Brooke McCoy – Lead Educator
Brooke was born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. She completed her general education at Westside High School in West Virginia. After receiving top honors, Brooke went on to complete her Bachelors of Science in Secondary Social Studies Education and Bachelors of Art in Political Science at Concord University. She minored in Special Education, Spanish, and International Studies. In 2014, Brooke completed her Master of Arts in History with an emphasis in Military History at Norwich University of Vermont. Brooke has a special education endorsement and has worked in both the private and public sector. Throughout college, Brooke worked with the Federal Americorps Program as a teacher for underprivileged students in West Virginia. Brooke was also a very active member of the Epsilon Delta chapter of Delta Zeta. Most recently Brooke taught as a home school instructor in Fluvanna County. In addition to working at Park School she also offers specialized after school lessons ranging from Mathematics, Social Sciences, Languages, and specialized instruments. Brooke is very excited to be working with Park School and hopes to help expand and enrich the community as well as students.
David Woodward – Math & Science Lead Instructor
Our math and science teacher, David Woodward most recently taught Algebra 1 (8th grade) and Honors (6th grade) math at Jouett Middle School. He has taught math in both honors, advanced and Special Education classrooms at Albemarle High School, and the Community Public Charter School. He has a gift for working with struggling learners. David received his BA in Math and Religion from Oberlin College and has a Masters Degree in Religious Studies from UVa. He holds a Virginia Provisional License to teach math. David currently lives in Charlottesville. He loves to play board games with his wife and two daughters.
Taylor Blackburn – English Language Arts Instructor
Taylor was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia and first moved to the Charlottesville area when she attended the University of Virginia where she earned a B.A. in English and a Masters in Teaching. She has a decade of experience as an English, Creative Writing, and Drama teacher at the middle and high school levels. In addition to teaching students with diverse backgrounds and abilities, she has taken her instruction beyond the classroom walls, directing poetry slams, Shakespeare plays, and writing workshops—all with the goal of helping students develop one of their most important assets: their voice. Outside of school, whether driving across Canada for her honeymoon, camping for a summer in Ireland to participate in a natural building workshop, or drinking water fresh from a coconut in the Philippines, Taylor embraces travel as one of the best forms of education. Taylor is returning to education this year after a hiatus to parent her son Eamon, and she is excited to be a part of the eclectic and compassionate learning community at the Park School.
Jenny Foster – Math and Science Instructor
Jay Pun – Music Instructor
Jay is Park School’s Music Instructor. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a B.M. in Professional Music. He performs professionally playing guitar in a duo with violinist Morwenna Lasko. The two record & tour the country performing their original music. Together, they both founded Fingerdance Studio, a private music studio, teaching guitar & violin to all ages (located at the Park School). Outside of music, Jay loves to make hot sauce, go out for sushi, and hang out with his two dogs (Dachshund/Beagle/Coonhound and a Hungarian Vizsla).