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 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 her son Trevor. She has taught at Field School since 2014.
Todd Barnett is the Founding Head of School and he 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.
Andy Goodstein teaches Art. He has a B.A. in English and an M.A.Ed. in Secondary School English from the College of William and Mary. He has been the Extended Day teacher at Meriwether Lewis School since 2015, and has coached cross country. He is an avid runner and an excellent artist. He joined the school in 2019.
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.
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. Alice has a B.S. in Education from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Management from U.Va. She has ten years of math teaching experience, and she has a wide range of experiences supporting youth sports, including as President of the Board of the Northside Cal Ripken Baseball League. She joined the Field School faculty in 2019.
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 two kids 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).