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.
Elizabeth Anderson is the Logic and Rhetoric School science teacher and also teaches courses such as Logic I and Algebra I. Mrs. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education from the University of Georgia. Mrs. Anderson and her husband, Ken, recently relocated to Charlottesville so that Ken could start the Navigators ministry at the University of Virginia. In her spare time, Mrs. Anderson enjoy hiking, spending time with friends, and exploring new places with her husband.
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.
Laura Bradway is a third 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 earlier this 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 graduated with honors from Radford University earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education and Social Science. She also holds a Master of Science in Reading and Reading Specialist certification also from Radford University. Mrs. Bryant has been a teacher for 12 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 more than twelve 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.
Paola Christy is a fifth grade teachers at Regents. Ms. Christy received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at The College of William and Mary. While at W&M, she served as a teaching assistant in both the Kinesiology and Italian Departments and a tutor for the Athletics Department. She has twelve years of prior teaching experience in private schools. Her free time is devoted to raising her daughter and caring for their home and community. She currently assistant coaches a SOCA U-10 girls team. When not in Charlottesville, you can find her at the ocean.
Sarah Field is the fourth grade teacher at Regents School. 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.
Susannah Haig is the Business Assistant at Regents School. Miss Haig holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classics with a concentration in Ancient Greek from the University of Virginia as well as a Business Fundamentals certificate from UVA’s McIntire School of Commerce. She also attended a classical Christian school in Southwest Virginia for grades 6-12. Prior to joining Regents, Miss Haig worked at the Center for Christian Study at UVA in the theological library and has served as a middle school Latin tutor. In her spare time, Miss Haig enjoys drinking coffee and spending time with friends and family.
Jonathan Howard is the Director of Student Life and Logic and Rhetoric School Bible teacher 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.
Taylor Lake is the Logic and Rhetoric School literature and rhetoric teacher. Miss Lake holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in Sociology and Classical Education from Grove City College. Miss Lake’s love for classical education began as child, while attending classical homeschool co-ops and a classical high school, and grew as she studied the history and practice of classical education in college. Miss Lake looks forward to helping students learn to love and seek wisdom, understanding that the Lord is the root of all wisdom and understanding. In her spare time, Miss Lake enjoys painting, reading, and being outdoors.
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.
Ben Lee is a fifth grade teacher at Regents School. Before joining Regents, he taught at UNC and UVA for eight years while completing his graduate studies. Mr. Lee holds a Ph.D. in English literature from UVA, where he studied at the Rare Book School on a UVA-RBS Fellowship and received the Battestin Fellowship for scholarly work on rare books. Mr. Lee also has a B.S. in Computer Engineering from N.C. State University. His first career was as an engineer, and he still enjoys building and fixing electronics. Though Mr. Lee will always be a Tar Heel, he has found a wonderful home in central Virginia and its Christian community. He spends his spare time exploring the area as well as enjoying good books, spicy food, music of many different kinds, and serving his church as a cantor and choir member.
Rebecca Lee is a third grade teacher at Regents. Miss Lee earned a Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in Family Studies from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. During her college tenure, Miss Lee was 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, Miss Lee worked 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.
Amy Lindsey is the Logic and Rhetoric School Academic Dean and Accrediation Coordinator. 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 son Eli, 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.
Laura McMillion is a Logic and Rhetoric School teacher at Regents, teaching classes such as Latin and Ancient Literature. She earned her bachelor degree from Baylor University, where she studied Classical Languages and Great Texts. Miss McMillion also holds a Master's of Theological Studies from the University of Notre Dame, with a focus in Biblical Studies. Classical learning is close to her heart, having formed an essential part of her own education for more than fifteen years. She is delighted to come alongside her students as they explore and develop the essential tools of language, communication, and inquiry across all subjects. Miss McMillion is actively involved in the local cycling community and spends much of her time training and racing. In her additional free time she enjoys hiking and backpacking, reading, and traveling.
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.
Anna Smith is the administrative and development assistant at Regents. Mrs. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Textile Management with a concentration in Brand Management and Marketing from North Carolina State University. Mrs. Smith recently moved to Charlottesville after spending a year overseas with Cru and joined her now-husband after his year here in Charlottesville as a Trinity Fellow. Mrs. Smith is a North Carolina native and has fallen in love with the city of Charlottesville. She and her husband Charlie enjoy spending time outdoors, cooking at home, and trying new restaurants in town.
Sarah Stefancic is a kindergarten teacher at Regents School. Mrs. Stefancic holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education as well as a Master's Degree in Administration and Supervision Concord University in Athens, WV. Prior to joining the Regents community, Mrs. Stefancic taught kindergarten and first grade. She also has experience working as a Reading Specialist. Mrs. Stefancic moved to Charlottesville in 2017 with her husband, Steven, who works for UVA Hospital. In her spare time, Mrs. Stefancic enjoys serving in worship ministry with her family's musical group as well as traveling and event planning.
Christian Stevens is the Rhetoric physics teacher at Regents and also teaches courses such as Logic II and Pre-Calculus. 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 and also teaches in the Logic and Rhetoric School. 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.