A a born-and-bred Marylander, Valerie has worked in education and professional theatre from the mid-Atlantic to New York and New England, and just prior to joining R-MA in 2020, spent eight years as Theatre Director for The American School in Switzerland. She has also taught English and Theatre at Emma Willard School (New York) and Connelly School of the Holy Child (Maryland) and spent many happy years as a summer camp counselor for the Girl Scouts, Emerson College, and Washington Episcopal School. Professional theatre credits include Arena Stage, Washington Opera, and Folger Shakespeare. She is grateful every day for her husband, David Peters and son, Ben.