Kids & Family

Bri Chrispin, pictured here goofing around with her little, Ty'Mirra, started volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters because, she says, she "always wanted a little sister." Photo: Eze Amos

Do good: 17 ways to get in the spirit of giving

While it’s important to be generous year-round, the holidays provide parents with an opportune time to teach kids about giving back, either by donating their time or goods to those in need. Here are some local ways to help out this season, from food-delivery to gift-wrapping. By Shea Gibbs and Wistar Murray Better together Mature teens […]

Patricia Colby because interested in the Montessori method after researching schools for her daughter. Photo: Keith Alan Sprouse

Head of class: Mountaintop Montessori’s newest addition

Mountaintop Montessori’s new head of school, Patricia Colby, has spent most of her adult life working in education. From South America to California to New York, Colby’s journey to Charlottesville has been long and fascinating.  After completing her undergrad work at the University of Houston, the Venezuela native pursued a doctoral degree in social psychology […]