Meet Our Middle School Teachers

Tony Ballard and his wife enjoy hiking.

Tony Ballard

Middle School Principal
540-636-5417
  • Graduate Professional Studies Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Shenandoah University
  • 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 po


Mariola Doran is the assistant principal at R-MA Middle School, a private middle school for grades 6-8.

Mariola Cuffe

Middle School Assistant Principal
540-631-3817
  • M.Ed., University of Toledo
  • B.Ed., University of Toledo
  • Middle School Assistant Principal and Teacher
  • Courses: ESL
  • R-MA Mentor

“I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. It’s a part of me,” declared Mariola Cuffe.


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


Kyle Mackey is a math teacher at Randolph-Macon Academy, a day and boarding school in Virginia.

Kyle Mackey

MS Math Teacher
  • M.Ed., Instructional Technology, Cambridge College
  • B.S., Engineering Physics, Morgan State University
  • Secondary Education Certification, Prince George’s Community College
  • Courses: Algebra I, Pre-Algebra, Math Plus
  • R-MA Mentor; Head Coach, Middle School Boys' Basketball, Intramural Golf

An amateur flying trapeze artist and former engineer who is constantly on the move even in the classroom, Kyle Mackey has plenty of energy and enth


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, Head Coach 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” t


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 and Bandmaster at Randolph-Macon Academy, a position he has held for 41 years.


Taylor Vazquez

MS PE/Health Teacher
(540) 636-5443
  • B.S., Sports Management, Shepherd University
  • Courses: Physical Education and Health
  • R-MA Mentor; Assistant Coach, Varsity Football

Originally growing up in southern New Hampshire, Taylor Vazquez and his family moved up and down the East Coast during his younger years, due to hi