Samarada Jayarathne


Michele Vaughan is a Virginia private school Grounds Worker
Upper School Chemistry Teacher

Master of Science, Chemical Engineering – University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry/Math – University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

Samadara Jayarathne, or “Miss Jay” to her students, joined the R-MA Science Department in August 2016. She specializes in teaching Chemistry, and has done so since 2001.

Growing up in Sri Lanka, Miss Jay is a world traveler and loves to explore new cities in her spare time. She moved to Hong Kong in 2001 to teach high school science while pursuing her PhD in Chemistry. While in Hong Kong, Jayarathne spent five years as a research assistant at the University of Hong Kong. It was there that she learned how much teaching meant to her and how drawn she was to helping others learn so that they can better their own lives. Fittingly, her classroom mantra is one she borrowed from Nelson Mandela: “Education is the only weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Jayarathne immigrated to the United States in 2007 to focus on her family and to share her knowledge with American students. She has worked in several schools in the D.C. area since then, but is most excited to be working the cadets here at R-MA. She is interested in fostering caring and patience in her students both with regard to themselves and their classmates.  Jayarathne recognizes that learning processes are as varied as the chemical equations she teaches and, as such, she aims to help each of her students discover their own unique learning styles and how to use those to their advantage.