Meet the English Teachers

Lynne Schoonover is a private school English teacher, creating moot court scenarios and CSI investigations to engage her students in the material.

Lynne Schoonover

Upper School English and French Teacher
  • M.A. French, Middlebury College
  • B.A. English and French, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • M.A. English, candidate, George Mason University
  • Courses: AP English 11, French II, Honors French III, AP French
  • R-MA Mentor, Faculty Advisor of Cadets in Action

Lynne Schoonover came to R-MA with a wide variety of teaching experience in public school, private schools, and even night school.


Brandon Sloan is a private school English teacher.

Brandon Sloan

Upper School English Teacher
  • M.A., University of Akron
  • B.A, University of Akron
  • Courses: English 12, AP English 12, Utopia/Dystopia
  • R-MA Mentor, Drama Department Director, "Mandatory Fun" band member

English essayist, poet, dramatist, and statesman Joseph Addison’s notion that “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body&rdqu


James Taafel '05 is a boarding school graduate and has returned to his alma mater as a teacher.

James Taafel '05

ESL, English and Sociology Teacher
  • B.A., Dickinson College
  • Courses: English 11, English 9, English as a Second Language, Sociology and Criminology
  • R-MA Mentor, Speech and Debate Coach, International Club Advisor, "Mandatory Fun" Faculty Advisor
  • Assistant Coach, Track and Field

James Taafel, a 2005 graduate of Randolph-Macon Academy, completed his bachelor’s degree at Dickinson College in 2009 with a major in law and