Aaron Eichorst, Charlottesville City Schools
Aaron Eichorst, Coordinator of Fine & Performing Arts, Charlottesville City Schools 
 
What has been the most challenging aspect of becoming an administrator?
One of the more challenging aspects of becoming an administrator is meeting the needs of the myriad groups and individuals that I serve; our teachers, other administrators, parents, the local cultural community and most importantly our students.  It is an exciting balancing act.
 
In what new ways do you support student learning?
In Charlottesville City Schools, we are enthusiastically attuned to the transformative power of the arts and how the arts connect to all areas of learning and life.  My goal is to emphasize these connections where they are happening and to bring this awareness to a broader audience. 
 
What are you doing to engage the community at your school?
In addition to student performances, we provide a well-planned schedule of professional music, theater, and dance assembly programs geared to each grade level: a carefully chosen artist-in-residence program; field trips to local museums and concerts; an annual division-wide art exhibit and much more.
 
How will you respect your school’s history and culture while making the decisions necessary to educate young people for their future?
Charlottesville City Schools recognizes the arts as a discipline essential for a complete education and our fine arts program is an example of excellence. The arts have never been viewed as “frills” but as an indispensable part of our culture and history. This philosophy is embraced by the school board, the administration, and the community at large. 

 For the next few weeks, to learn about the transition out of the classroom, Charlottesville Tomorrow’s Meet Your Educator profiles will feature new administrators.

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