Head of School
Susan Hoffman, A.B. Smith College, Ed. M. Harvard, Ed. D. Johns Hopkins University, has a diverse educational background. She has more than four decades of experience teaching, training teachers, and writing curricula. Her love of teaching and her love of the outdoors have merged in Belle Meade School. Susan's experience includes training teachers, developing mathematics curriculum, working as a mathematics resource teacher, classroom teaching, individual tutoring in mathematics and reading. She was twice the state level winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. She also was awarded a Cafritz Foundation grant for studying mathematics in China and Japan. She teaches Mathematics and participates in many school and farm activities. She has run Belle Meade Day Camp since 1994.
Head of Farm
Michael J. Biniek, B.S. in biology, George Mason University, is a life-long student of nature and wildlife. He practices sustainable, grass-based farming. Mike has both a theoretical and a practical interest in farming. He studies and practices ecological growing of food and animal husbandry. He created a heating system for the schoolhouse and the farmhouse using locally available wood. Mike is involved with the students as a teacher, as a mentor, and through going on trips with the school. Together Susan and Mike also manage Belle Meade Bed & Breakfast. In addition, Mike is serving his second term on the Rappahannock County Board of Supervisors.
Administrator & Grant Writer
Anna Maher has a B.S in Sociology from George Mason University. She comes to Belle Meade with 18 years experience in Human Resources, and three years grant writing. Prior to moving to Rappahannock in 2005, she was the Recruiting Manager for Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in Alexandria, VA, and worked for other non-profits in Northern Virginia. While at Rappahannock County Public Schools, as grant writer, the most notable grant awarded under her direction was a large, tri-county, USDA Farm to School grant. In her free time, Anna enjoys baking, hiking and swimming with her two daughters, and the family dog, Buddy.