Dick Lavine


In his 40 years in public education, Dick has taught in elementary schools, served in administration in elementary, middle, and high schools, been director of instruction and special programs, and organized technology initiatives. He has also served as senior researcher at the George Washington University. Dick has a history of thinking about how we teach those with special needs. He was co-author of the model for integrating the general education, gifted education, and special education programs within the Fairfax County School System.

Dick and his wife Carol moved to Charlottesville in 2005 to help their daughter’s family care for their child with autism. At the time, Dick found the public school programs for autism to be remarkably similar to those he first encountered professionally 40 years earlier. In 2012, his grandson became a student and VIA, and Dick’s connection with us began.

Dick joined the VIA board in 2013. He also serves as President of the Beacon Club, an organization of retired professionals. In that role, he coordinates monthly events that allow members to share expertise and experiences.