Education

Dr. Pam Moran started her 40-year teaching career as a science teacher in Orange County. “From the first time I tutored kids in a summer job as a college student I felt drawn to teach,” she says. “... I still consider my responsibility to be that of a teacher.” Photo: Amy Jackson

Teaching Model: Dr. Pam Moran employs a student-centered approach

Visiting the library of Woodbrook Elementary School, Dr. Pamela Moran, superintendent of Albemarle County Public Schools, was in her element. A group of third-graders were busy showcasing their reading skills for a pair of small collies, therapy dogs provided by the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. The students rested on pillows or sprawled across the carpeted floor, gently […]

Students at The Village School, an all-girls private middle school. Photo: Amanda Maglione

It takes a Village

It took two men with a vision to create an all-girls village On the Tuesday before winter break, a spirited debate has broken out in Jamie Knorr’s sixth-grade history class at Village School, the all-girls middle school he and Proal Heartwell founded two decades ago. A few of Knorr’s students have just delivered their soliloquy, […]

Max Patek, a programmer for the Charlottesville High School zero robotics team, says working through math and physics equations can be tough. Photo by
Mina Pirasteh

Space invaders: CHS robotics team goes international

A group of Charlottesville High School students are on an espionage mission from NASA to capture photographs of a competitor satellite while managing a limited store of energy and avoiding having their own satellite’s photo snatched by the competitor. BACON, or the Best All-around Club of Nerds, has been doing a pretty good job at it, […]