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Board of Trustees

ISC's monthly Board meetings are open to all parents.  If you have any questions, would like to attend a Board meeting, would like to learn more about our school's long-range planning, and/or have input or suggestions, please contact the Chair of the Board of Trustees in person or by email, or via the Contact Us form on this site.

Board of Trustees, 2017-2018

Lucas Ames, Member-at-large
Lucas Ames is Tech Strategist and Instructional Designer for Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of 70 leading independent schools across the world. At GOA, Lucas works to develop technology that supports student learning, organizational efficiency, and teacher growth. In addition, he supports a cohort of teachers as they work to transform curriculum into challenging, interactive, and collaborative online learning experiences. Locally, Lucas is the founder of Smart Cville, a civic technology non-profit that focuses on improving our community by leveraging the best practices of technology and design.  Lucas lives in Belmont with his wife Amanda and daughter Isabel, now at ISC.

Amanda Armstrong, Ph.D., Secretary
Amanda is mom to Kaitlyn (ISC alumna), Hannah (ISC alumna), Amelia (ISC French JK/K program), and Torrey (ISC Toddler program). Amanda works as a research scientist at NASA Goddard's Space Flight Center and the University of Virginia, using remote sensing and forest modeling to understand the impacts of global environmental change on forested ecosystems in both the tropics and boreal regions. She coaches youth soccer teams and is a girl scout leader. Her husband Charlie works for Southern Development Homes here in town and serves on the building committee. The Armstrongs have called Charlottesville home for 15 years.

David Baluarte, J.D., Member-at-large
David C. Baluarte is a Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at Washington and Lee University School of Law. David enlists second and third year law students as the primary lawyers for non-citizens in deportation defense and applications for humanitarian visas. Before heading to W&L, David was a Practitioner-in- Residence in the International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC) at American University Washington College of Law. In the IHRLC, he represented a wide range of individual clients as well as organizations in human rights litigation. Before beginning his teaching career, David served as a staff attorney in the Immigration Unit the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and as a staff attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law. David earned his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law, where he was a Public Interest and Public Service Scholar, and his B.A. from Brown University.

Aaron Bloomfield, Ph.D., Member-at-large
Aaron is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia (joined August, 2004). His research interests include computer science education and computer graphics, the latter focusing on virtual reality and haptics.  Aaron completed his undergraduate degree at Stony Brook University, and his Ph.D. in 2003 at the University of Pennsylvania under NormanBadler.  He is the advisor of the local chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the coach for UVa's teams in the International Collegiate Programming Competition (ICPC), and the advisor for the UVa High School Programming Contest (HSPC). The ICPC team often qualifies for the world finals (as of 2017, 7 times in the last 9 years), and the ACM chapter hosts a High School Programming Contest each year. Aaron has two daughters who graduated from ISC, and a son in the Spanish Preschool.

Russell H. Carlock, Jr., Ed.D, Member-at- Large
Rusty teaches high school US history at Albemarle High School. For the last three years, he coordinated the ESOL and world languages programs for Albemarle County Public Schools, and helped to develop the Spanish and French language programs in three county elementary schools. He earned his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where his research focused on the ethnographic study of community organizing, parent engagement in education, and the experiences of multilingual students in schools. His teaching and research are motivated by a desire to improve equity in educational opportunity in communities of linguistic, socioeconomic, and ethnic diversity.

Neal Gorman, Chair
Neal is a proud International School of Charlottesville parent and father of two boys. Raised in Richmond and a graduate of James Madison University, Neal is now a Charlottesville city resident and small business owner. Neal’s family has lived in Charlottesville since 2011, and are grateful to live and raise a family in such a wonderful city, and have their children attend the ISC.

Jon Hill, Treasurer
Jon is in his third year as Chairman of the Board of the ISC. He has one daughter that has graduated from the ISC, one son currently attending, and a second daughter waiting for her turn. In his professional life, Jon spends his time trying to grow the resources of university endowments and charitable foundations through the work of Investure, LLC - an outsourced institutional investment office for non-profits. Before joining Investure, Jon worked in NYC at Merrill Lynch after completing the company’s technology analyst program. Jon earned his BS in systems engineering and his BA in economics from Virginia Tech, an Investment Banking Certificate from NYU, and is a CFA charterholder.

