Sarah Gerome is the founder and director of Hillside School. Her 40 plus years of experience working with children include teaching inner city youth in both public and private schools from San Francisco CA, Richmond VA to here in Charlottesville Virginia. She has run Art Camps, workshops, parent co-ops; she has led homeschooling classes and has networked far and wide within the Charlottesville community and beyond. This networking has included partnering with the Haven, City of Promise and international programs; attending community meetings about social issues and showing up to Charlottesville Public School forums to advocate for children's enrichment and equality, long after her children were out of public schools. The community she has cultivated at Hillside continues to flourish as she teaches Charlottesville youth about environmental and social stewardship of our community and our world.
Cynthia Dyer came to teach at Hillside School in 2016. Before Hillside, Cynthia specialized in working with children with special needs and chronic/terminal illness which she combined with her passion for child and adult equine therapy. Working one-on-one and in small groups such as we have at Hillside is Cynthias specialty. Her unique story and compassion for children from all backgrounds and walks of life has cultivated her philosophy that making children feel safe and valued is at the heart of her teaching foundation.
Grace Bartels has been working with children ever since she was a mothers helper at age 8. Her natural ability to make children feel safe and welcomed has led her from Art Camp counselor to Teacher. Grace has worked both as a nanny in one-on-one settings and as a teacher for the preschool children at VCU, both of which added to her background education of early childhood development.Grace's teaching philosophy is to instill kindness and compassion in her students while giving them opportunities to learn and grow intrinsically. Her positive energy, loving nature and passion for uplifting children has solidified her role as a lifelong teacher.