Mr. Phillip is the Director of Bands at John Champe High School. Mr. Phillip is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a masters degree from George Mason University. He studied tuba with Mark Theile and Kevin Stees. He continues to perform in the Capital Wind Symphony. Prior to his position at John Champe, Mr. Phillip taught band at Park View High School in Sterling, Virginia. Under his direction the Park View High School band earned superior ratings in concert, marching, and jazz. While there the Park View Band Program twice earned "Virginia Honor Band" status. Mr. Phillip was named the Park View Educator of the year during the 2009-2010 school year. Mr. Phillip enjoys spending his free time with his Wife, Laurel Phillip, and their pets Shirley and Tink.
Lauren Merceruio, Choir Director
Mrs. Merceruio has been teaching in Loudoun County Public Schools since January of 2010. She was an itinerant elementary music teacher for two years before getting the job as Choir Director at John Champe High School. Mrs. Merceruio also taught Broadway Pops Choir and Vocal Jazz for LYCEUM, formerly known as Summer in the Arts, to 6th through 12th grade students during the summer of 2010 through 2012.
Mrs. Merceruio went to Shenandoah University and received a bachelors degree in Music Education. She also studied music theater and vocal pedagogy. While attending SU, she participated in the operas and musicals, and traveled with the Conservatory Choir to France and Italy as a choir member and featured soloist. She also enjoyed singing with the Shenandoah Singers for two years and developing a love for a capella and vocal jazz music. Mrs. Merceruio was and remains to be an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota music fraternity and served as president of her collegiate chapter in 2008.
In addition to teaching, Mrs. Merceruio sings with the St. James Episcopal church choir as soprano section leader and serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for The Growing Stage Theatre, Inc.
Ms. Tomick graduated from Loudoun County Public Schools and went off to art school to study animation and drawing at Savannah College of Art and Design. SCAD is ranked one of the top art schools in the nation, and it is there that Ms. Tomick had the opportunity to work with professionals in the animation field. After completing her degree, Ms. Tomick realized that working in the animation field would not be the best suited job for her so she found herself working as a children's book illustrator for a small publishing company and also tried her hand at freelancing. Although she loved her work, something felt like it was missing. She discovered that the missing piece was teaching so she went back to school to complete her master's degree in art education at George Mason. Now that Ms. Tomick has found teaching she can't imagine doing anything else. She is excited to be back in Loudoun County teaching in the very place that started her off in the world of art.
Mrs. Cabaniss graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in English with a focus in Secondary Education in both the English and Theatre classroom as well as a Masters in Teaching. Before coming to Loudoun, she worked as a college professor teaching Freshman level English courses on the border of Delaware. Mrs. Cabaniss is a native of Loudoun County, VA and a graduate of Loudoun Valley High School and is happy to be returning to her roots! This will be her first year with Loudoun County Public Schools.