Nicole Kardell, J.D., Member-at- Large
Nicole Kardell is an attorney for the Washington D.C.-based firm, Ifrah Law. While she travels regularly to D.C. for her practice, Charlottesville is home, where she is raising her daughter, an ISC kindergartner, on her family’s farm. Before returning permanently to Charlottesville, Nicole practiced law for large law firms in New York and Washington. She earned both her B.A. and her J.D. from the University of Virginia. Nicole also serves on the board of the Alliance Française de Charlottesville.

Hilary Ritt, Ph.D, Member-at-Large
Hilary is the Senior Director of Product Strategy for Childcare Aware of America, where she focuses on scalable, technology-enabled solutions to challenges in early childhood education.  Prior to CAA, Hilary worked for Teachstone, where she held a variety of positions, including Director of Content Innovation and Manager of Professional Development and Client Services. Hilary helped create Teachstone’s competency-based learning model for ECE teachers & coaches, and articulate best practices for model implementation of data collection, analysis, and professional development for early childhood organizations working to improve teacher-child interactions. Hilary began her career in education as a teacher in Atlanta, Georgia and then followed her passion for teacher education by enrolling in University of Virginia’s Instructional Technology program. In her research and teaching, Hilary has focused on leadership characteristics that support innovation including: fostering an instructional vision, optimizing effective team leadership, professional development, and organizational support. Hilary has a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and culture from Georgia Tech, a master’s in science education from Georgia State and earned her doctorate from UVA.

Emmie Wright, Parent Representative to the Board
Emmie Wright is a 3rd year-parent at ISC, with a daughter Stella (4) in Junior Kindergarten and Jack (2) in the toddler class. After volunteering for the ISC in numerous capacities, she is serving the ISC this year as the Parent Representative to the Board. Emmie’s background is in bilingual education, and she taught high school Spanish for 15 years in independent schools in Charleston, SC, New York City, and at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville. While she is not currently teaching, she continues to give private Spanish classes from home. Emmie speaks only Spanish with her two children at home, and believes strongly in the importance of bilingualism and language immersion from an early age. She loves the International School's community and mission, and is excited to serve.


Committees of the ISC Board

Committees are open to the community - we welcome volunteers for committee work even if you are not a voting member of the school's Board of Trustees. Please contact the Board Chair or Head of School if you would like to become involved with any of the committees listed below.

The goal of this committee is to actively recruit and acquire new board members. In addition, this committee reviews the Board’s by-laws periodically and modifies when necessary.

The Finance Committee works to ensure the proper, legal, efficient, and transparent financial management of the school. In 2014-15, the committee focused its efforts on evaluating and solidifying the current financial health of the school, and preparing a realistic and sound financial plan for moving the school into a building of our own.

The Fundraising Committee assists with organizing key fundraising activities including our year-end Gala, community events, and the Annual Fund. In 2015-16, this committee’s efforts will broaden to include outreach efforts to extended family members of ISC students, ISC alumni families, and prospective big donors.

The Building Committee has three principle responsibilities:

  1. Assisting with the maintenance and upgrade of school grounds.
  2. Assisting with the effort to identify, add and eventually move into, a suitable satellite campus to propel ISC’s transition into larger building of our own
  3. Assisting with all efforts to plan and design a building of our own


Our Founders

Sibylle Rotach-Hunt
Founder and Former Director
Sibylle, founder and former director of The International School of Charlottesville, earned a B.A. and middle school teaching degree from the University of Berne, Switzerland, in 1983, and a M.Ed. In bilingual/multicultural education from George Mason University in 1996. She has over 20 years of teaching experience ranging from preschool children to adults in various discipline, including French immersion programs and elementary school. She was a teacher and the director of The International School of Charlottesville from 1998 until 2006.

Maite Brandt-Pearce
Founder, former Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Ex-Officio Member of the Board
Maite Brandt-Pearce co-founded the ISC with Sibylle Rotach-Hunt in 1998. Having attended a
partial language immersion school herself (colegio Franco-Peruano in Lima, Peru), she is fluent in French and has some familiarity with Spanish. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the ISC from its inception, as Treasurer from 1998-2005, Interim Chairman of the Board from 2002-2005, and member at large from 2005 to 2007. Maite is also an alumni parent (Aidan and Leila).  When not taking care of business at the ISC, she is a professor of electrical engineering at UVA specializing in fiber optic communications. She has earned a BSEE in 1985, an MEE in 1989, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1993, all from Rice University in Houston, TX. She has over 75 published papers, all in electrical engineering.


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