For nearly forty years Carla was a career educator in Chesterfield County Public School and worked with many administrators and served on an endless number of committees while also serving over 7,000 students in her classroom. As a teacher of art, photo and graphics, she wrote curriculum, worked with the school PTA, attended and presented at state conferences, and in 2001 was named Virginia Art Education Association Teacher of the Year.

Carla is recently retired and can devote more time to creative endeavors, including beekeeping and her sideline business, Chestnut Ridge Garden. Relatively speaking, Carla together with her husband is active in the Rockwood Park Backyard Beekeepers Association (RPBBA). She has attained the Journeyman level in the VSBA MB Program.

Her projects related to community outreach/education are as follows: RPBBA Honey Bee Festival Committee (planning, logistics, organization, marketing, PR); Children’s Activities at the Honey Bee Festival (planning, supplies, set up and follow through); Volunteer on behalf of RPBBA at the Virginia State Fair Honey Booth; Presentations to local garden clubs sharing importance of pro-pollinator gardening practices; Presentations to fellow beekeepers on marketing of honey and value-added products; Monthly Study groups using the VSBA study guides for Apprentice/Journeyman; Member of the RPBBA Board for the past two years.

Carla looks forward to the opportunity to learn, to grow and to serve the VSBA, and will do her best to make it a productive time of growth for all of us, as we move forward into a changing world. While nothing can take the place of personal and face-to-face interactions, Carla applauds the use of webinars during the last two years and hopes that the VSBA can continue to use technology to supplement the goals of the VSBA, as education, unification and inclusion should continue to be expanded as integral components in the vision of the Virginia State Beekeepers Association. 

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