“Eighty percent of the work we do is to help children feel safe, respected and believe in themselves,” she said. “We think they can take it to the next level, whatever it is.”
Jasmin Lopez, director of student remediation services at the school, said she wanted to be a part of Foster Forge after hearing Wachtmeister talk about her vision.
Lopez was used to working with students with learning differences and saw how they would lose a lot of self-confidence in school systems.
“When you have the opportunity to sit down with a student, unlock that key for them and open the door they might need, they see so much more for themselves,” she said. “… So finding that key, whatever it is for them, and unlocking it is our goal.” “
Jenny Denham, director of student support and the school’s pathways program, said she enjoys connecting with people and helping them overcome challenges, which was part of what drew her to the post.
With the Pathways program, she will be responsible for determining what interests students and providing related resources.
The Foster Forge team is working to turn the church into a school before August. This included assembling the furniture and unpacking the resources. One advantage of the location is that the Crozet branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library is just steps away.