August 30, 2017
Mr. Russell came to Edison Academy as a Criminal Justice teacher in 2017. Prior to joining the Academy faculty, he worked as a Deputy Sheriff, and with juvenile and adult probation, and held specialized positions such as Field Training Officer, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Training Facilitator, Facilitator Trainer, Team Leaders, and Supervisor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Masters degree in Administration of Justice and Security. Mr. Russell is a NOVA Dual Enrollment Adjunct for Northern Virginia Community College allowing qualified Edison Academy Criminal Justice students to earn college credit for their high school coursework in Criminal Justice class.
Soussan Bayati is the Cosmetology instructor at the Academy where she helps prepare students for the Virginia State Board Cosmetology License. Mrs. Bayati brings over twenty years experience in the field to the Academy. Born in Tehran, Iran, Mrs. Bayati received her training at the Hairdressing Institute and Vocational Training Center and the School of Art and Hair Design. She owned her own training institute for cosmetology in Tehran, The Gilda Institute, and served as the head administrator there. Mrs. Bayati came to the United States in 1989 and completed her Virginia Cosmetology License in 1994. During this time, she worked as a representative for Sebastian International, where she attended hair shows, seminars, and worked as a hair stylist in various hair salons. Mrs. Bayati joined the Academy in 1997. She received her teaching certification from James Madison University in 1999. She was one of nine representatives who participated in an educator study tour by CDS International for American Educators in Germany in 1999. She was recognized as an Outstanding Vocational Educator by Penn College Of Technology in 2004. She was also a nominee for the State of Virginia Outstanding Cosmetology Instructor. She served as the President of the Fairfax County Cosmetology Council for 2 years. In 2005 Mrs. Bayati was nominated for the Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year in Fairfax County and the recipient of the Hodgson Award. In 2008, she was the VATIE Teacher of the Year and in 2009 the Cosmetology Program was the first recipient of the Governor’s Exemplary Standard Award.
Mr. Gohn became a Criminal Justice teacher with FCPS in 2004. Prior to teaching, Mr. Gohn was employed 28 years by the Fairfax County Police Department. During his tenure with the FCPD, Mr. Gohn had a distinguished career experiencing various assignments as a patrol officer, detective, first line supervisor and command level officer. Mr. Gohn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. While employed by the FCPD, Mr. Gohn received extensive training in crime scene/death investigation and related matters. Mr. Gohn is a NOVA Dual Enrollment Assistant Professor allowing qualified Edison Academy Criminal Justice students to earn college credit.
Katharine Rineer is the Academy’s ESOL resource teacher. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from George Mason University, an M. Ed. in Social Foundations of Education and an ESOL endorsement from the University of Virginia. Mrs. Rineer has been with FCPS since 1987 and brings a wide range of academic experience to Edison Academy. Mrs. Rineer has three children and has lived in several foreign countries while her husband pursued his military career. She enjoys reading and traveling.
Glenn Walden has been the Culinary Arts Instructor at the Edison Academy since 2008. Prior to joining the academy, Chef Walden was Dean of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at Stratford University in Falls Church, VA. Glenn began his culinary career during high school at a family restaurant. He worked his way up the ranks for the next 10 years in restaurants, a private country club and a 4 star French restaurant around Bethlehem, PA. He opened and was Executive Chef of the Prime Rib Pub family restaurant before entering The Culinary Institute of America. Upon graduation from the CIA in 1991, he moved to Virginia to open the Lansdowne Conference Resort in Leesburg. He is a Certified Executive Chef and Certified Culinary Educator from the American Culinary Federation and earned his M. Ed from Virginia Tech. Glenn is married and has two children. He enjoys sailing and woodworking, and is the owner of Knives by Walden, specializing in custom knife handles and kitchen tools.
John, an FCPS graduate, holds an Associates Degree in Automotive Technology. He has many years of trade experience and is an ASE Certified Master Technician. John taught Automotive Technology at Marshall Academy and Hayfield Secondary School before coming to the Edison Academy.
Karen Nestlerode became the Veterinary Science ( formerly Animal Science) instructor in 2002 at the Academy. She is a graduate of Edison High School, received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Mary Washington College and her Masters of Education in Special Education from the University of Virginia. Prior to teaching Veterinary Science in the Academy, Karen taught Biology as part of the Edison HS Science department from 1999. She is a licensed veterinary technician who currently works in an emergency veterinary hospital part-time.
Jennifer graduated from Hayfield Secondary School in 1999 and attended Christopher Newport University studying psychology. During breaks from college, Jennifer started working at Edison High School as a substitute teacher. From there she began working full time in the main office. After two years she accepted a position working in Subschool II. In August of 2007, she gratefully accepted a Finance position in the Edison Academy.
Adam Wells is a special education resource teacher and serves as the Support Team Department Chair. In this role, Mr. Wells provides support to students in various Academy classes. He is a graduate of Edison High School , earned a Bachelor's degree from Marymount University and an M. Ed with endorsement in Special Education from George Mason University.
Mr. Kuesters has been with Edison Academy since 2007 where he started teaching Network Administration. Since then he has added the Oracle, A+ and Cyber Security Capstone curricula to his responsibility. He currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and an MBA from University of Phoenix, and a Masters of Education from University of Virginia. Mr. Kuesters has held many different positions at several different companies thus, giving him a wide array of knowledge and experience in finance, business, retail, computers and education. In his career he has worked for several large corporations such as: Nordstrom, Verizon, AARP, Fannie Mae, ASIS, University of Phoenix and even NAVSEA.
Tom came to the Academy with a wealth of industry experience. He worked as an Automotive Painter for eight years and as a Collision Repair Technician for twenty years. He then went on to teach Collision Repair and Refinishing in St. Mary's County for two and a half years. Tom has previously taught Automotive Collision Services at the Marshall Academy. Mr. Carroll is ASE certified and I-CAR trained.
Pam Person ( On Extended Leave)
Ms. Person has been with Edison Academy since 2015, at Edison High since 2013, and a teacher within Fairfax County for a total of 8 years. She started off teaching Business Law/Management, Information Systems, and Economics and Personal Finance, but currently she is teaching Teachers for Tomorrow as well as AVID 12. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Leadership from Christopher Newport University. Ms. Person has held various positions at companies thus, giving her a wide variety of experience to share with her students in the classroom. In addition to teaching she owns her own business which allows her to bring real life experiences into the classroom.