Faculty & Staff
We believe boys thrive with excellent teachers with whom they believe they have strong relationships. Our students generally have the same few teachers for four years, and we get to know them well. We also believe we can best build character and genuine empathy in boys through a small community that knows your son. With a caring and dedicated faculty, the character lessons at our school tend to make profound and lasting impressions.
Betsy Albro teaches Math. She graduated from Virginia Tech. She has over 40 years of teaching experience at Field School, St. Anne’s-Belfield School and Ashley Hall. Community service has played an important role in her life in both her private life and her role as a teacher. She lives in Ivy with her husband Tom and her son Trevor. She has taught at Field School since 2014.
Todd Barnett is the Founder and served as Head of School from 2007-2020. He currently teaches History. He has 30 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. 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.
Leo Connally is the Assistant Head of School and teaches 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 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.
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 Nevarr has been teaching Art for over 20 years and has been with Field School for 8. Her teaching career includes experience with grades K-12, as well as private art instruction. Michelle is also the Assistant Behavior Administrator for the school, utilizing the Restorative Justice program. In her free-time she enjoys painting, hiking, and travel.
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.
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.
Alice Riccabona teaches Algebra. She has been teaching mathematics at Field School since 2019. Her official teaching career includes five prior years of experience in Virginia and Stafford and Albemarle counties, teaching middle school math and science. She has also tutored and taught homeschool mathematics regularly over the last 20 years. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Michigan, concentrating in Science and Mathematics, and later received her MS in Management Information Systems from the University of Virginia. In Alice’s free time, she volunteers with the Charlottesville Babe Ruth League as the Information Officer to assist with providing recreational baseball opportunities to all interested 13 to 16-year-olds in the Charlottesville community. Her interests include watching sports, camping, gardening, and spending time with her husband, two sons (both Field School attendees), and furry children.
Erica Tharrington has been teaching Science and Spanish at Field School since 2017. Her teaching career includes seven years of experience with grades PreK3 through eighth. Additionally, she is the Social Media Coordinator for the school. She received her B.S. in Biology from Randolph-Macon College where she studied abroad in Italy, Guatemala and Spain. In Erica’s free-time she volunteers as a birth doula for the Charlottesville community. Her interests include mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking with her partner, Clay, their daughter, and three dogs.
Juliette Firla started her position as the English teacher in 2020. She received a masters degree in English along with a teacher licensure from Elon University in North Carolina. Her teaching career includes experiences working with high school students in a Title I community, as well as in an all girls school during her time abroad New Zealand. Additionally, she worked at Scholastic, Inc. creating lesson plans that for the company that align with Common Core. In Juliette’s free-time she loves to cook, take long walks around Charlottesville and tutor students struggling with reading and writing.
Our Music and Arts Faculty includes Darrell Rose (Drumming), Lianne Campbell (Rock Band), Xavier Taylor (Choir), and Pete Vigour (Guitar and String Band).