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Administration Team

Eric Anderson
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The ISC Board of Trustees named Eric as the Interim Head of School in June 2014; so compelled was he by the warmth of the community, the promise and importance of the school's mission, and the partnership with the Board that six months later he committed to a permanent role through at least June, 2016. In his nearly twenty years as an educator, Eric has taught university undergraduates, directed a city-wide after-school education program, and served as both a science teacher and a school administrator at an independent school in Princeton, NJ. Over the course of his career in education, Eric has taught science, psychology, and English; developed new curricula; written and garnered grants; recruited, supervised, and trained faculty; and worked on a variety of community outreach and service projects. His conversational Spanish has come in handy both in travels to Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Costa Rica, and in his work with immigrant families from Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. Eric is also a certified Virginia Master Naturalist, and when he's not buried under paperwork, Eric prefers to be hiking, biking, paddling, singing, reading, gardening, or just eating and drinking with family and friends.

Joe Sacco
Business and Operations Director
Originally hailing from New York, Joe earned his BBA in Business Management from Loyola College in Maryland and brings over 10 years experience in project and program management, operations, logistics, and financial and budgetary analysis, most recently working on projects for UVA’s Office of the Vice Provost for Administration and Office of Sponsored Programs. Joe, his wife Melissa, and son Robbie have been living in Charlottesville since 2012. He enjoys reading thrillers and mysteries, working on a good crossword, and playing softball. He also claims to be a golfer.

Monica Lawson
Roaming Instructor and Artist-in-Residence
Monica has worked with kids her whole life and counts working with children as her biggest passion.  She was born and raised in Bogota, Columbia, where she earned her Bachelor's Degree before leaving home to live in Switzerland for 7 years followed by 2 years in London.  Monica's time in Europe helped her pursue her interests and talents in education, language, and photography.  Her time in London cemented her career choice as a teacher and photographer, careers that have allowed her to travel all over the world - from Europe, to Asia, and back to South America.  Monica eventually found her way to the US, where her husband has helped her grow roots in Central Virginia where they joyfully raise two sons.

Teaching Faculty

Toddler Program

Lourdes Pineda
Toddler Class Spanish Teacher
Originally from Honduras, Lourdes started her path as an educational professional at age 15 in the Escuela Normal de Occidente, where she graduated at age eighteen as an Elementary School Teacher. She worked for many years in the public school system of Honduras, and after a few years continued her higher education at the Francisco Morazan National Pedagogical University, where she earned higher degrees in Education and in Administration of Education Centers. She has worked with children for over 22 years, and for the last 10 years did so as the principal of a school in rural Honduras, reaffirming her passion and devotion to education in every area. Lourdes and her family moved to Charlottesville in 2013, and they love it here. They enjoy spending time together and going camping, visiting historical places, and trips to the beach. They greatly enjoy every changing season and trying foods of different countries, but overall just being together.

Kirsten McGee
Toddler Class French Teacher
Kirsten grew up in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia, and started learning French when she entered third grade at the Washington Waldorf School. She studied in Paris during her junior year at James Madison University, and later her fluency began to emerge while she was an au pair in the south of France. Upon graduation, she taught English in Czechoslovakia for a year, and then volunteered on an archaeological dig in Lille, France. She remained in Lille for two years, teaching English, perfecting her French, and gardening. When she returned to the United States, she pursued a Master’s degree for Waldorf education at Antioch University in Keene, New Hampshire, and then taught at the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, Massachusetts. She is very excited about joining the faculty at ISC, as it combines her passions for French and working with young children. She enjoys playing and hiking with her three sons, being creative, and spending time with friends and family.


French Program


Geraldine Dane
French Preschool Assistant Teacher
Ms. “Ge” has been a member of the ISC faculty since 2006 and 2016-2017 marks her tenth year teaching in the ISC’s French Preschool class. A native of Paris, she loves to share her culture and language with her students and their families. Geraldine studied child and geriatric care in France and then pursued further studies to complement her natural ability to work with young children by earning her Child Development Associate Degree in 2009. She loves spending her free time with friends and family over some tasty French food.

Sybil Hasson
French Junior-K/Kindergarten Head Teacher and Assistant Head of School
Sybil was born and raised in France. She earned a Master’s Degree in sociology from the University of Paris, and completed teacher training at the IUFM (Institut Universitaire de Formation des Maitres) of Bordeaux in 1996. She taught in schools in Paris for 7 years before joining our school as the French JK/Kindergarten Head Teacher in the fall of 2003. When not teaching, Sybil loves to cook and experiment with new recipes.

Kate Gates
French Preschool Head Teacher
Kate earned a B.A in Psychology from the University of Paris, France and a AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) primary teaching degree. She taught 3 years in Montessori schools in Paris before moving to Charlottesville. She was the Head Teacher in ISC’s French Preschool classes from 1999 to 2011, and after a four-year stint as Enrichment Teacher at the UVA Malcom Cole Child Care Center, she is back at ISC for her second year. In her free time, she loves cooking, traveling and have fun with her family and friends.

