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Paula Stokes

Ms. Paula Stokes grew up in Hagerstown, MD and is a 1991 graduate of South Hagerstown High School. 
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in English from Shippensburg University in
1997, Ms. Stokes taught Theatre and English at South’s rival North Hagerstown High School for twelve
years before joining the faculty of BISFA during the inaugural opening year.  Although it was difficult to
leave her North High Drama Club and directing plays, she loves her BISFA family and wouldn’t change
a thing! She loves to travel, to read (of course), to sing karaoke, and to spend quality time with her family
and friends. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her fur babies:  Chloe, Gertrude, and Beatrice.


Julia Trinchera

Julia Trinchera received a degree in Communication and Public Relations with a minor in Theatre from The University of Pittsburgh in 1999.  She worked as a NBC news field reporter from 1998-2001. After realizing this was not her passion, she went back to the drawing board, pursuing a degree in secondary education at Wilson College (2003).  Mrs. Trinchera spent 17 wonderful years teaching high school English at Hancock Middle-Senior High School and now has taken residency at BISFA for the foreseeable future. Mrs. Trinchera is married to Brian, together they have one daughter, three dogs and a persnickety cat.