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.
Pam has taught at Chancellor Street since 2002. She brings a diverse background in the Arts, having worked for such distinguished organizations as Carnegie Hall, Disney World, the American Symphony Orchestra League, and Equity Library Theatre, NYC. In addition, Pam has a deep background in working with children. She was a teacher for over 25 years, including music instruction at preschool and elementary levels, leading various age choirs and instrumental ensembles, as well as theater and art instruction. Her greatest passion is music, and her joy is infectious when leading the children through music time at Chancellor Street. In addition to the time she currently devotes to Chancellor Street, Pam combines her knowledge of music and love for children in her own business, Ivy Arts & Music, and teaches Art and Music for UVa's Curry School Saturday Enrichment Program (SEP) for gifted students. Pam is a graduate of Wells College, NY and her degree included studies at Cornell University and Oxford University. Her son is an alumnus of Chancellor Street.
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.
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.