Regents School of Charlottesville was established in August of 2010 in Charlottesville, Virginia with the hope and expectation that all we do as a school would be Soli Deo Gloria (to God alone be the glory.)
Our story began as a tiny school of seven students, four dedicated families, and one full-time teacher in the basement of Jefferson Park Baptist Church. We knew that classical Christian education in Charlottesville would have to be demonstrated, not just described, to ignite a passion for this model of education in the heart of Thomas Jefferson’s birthplace, a place where many residents have an appreciation for a life long pursuit of excellent academics. In this pursuit of excellent academics, the heart of learning was forgotten: that one must acquire the tools of learning and must view them through the lens of biblical truth.
Classical Christian education is the pedagogical model which shaped many of our founding fathers, including Jefferson. The founders of Regents School had seen the results of the revival of classical Christian education in schools across this great nation and were compelled to bring it to Charlottesville.
We hope to give students at Regents School the tools to think so that they can learn anything. Many of our parents go back to their educational roots and read the classics alongside their children eager for understanding and clarity that they did not receive in their own schooling. We are grateful for this type of parent partnership at Regents School and recognize that God gave parents the responsibility of training up children including his or her education (Deuteronomy 6:7, Psalm 78:5-7). The concept of In Loco Parentis describes much of how we operate here at Regents School.
Our mission is to provide a classical and Christian education, founded upon and informed by a biblical worldview, that equips our students to know, love, and practice that which is true, good, and the beautiful and challenges them to live purposefully and intelligently as servants of the Lord Jesus Christ for the benefit of man and the glory of God.
We accomplish this mission by employing the time-tested methods of the Trivium as described in Dorothy Sayers' 1947 essay "The Lost Tools of Learning." Sayers describes three developmental stages of learning as being best served by Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric stages of education. These stages of education are structured to capture a student's natural propensity for acquiring knowledge with tools of learning appropriate to their age.
The most important distinction of a Regents education, however, is testing all of our curriculum, methodology, and arguments against biblical truth. We train up young hearts and minds alongside their parents to know, love, and practice God’s Word. There is great purpose to all that we teach at Regents in equipping our students to go out and serve God and man in a world that is in decline.
It is imperative that we raise up Christian men and women to be substantive leaders for the next generation, who know truth, can think logically, and can articulate their arguments winsomely to others. Through years of study and logical thinking, we want our graduates to know truth, appreciate beauty, and demonstrate a God-given wisdom.
Jennifer Atwell is the Regents art teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Art from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Additionally, Mrs. Atwell attended California State University Stanislaus in Turlock for Special Education studies. Mrs. Atwell taught as a special education teacher for three years in Northern Virginia and for two years in Modesto, California. Mrs. Atwell is a native of Charlottesville where she currently lives with her husband, Chris, and their three daughters. They enjoy sports, traveling, and being outdoors.
Joy Barresi is the development director at Regents School. Mrs. Barresi holds a bachelor's degree in history from Berry College and a master's degree in American history from George Mason University. She began her development career more than a decade ago, raising money for historical museums and presidential libraries through direct mail. Mrs. Barresi later transitioned to major giving with the Charles Koch Foundation and then Koch Industries Public Sector. While there, she helped raise money for universities and other organizations. After moving to the Charlottesville area, Mrs. Barresi and her family began an extensive search for the right school for their children. They were delighted with the academic and personal results they saw in Regents students, and they are now thankful to have their daughter enrolled in the school.
Mrs. Barresi lives with her husband, Matthew, in Lake Monticello where they enjoy running, wakeboarding, and kayaking together. She works part-time with the school and full-time with the couple's four children: Vienna, Miles, Gabriella, and Annalina.
