Meet our Middle School Teachers

Tony Ballard and his wife enjoy hiking.

Tony Ballard

Middle School Principal
(540) 636-5417
  • M.S. Ed., Walden University
  • B.S., SUNY Oneonta
  • A.A., Herkimer County Community College
  • R-MA Mentor

When Tony Ballard became the assistant lacrosse coach at R-MA in the spring of 2015, he had little reason to suspect it would lead to a teaching position at


Michael DeMato is a boarding school Chorus Director and Assistant Bandmaster.

Michael DeMato

Chorus Director / Assistant Bandmaster
  • M.A., New York University
  • B.A., Loyola College
  • Courses: Digital Piano, Band, Chorus
  • R-MA Mentor, "Mandatory Fun" band member

German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz said that “Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without be


Chris Peter teaches social studies and coaches soccer at Randolph-Macon Academy.

Chris Peter

Middle School Teacher
  • B.S., Shenandoah University
  • Classes: Geography, Civics, U.S. History, World History, Physical Education
  • R-MA Mentor and Assistant Coach of Middle School Boys' Soccer

Chris Peter discovered his academic love late in life when he had a college history professor who finally made “history come to life” through her


Ed Richards is the director of the Virginia 91st Air Force JROTC Marching Band.

Ed Richards

Director of Music / Bandmaster
  • M.M.E. Shenandoah Conservatory (of Shenandoah University)
  • B.M.E. Shenandoah College and Conservatory of Music
  • Courses: Handbell Choir, Band
  • R-MA Mentor

Edwin Richards is Director of Music, Chairman of the Music Department and Bandmaster at Randolph-Macon Academy, a position he has held for 41 years.


Tony Sorrell is the PE teacher at R-MA Middle School. He also coaches varsity track and varsity football at the private school.

Tony Sorrell

MS PE Teacher
  • B.S., The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College)
  • Courses: Physical Education
  • R-MA Mentor, Varsity Football Assistant Coach, Varsity Track & Field Coach

New Jersey-born, Tony Sorrell is a lover of sports and fitness who will share that love with students of all ages.


Stephanie Wagner's enthusiasm encourages students to explore their ideas.

Stephanie Wagner

Technology Education Teacher
  • B.S., College of Charleston
  • Classes: Coding, Computer Science, Robotics
  • R-MA Mentor, Assistant Middle School Soccer Coach, FIRST LEGO League Coach

Stephanie Wagner’s objective listed on her resume offers a nice, professional summary of her teaching philosophy: “…empower students to cr