Saint Stephen’s welcomes an incredible group of new faculty members for the 2023-24 school year. Meet these accomplished teachers (L-R):
Luke Valadie (Upper School English)
Luke is a proud Saint Stephen’s alumnus, Class of 2018, and a recent Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts with degrees in computer science and religion. He has most recently served as a freelance writer and content creator for Launch House, a prominent startup incubator.
Frazer Campbell (Upper School Visual Arts)
Frazer is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and comes to Saint Stephen’s from Hutchinson School in Memphis, Tenn., where she taught Advanced Placement 3D design, as well as lower and middle school. She’s a practicing artist who is active in modern art and portraiture.
Faith Lipton (Pre-K Assistant)
Faith has a bachelor’s from UCF and a master’s in elementary education from the University of South Florida. She has previously taught Pre-K and third grade in public schools in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton and Palmetto, and was a founding faculty member of a charter school in Raleigh, N.C. Faith is the former assistant manager of the Fruitville Library, where she partnered with area schools and taught community outreach programs for Teen Partners and the First Step recovery program.
Beth Sutton (First Grade)
Beth has more than 25 years of independent school teaching experience, most recently at Saint Paul’s in Clearwater. She has a bachelor’s in elementary education from Towson State and a master’s from Graceland University in Iowa. Beth has received multiple Teacher of the Year awards and was a nominee for Disney’s American Teacher Award in 2003.
Sharon Galligan (Upper School Spanish)
Sharon has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of St. Joseph in Connecticut, where she also played collegiate volleyball. Prior to joining Saint Stephen’s, Sharon taught all levels of Spanish at South Windsor (Conn.) High and coached freshman girls volleyball. She grew up in Venezuela and studied abroad in Spain.
Lee Trampleasure (Upper School Physics)
Lee comes to SSES from Grant Union High in Sacramento, Calif., where he taught physics and chemistry. A graduate of Cal State University East Bay, Lee is a recipient of the Homer L. Dodge Citation for distinguished service to the American Association of Physics Teachers, and received a $10,000 grant from BP for algebra/physics collaboration.
America Espinal (Intermediate and Middle School Spanish – not pictured)
A native Spanish speaker with proficiency in French and German, America comes to Saint Stephen’s from the Unity School in Delray, Fla. She earned her undergraduate degree from Penn State and a master’s in Student Personnel / Counseling from Widener. A global educator and learner who has extensive experience with DEI work and overseas student programming, America has also done cross-disciplinary work with middle school science faculty on sustainable gardening.