Yvonne Bibby is a kindergarten teacher at Regents. Mrs. Bibby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Consumer Sciences and Interior Design from the University of Alabama. Prior to joining Regents, Mrs. Bibby and her husband served as missionaries with CRU in China, Taiwan, and in the U.S. She taught college students in the English Department at Guangzhou University in Guangzhou, China and speaks Mandarin Chinese. Mrs. Bibby used classical education during her 13 years in homeschooling and leading a co-op high school group for gifted students. She has taught English and basic reading skills from preschool to college level, also teaching ESL to international graduate students. Mrs. Bibby is the author of Wake Up! Return to God, a book about personal revival. She has a certificate in biblical counseling and is a member of The American Association of Christian Counselors. She is proud to come from a family of educators and has a passion for teaching children how to read and enjoy learning in the context of knowing God’s Word and His love for them.
She is married to Lowe and has two adult children. In her spare time, Yvonne enjoys reading, biking, traveling, spending time with family, praying and interceding for others, and helping as a community volunteer with The Voice of the Martyrs.
Laura Bradway is the fourth grade teacher at Regents School. Mrs. Bradway earned of Bachelor of Art in Religion and Sociology with a minor in Art History from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Upon graduating, Mrs. Bradway moved to Washington, D.C., where she completed the Capital Fellows Program, a leadership and discipleship program committed to the integration of a Christian worldview into all areas of life. During her Fellows tenure, Mrs. Bradway fell in love with classical education, tutoring fourth and fifth graders in an inner city classical school. Having fallen in love with the classroom, Mrs. Bradway then taught in inner city charter schools for three years before she moved to Charlottesville last year. Mrs. Bradway is married to Brooks, and together, they enjoy cooking, being outdoors, and searching for the city’s best pizza spots.
Jennifer Bryant is the first grade teacher at Regents. Mrs. Bryant earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education and Social Science from Radford University. She also holds a Master of Science in Reading and Reading Specialist certification from Radford University. Mrs. Bryant has been a teacher for more than twelve years and has experience teaching first, fourth, and fifth grade as well as experience as a Kindergarten Reading Specialist. Mrs. Bryant enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children. Their favorite pastimes include camping, hiking, gardening, and other outdoor activities.
Johnnie-Ann Campbell is the Grammar School Academic Dean at Regents. Miss Campbell earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Baptist College of Florida. Additionally, she holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Christian Schools from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Miss Campbell has nearly fifteen years of experience in classical Christian schools, teaching a variety of grade levels and subjects from preschool through high school. Prior to moving to Charlottesville, she served as Interim Director of Education for a private preschool and classical Christian academy. Miss Campbell has also worked as a freelance writer and political analyst. Miss Campbell is a classical enthusiast and is eager to share her love of learning and students with our Grammar School teachers. In her free time, Miss Campbell can usually be found with a good book and her dog, Scout.
May Chappell is the Business Assistant at Regents School. Mrs. Chappell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education and Counseling from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and she is currently finishing her Master of Arts.
Prior to joining Regents as the Business Assistant, she and her husband served as senior pastors and led worship in a church in the Midcoast Maine area for the last 10 years. While in Maine, she taught music at the Christian school her children attended and also served as an administrator of a Christian high school. They have been in full time ministry as a family for the last 16 years.
Mrs. Chappell is passionate about mission work as she was born into a missionary family in the Philippines before coming to the US in 1989 and her husband serves as a regional director for Southeast Asia at Advancing Native Missions. During her spare time, Mrs. Chappell can be found with her husband and their four children, behind a piano, writing, or reading a book.
Clay Daniel is the Logic and Rhetoric School Academic Dean at Regents School. He is a husband and father of two with a passion for biblical formation and Christian education. A graduate of Harvard University and Dallas Theological Seminary, he served as Reformed University Fellowship campus minister at Yale for five years. Turning vocationally to education while returning to his native Virginia, he settled in Charlottesville in 2008 and founded Clayborne Education, a tutoring firm dedicated to helping students overcome hurdles to college, graduate school, and general academic and vocational success. Having taught at Regents in 2012-2013, he returns happily in 2019 to serve its academic life. Clay loves watching and playing sports, doing puzzles, and playing games, especially Scrabble, in which he has a top 100 national ranking. He hopes you'll join him for a game sometime!
