Meet the UVA Democracy Biennial Fellows

Meet the UVA Democracy Biennial Fellows

These five educators from across Virginia developed the curricula


Cluny Brown grew up in Richmond and was drawn to a career in history from an early age. After earning her BA in History and Master’s in teaching from VCU, she began her career in the museum world. After seven years of presenting inquiry-based experiences for the Valentine Richmond History Center and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, she turned toward public education. Cluny has taught high school history for 18 years and currently teaches at Clover Hill High School in Chesterfield County, where she shares her love of American History, African American History, and Historical Research with her students. Throughout her career, she has led a variety of workshops for both museum and classroom educators. 

Kimberly Dove has been teaching since 2003 and teaches Civics and Economics at Wilbur S. Pence Middle School in Rockingham County. In 2020, she was named the Lucy F. Simms Teacher of the Year for Rockingham County Public Schools. She has also been awarded the Citizenship Teacher of the Year by the local VFW. Kim is currently authoring a teacher’s edition of a Civics textbook with Five Ponds. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bridgewater College and her master’s from Eastern Mennonite University, as well as a graduate certificate in Teacher Leadership from James Madison University.

Allen K. Robinson has taught government and criminal law to high school students since 2005, first at Tandem Friends School and now at Charlottesville High School. He also sponsors the Model United Nations club, coaches the Scholastic Bowl team, and leads students on spring and summer international trips. He is also a test-prep coach in the SAT, ACT, and LSAT. Allen earned his BA in Politics and English from UVA, as well as a law degree from UVA, with a concentration in constitutional law. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

Joseph Servis is a former Park Ranger and has taught at Appomattox County High School since 1995.  He works with Appomattox Court House National Historical Park and the American Civil War Museum developing "Place Based Education" and other educational and interpretive programs. Joseph also helps to train "Teacher-Ranger-Teachers" for the National Park Service through the University of Colorado Denver and helps organize internships for high school students at local museums. He has a master’s in U.S. History from William & Mary.

Tina Takach is a curriculum, assessment, and course developer, as well as a doctoral student in Curriculum & Instruction at UVA’s School of Education & Human Development. Previously, she taught civics and economics for ten years in the Fairfax County Public Schools, first at Glasgow Middle School and then at Twain Middle School. Tina earned a BA in History from UVA, a master’s in Secondary Education from George Washington University, and a certificate in education program and policy evaluation from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.