One of the most visible faculty members on campus has added a new role to her list of duties after Massanutten Military Academy’s Head of School Kim Elshafie-Layman announced Sarah Treese’s promotion to Assistant Academic Dean earlier this month.
“She has already been performing many duties, but I wanted to officially announce that Sarah Treese is our Assistant Academic Dean,” Elshafie-Layman announced to the faculty and staff. “Thank you, Sarah, for all you do!”
Originally from Wallingford, Pa., Treese moved to Woodstock in 2007. For six years she drove past the school and felt a calling to join.
“I always drove by MMA thinking that it looked like a nice place to work,” Treese said. “I grew up around the Army and always felt comfortable with that. In 2013, I found out there was a job opening and took the chance to cut my commute down from 90 minutes to 2 minutes.”
An avid volleyball fan for most of her life, Treese played women’s lacrosse at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pa., where she earned a degree in Athletic Training. Her love of sports is evident everyday at Massanutten Military Academy where she is not only the head coach of the volleyball team, but is the school’s Athletic Trainer, who is responsible for the health of all athletes.
Always eager to help any student and faculty or staff member, Treese’s workload has increased each year, culminating in her recent promotion. When she joined the MMA family in 2013, Treese was the Athletic Trainer and an administrative assistant. In 2015, Treese completed Project Lead The Way (PLTW) training, which allowed her to transition into teaching engineering. Over the years, she added anatomy and biology to her teaching workload as well as sports and exercise science. This school year, Treese is teaching engineering and middle school health and exercise science, in addition to be the Assistant Academic Dean.
“I’m very excited to continue my passion for education through my most recent appointment to Assistant Dean,” Treese said. “I love the relationships that I’m able to build with my cadets. Also, on a personal level, my 7-year-old daughter, Taryn, who comes to campus frequently is welcomed by the cadets with open arms and treated as a little sister, and she is very proud of “her cadets.””
Undaunted by the workload, Treese sees the expanding student body as a sign of great things to come.
“I am so excited by this year’s cadets and very excited for the growth of the school,” Treese said. “With the addition of our International Baccalaureate courses, I just continue to see our academics continuing to excel along with our sports!”