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Former county art teacher now at Fuqua

Fuqua School in Farmville welcomes four new faculty members for the 2013-2014 academic year including one teacher from Halifax County. 

Forrest Layne, previously an art teacher at Halifax County Middle School, has joined the Fuqua School faculty as the lower, middle and upper school art teacher.  

Layne, a 1988 graduate, spent several years in the National Guard before attending Lynchburg College and becoming certified in art education.  

Layne has taught art in the Halifax County School system for the past 10 years.  

He is married to Elizabeth, and they have one son, Joel, a kindergarten student at Fuqua School.

Stephen Nelson, a 2009 graduate, returns to Fuqua School as a middle school mathematics teacher. Nelson graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.  While at Hampden-Sydney, Stephen served as an instrument technician and instructor, researcher and laboratory technician.

Kelly Atkinson joins the Fuqua School faculty as the lower school science lab teacher, upper school environmental science teacher and ecology club sponsor.  Atkinson received her master’s degree in education from Longwood University and has more than 10 years of teaching experience in the Cumberland County School system.  She is married to Robert, and they have two daughters enrolled at Fuqua School:  Rudee, in kindergarten, and Brynn, in pre-kindergarten. 

Dara Tucker joins the lower school faculty as a 4/5 classroom teacher. Tucker received her master’s degree in educational leadership from Longwood University and has worked as a classroom teacher, education specialist with the Virginia Department of Education and an adjunct professor at Longwood University.  Tucker is National Board Certified.  She is married to Zach, and they have one son, Dalton, a third grade student at Fuqua School.