Catherine Lochner is a candidate for the At-Large seat on the Albemarle County School Board. Five of the seven seats on board will be determined in the Nov. 3 election. Other candidates in this race include: Jonno Alcaro & Dolly Joseph.
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: Catherine began volunteering at the Department of Defense Dependent Schools when her family moved overseas in 2000. In 2006, they moved to Oahu where she became a certified reading instructor. She is passionate about equitable access to specialized health services and school services. As a reading instructor she became an advocate – training parents on the special education rights and responsibilities in the public school system. Her family moved to the Charlottesville area in 2010. She now works part time for the Family to Family Network of Virginia, Center for Family Involvement at the Partnership for Persons with Disabilities at VCU.
B.S.B.M from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Former certified Linda Mood-Bell Reading Instructor, also Trained in Orton-Gillingham Reading program
Occupation: Local Network Coordinator, Piedmont Area for Family to Family Network of Virginia, Center for Family Involvement at Partnership for Persons with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University
Previous political experience: Appointed to the Albemarle County Special Education Advisory Committee to the School Board, member of the Parent Council to the superintendent.
Age on Election Day: 53
Neighborhood: Bedford Hills Subdivision
Hometown: Parkersburg, WV
Family: Married 25 years this September, to John Lochner. We have one young adult son, Cameron Lochner, currently enrolled in the Albemarle County school system.
Other interests and experiences:
Looking for a connection to the community, I began volunteering at the Charlottesville Ronald McDonald House, serving for 2 years. I became a member of the Albemarle Special Education Advisory Committee, and served as Chair during 12-13 school year and 13-14 school year. During the 13-14 school year, I became a member of the Parent Council, serving as a representative for Albemarle High.