Office Staff

Adam Weissbarth - Founder and President

Adam Weissbarth has taught thousands of children to play chess in New Mexico, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Virginia. Many of his students have won local, state, and national championships. Adam has won numerous scholastic and adult tournaments all over the country, including two New Mexico High School Championships. Adam earned his National Chess Master title in the winter of 2006 and became a U.S. Chess Federation-certified Senior Tournament Director in 2009. He has appeared on the Howard Stern show and been profiled in Chess Life magazine. Adam has an M.S. in Statistics from the University of Washington, where -- in a preview of his future career -- he enjoyed being a TA far more than taking classes or doing research.  Adam lives in Falls Church with his wife, daughter, and son.

 

 

Daniel Weissbarth - Director of Operations

Daniel has been playing chess for as long as he can remember (see picture), and achieved the title of Expert in 2009.  After working for Silver Knights as a teacher for a year near Philadelphia, Daniel moved to Northern Virginia in the summer of 2009 to be the Program Director for the new branch of the company.  Over the last few years he has overseen Silver Knights' growth in the DMV area from 10 locations and 200 students to more than 3,500 students all over the region - look at the map!  He's taught a few state champions, a bunch of players in the top 100 in the country for their age group, and thousands of kids who love playing chess!

 

 

Sharon Buttram - Curriculum Developer

Sharon Buttram has worked with area youth for over 15 years as a PTA officer and after school enrichment instructor. She has spent the past 9 years volunteering for Odyssey of the Mind, first as a coach and more recently as a judge.  She has also been an after-school chess instructor in Fairfax-area elementary schools for more than 10 years.  Sharon joined Silver Knights in 2012 as an after-school chess instructor and moved into a full-time office position later that year.  Since then, she has held a variety of positions with the company.  Currently, she spends her time developing and teaching Silver Knights’ STEM programs. Sharon is married and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, two sons and two dogs Bo and Pippa.

 

 

Ashley Smuirthwaite - Program Manager

Ashley has always had a passion for both STEM and early childhood development. As an undergrad she studied Biology at Utah State University and practiced teaching at the Edith Bowen Laboratory School on campus. She has many years of experience with after school programs and directing summer camps! In her free time, Ashley loves to travel, explore new places, and scrapbook her adventures.