Alumni Newsletter January 2018
New Alumni Relations & Development Director Pamela Runyon
Pamela Runyon, TA '96, presenting 2017 Alumni of the Year Award to E. Stuart Kitchen, TA '66
Hello, TA community! For those of you who don't know me, I'm a proud 1996 graduate of TA. After graduating from TA, I attended Richard Bland College, & graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in 1998. I then transferred to the College of William & Mary, & graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree, with a major in history & a minor in government, in 2000. Afterward completing my undergraduate work, I attended the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, & received my law degree in 2005.
I live in Colonial Heights with my husband Anthony, & my three children, Kelly, James, & Anne. I'm excited to return to TA, & look forward to continuing the alumni relations programs here at TA!
The TA community has generosity at its very core, & I'm so excited to see that value lived out every day in my role here at the development office. This year, I've coordinated several successful fundraisers during the 1
st semester for Magazine Sales, Jingle Fair, & Christmas Trees. I'd like to thank every patron who participated in these fundraisers, & especially all of the volunteers who made these events so successful & professional.
I'm most excited about the progress that we've made toward TA's Annual Giving goal of $120,000 by the end of June. As of now, we've raised almost $65,000 toward that goal! To reach our goal, we need your help. If you haven't given to TA's Annual Giving Campaigns, please consider doing so now? Every gift, large or small, adds up to our goal!
Several alumni take advantage of matching gifts from their employers. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like more information on whether your employer participates in this program. I'll be happy to help you with any of your giving questions.
If you'd like to contribute online, you
can do so
2017 Alumni of the Year: E. Stuart Kitchen
Head of School Frances Chambers, TA '96 & 2014 Alumni of the Year Award Recipient, with 2017 Alumni of the Year E. Stuart Kitchen. Also pictured, Henry Goodrich, TA '83 & 2012 Alumni of the Year Award Recipient.
2017 Alumni of the Year E. Stuart Kitchen, shaking the hands of previous Alumni of the Year.
E. Stuart Kitchen, TA '66, received the Alumni of the Year Award at Homecoming 2017 on September 29, 2017. The TA Alumni of the Year is selected from submitted nominations by any TA alumni to the Alumni Director. Those nominations are then sent to past recipients of the Alumni of the Year Award, whose vote determines that year's winner. The person who nominated Stuart Kitchen wrote the following letter on his behalf:
E. Stuart Kitchen, Jr. is a graduate of Tidewater Academy, Class of 1966. He graduated Lynchburg College in 1970 and joined the faculty at Tidewater Academy soon after. During his early years at Tidewater, he also coached basketball and baseball, several years alongside his high school coach Hal Nunnally.
Stuart later decided to make a career change and joined the Sussex County Sheriff's Department as a deputy. He campaigned and was elected sheriff serving the citizens of Sussex County as a highly regarded sheriff for 28 years before retiring.
Sheriff Kitchen had not only been a faculty member and coach at Tidewater, but was involved in the school as a parent for 13 years. His children, son Timothy and daughter Karen graduated in 1994 and 1995 respectively. But his continuing support of the school didn't end after his children graduated.
Following his retirement from law enforcement, Stuart once again returned to the classroom as an instructor and baseball field as a coach at his alma mater Tidewater Academy to extend his love of history and baseball to students.
Today he continues his steadfast support of the school by serving on the Board of Directors since 2014.
E. Stuart Kitchen has been involved in every phase of Tidewater Academy since its beginnings in 1964: student-athlete, instructor, coach, parent, board member, donor and fund-raiser. He has been a dedicated and staunch supporter of the school in every way, not only academics, but athletics, too. There are not many sporting events in the gym in which Mr. Kitchen is not present, sitting in his usual spot along the wall near the kitchen, or on the baseball or softball field sitting next the home dugout.
Please join me in congratulating our newest recipient of the Alumni of the Year Award, E. Stuart Kitchen!
New Dean of Students Jennifer Cole
Jennifer Cole, TA '92, transitioned into the newly created administrative position of Dean of Students at the Middle & Upper Schools at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. Previously, Jennifer taught the 3
rd grade class at the Lower School. In addition to her new administrative role, Jennifer also moved into the position of math & science teacher to the 6
th & 7
After graduating from TA in 1992, Jennifer attended Meredith College, graduating in 1996, with a degree in elementary development.While teaching 3rd grade at TA, Jennifer was awarded Teacher of the Year in 2014.
Jennifer lives in Surry County with her husband Mike, & their 3 daughters, Olivia, Sabrina, & Kaylynn.
Jennifer Cole, TA '96, rolling pennies during Penny Wars, part of the Giving Tuesday fundraiser for the Annual Giving Campaigns.
New 3rd Grade Teacher Mary Faison
Mary Faison, TA '05, returned to TA to fill the vacancy left by Jennifer Cole of 3
rd grade teacher! Mary also is the head coach of the Little Warrior Cheerleaders, & assists with the JV Cheerleaders.