Anthony Ravenel
French JK/K Assistant Teacher
Anthony was born and raised in Brittany (Bretagne) in the west of France, and received degrees in Social Work and Physical Education in Rennes in 2004. Since then he has lived in different places around France--Paris, Toulon, Grenoble--before moving to Charlottesville in January 2015. Anthony enjoys cooking a variety of cuisines from around the world, hiking, cycling, skiing, climbing, traveling, and running.


Spanish Program

Sierra Jacobs
Spanish Junior Kindergarten Head Teacher
Sierra was born in Ohio but raised in Valladolid (Spain). When she was 6 years-old she enrolled in a nonprofit youth organization called OJE Valladolid, an organization that gave young people many opportunities to learn and play outside. As a child, she enjoyed this time every week for many years. As an adult she became an instructor at OJE for four years, where she taught and directed environmental, athletic, and citizenship activities for kids. While there, she also took several courses about teaching and child development. Now, after finishing her degree in Marine and Veterinary Sciences, she has discovered at ISC her passion for opening children’s eyes to the wonders of the world around them.

Nora Jimenez
Spanish Preschool Assistant Teacher
Nora was born in Bogota, Colombia and studied Business Administration at National University. For many years she succeeded as an entrepreneur and owned and ran a successful graphic art retail store in the city of Neiva. Nora and her husband left Colombia and moved to Miami, FL to reunite with her twin daughters and started a spa while planning on settling down in Florida. Spending time with her grandchildren reminded her how much she enjoys being surrounded by kids, so she sought a job at a school where she had the opportunity to work as the administrator. Since moving to Charlottesville, she has been immersed in the experience of providing education to kids with love, patience, and devotion.

Monica Lawson
Spanish Preschool Head Teacher
Monica has worked with kids her whole life and counts this as her biggest passion. She was born and raised in Bogota, Columbia, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree before leaving home to live in Switzerland for seven years, followed by 2 years in London. Monica’s time in Europe helped her pursue her interests and talents in education, language, and photography. Her time in London cemented her career choice as a teacher and photographer, careers that have allowed her to travel all over the world - from Europe, to Asia, and back to South America. Monica eventually found her way to the US, where her husband has helped her grow roots in Central Virginia and raise two sons joyfully together. For the last two years, Monica inspired all of ISC’s children to love, recognize, and create styles of art from around the world in her role as Roaming Art Instructor, before settling into her new role this year as the leader of her very own classroom.

Alejandra Newell
Spanish Junior Kindergarten/Kindergarten Teacher
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alejandra holds her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Special Education. She has worked extensively with both children and adults with disabilities. She moved to Charlottesville in 2003, and joined the teaching faculty of the ISC in 2007. Alejandra continues to take coursework in education, and in her free time enjoys yoga, crafting, and spending time with her family.

Martha Otal
Spanish Preschool Teacher and Afternoon Enrichment Facilitator
Martha comes from Mexico City and has been living in Charlottesville, VA for more than fifteen years. She holds a BA in Educational Psychology from Mexico, an Early Childhood Education Career Certificate from Piedmont Virginia Community College, and has taken several courses in ADD/ADHD, Autism and Learning Disabilities among others. She has more than twenty-five years of experience teaching all ages, and she created her own bilingual preschool program which she led and taught in for more than ten years. Right now she is taking classes to earn a second degree in Child Psychology. Martha loves to spend time with her husband and two daughters, and during her free time she likes to run, go to the gym, and read.


Afternoon Program

Emily McClure
Devotees Afternoon Spanish Enrichment Teacher
Emily studied history and math at the University of Virginia, and graduated in 2013, after which she spent a year working with a non-profit in Granada, Spain. While there she also volunteered teaching English to children. She worked with children and youth of all ages throughout college through tutoring and working at a summer camp, and is very excited to join the afternoon enrichment program at the ISC. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, and going on adventures with friends.

Lynn Aprile

Devotees Afternoon Enrichment Co-teacher
This will be Lynn's second year teaching at The International School, both as the yoga instructor and as a co-teacher in the Afternoon Enrichment program. This year she will be supporting the Daydreamer's Nap and Quiet-time program as well. Lynn has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 14 years to children and adults. She was introduced to the ISC as a parent in 2008 and now enjoys sharing her gifts of yoga, art, song and dance with your children, which are constant activities in her home with her children. Lynn also loves to cook, read the dictionary for fun, and listen to the beautiful sounds and smells of the ocean. She looks forward to working and caring for all of your children this year!

Amanda Ryan
Afternoon Enrichment French Teacher
Amanda graduated in May 2014 where she studied French and Economics. She got involved with the ISC as a volunteer during her 4th year at UVA, and worked with the alumni class during the 2014 summer camps. When she’s not at the ISC, Amanda works at the University, watches Jeopardy with her roommates, and practices the piano and clarinet.











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