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Virginia Insight

The Teacher's Life


Ever wonder what it’s like to be a teacher?  If you have always thought of it as a 6-hour-a-day job with summers off  -- we have some classroom experts who would like to speak with you.

And if you have ever been an educator yourself, you are welcome to join in.


Susan Petriella, M.A.T. - Former co-owner of an aviation insurance firm.  Co-founder and former co-owner of The Cocoa Mill Chocolate Company.   Teacher of 11th and 12th grade English as well as Chair of the Department of English at Rockbridge County High School.

Margie Shepherd, M.Ed. -  A National Board Certified Teacher and teacher trainer affiliated with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. A 25 year veteran of public school teaching until her retirement last year from Albemarle County’s  Henley Middle School.

Paul Tschiggfrie M.Ed. - Senior Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force (retired).  Teacher of 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade Math at Augusta County’s  Wilson Memorial High School.