Ann Shargo Lhospital

Research Scientist


  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2011
  • M.Ed., University of Virginia, 2007
  • BA, University of Arizona-Tucson, 2005

I am committed to improving children’s learning and social-emotional outcomes, particularly through early childhood coaching and consultation. I have worked closely with state-funded PreK programs, including the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) and VPI+, in partnership with the VDOE. My training and support to school leadership teams across Virginia have focused on continuous improvement, data-driven professional development (PD), and Practice-Based Coaching (enhanced with Motivational Interviewing). 

Currently, with the Advancing Effective Interactions and Instruction (AEII) initiative, I lead a team of consultants who support early childhood leaders to use CLASS® data and plan effective PD that supports teachers in improving the classroom experiences and outcomes for children. As Virginia invests in Early Childhood (birth-to-five) across Virginia, the AEII team looks forward to learning what’s working and helping to spread scalable improvement models across the Commonwealth.

Upon joining CASTL in 2012, I co-developed and piloted a Mental Health Consultation model called LOOK. This PD approach helped prevent and reduce young children’s challenging behaviors through a combination of innovative child assessments (inCLASS and ASPI), video-based consultation, and online modules to promote teacher practice implementation. Given the pervasive needs around challenging behaviors, I remain focused on supporting programs through my work with Virginia’s early childhood systems.

Early Childhood Education in Virginia

The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning strives to ensure every child has the educational experiences they need for success in school and life.

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