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.
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.
Patrick Szabo Contributing Reporter
Patrick Szabo is a 2014 English/Journalism graduate of George Mason University. Having written for Leesburg Today for two years, he is more than just an amateur journalist. Not only does he enjoy writing intriguing stories for the community, but he is also a creative writer. He has written two feature length screenplays, countless short stories and vast amounts of poetry. Aside from writing, he also races in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series with a NASCAR team based in Haymarket, Va.
Allissa Jones Contributing Reporter
Allissa Jones is a high school student planning to pursue the field of engineering. She is actively involved in local journalism and enjoys writing investigative stories.
Olivia Rinaldi Events Coordinator
Olivia Rinaldi is a high school student who is pursuing the field of political science with a journalism background. She enjoys interviewing people and writing human interest stories.