Chad serves as Principal of two progressive public lab schools, Murray High and Community Middle, for Albemarle County Public Schools. He is responsible for the research, development, and implementation of programs that align with the school district’s strategic focus on student-centered instruction, choice, collaborative partnerships and lifelong learning.
In 2017, the National School Boards Association named Chad one of the “20 to Watch” educational leaders in the United States. He was invited to several White House events during the Obama administration and has been called to testify before the Virginia General Assembly. He has appeared before such organizations as the American Association of School Superintendents, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the National School Boards Association, and at World Maker Faire. He has been an internal workshop presenter and has served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation. He was the keynote speaker at James Madison University’s annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference and the National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education annual conference in 2016.
In 2015, Chad was appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Council for Youth Entrepreneurship. Between 2009-2015, he was a Virginia Board of Education appointee to the State Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education and has served as the Board Chair for the Virginia Career Education Foundation. In 2013, he was the facilitator for the High School of the Future Startup event for Governor McDonnell’s STEM Summit. Chad was named one the the “Top Leaders Under 40” by C-Ville Weekly and “Top 20 Under 40” by the Roanoke Times Blue Ridge Business Journal. As a classroom teacher and coach, he was given the student-selected “Most Influential Educator” award three times and was named VHSL District/Region Wrestling Coach of the Year seven times.
Also an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and founder, Chad is active in the entrepreneurial community and has organized several Startup Weekend events. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Virginia and a MBA from Virginia Tech. He is an alumnus of the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Executive Educators Leadership Institute. He resides in Charlottesville with his wife and their two children.