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Board of Trustees

Please feel free to contact the Chair of our Board of Trustees, Connor Crook, to hear about our school's long range planning or if you would like to provide input into major decisions concerning the school.

ISC Board meetings are open to all parents.  If you have any questions or would like to attend, please contact the Chair of the Board of Trustees in person, by email or phone, or via the Contact Us form on this site.

Meetings are held monthly.

Board of Trustees, 2016-2017

Jon Hill
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 companies 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.

Amanda Armstrong
Amanda is mom to Kaitlyn (Cale Elementary bi-lingual immersion program), Hannah (French JuniorK/Kindergarten), and Amelia (Toddler program). When she's not wearing her mommy hat, Amanda works as a postdoctoral research associate in forest ecology at NASA Goddard's Space Flight Center. Her husband Charlie works for Southern Development Homes here in town. The Armstrongs have called Charlottesville home for nearly 10 years.

Dr. Russell H. Carlock, Jr.
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
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 wife, Gaby, works in advertising for the Tombras Group, a firm headquartered Knoxville, Tennessee. Neal and Gaby have 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 International School of Charlottesville.

Nicole Kardell
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.

Jessica Eddings-Roeser
Parent Representative

Joe Sacco
Faculty Representative

Siara Jacobs
Faculty Representative


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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