Haverford College, B.S. psychology
Manhattanville College, M.A. elementary education K – 6
Robin Albertson-Wren is a Responsive Classroom teacher trainer and certified mindfulness instructor who teaches every morning in the Pre-School and works with our athletics teams, SKOLA program, Residential Life program, and Life Skills classes. She is also an author, public speaker, workshop leader and conference presenter for local, state, and national groups, including VAIS, NAIS, VAECE, and VBIDA. Her teaching philosophy is to create a community of learners who support, challenge, and care for another in an environment that is full of wonder, creativity, and joy. Robin’s favorite School tradition is the sign language used during the School song, Raise We Our Voices, because it connects everyone non-verbally and our senior “sandbox kids” remember it fondly.
Davidson College, B.A.
Lynchburg College. M.Ed.
Prior to joining the School in the Learning Village Grades 5 – 8 office, Ashley taught at the elementary level for seven years and at the preschool level for six.
University of Virginia, B.A. history
Kathy Carpenter has been working with the School's youngest learners since 2000.
Sarah Lawrence College, B.A. English and psychology
Oxford University, M.Phil. Victorian literature
Jennifer started her career as a high school English teacher in Washington, D.C., Md., and S.C. before beginning a family and accepting an administrative position with Charlottesville Waldorf School. Her volunteer work as a docent at the Fralin Museum of Art coupled with her experience in school administration honed her desire to work more directly with young children. Jennifer joined the early childhood department as a preschool teacher at CWS and has delighted in the joy, creativity, and curiosity that the youngest school children bring into the world. Her teaching philosophy is: “Exploration! I believe this is the joyful work of the young child.” Jennifer enjoys drawing, knitting, cooking, and talking about literature with friends in a book club.
University of Virginia, B.A. psychology
University of Virginia, M.A.T. elementary education
Prior to joining the School in 2019 as a Pre-School teacher and director of the After School Enrichment Program, Elizabeth Lane worked at the Montessori School of Charlottesville and Georgetown Learning Center. She has also worked at Triple C Camp, enjoys theater and film, and has experience in set design having worked as a technician for First Year Players during her time at U.Va. Elizabeth was attracted to teaching because she’s always enjoyed being a mentor and leader as she used to "teach" her stuffed animals after school. Teaching felt like a natural fit given her love of learning, working with children, and drive to lead and create a warm, nurturing environment.
University of Florida, B.A. special education
University of South Florida, M.A. special education
Debbie has been an educator for more than 30 years, and still remembers her third grade teacher Mrs. DeWine as being her favorite teacher because “she had all sorts of classroom pets, including a skunk!”
Vlatka Litric has been with the School since 2011 and currently serves as a Pre-School programs assistant and After School Enrichment Program teacher.
Yale University, B.A. history
Columbia University, Teacher’s College, M.A. organizational leadership
David joined the School in 2006 following headships at Terrace Community Charter School in Florida and Midland School in California. His teaching philosophy is student-driven, -centered, and -owned, in which learning is accompanied by doing, making, and creating for an authentic audience. He'd like to teach students to own their learning, here at our School and into the future. David enjoys both the start and finish of any school year because times of transition are powerful and purposeful, and each weekly Chapel service as an opportunity to gather and reflect as a community, and listen to colleagues and students share personal, inspirational messages. His favorite thing about Charlottesville is its balance among metropolitan elements, a world-class university, and a quick drive out into nature.
University of Virginia, B.A. English literature
Columbia University, Teacher’s College, M.A. educational leadership
Shannon joined the School in 2017 having taught previously at The Bullis School, St. Albans School, and The Bryn Mawr School. She received faculty excellence awards while at Bullis and Bryn Mawr, and was named a National Association of Independent Schools 2013 - 2014 Teacher of the Future and later served as program faculty. She is passionate about performing arts, and has performed in and directed more shows than she can count. “I particularly love musical theater and cherish any time I can catch a new show on Broadway,” she says.
Germanna Community College
Prior to joining the School in 2015, Sam worked as a legal advocate for victims of domestic violence and has since become a coordinator with Charlottesville Ladies Arm Wrestling, which brings together women from all walks of life to compete and fundraise for organizations founded by or serving women. She loves that Charlottesville is a friendly town, but large enough for her children to thrive and she believes that all children learn through play. In her spare time, Sam enjoys knitting and playing ukulele.