Buff works as the primary director for the Afterschool Academy at Binford Middle School in Richmond, VA. They are directly responsible for all center programming, as well as staff management. In their role, Buff works to create an environment and atmosphere where scholars’ success is encouraged, fostered, and supported.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I am a career educator, having taught public school English for eight years across four school districts in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Adults who invested in me as a youth, inspired and compelled me to dedicate my working years to investing in youth. Working with Higher Achievement Richmond will allow me to impact and support students in ways not previously possible in the traditional classroom teacher role. Through my work with Higher Achievement, I hope to significantly close the achievement gaps that our middle school students in Richmond face.”
Learning Coordinator, Henderson Richmond
Richmond Board of Advisors Altria
Richmond Board of Advisors PwC
Richmond Board of Advisors Former Henrico County Superintendent
As a Learning Coordinator, Lucy works with two very important groups of people—our scholars and mentors. She supports the implementation of our mentoring curriculum by recruiting, training, and assisting volunteer mentors. She works with scholars in several different capacities including creating meaningful programming, assisting scholars through the high school application process, homework help, discipline, and supporting scholars in any other way they might need. She works closely with the Binford Center Director to keep Center running smoothly and safely.
“I work at Higher Achievement because I understand the importance of providing meaningful, educational, and safe after school time. Our staff and volunteer mentors provide support, enrichment, and a sense of community that is impactful to our scholars both on a daily basis and in the long term. I know how much our scholars value their time with their mentors, and I’m happy that I can assist in creating and supporting those relationships.”
Richmond Board of Advisors BrownGreer
Mary Lloyd Parks
Board of Directors Richmond Board of Advisors, Chair Community Volunteer