About Stephanie

Stephanie Passman serves as Head Teacher for the Lab School Campus.  Originally from New Jersey, Stephanie was converted into a Charlottevsillian the moment she came to the University of Virginia for undergrad, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish.  A proud double Hoo, Stephanie holds a Masters in Teaching from UVa as well. She also have a certificate for school administration from James Madison University.

Stephanie has been an enthusiastic learner and educator her entire life, and has taught in Phoenix, Arizona and Charlottesville, Virginia, working with students spanning from pre-kindergarten through those earning their Master’s.  She started her teaching career at Cale Elementary School here in Albemarle County, and experienced firsthand the power of looping with a group of students, providing consistency, and leveraging strong relationships to increase risk-taking and learning.  Later, Stephanie served as the gifted resource and intervention teacher at Stony Point Elementary, where she had the privilege of creating learning experiences for all students Pre-K through fifth grade that pushed their critical thinking and applied their creativity.  There, she was also the 504 Coordinator, Intervention Team Chair, and School Testing Coordinator, all of which provided insight into the structures and procedures that are in place to help students.  Later, as a Learning Technology Integrator, Stephanie collaborated with teachers, administrators, and students at Greer Elementary, Henley Middle, Community Middle, and Murray High on projects that harnessed the power of technology to increase opportunities for authenticity, student voice, and problem solving.  In addition to working directly with K12 teachers and students, she also taught a course for aspiring teachers on reading in content areas for the Mary Baldwin College of Education. 

Stephanie was recognized as the Teacher of the Year by the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council (CBIC) in 2017.  In 2016, she was invited to join a cohort of twenty women in the National School Superintendent Association’s Aspiring Women Leaders Program.  In 2010, Stephanie was honored with the Golden Apple Award.  Stephanie has been invited to present nationally, including at the National School Board Association Annual Conference, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference, the United States Department of Education and ASCD Teacher Preparation Innovation Summit, and at White House Roundtable Discussions. 

Stephanie currently serves on the Charlottesville Business Innovation Council board.  In addition to high quality public education, Stephanie also loves to be outside hiking, running, skiing, and chasing hot air balloons, and  to be inside reading a book, playing board games, and cheering on the Hoos. Stephanie values seeing the world; she spent a summer living in Spain, many weeks volunteering in orphanages in Nicaragua, and led a group of forty middle school students on a three week adventure through the British Isles.