LFCC Adult Education Program Director Amy Judd loves spending her weekdays at Lord Fairfax’s Middletown Campus, but once the weekend arrives, she’s ready to return home to her native Page County.
Born and raised in Luray, Judd continues to make her home in the small town. She lives there with her husband, John Espenbaum, a chef at The Mimslyn Inn.
“I love Page County,” the Luray High School alumna says. “I think it’s beautiful. When I drive home on Friday afternoon, I’m so happy to be back in town. I really foresee myself staying for the rest of my life.
“It’s true small town living. It has everything I need.”
Judd didn’t take a straight path to her position at LFCC. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in communications from Virginia Tech, and spent a year attending Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, before deciding she didn’t wish to pursue a career in law.
Before being hired by LFCC nearly six years ago, Judd worked for Page County Schools handling adult education and managing grant programs for four years. At the time, area school districts handled adult education programs. Six years ago, the stage regionalized the programs, and LFCC became the lead agency for Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Page and Shenandoah counties, and the city of Winchester.
Judd also did accounting work for Shentel and Rosetta Stone earlier in her career.
“My current position isn’t at all what I thought I would be spending my career doing, but I’m really glad that I am,” says Judd, who recently earned her master’s degree in government analytics from Johns Hopkins University. “I really like working for the college. I just think it’s a good organization.
“It’s a warm environment for employees. I think we are genuinely supported in what we do every day. I value the fact I can go to work every day and know that we are making a difference in people’s lives.”
All of the classes offered in the Adult Education Program are free. They include classes needed to attain a GED, English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and literacy courses.
They are classes that can have profound impacts on the lives of students.
“I think a lot of times our students don’t realize what they can do, and when they have their learning re-ignited, it surprises them,” Judd says. “Sometimes, we’ll have students who meet their goal with us who then say, ‘You know, I think I want to go to college, or I want to become a truck driver.’ They get the learning bug. It’s because their confidence has increased.”
Fall classes for LFCC’s Adult Education offerings begin soon.
To learn more about the adult education program at LFCC, call (540) 869-0748, or visit https://lfcc.edu/areas-of-study/need-my-ged/adult-education-program/.