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.

Core Faculty

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

Auxiliary Faculty

Kathryn Caine—Art and Music Appreciation
Lindsay Diamond—Art
Amanda Watson—Drama
Emily Umberger—Health
Eliza O’Connell —P. E. & Development and Strategic Planning
Mariah Johnson—Dance
Lori Madden—Dance
Emily Rosson—Orchestra
Kiley Griffin—Beginning Orchestra
Mary Reitsma—Woodwind Chorus
Nancy Paulson—Chorus
Edward Booker—Maintenance