Cosby High School

Chesterfield County Public Schools


Portrait of Mr. Snyder

Mr. Benjamin Snyder

Mr. Snyder graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in history and earned his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has two daughters, and he enjoys spending time with his family and watching the Hokies in his free time. Mr. Snyder has been with Chesterfield County Public Schools for 18 years, and this is his fourth year at Cosby.

  • Oversees all school operations
  • Develops and implements the School Innovation and Improvement Plan and Annual Operating Plan
  • Oversees school safety and security
  • Administers and plans school budget
  • Supervises School Counseling department
  • Serves as Title IX and OCR Coordinator
  • Coordinates school activities with the DSA
  • Serves as the administrative liaison to the PTSO

Phone: (804) 639-8340
Email: [email protected]

Portrait of Ms. Fial

Ms. Kathryn Fial
Associate Principal

Ms. Fial graduated from VCU with a B.S in Psychology and Master’s of Teaching in Middle Education (4-8) as well as a Post-Master’s Certification in Administration & Supervision. Prior to joining Cosby in 2009 as an Assistant Principal, Ms. Fial taught middle school science, social studies and math and spent three years on the Manchester Middle School administrative team.

  • Supports students A-C
  • Supervises the Social Studies and Health & Physical Education departments
  • Coordinates 11th grade student activities
  • Serves as the administrative liaison to Choral Boosters
  • Develops and implements the master schedule
  • Coordinates the Early College Academy
  • Coordinates Faculty Handbook
  • Supervises student parking

Phone: (804) 639-8340 x 8422
Email: [email protected]

Portrait of Ms. Dunbrack

Ms. Amanda Dunbrack
Assistant Principal

Ms. Dunbrack was raised in Northern Virginia and earned her B.A. in English and initial teaching licensure at The College of William & Mary (Go Tribe!). Ms. Dunbrack began her teaching career in Prince William County Schools where she taught English at first Battlefield High School and then Patriot High School as a member of its inaugural staff. In addition to teaching, Ms. Dunbrack coached both field hockey and soccer for many years. She relocated to Chesterfield County in 2014 and taught English at Manchester High School. Ms. Dunbrack earned her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been serving as an administrator at Cosby High School since 2019. Ms. Dunbrack resides in the Cosby District with her husband, two children, two dogs, and lots of chickens. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the amazing food destinations around Richmond, watching sports, and spending time with friends and family.

  • Supports students Hi-Ma
  • Supervises the English and Fine/Performing Arts departments
  • Oversees school safety and security
  • Coordinates teacher recertification
  • Co-coordinates the New Teacher Induction Program
  • Coordinates 9th grade activities

Phone: (804) 639-8340 x 8485
Email: [email protected]

Portrait of William Alston

William “Brad” Alston
Assistant Principal

Mr. Alston was raised in Hampton & Newport News, Va. He attended Menchville High School and later graduated from Bethel High School. He attended Randolph-Macon College graduating with a degree in Sociology. Mr. Alston began his career in education as a Special Education teacher at Highland Springs High School. He taught Special Education there in the Science department for 14 years. Upon moving on from teaching, Mr. Alston served as an Administrative Intern at Highland Springs High School for 5 years. In addition to his role as an administrator, Mr. Alston also takes pride in building relationships as a mentor. In 2016 Mr. Alston was recognized by The Virginia Mentor Partnership as Mentor of the year. Mr. Alston takes pride in developing meaningful relationships with students, staff, faculty and families.Mr. Alston obtained his Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Regent University. Mr. Alston loves to travel and spend time with friends and family. He resides in Henrico County with his wife and two children.

Phone: (804) 639-8340 x 8603
Email: [email protected]

Portrait of Mr. Szybisty

Mr. Chris Szybisty
Assistant Principal

Mr. Szybisty graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.A. in mathematics and earned his M.Ed from Virginia Commonwealth University in Educational Leadership. Prior to becoming an administrator, Mr. Szybisty taught math. This is his 11th year in education and fourth at Cosby.

  • Supports students Sj-Z
  • Supervises the Math and Special Education departments
  • Coordinates 12th grade activities
  • Serves as the administrative liaison for instructional technology
  • Supervises online credit recovery
  • Serves as the administrative liaison to PBIS
  • Supports development of the Annual Operating Plan
  • Supports student government

Phone: (804) 639-8340 x 8412
Email: [email protected]

Candid photo of Aaron Boughner

Aaron Boughner
Dean of Students

Mr. Boughner graduated from The University of Virginia with a B.A. in Politics and his M.Ed from Old Dominion University. He earned his post-graduate certificate in Educational Leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to becoming an administrator, Mr. Boughner taught Social Studies and served as department chair. This is Mr. Boughner’s 8th year in education and first year at Cosby.
  • Supports students Mb-Si
  • Supervises the Career/Technical Education and Library departments
  • Co-coordinates student transportation
  • Coordinates textbooks and lockers
  • Coordinates 9th grade student activities

Phone: (804) 639-8340 x 8406
Email: [email protected]

Portrait of Ms. Williams

Ms. Merel Williams
School Counseling Coordinator

Mrs. Williams has been a school counselor for almost 25 years, starting her career in Fairfax County before relocating her family to the Richmond area. She received her undergraduate degree in Family Studies from the University of Delaware and a Master’s degree in Education and School Counseling from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Mrs. Williams was selected as Cosby Teacher of the Year in 2011-2012.

  • Coordinates the School Counseling department
  • Coordinates Advanced Placement registration and testing
  • Coordinates new student registration
  • Serves as the liaison to middle schools
  • Supports student athletic eligibility with the VHSL and NCAA

Phone: (804) 639-8340 x 8425
Email: [email protected]

Portrait of Mr. Swartz

Mr. Mickey Swartz
Director of Student Activities

Mr. Swartz earned his B.S. in Social Sciences (Secondary Education) from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming the Director of
Student Activities, Mr. Swartz taught Social Studies and coached football and baseball. This is his 23rd year in education and his 14th at Cosby.

  • Oversees all sports and student activities
  • Coordinates clubs and extracurricular activities
  • Coordinates facility use
  • Supports student government
  • Develops school, athletic, and activity calendars

Phone: (804) 639-8345
Email: [email protected]

Ms. Mary Estelle Douglas
Coordinator of Special Education

Ms. Douglas graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a B.S. in Education and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas with her M. Ed. in Special Education and Administration. She began her public education career in Texas as a self-contained Special Education teacher. She has also taught general education, been a Special Education Coordinator, Educational Diagnostician, and a Special Education Director in Texas for 35 years. Ms. Douglas moved to Virginia in 2018 and served Special Education students at Bailey Bridge Middle School in math and English. She is excited to be a Cosby Titan and to support students as they move toward graduation from high school.

  • Coordinator of Special Education
  • Serves as the 504 coordinator
  • Oversees IEP and 504 referrals and re-evaluations

Phone: (804) 639-8340
Email: [email protected]