Sara Daniel is the librarian at Regents School. Mrs. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and History from Virginia Tech and was licensed to teach French K-12. Mrs. Daniel taught sixth grade at a private Christian school in Northern Virginia before marrying Clay Daniel, the Logic and Rhetoric School Academic Dean at Regents. She and Mr. Daniel spent several years studying at Dallas Theological Seminary before leading college student ministry at Reformed University Fellowship in New Haven, Connecticut. Mrs. Daniel returned to the classroom in 2017, serving as a teaching assistant in prekindergarten and first grade at The Covenant School in Charlottesville. It is her joy to support the work of Regents with her background in education and professional copy editing. Mrs. Daniel loves dark roast coffee, Mexican food, books, hitting a local trail on a beautiful day, visiting antique and decor shops, teaching Sunday School, and being a mother to son Knox, a sophomore at Regents, and daughter Lacy, a Regents first grader.
Sarah Field is a Logic and Rhetoric School teacher at Regents School, teaching humanities and Latin courses. Miss Field graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a minor in Childhood Studies. Throughout college, she developed an appreciation for art history and a love for helping children. Miss Field was a leader with Cru and Young Life College and developed an art program for homeless children. She spent her summers working at an outdoor adventure camp called Missions Springs Frontier Ranch in the mountains of Northern California. Last year, Miss Field developed a college access support program for low income, first-generation and refugee students as the community outreach director at a local education company. Miss Field loves travel and floral design, and she has lived in Virginia, California, and New York City.
Hayley Fleming is the fifth grade teacher at Regents School. Miss Fleming graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Social Sciences. Miss Fleming is originally from Amherst, Virginia where she cultivated a love for the Lord and of learning. While attending Liberty, Miss Fleming was a leader for Younglife and Wyldlife, and she was involved in urban education programs through a mentorship program and college buddies in public schools. Miss Fleming is passionate about Christian Camp ministry and has served on summer leadership teams. Miss Fleming enjoys exploring the rich history surrounding Charlottesville, and she spends her spare time in the mountains, hiking, baking, thrift-flipping, and traveling to new places.
Cooper Good is a Logic and Rhetoric School teacher, teaching courses in science, logic, and math. Mr. Good studied Middle Childhood Education at The Ohio State University, graduating in 2018. He moved to Charlottesville last year and worked alongside families in the Prospect community as the Middle School Tutoring Coordinator at Abundant Life Ministries. Mr. Good spent his summers working at an outdoor adventure camp called Summer’s Best Two Weeks in Pennsylvania, and his love for working with children has continued to grow through both of those experiences. Mr. Good loves sports, travel, the outdoors, and his dog Chief.
Rebecca Goodall is the third grade teacher at Regents. Mrs. Goodall earned a Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in Family Studies from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. During her college tenure, Mrs. Goodallwas heavily involved in a myriad of youth development programs such as the Boys & Girls Club and YMCA. Prior to college, she enjoyed six years of classical education at Trinity School at Meadow View in Falls Church, VA. Prior to joining Regents, Mrs. Goodallworked at a local non-profit, coordinating its educational programs and tutoring children in kindergarten through sixth grades. Her interests include hiking, thrift shopping, dark chocolate, and exploring new coffee shops.
Moses Greenspan is a Logic and Rhetoric school teacher, teaching classes in areas such as literature, history, and Spanish. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Biblical Studies with minors in Classical Studies and Classical Christian Education from Grove City College. In his free time, Mr. Greenspan enjoys running, reading, playing the flute, and fishing.
Jonathan Howard is the Logic and Rhetoric School Bible teacher and chaplain at Regents. Additionally, Mr. Howard leads the weekly chapel service for the school. Mr. Howard earned a Bachelor of Science in Drafting and Design from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina as well as a Master of Science in Project Management from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Mr. Howard also earned a Master of Divinity from Liberty University in Lynchburg. Prior to teaching at Regents, Mr. Howard taught at Piedmont Virginia Community College. He is married to Kate, has four children, and enjoys reading and playing guitar.
