Amy Laufer is a candidate for the Charlottesville School Board.  Four of the seven at-large seats on board will be determined in the Nov. 3 election. Laufer is an incumbent and there are no contested races. Other candidates include: Adam Hastings, Sherry Kraft and Jennifer McKeever.

Each candidate was interviewed by Charlottesville Tomorrow and asked 10 questions about their qualifications, priorities and important education issues.  Included in the box at the right are links to the full transcript and audio recording of those interviews (also available on iTunes).

Highlights of all the candidate responses are available in this downloadable 2015 Voter Guide. The biographical information below is provided by each candidate.

Bio: Amy is currently the Chair of Charlottesville City School Board. In the past four years, we have increased STEM education, updated science labs at Buford and CHS, expanded summer school programs with Parks and Recreation, increased enrollment in preschool and middle schools and hired reading and math specialists for all schools. We are currently discussing how to raise reading levels, which would include targeted professional development for the division’s whole staff all the way to potentially extending the school day for children reading below grade level. Amy has enjoyed serving our community as a School Board Member and she looks forward to continuing this work.

Education:

    B.Sc. in Geology from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

    M.A. in Secondary Science Education from Columbia University Teachers College

    Graduate of the University of Virginia, Sorenson Institute of Political Leaders Program as well as Emerge VA, Training for Political Leaders.

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom, School Board, Co-Founder of Women Leaders of VA

Previous political experience:

    Charlottesville City School Board (4 years)

    Board representative on Special Education Advisory Committee and School Discipline

    Representative on CLASS Board

    Experience on city initiatives: School Board representative on GRACE, Gang Reduction through Active Community Engagement, and My Brother’s Keeper

Age on Election Day: 43 

Neighborhood: Greenbrier

Hometown: Mt. Calvary, WI

Family: I am married to Aaron Laufer. We have three children.

Other interests and experiences: I like to hike with our dog, do Zumba, read historical fiction, travel and go to movies.

Telephone: (434) 825-6806

Email: amy@amylaufer.com