We have two important announcements about the future of Buford. The first is that at the end of this year, Mr. Eric Johnson will be leaving Buford to become the principal of Charlottesville City Schools’ hospital education program at U.Va. Medical Center. We are tremendously appreciative of Mr. Johnson’s service at Buford and are delighted that he will remain on the Charlottesville Schools staff in this new position.
The second announcement is related. Because of the timing of Mr. Johnson’s announcement, we were in the position to move quickly to identify his successor. Starting this summer, Mrs. Stephanie Carter will become the new principal at Buford. Since 2014, Mrs. Carter has headed up Lugo-McGinness Academy, the alternative learning center at Charlottesville City Schools. She has won statewide attention for her redesign of that program — and all the while, she has also overseen our division’s virtual education and career and technical education programs. Please join me in thanking Mr. Johnson for his excellent service at Buford and wishing him well in his new role in hospital education. And please also join me in welcoming Mrs. Carter to the Buford community.
The new leader of the Charlottesville City Schools Hospital Education Program at U.Va. will be Eric Johnson. Mr. Johnson has served as principal at Buford since 2008. He earned his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Virginia and his master’s in middle school education from James Madison University. He had previously served as a principal and assistant principal at other schools in the area since 2000. At Buford, Mr. Johnson has been known for his tremendous warmth and abilities in nurturing the school’s community. He has been a powerful advocate for our partnership with City Schoolyard Garden, a program that began at Buford, and he also helped establish the AVID program at Buford, which is key to the program’s success at Charlottesville High School. Mr. Johnson has also been active in the community in areas such as serving as chairman of the board of the African American Teaching Fellows Program.
At Buford Middle School, Stephanie Carter will assume responsibilities as principal. Mrs. Carter has overseen the work of Lugo-McGinness Academy since it was established in 2014, transforming our alternative learning center into a state model for trauma-sensitive, student-centered education. After establishing the model at LMA, she has developed satellite programs at Buford and Walker. In addition, since 2011, Ms. Carter has overseen the launch and growth of our division’s virtual education programs as well as our career and technical education (CTE) programs, both of which draw on her background in instructional technology. In 2017, Mrs. Carter was named Outstanding Community Partner by U.Va.’s Teen Health Center, and in 2008, she earned a Virginia Department of Education award for excellence in CTE programs. She has also served on state-wide committees and presented widely.