Blue Ridge School has recognized three members of the faculty and staff for 20 years of service: English teacher Dan Dunsmore, Dean of Students Tony Brown, and SAGE Dining staff member Kimberly Moyer.
Dan Dunsmore is best known for his role as a teacher at Blue Ridge School, having taught in the Fishburne Learning Center, English as a second language, and in the English Department where he is now chair. However, he has served the community and students in a variety of ways, including director of the annual fund, alumni relations, and summer programs. Dunsmore has been the editor of the literary magazines Pegasus and Fortier. He has also been a writer and editor for Blue Ridge School’s magazine, The Ridge. In 2018 he was the winner of the Golden Apple Award for Teaching. He is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee and earned his master’s degree in Secondary English Education from Georgia State University. He may be best known at Blue Ridge School as the successful head coach of Squire basketball, an enthusiastic group of entry-level players.
During his 20 years at Blue Ridge School, Tony Brown has served 15 of those as dean of students. Headmaster Trip Darrin says, “That is one of the hardest roles at a boarding school, yet Tony Brown does it with equanimity and positivity year after year.” He also has served as director of summer programs and taught in the Fishburne Learning Center. Brown was the founding director of Blue Ridge School’s Outdoor Program, initiated the development of the School’s 15-mile hiking and biking trail network, and started the BRS mountain biking team. His devotion to serving others extends well beyond the gates of Blue Ridge School. Brown has worked tirelessly for the food pantry, Tuesday Table, GRACE, Habitat for Humanity, and World Bicycle Relief. In recognition for his work, in 2010 he was the winner of the Golden Apple Award for Teaching and in 2018 he was named a Hometown Hero.
Though not technically an employee of Blue Ridge School, Kimberly Moyer of SAGE Dining has served the students and community at the School with dedication and kindness for two decades. She is universally known as a trustworthy, reliable, hard-working, and dedicated team member. She is the only member of the dining hall team who loved working at BRS and was so good at her job that she stayed at the School during the transition from Meriwether Godsey Catering to SAGE Dining. SAGE Dining Food Services Director Jonathan Ballato says, “She is a genuinely kind person whose attitude helps create a positive attitude within the kitchen.”