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Bristow Beat Staff

Jason Shaw Publisher

After seven years as a copywriter and commercial director, Jason pursued teaching. As a result, he found that he could use his experience, creativity and an implicit understanding of the media to help students develop their own capabilities utilizing modern tools. Moreover, he quickly learned that he could make a difference in their young lives. Currently, as a language arts and journalism teacher at Osbourn Park High School in Manassas, Virginia, Jason teaches literature, writing skills, journalism and film studies. Through the development of creative lessons, he strives to teach students how to communicate, understand and appreciate the finesse of language, to interpret new concepts in literature and to write with insight, self-reflection, and emotion.

Stacy Shaw Executive Editor

Throughout the last two years Stacy has been building her portfolio as a journalist writing feature articles and covering local news for various publications throughout Northern Virginia. Her interest in journalism stems from a background in English and creative writing, and her passion for community is derived from her experience as a creative writing teacher at Woodbridge Senior High School. There she was constantly inspired by her talented and ambitious students, whom she inspired to share their gifts through publication and production. Through Bristow Beat Stacy hopes to provide current, accurate, local news as well as tell compelling stories.

Hanna Kras Contributing Reporter/Photographer

Leigh Giza  Copy Editor and Columnist

Copy editor Leigh Giza lives in Gainesville. She graduated from University of Maryland, College Park in 1982 and has held several paid and volunteer positions in the writing and publications field since then. She recently published her first poetry book, Found and Lost, and she looks forward to publishing more books in the future. Her book is available for purchase at and

Jennifer Sullivan Contributor

Jennifer Sullivan, a Bristow resident and native New Yorker, has held a variety of jobs in the public relations and publication fields.  She earned her degree in English from Drew University in Madison, N.J.  When not writing, she is volunteering at T. Clay Wood Elementary School and keeping up with her two young sons.

Kathy Smaltz Columnist

Like many moms, Kathy drives a mini-van full of booster seats and Disney/Pixar DVD’s. When she’s not chauffering her kids, ages 10 and under, to school and activities, she teaches at Brentsville District H.S. and writes fiction, poetry, and blogs about the challenges and rewards of being a mom to young children.

Aaron Weiss Columnist

Aaron Weiss is a Graduate Cinema Studies student at the Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently working on his thesis. He is currently waiting for responses to his Ph.D applications, but in the meantime, he runs where he publishes movie reviews and film criticism.



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