Faculty & Staff


Betsy Albro

Betsy Albro teaches Math. Betsy Albro teaches Math. She graduated from Virginia Tech. She has over 40 years of teaching experience at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, VA and Ashley Hall in Charleston, S.C. Community service has played an important role in her life whether in both her private life and her role as a teacher. She lives in Ivy with her husband Tom and Trevor.  She has taught at Field School since 2014.

Todd Barnett

Todd Barnett is the Founding Head of School and he teaches Math and History. He has 29 years of teaching experience at Landon School, Woodberry Forest School, Grand River Academy, St. Anne's-Belfield School, and the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2000, he is also the longtime owner and director of Blue Ridge Field Camp in Ivy.  Todd and his wife Meredith Montague have four children and live in Charlottesville.  Todd has been at Field School since 2007.


Jack Brady teaches History. Jack has a A.B. in Economics from Harvard University.  He is currently in his second year teaching at the Field School and acts as the Cross Country, Basketball and Track and Field Coach at Field School.  Before moving to the area, Jack was an Assistant Track and Field Coach and the program's Recruiting Coordinator at Northeastern University.  He currently spends time as a Volunteer Assistant Coach with University of Virginia Track and Field.  He and his wife Molly live in Charlottesville.  He started teaching at Field School in 2017.

Leo Connally

Leo Connally is the School Director  and teaches 7th and 8th grade English. He has a B.A. and a M.T. from Virginia Commonwealth University, a M.A. in English from Middlebury, and an Ed.M in Private School Leadership from Columbia University.  Prior to coming to Field School, he taught for four years at St. Anne's-Belfield. Among his volunteer activities has raised money through cycling for the local Boys' and Girls' Club. At Field School, he coaches soccer, and created our swimming and mountain biking programs, as well as our popular Blue-Silver House competition. He joined Field School in 2012.

Patrick Critzer

Patrick Critzer is the school Chef. Patrick enjoys cooking in a variety of styles using local and organic ingredients. Patrick brings a wide food background to the lunch program at Field School. Patrick and his wife Freedom enjoy traveling and eating in far off places.

Tracey Kunkel

Tracy Kunkel is the school Administrator. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in Political Science. Her professional experience includes political campaigning, federal investigative work, hotel sales and marketing, fundraising and non-profit work. She has also spent a great deal of time doing volunteer work as she traveled the globe with her husband and family, most recently in Rota, Spain. She and her husband Mike have three children. She joined the school in 2011.

Michelle Nevarre

Michelle Nevarr teaches Art. Michelle Nevarr teaches Art and is our Theatre Director. She has many years of teaching experience in private and public schools, provides private art instruction, and enjoys working with campers at the Field Camp of Charlottesville. A lifelong artist in every sense, she paints in a variety of mediums, draws, creates collage, writes, acts, knits, and studies violin. Michelle lives on a farm at the foothills of the Blue Ridge with her two sons.  She started teaching at Field School in 2013.

Adie Pettitt

Adie Pettitt is the Business Manager. She has a B.A. in Art History and Classical Studies from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. Adie has a background in Montessori education both in the classroom and as an administrator. Before coming to Field School in 2015, she was an administrator at University Montessori School where she served as Assistant Director for five years. She has lived in Charlottesville for twenty years now and has two children with her husband Damon.

Maureen Periello

Maureen Periello teaches Science and Latin. Maureen has a B.A. from U.Mass. and an M.Ed. from Lesley College. She taught at the all-boys Delbarton School, and has coached soccer, swim, and baseball teams. Since 2006, she has been the owner and director of the Albemarle Girls Field Hockey and Lacrosse League. She and her husband Bo have four children and they live in Charlottesville.  Maureen joined the Field School faculty in 2015.



Erica Tharrington teaches Science and Spanish.  She received her B.S. in Biology from Randolph-Macon College where she studied abroad in Italy, Guatemala and Spain.  Additionally, Erica has five years of teaching experience from PreK through 8th grade.  Her interests include mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking with her husband Clay, their daughter, and their three dogs.  Erica has been at Field School since 2017.

Peyton Tochterman teaches English.   Peyton has a B.A. in English from St. Lawrence University where he played on both the golf and lacrosse teams.  He is an accomplished former touring musician, and taught music at Ivy Creek School and Village School before coming joining the Field School faculty.  He and his wife Dornan and their daughter live in Charlottesville.  Peyton started teaching at Field School in 2018.

Our Music and Arts Faculty includes  Darrell Rose(Drumming), Lianne Campbell (Rock Band), Xavier Taylor (Choir), and Pete Vigour (Guitar and String Band).

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