Burnley-Moran Elementary School
A learning community in the shadow of Monticello
Located in a neighborhood within walking distance of Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall, Burnley-Moran Elementary serves students from preschool through grade 4. Burnley-Moran expresses its commitment to community through events such as back-to-school field days. Walking, healthy living, and the school’s City Schoolyard Garden form another emphasis at the school. Academically, the school has a recent history of winning the Virginia Department of Education’s VIP Excellence Award. All Charlottesville City Schools have a strong commitment to the arts, embrace new technologies, and partner with area nonprofits and businesses to provide opportunities for our students.
History of Burnley-Moran
Built in 1954, Burnley-Moran is named for the first two women to head Charlottesville schools. Carrie Burnley was principal of the former McGuffey School for 28 years, and Serepta Moran was principal of Venable Elementary for 21 years.
Meet Your Administrators
Dr. Dawn LoCasale became principal of Burnley-Moran in 2011 after serving as its assistant principal for three years. She has worked at Charlottesville City Schools since 2000, serving as an elementary teacher, a professional development facilitator, and a new teacher advisor. Dr. LoCasale has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of North Florida and a master’s and doctorate from the University of Virginia Curry School of Education.
April Douglas, assistant principal, previously served as the division’s elementary math lead and Greenbrier’s math specialist. A graduate of Burnley–Moran herself, Ms. Douglas has spent most of her life in Charlottesville City Schools as a student or a teacher. She holds degrees from Eastern Mennonite University and Western Governors University and has also served on statewide educational committees.