Chums Teachers


Emily Rixman, Chums Teacher

I have a Bachelor in English from the University of Louisville. I have been teaching school-age children various types of dance classes for ten years. I have always loved working with children and engaging with them in their learning and discovery. What drew me to Virginia Chance School is their belief in promoting creativity and teaching children through experience and play. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, taking my dog for walks, dancing, and reading. I am very excited to be a part of the team at Chance and look forward to the year ahead with your children!

Belinda Irvin, Chums Teacher

I have a BS in Nursing from the University of Kentucky. Before taking a break to raise three boys, I worked at the Louisville General Hospital (now University Hospital). My first two boys attended Chance before us moving to Charleston, SC. I went to every kindergarten in Charleston hoping to find one with a philosophy like Chance School that I had grown to love. I found none. I was so impressed with the creative learning environment that it truly was very difficult to leave. Chance School set a standard so high that nothing could compare. Fast forward 40 years and I still remember my first visit. This is why I have returned. It still has the charm and philosophy I loved then. It has grown, yet it is still the same. It is an honor to be part of the wonderful environment here at Virginia Chance School. To be around these smiling (children and adult) faces every day is a gift. I now have three grandsons who would be attending VCS if they didn’t live in Camillus, NY. Since they live far away, the children here are fast becoming part of my family. I have retired from nursing and spend time traveling to see my children and grandkids. When I’m home, I love following the Wildcats and always the Cardinals. I’m a Louisvillian, so I wear blue and red. I walk, am painting again, and I spend numerous hours laughing with my life-long friends.

Susan Abbott, Chums Teacher

My interest in VCS is through my Daughter Sara Queen, who teaches a two-year-old class here at VCS. I taught two and three-year-old children in the early 1980’s at a local preschool for six years. My daughter enticed me to apply for a Chums position. I’m so happy that I did. Being with a variety of ages is a delightful challenge. Chance school not only renewed my love for being with children but has also given me the opportunity to work with many loving and caring adults whose primary goal is to nurture all the children attending Virginia Chance School. In addition to being with my daughter Sara, I also have a wonderful Granddaughter, Mia who has attended VCS since she was three. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this school. In addition to Chums, I also substitute for preschool when needed. Home time is reserved for reading, walking, and gardening.


More bio’s to come soon! Updated 10/17/17