After graduating from TA in 2005, Mary attended both East Carolina University & Ashford University, graduating with a degree in Early Childhood Education Administration. She then worked as a preschool teacher at The Children's Center, before advancing to a Coordinator position. She is currently seeking a Master's Degree in Education from Liberty University. Mary also owns a photography/design business, Mary Katherine Studios, that she started in 2011.
Mary lives in Surry County with her husband Gene, stepson Cole, daughters Madilyn & Heidi, & son Brady. She's thrilled to be back home at TA, & loves teaching 3rd grade!
Mary Faison, TA '05, with the JV girls' cheerleading team.
Fun with the 3rd grade class!
Reese Parker Middle School Boys' Basketball Coach
Reese Parker, TA '07, returned to TA as the coach of the middle school boys' basketball coach for the 2016-2017 season. He's currently in his 2
nd season as head coach of the middle school boys' basketball team, & is excited to see the growth & development of his returning players. Last year, the middle school boys' basketball team ended the season with a record of 6-11; he's both determined to end this year with an improved record & very hopeful that the boys are more than capable of doing so.
Reese attended Virginia Tech, & graduated in 2009 with an associate's degree in landscape & turf management. He worked at Nags Head Golf Links for 5 years, before returning to farm his family's farm, Woodview Farms. He farms along with his father & brother. When he's not farming, Reese enjoys hunting, fishing, & sports, especially basketball. The TA family would also like to congratulate him on his recent marriage to wife Samantha!
Reese is the grandson of TA founder Oscar Parker, & is excited to continue his family's legacy at TA as a basketball coach.
Coach Parker, TA '07, helping the middle school boys work on free throws.
Coach Parker, TA '07, running drills with the middle school boys.
Col. Henry Goodrich Speaks at Veteran's Day Ceremony & Lunch
Col. Henry Goodrich, Retired, TA '83, presented the keynote address at the FCA Veteran's Day Program & Lunch on November 10, 2017. Col. Goodrich spoke on his deployment to Afghanistan with the Kentucky National Guard, where he took part in a special mission to assist Afghani farmers with agricultural issues. After his presentation, which was both interesting & informative, he held a question & answer session with the Middle & Upper School students.
Col. Goodrich retired from the Virginia Army National Guard in 2017 to his farm in Surry County, where he lives with his wife Victoria, & 2 sons, Benji, TA '15, & Zach, TA '18. TA is thankful for his service to both his country, & to TA, where he's currently serving on the TA Board of Directors.
Col. Goodrich, TA '83, displayed these items on a table during his presentation. The dog tags, boots, & folded American flag honored the ones who served our country. The sickle & shovel were the only farming tools that most Afghani farmers owned, which was quite a shock to our students!
Col. Goodrich, TA '83, talks about one of the Afghani farming families that he worked with while deployed to Afghanistan.
Alumni Return as Science Fair Judges
TA Alumni Andy Mayes, TA '87, Marci Stables, TA '97, & Cody Noblitt, TA '13, returned to TA & used their expertise to judge the student Science Fair, that was held on October 26, 2017. We're so thankful that these alumni took time from their busy schedules to spend the school day listening to our students present their projects, & for their thoughtful & thorough judging.
Marci Stables, TA '97, judges a science fair project.
Cody Noblitt, TA '13, & Andy Mayes, TA '87, judge science fair projects.
Kristin Drewry Teaches Classes in Fitness
Kristen Drewry, TA '01, & Coach JP pose with the 6th & 7th graders after a successful workout!
TA students were excited to have special guest instructors, Kristen Drewry, TA '01, & Jarett Perelmutter, come to TA on November 1, 2017. Kristen & Jarett collaborated with & supplemented the curriculum of several of our physical education classes to promote fitness, healthy living, and being a part of a team to accomplish fitness goals.
Jarrett, or Coach JP, is the founder & CEO of BRICK, a unique CrossFit gym experience with locations across the United States & in Spain. BRICK gyms provide a wide variety of classes, as well as coaches to help motivate clients to live stronger & healthier lifestyles.
Thank you, Kristen & Coach JP for your visit! We cannot wait for them to come back & bring the "BRICK Nation" back to TA for our students to enjoy!
Coach JP putting the 6th & 7th graders through their paces!
Your Input is Needed!
TA would love to hear from you! Please email Pamela Runyon at
with any changes of address, or if you have any feedback about how TA can better serve its alumni. Also, if you're in the area, please stop by the school & visit; we'd love to see you!
One initiative that we're taking here at TA is to gather information on our alumni. That information will be used by the development office to help secure funding to help future TA students. If you haven't already taken the survey, please
survey is only 11 questions, & should only take a couple minutes of your time. Thanks for your participation!
Please mark your calendars for these exciting upcoming events at TA!
- VIS State Basketball Tournament: March 2-3, 2018
- 23rd Annual Gala Auction: March 24, 2018
- Warrior Country 5K Race: April 2018
- Graduation 2018: May 24, 2018
- Motocross Event: May 27, 2018
- TA Golf Tournament: June 1, 2018