Village School Founders
Before starting Village School, Proal Heartwell was a secondary school English teacher for ten years. He has taught all levels of English from Advanced Placement to English as a Second Language. Mr. Heartwell has a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in English with a Concentration in Fiction Writing from George Mason University. In his teaching career he has coached, sponsored publications and other activities, and has served as Lead Teacher for the Community of Caring at Charlottesville High School. Mr. Heartwell has been awarded fellowships and grants from the Council for Basic Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Foundation for Excellence in Public Education and the Center for Liberal Studies. Mr. Heartwell and his wife, Susan Roseberry Heartwell, have one daughter, Elise.
Jamie Knorr was a Social Studies teacher for three years at Charlottesville High School before starting Village School. He is certified to teach history, government, economics, geography, cultural anthropology, and psychology. Mr. Knorr received a B.A. from Stanford University with a major in History, an M.A. in Philosophy from University of Kentucky, and an M.A. magna cum laude in Medieval Studies from the Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto. During high school and college, he received four All-American awards in swimming. Before moving to Charlottesville with his wife Nancy, Mr. Knorr was Vice President with Shearson Lehman Brothers in New York City.
Laurie Duncan, Latin—B.A., Classics, University of Virginia
Melissa Giacherio, Director of Studies, Enrichment—B.A., English, Emory University; M.T., Secondary English, University of Virginia
Lisa Schropp, Algebra I, Geometry—B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies, James Madison University; M.Ed., Math Specialist Program, University of Virginia
Linde Tassell, Math—B.S., Communication, Cornell University; M.Ed. Mathematics Education, University of Virginia
Kim Taylor, Science—B.S., Biology, Queen’s University; M.S., Science Education, State University of New York
Janet Wiley, Office Manager—B.A., Math and Economics, University of Delaware
Brooke Dezio—Assistant Office Manager, Website Manager, Development—B.M.Ed., Choral Music Education, James Madison University; M.M., Piano Performance, James Madison University; D.M.A., Piano Performance, University of Memphis
Emily Umberger—P. E.
Heather Dennee—P. E.
Kiley Griffin—Beginning Orchestra
Mary Reitsma—Woodwind Chorus
Kathryn Caine—Music Appreciation