Teachers

Kimberly Staggs

Principal

B.A.(history, minor in German), University of California Irvine

M.A.(history), The University of Alabama

J.D., The University of Alabama

Mrs. Staggs was raised in Irvine, California, where she attended the University of California, Irvine, Campus wide Honors Program, earning aB.A. with a major in history and a minor in German. During her junior year at U.C. Irvine, she lived and studied in Göttingen, Germany, through the University of California’s Education Abroad Program. While taking classes in Germany, she developed an interest in the civil rights movement in the United States during the 1950s and 1960s, which led her to write her senior thesis on the Birmingham civil rights marches in 1963, “Alienable Rights: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Power By and For the Children.”

Mrs. Staggs graduated cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa from U.C.I. in 1993, then moved to Alabama to pursue her M.A. in history at the University of Alabama, where she received a Graduate Council Fellowship. Continuing her interest in civil rights, Mrs. Staggs wrote her master’s thesis about the Selma voting rights marches of 1965. Writing “Williams v. Wallace and the Federal Court in the Selma March: Bringing Proportionality to the Constitution” piqued her interest in the field of law and, upon receiving her M.A. in 1995, she began her studies at the University of Alabama School of Law, where she became an editor for the Law and Psychology Review and was was given Best Paper awards in both her Decedents’ Estates and Real Estate Development courses. While still in law school, she clerked for the Honorable Robert Bernard Harwood, Jr., on the Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court. Kimberly received her Juris Doctor degree and was admitted to the Alabama Bar Association in 1998.

Following law school, Mrs. Staggs moved to New York City for a year with her husband, Clay Staggs, while he attended school, where she worked for the Office of Development and the Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University Law School. Upon return she again clerked for the Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court, this time for the Honorable L. Scott Coogler. In 2000, she opened her own law office and enjoyed practicing in real estate law. In addition to her own practice, Mrs. Staggs has written appellate briefs for other attorneys and taught paralegal courses and Western Civilization at Shelton State Community College.

Mrs. Staggs turned from college courses to classical education in 2006 when it was time for her daughter to start Kindergarten. Having been heartily persuaded that a classical education would be the best option for her own children, she became the first Kindergarten teacher at Riverwood Classical School. Mrs. Staggs is currently teaching Omnibus, Rhetoric, Latin, and Etiquette in the Upper School and serves as the school-wide principal.

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Adam Condra

Teacher

Mr. Condra began teaching at Riverwood Classical School in 2011 after graduating from Brimingham Southern College with a B.A. in English. Mr. Condra is an avid gamer, writer, and artist and brings all of those interests and skills to his classroom as he teaches. Additionally, Mr. Condra brings to RCS the experience of having attended and graduated from Oak Mountain Classical School, now Westminster, in Birmingham. Currently, Mr. Condra teaches math and science in the Grammar school, P.E. to the Upper school, and art to all RCS students.

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Diane Powers

Teacher

Mrs. Powers graduated in engineering from The University of Alabama and worked for N.A.S.A. in Huntsville for several years. As her own three children were growing up, Mrs. Powers homeschooled from time to time. Now that her children are grown, Mrs. Powers teaches Math, Science, and Logic classes to the Upper School students at Riverwood Classical. Currently, Mrs. Powers is assisted in science by Mr. Jacob Bell, a college student with a passion for biology and a gift for teaching. Mrs. Powers is married to Allen Powers, who serves on the Riverwood Classical School Board.

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Brittany Nelson

Teacher

Brittany Johnson graduated from the University of Alabama in 2015 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Creative Writing.  Ms. Johnson loves books, films, writing, and working with children.  She began her career at RCS in 2015 as a grammar P.E. teacher then became the full-time Kindergarten teacher at the beginning of the 2016 Spring Semester.  In addition to teaching Kindergarten and Grammar P.E., Ms. Johnson teaches the music classes at RCS.

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Jeff Pate

Teacher

Mr. Pate has been the pastor at Riverwood Presbyterian Church since Fall 2014 and took over the Greek class at RCS in the 2015 Spring Semester.  Mr. Pate currently teaches Greek to the Rhetoric Class in the Upper School.

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Merriam Ruggles

Teacher

Merriam Ruggles received her B.S. from the University of Alabama in 2014, majoring in Early Childhood Education.  Ms. Ruggles started at RCS in 2015 when she began teaching the Ballroom Dance class to the Upper School and serving as a substitute.  In 2016, Ms. Ruggles also began teaching Spelling, Grammar, Writing, and Literature in the Grammar School.

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Vielyana Kim

Teacher

Mrs. Kim has two children who attend RCS, and she teaches at RCS part-time.  Mrs. Kim teaches math and science in both the Upper and Grammar Schools and teaches the Introductory Logic class to the Dialectic Class in the Upper School.

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Valerie Robertson

Ballet Teacher and Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

Valerie Robertson holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Jones International University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance from The University of Alabama. She has lived in many places around the world and has had the opportunity to teach Pre-K, Kindergarten, Second, Third, and Fifth grade classes. Additionally, she taught Sixth Grade Language Arts and Seventh and Eighth Grade Performing Arts. Mrs. Robertson began dancing at the age of three in Portugal. She has had the pleasure of performing lead roles in many ballets and choreographing full length performances. She began teaching dance at the age of fifteen and has taught dance for nineteen years. She is extremely excited to help teach kindergarten and share her love of dance with the students at Riverwood Classical School this year.

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Recent News

Riverwood Classical Dance Program
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RCS Broadway Bound
RCS Broadway Bound ~ run by Ms. McLaurine & Ms. Robertson! June 7-11 | 9:00-12:00 | Friday 12:00 free performance ... read more
2021-2022 Applications Available
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Tuition and Fees Rates
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RCS Drama Club
The RCS Drama Club will start up in January 2021. Please see the Articles page of this site to download ... read more

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