VICE PRESIDENT OF EDUCATION, CHARTERHOUSE SCHOOLS
Wade Puryear earned a master’s degree in special education from Old Dominion University, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and a post-graduate degree in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds a Virginia postgraduate professional teaching license with endorsements in administration and supervision, English, ED, K-12, and specific learning disabilities K-12. He supports and directs all Charterhouse School programs in Richmond and Edinburg. Since 2001, he has held increasingly responsible positions in private day school and residential school leadership and operations in various nonprofit organizations. Wade has a passion for giving students with special needs opportunities for vocational training and other life skills that will help them become productive and contributing members of their communities. Wade is enrolled in VCU’s post-graduate certificate program for professional counseling and is pursuing his credentials as a licensed professional counselor.
PRINCIPAL, CHARTERHOUSE SCHOOL
Kay Currie comes to Charterhouse School with over 16 years of experience from Henrico County Public Schools, 10 of them as Associate and Assistant Principal. In her roles at Fairfield, Moody, and Short Pump Middle Schools, she was the administrator in charge of special education. More recently, Kay assisted with Henrico’s new BLISS program at Moody Middle, which serves as an alternative to private day school placement. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History/Political Science, and Secondary Education; and a master’s degree in Education Administration and Supervision. Kay loves to travel, and is passionate about helping children.
PRINCIPAL, CHARTERHOUSE SCHOOL EDINBURG
Tonya Salley-Goodwin joined UMFS in 1998 as a youth counselor and relief youth counselor in the UMFS Treatment Program. In October 2007, Tonya was hired as the coordinator for Charterhouse School Day Program. Tonya started her career as a special education teacher in a residential facility for children. She was also Head of Academy for several specialized schools in the Richmond and Middle Peninsula areas. Tonya has a bachelor’s degree in history/political science. She attended Old Dominion University where she obtained certification in the area of emotional disturbance and holds a Virginia teaching license in special education. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix in education and supervision.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION, CHARTERHOUSE SCHOOL
Melinda Bright joined Charterhouse School in May 2013. Melinda holds a bachelor’s degree from Radford University and a master’s from the University of Virginia. She is endorsed in upper elementary education and administration and supervision, PK-12. Melinda was a classroom teacher for 20 years and co-directed the VDOE Training and Technical Assistance Center at JMU for 11 years before coming to Charterhouse School. Areas of professional interest include teacher effectiveness, inclusive practices, and differentiated instruction. Outside of work, Mrs. Bright enjoys spending time with her family.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION
Sarah received a master’s degree in psychology from American University and a PhD in developmental psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also a graduate of the Va-LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program. Sarah has extensive training in child and adolescent development, developmental disabilities, multidisciplinary teamwork and leadership, and school-based interventions. In addition to her graduate studies and experiences, she has years of experience working with and advocating for youth with neurological and developmental differences and their families in home, educational, and clinical settings. Sarah is passionate about collaborating with families, educators and other professionals to improve the lives of kids with autism and other neurological and developmental differences. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and cooking.
THERAPEUTIC COORDINATOR, CHARTERHOUSE SCHOOL
Pam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified School Social Worker, and is certified to provide clinical supervision. A North Carolina native, she received her Bachelor of Social Work from North Carolina State University. After receiving a Master of Social Work degree from East Carolina University, she spend over 12 years living and working in mental health and school settings in Chicago and Connecticut. During her time in Illinois she received a post master’s certificate in school social work from Aurora University. She is currently pursuing certification in trauma informed care. Pam is passionate about providing trauma informed services for youth and families and is committed to advocating for mental health awareness and trauma stewardship.
STUDENT SERVICES COORDINATOR, CHARTERHOUSE SCHOOL
Sherri Glover obtained her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Virginia Commonwealth University, working with youth and adults for 12 years in the mental health field in the community as an in-home counselor, and in private educational programs. She joined UMFS as a residential youth counselor in 2006 and transitioned to Charterhouse School as a behavior specialist in 2007. Since 2014, she has been the student services coordinator for the general curriculum program and Child & Family Healing Center, serving on the crisis response team and is a certified MANDT trainer. Sherri is passionate about faculty professional development, and ensuring youth have a supportive and caring environment to learn so they may have the opportunity to achieve success and feel a sense of belonging. She is currently in pursuit of a master’s degree in counseling. When she’s not working, she enjoys reading a good book, traveling and cooking.
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION COORDINATOR, CHARTERHOUSE SCHOOL
Sarah grew up in Buckingham County, VA and received her Bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies from Hollins University and Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sarah has experience working in residential treatment, development / marketing, and career training programs. Sarah has a particular passion for working with LGBTQ youth.
STUDENT SERVICES MANAGER, CHARTERHOUSE SCHOOL
Sarah was born and raised on the south side of Richmond. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University and her Master’s of Education in Special Education: Severe Disabilities from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sarah’s journey in the field of education began through her work with students with Autism. She has continued to pursue this passion, with a focus on helping adolescents with trauma and neurological differences in their abilities to flourish as members of their communities.
STUDENT SERVICES COORDINATOR, CHARTERHOUSE SCHOOL
Sumara was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in social work and her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is currently enrolled in a postgraduate professional licensing program at VCU to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Sumara has been with Charterhouse since 2013 working as a classroom behavior support counselor and an instructional specialist. She enjoys working with the children that we serve, as she believes that education and behavior support is very important to maximize the quality of life for our students.