Maima Dandai

Maima was born in Monrovia, Liberia and  moved to the United State at age three. She never had any goal or dream of being a teacher or a career that involve being around kids. All that changed when she had her son. Maima really wanted her son to have a sense of autonomy and have…

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Brandon Morsberger

Brandon grew up in the woods of Surry County Virginia.  He is an avid skateboarder and musician. He received his B.A. in English from VSU in June of 2002. Brandon discovered Our Neighborhood after 10 years of being an at home Dad to two wonderful daughters.  He continues to study alternative education models based on…

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Katherine Wagoner

Katherine grew up in Charlottesville before attending Messiah College. She graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Science, with a focus in Children and Youth Services. She spent her summers as a camp counselor, and also spent time as a child-life volunteer at UVA Children’s Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys spending…

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Amy Mills

Amy was born in Williamsburg, Virginia and has grown up moving all over Virginia. Through all these moves and life changes Amy has always known herself to be compassionate and creative and she holds those two words dear as her most prominent values. These values often transfer into a wide array of passions including (but…

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Jackie Burke

Jackie was born in Burbank, California. She lived in Los Angeles until the age of six, then moved with her family to Afton, Virginia. Even though Afton is a drastic change from the big city, she quickly adapted. She has always had a great love for the outdoors, so rural Virginia was perfect. Jackie has…

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Zac Stratton

Zac grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia with his mother, father and two younger brothers. He moved to Harrisonburg at the age of 20 to be closer to Blue Ridge Community College and live with friends attending JMU. While living in Harrisonburg, he met his wife, Kelly. Zac and Kelly got married in 2017 and welcomed…

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Eleanor Lee

Eleanor grew up locally in Charlottesville before attending college. During her time at Virginia Tech, Eleanor volunteered with the Coalition for Roanoke Refugees and mentored several ELL students. After completing her degree in human development, Eleanor moved back to Charlottesville where she purchased her first home with her boyfriend. In her spare time, Eleanor loves…

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Jess Barker

Jess is originally from Phoenix, Arizona, where she studied linguistics, and taught English as a second language, using these skills to do non-profit work with a local refugee community. After completing her master’s degree at ASU, she taught middle school Latin at a prep school where she met her husband, L.J. They moved to Charlottesville…

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Shannon Yard

Shannon grew up in Lovettsville, Virginia before attending Roanoke College. There she studied psychology and many of her chosen electives were in human development. During her summers she worked with English language learners, and she also spent time in Washington, D.C. working with underserved children. Upon graduation she began her work with neurodiverse children, many…

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Amdane Sanda

Amdane was born in West Africa, Benin, in 1999. By the age of 3,  he moved to the U.S. with both his parents and his 5 siblings at the time. First finding himself in Louisiana, moved to Charlottesville, Virginia after hurricane Katrina with his family, in hopes of a fresh start. He has lived here…

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