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, NHS Faculty Advisor, Drama Department Assistant, "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 and Sociology Teacher
  • B.A., Dickinson College
  • Courses: English 11, 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