Jackie Huemme is a kindergarten teacher at Regents. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Although she originally was trained and worked as a nurse, Mrs. Huemme has been involved in classical Christian education for many years. Prior to teaching at Regents, Mrs. Huemme was part of start-up classical school in Maine. It was this experience, coupled with utilizing the classical method in her own homeschooling, that lit a passion for classical education within her. Mrs. Huemme is married to Eric and live in Crozet. She enjoys spending time with her family.
Travis Johnson is the Athletic Director and Physical Education teacher. He is a Charlottesville native and has a passion for athletics and education. Coach Johnson has been working with children in various capacities for more than twenty years. He has coached basketball at two local high schools, for a local AAU team, and also for the YMCA Excel League. Most recently, Coach Johnson was the Head Boys Varsity Basketball coach at The Covenant School where he coached for nine years. Additionally, he is a lead instructor for the Virginia Basketball Academy (VABA) and has been a part of that association for ten years. Coach Johnson attended James Madison University and Piedmont Virginia Community College where he earned a degree in Science with a major in General Studies. He is married to Jeannie and has two adult children. Coach Johnson is a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, and he enjoys reading, traveling, playing golf, and serving as a Sunday School teacher at his church.
Aaron Larsen is a curriculum and research advisor at Regents. In 1994, Dr. Larsen received his Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in Philosophy and Education from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. In 1997, He completed his coursework for his Doctor of Arts in Modern World History from St. John's University in Queens, New York and went on to write his doctoral thesis on the Meiji Restoration which, as Dr. Larsen likes to say, is "the most important event in world history that nobody's ever heard of..."
Dr. Larsen has taught at Veritas Academy in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as well as been employed by Veritas Press. His former youth pastor, Chris Perrin, also recruited him to teach for Covenant Christian Academy in his native town of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania from 1999 to 2007. While at CCA, Dr. Larsen, Dr. Perrin, and two other colleagues from CCA founded Classical Academic Press in order to produce better Latin and logic curriculum for the classical education movement. The first results of this collaboration included his logic text, The Art of Argument and the three-volume Latin primer series, Latin for Children.
In addition to teaching at Regents, Dr. Larsen is currently working on Classical Academic Press's upcoming history curriculum, History for Children. This project is particularly enjoyable for Dr. Larsen as it is his first collaboration with his mother, Claire Larsen, author of God's Great Covenant, Classical Academic Press's grammar school Bible curriculum.
Dr. Larsen enjoys living in Charlottesville with all our area has to offer this lifelong student of history.
Amy Lindsey is the Accrediation Coordinator for Regents. Mrs. Lindsey received a Bachelor of Arts in English with a focus in comparative literature and a minor in Latin from George Mason University in Fairfax. Mrs. Lindsey also holds a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from UVA's Curry School of Education. Mrs. Lindsey has served as a teacher and as Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Regents School. She taught third and sixth grades at her former elementary school, Dominion Christian School, a classical Christian school in Oakton. Throughout college, Mrs. Lindsey worked as a teacher’s aide, helping in kindergarten and second grade. She also taught first grade as a long-term substitute teacher. Additionally, Mrs. Lindsey had the unique opportunity to teach Latin I at her alma mater, Ad Fontes Academy, in Centreville, working with students in grades six through eleven. Mrs. Lindsey has been involved in classical education since the age of seven when her mother helped found Dominion Christian School. She is married to Micah and enjoys reading, running, and spending time in the great outdoors with her husband, their sons Eli and Wills, and their dog.
Megan Maley is the sixth grade teacher at Regents. She received a Bachelor’s degree in History from Grove City College in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Regents School, Miss Maley taught sixth and combined fifth and sixth grades for six years at Grove City Christian Academy, a classical Christian school in Pennsylvania. Some of her dearest memories from teaching surround reenacting historic events, poetry recitation, teaching children to memorize geography and illustrate maps of the world from memory. Miss Maley treasures pointing children to Christ in all areas of study and fostering a classroom of joy, wonder, and prayer. In her free time, Miss Maley enjoys cooking, singing, traveling, reading, and letter writing.
