Lower School Faculty

  • Interim Head of School

    Beth Strachan

    Beth Strachan has served in the Ad Fontes community for the past 11 years as teacher, admissions director, and now as Interim Head of School. ...
  • Lower School Principal

    Janet Cooper

    Mrs. Janet Cooper leads the K-6th grade program. Prior to Ad Fontes, she was a teacher and principal at another start-up classical school....
  • Second Grade

    Linda Polizzi

    Mrs. Linda Polizzi is a gifted teacher and has taught for thirteen years in all grade levels from Kindergarten through  fifth grade at the...
  • Third Grade

    Margaret Lee

    Mrs. Margaret Lee graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a B.S. degree in biological sciences. She received her state teaching...
  • Fourth Grade

    Kathy Arrick

    Mrs. Arrick studied English Literature and Grammar, as well as Elementary Education at Clearwater Christian College. She has been a teacher...
  • Latin Teacher

    Rita Barillas

    Rita Barillas graduated from Liberty University with a B.S. in English and a minor in Biblical Studies. She began her teaching career in El...
  • Upper and Lower School Music Teacher and Aide

    Anne Simpson

    Anne Simpson is a Level III certified Kodaly teacher, having completed her certification at the Chenaniah Summer Music Institute at New Saint...
  • Lower School Aide

    Ashton Bynum

    Ashton has four years classroom experience as a  lead teacher and an aide and three years as a summer and after-school care teacher. “I...