Board Members

Charlottesville School Board Members

Portrait of James BryantJames Bryant (interim)


bryantj1@charlottesvilleschools.org 

Member Profile

Joined the Board in April 2018

Mr. Bryant was appointed to the Board on April 11, 2018. He will serve until a special election is held on November 6, 2018.

Committee assignments:

TBD. The following are assignments associated with the previous holder of this position: Black Male Initiative, Finance Committee, Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP) Board (alt), Public Education Fund of Charlottesville/Albemarle,  Special Education Advisory Committee (alt), Student Discipline Committee (alt), and Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Delegate

Reason for being on the School Board:

I’m serving on the School Board because I want to represent the students, parents, teachers, support staff, and other stakeholders. It will be my honor to continue to assist and support the superintendent and other Board members in making Charlottesville City Schools a model school district.

Personal information:

A lifelong Charlottesville resident, I am a graduate and a long-time employee of Charlottesville City Schools. I retired from the schools in 2016 with 39 years of experience in public education, and I have remained active in the community. My  professional memberships have included the Virginia School Counselor Association, Virginia Education Association, Charlottesville Education Association, and the National Education Association (Lifetime Member). Locally, I have served on the 10th and Page Street Task Force and the 10th and Page Street Neighborhood Association, and I have previously partnered on projects with MACAA, the African American Teaching Fellows, Upward Bound, 100 Black Men of Central Virginia, and more.

sherrykrated2Dr. Sherry Kraft, Board Vice Chair


krafts1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2016

Committee assignments:  

City of Promise, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG),  Preschool Steering Committee, School Health Advisory Board, Student Discipline Committee (alt)

Reason for being on the School Board:

Through my work as a clinical psychologist, I have had extensive experience with area school systems, courts and social services.  When my children were students, I was an active parent in PTOs and  booster organizations at Burnley-Moran, Buford, and CHS. My Board service is a continuation of that commitment to Charlottesville’s schools. I value community engagement as a way to improve our quality of life.

Personal information:

For thirty years, I have served as a clinical psychologist, and for twelve years, I was a faculty member of the Curry School of Education.  In addition to serving as a parent-leader at three Charlottesville City Schools, I have held leadership roles on professional and community boards, as well as with the Charlottesville Democratic Party. I am a fan of Charlottesville’s rich local music and theater scene and an active member of Congregation Beth Israel synagogue. Other interests include reading, friends, and spending time in Chautauqua, New York. I continue to improve my skills at Mah Jongg and cooking with local vegetables.

Lisa Larson-TorresMs. Lisa Larson-Torres


torresl1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2018

Committee assignments:

  • Charlottesville Housing Advisory Committee
  • Preschool Steering Committee
  • Student Discipline Committee (Alternate)

Reason for being on the School Board:

I am grateful to serve on the School Board bringing and offering my unique perspective and experiences as a parent who has worked throughout the years to advocate for my child who has unique needs.  I feel I have a great sense of how to collaborate and engage with all team members and I feel I can offer that voice as well as my experiences to our community and children who may need that extra support.

Personal information:

I have been a resident of Charlottesville since 1999.  I am a physical therapist and provide home-care services to our community.  I have one daughter who has attended Charlottesville City Schools (Burnley Moran, Walker Upper Elementary, Buford Middle School and is now at CHS).  I enjoy time with my family and daughter, good movies, outdoor sports, good music and reading in my spare time.

Highlights of your time on the Board:

Having just joined the School Board in January 2018, I can only say that the highlight has been learning about the schools and getting a better understanding of the incredible work done by school administration, staff, and my colleagues on the School Board.

AmyLauferMs. Amy Laufer


laufea1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2012

Committee assignments:

Black Male Initiative, Capital Improvement Projects (CIP), Preschool Steering Committee, Student Discipline Committee, Title I Advisory, Virginia Schools Boards Association (VSBA) Delegate

Reason for being on the School Board:

I am a teacher by trade and I have three children enrolled in our school system, the board is a perfect fit for my skill set and interests. I feel strongly that the strength of our community/society lies in the education of our children. I want to be part of the process of this critical service.

Personal information:

I’ve lived in Charlottesville since 2002, married to Aaron Laufer (CHS alum), and we have three children, Hannah, Adam and Henry. I graduated from University of Milwaukee, BS in Geology and Columbia University Teachers College, MA in Secondary Science Education. I enjoy Zumba, reading historical fiction, and traveling.

small-Jennifer-McKeeverMs. Jennifer McKeever

mckeevj1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2012

Committee assignments:

Housing Advisory Committee, Gang Reduction through Active Community Engagement (GRACE), Quest Advisory Committee, School Health Advisory Board (alt), and Special Education Advisory Committee

Reason for being on the School Board:

The School Board is a natural extension of my advocacy work on behalf of children in our community. I want to ensure that all members of our community have a voice in our school system, that teachers feel valued and are supported appropriately and that our children are getting the best possible education.

Personal information:

I grew up in Albemarle County, graduated from Western Albemarle, Piedmont Virginia Community College and the University of Virginia (in addition to American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington D.C.). I work at Jones and Green, LLP a small civil litigation law firm downtown. I have three children, two are at Burnley Moran Elementary School. My husband, Chris Wiles, is an electrical engineer at a small company and has been a volunteer firefighter at Seminole Trail Volunteer Fire Department for more than ten years.

Ms. Leah Puryear

puryeal1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the board in July 2006

Committee assignments:

CATEC Board (Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center), City of Promise, Finance Committee, Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP) Board, Public Education Fund of Charlottesville/Albemarle, and Student Discipline Committee

Reason for being on the School Board:

I wanted to be on the Board because I felt all students needed a voice, and I wanted to be the one to help them be heard.

Personal information:

I am a mother of two children, Alysha Corbin and Eugene Puryear, who both graduated from Charlottesville City Schools. I enjoy reading mysteries, listening to jazz, and cooking.

Highlights of time on the Board:

Becoming chair was an honor for me. I am also proud of voting for the three-year old program and providing a consistent retirement package for employees.

 

small-Juan-WadeMr. Juandiego R. Wade, Board Chair


wadej1@charlottesvilleschools.org

Member Profile

Joined the Board in January 2006

Committee assignments:

CATEC Board (Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center), CLASS Advisory Committee (Creative Learning After-School & Summer), Naming of School Facilities,  and Regional Adult Education Board (Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education)

Reason for being on the School Board:

I joined the School Board because I wanted to do more to reach and teach everyone child in the school system. I had been a long time mentor and volunteer for many years.

Personal information:

I’ve lived in Charlottesville since 1999. I am married to Claudette T. Grant, and we have one daughter, who attends the City schools. I graduated from Norfolk State University and University of Virginia.

Highlights of time on the Board:

Every year during graduation, I have a front row seat to see the results of hard work by many people.

student school board reps
Student School Board Representatives

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, the Charlottesville School Board has three student representatives.  Nadiya Khaydari,  Fré Halvorson-Taylor, and Lamia West will rotate on the Board’s schedule.