Courtney Palumbo is the Head of School at Regents. After experiencing the fruits of a classical Christian school in Texas and finding Charlottesville without such a school, Mrs. Palumbo founded Regents in 2010. She has taught kindergarten, first grade, and fifth and sixth grade literature. Mrs. Palumbo holds a Bachelor’s of Communication from Vanderbilt University. Additionally, Mrs. Palumbo serves on the Board of Academic Advisors for the Classical Learning Exam.
Prior to moving to Charlottesville, she served as an assistant account executive for a worldwide public affairs firm in Washington, DC and opened her own event planning company in Austin, Texas. Mrs. Palumbo also served on the Vice-Presidential Advance Team for the 1992 election and in the Logistical Operations office of the 1992 Republican National Convention.
For more than 25 years, Mrs. Palumbo has been married to Tom, who keeps life exciting, and they have three beautiful children who have all attended Regents- Katherine, Matthew, and Olivia.
Krista Phillips is the second grade teacher at Regents. Miss Phillips holds a Bachelor of Art in French with a minor in classical education from Hillsdale College. Having attended Hillsdale Academy in elementary school, Miss Phillips’s love for classical education, particularly at the Grammar phase, was instilled at an early age. Prior to joining Regents, Miss Phillips taught third grade at a classical Christian school in North Carolina. She has also served as a counselor at Camp Greystone, a Christian girls’ camp in North Carolina. In her free time, Miss Phillips enjoys running, riding horses, and reading. Miss Phillips feels extremely blessed to help parents train their children up in the way of the Lord and share an education that will enable them to be lifelong lovers of learning.
Sheila Richardson is the worldview teacher at Regents. Mrs. Richardson has been involved in teaching on many levels for most of her adult life. Her thirst for studying the Word of God began in 1980, beginning 34 fruitful years of teaching Precept inductive Bible studies. She served on the staff of Precept Ministries as a workshop trainer in Inductive Study from 1989-2002. She has led workshops in Inductive study all over the United States.
She is a nurse and teacher by profession, receiving a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Education from the University of Virginia.
In recent years, she has written and published two Precept Bible study courses (Genesis, Part 1 and 2); It all Begins with Genesis, (a year long curriculum for youth on worldviews and origins); and Something from Nothing (an origins study for teens and young adults published by Broadman and Holman in 2004), co-authored with Dr. Kurt Wise. She also writes an occasional article for Answers Magazine.
Sheila and Don have four children and six grandchildren. The Richardsons are passionate about missions and are involved in a local missions organization that allows them to support missionaries throughout the world. They live on Dunrovin Farm, near Crozet.
Christian Stevens is a Logic and Rhetoric School teacher at Regents, teaching math and science courses. Mr. Stevens holds a Bachelor's of Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida and worked as a field engineer for ten years. Mr. Stevens is excited to see his passion for teaching reignited each time a student learns the how and why of problem solving. Prior to joining the Regents faculty, Mr. Stevens enjoyed his most fulfilling endeavor of being stay-at-home dad. Mr. Stevens enjoys farming, dirt bikes, and attempting to fix anything that's broken.
Johanna Suffern is the music teacher at Regents. Additioanlly, Miss Suffern has pioneered our efforts to begin a strings program and serves as the strings coordinator. She graduated from Grove City College in Pennsylvania, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Music. While at Grove City College, she served as Concertmistress of the Orchestra and played for the College's String Quartet. She delights in guiding her students to an understanding of the patterns, harmony, and beauty that God weaves into His creation. In her spare time, Miss Suffern enjoys playing the violin, hiking, reading, and traveling.
Christopher Webb is a Logic and Rhetoric School teacher at Regents, teaching courses in areas such as history and literature. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to joing Regents, Mr. Webb completed a campus ministry internship with Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship at the University of Virginia, receiving extensive experience in theological training, personal development, and other critical campus ministry skills. Mr. Webb is originally from Charlottesville and comes from a family of educators. He enjoys reading, all things sports, and spending time with friends and family.