Meet the Social Studies Teachers

Brian Barbour is government teacher and social studies chairman at this Virginia boarding school.

Brian Barbour

Social Studies Department
  • M.S.Ed., Shenandoah University
  • M.Ed., University of Mary Washington: College of Graduate and Professional Studies
  • B.A., University of Lynchburg
  • Courses: U.S. Government and AP U.S. Government and Politics

If Brian Barbour’s name sounds familiar to local residents, it is because the Front Royal native’s parents and many of his relatives we

Andrew Harriman is a private school World History Teacher; he teaches at his alma mater, Randolph-Macon.

Andrew Harriman '82

Upper School World History Teacher
  • B.A., Keene State College
  • Courses: World History II, 20th Century Warfare
  • R-MA Mentor, National Social Studies Honor Society Advisor, Freshman Team Co-Advisor, Yellow Jackets Varsity Football Announcer, "Mandatory Fun" band member
  • Head Coach Swimming, Assistant Coach Girls' Soccer

Andy Harriman is a history teacher who brings a life rich with experiences to R-MA.

Derrick Leasure is the principal at Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School.

Derrick E. Leasure

Assistant Dean
  • M.A., The University of Arizona
  • B.A., The Ohio State University
  • Courses: Principles of Economics
  • R-MA Mentor
  • Head Coach, Golf

Mr. Leasure came to R-MA in 2008 and quickly proved he had a strong work ethic, a knack for leadership, and a passion for academics.

Rev Josh Orndorff returned to Front Royal, VA, to serve as the chaplain at Randolph-Macon Academy, a private school affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

Joshua Orndorff

  • M.Div., Duke Divinity School
  • B.A., Randolph-Macon College
  • Courses: Survey of the Bible
  • R-MA Mentor, Ignite (Middle School Bible Study), and The Beacon (Upper School Bible Study)

When he was seven years old, Joshua Orndorff wrote in his prayer journal that he wanted to be a pastor.

James Taafel '05 is a boarding school graduate and has returned to his alma mater as a teacher.

James Taafel '05

ESL, English and Sociology Teacher
  • B.A., Dickinson College
  • Courses: English 11, English 9, 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, Assistant Coach, Swimming

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