Chancellor Street is fortunate to have two outstanding teachers, Pam Evans and Heather Swindler. They each bring to the job a genuine sense of caring and love for the children. They share a child-centered philosophy of education, which stretches the imagination, knowledge, and creativity of each child through a rich environment. Together they make a great team.
Pamela Evans has taught at Chancellor Street since 2002. She is a graduate of Wells College, which includes studies at Cornell and Oxford University. Her background in the arts is diverse and frankly, fun, having worked at Carnegie Hall, Disney World – as a performer, The American Symphony Orchestra League, and Equity Library Theatre - NYC. During her 30 years of teaching, she has developed and run many Children’s Art and Music programs including classes for the Saturday Enrichment Program at UVa Curry School of Education. Pamela is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). When not teaching Pam works as a writer, illustrator, and child advocate.
Heather Swindler is a graduate of Lewis and Clark college with a degree in sociology and anthropology and a minor in religious studies. She brings to Chancellor Street a firm belief in teaching the whole child and the importance of learning through play. Heather has been active in the Albemarle school system for the past six years. She has worked with classrooms in introducing great works of art, keeping it relevant and engaging to children of all ages. She has also enjoyed working with kids to enhance their creativity, teamwork and problem solving skills with the Destination Imagination program. In addition she brings to Chancellor Street her love of the textile arts. Heather has two children who are alumni of Chancellor Street.
Minou Beling, Assistant Teacher - Minou graduated in graphic design in Berlin, Germany. She holds a degree in printmaking and loves to create with whatever crosses her path. She shares both her creativity and her knack for finding great supplies with the school. When Minou is not teaching at Chancellor Street, she is a volunteer in her children’s schools, teaches cooking classes, serves on the PTO, and volunteers in school clubs. She has three boys between 5 and 12 years of age. Minou moved to Charlottesville with her family in 2010.
Weekly Teacher Email
Each week one of the teachers emails the C-street families with an update of the week's activities and focus. The emails offer an overview or snapshot of the week as well as keeping us informed of upcoming activities or special events.
Teacher conferences are held twice a year: two weeks in November and two weeks in March. The conferences are held from 12-12:30pm or 12:30 to 1pm on school days. Other days can be scheduled by contacting the teachers.
The teachers transform the school on a monthly basis, putting up new displays and changing activities and materials. This shift in focus builds on the month before and offers the children new things to explore and play with and a new emphasis for the month ahead. Chancellor Street has particularly vibrant music and art programs, which grow with the children throughout the year. Examples of monthly themes include water, colors, feelings, people’s work, cultures, numbers and letters.