advocacy. Upon return from China, Mallory completed her Child Development Associates, while working for head start. In her spare time, She enjoys art, books, volunteer and mission work, as well as traveling. Mallory actively enjoys Bluegrass and Folk Music, and loves playing music and singing with her family. She currently resides in Buena Vista with her best friend Tasha.
Alison Krites is originally from Redmond, Washington and arrived in Virginia to attend school. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Southern Virginia University. She plays the piano and taught lessons for four years. She is the second oldest of six children and has always loved working with children. She lives in Buena Vista with her husband. In her spare time, Alison enjoys photography, cooking, and sewing.
Michael Taylor has lived in Rockbridge County since 2000. He holds a BA from Southern Virginia University, where he studied music and philosophy. He plays viola and piano. He is the oldest of eight children, and loves working with students of all ages. He began work at Woods Creek Montessori as a substitute in 2013, and since then he has worked in the After School and Summer Camp programs. Michael is excited to work with the Toddler class this year.
Rebekah Taylor is a Senior at Southern Virginia University, majoring in Liberal Arts. She loves music, theater, and literature and hopes to become a children’s librarian. Rebekah began working at Woods Creek Montessori during the summer of 2015 and has been an After School teacher since January 2016. She absolutely loves working at Woods Creek!
Kristin Flippen was born in New London, Connecticut and spent much of her childhood along the Atlantic seaboard. In 1990 she graduated from Eastern College with a B.S. in Psychology and minor in Biology. Kristin moved to Virginia in the fall of 2000 from New Hampshire with her husband, David, and two sons, Brody and Henry. She has spent the last twelve years home-educating her boys, as well as teaching writing for a local co-op and working as the Assistant Youth Director at her church. Kristin joined the Woods Creek community in the fall of 2013 as a long-term substitute in the Primary II classroom. She also worked last summer with the five to ten-year old “Frogs” in the Woods Creek summer program and joined our team full-time last fall as the Assistant Teacher in the Primary I classroom.
Jenna was born and raised in Virginia. She has been a resident of Rockbridge County for 15 years. After graduating high school she became a Dance Instructor for The Studio for Dance and the Arts and was a member of the Rockbridge Ballet for 10 years. She has always enjoyed working with children of all ages. In her spare time Jenna enjoys staying active, painting, reading and spending time with family and friends. She is excited to be a part of Woods Creek Montessori Summer Camp.
Sherry grew up in Brasstown, NC and attended Mars Hill College where she majored in Chemistry. She has taught high school science for 14 years and currently teaches Chemistry at Rockbridge County High School. She is excited to join the Woods Creek Summer Program and to also work with the STEM Camp.
Emily has been interested in working with kids for as long as she can remember. Both of her parents had careers in education, and she babysit for several families in the Lexington community for 5 years before starting college. Emily just completed her freshman year at High Point University, majoring in Elementary Education. She is delighted to return to WCM for her second summer camp and is looking forward to working with the Elementary campers this year!
Anna Taylor, Pre-Toddler/Toddler After Camp Teacher
Anna was raised in Rockbridge county, and is the youngest of eight children of Mark and Samee Taylor. Anna is a student at Southern Virginia University pursuing degrees in Theatre and Music and has taught in the Toddler After School program this past year. She loves to work with and get to know people, to be happy and share that happiness with those around her. She has always loved working with and learning from little children, and looks forward to working with the Toddlers this summer at Woods Creek.
Lucy Prince, Primary/Elementary After Camp Teacher