Ann Shargo Lhospital

Senior Scientist

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

I am dedicated to serving children, teachers, and families through Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and social-emotional coaching.  

After earning my PhD in Clinical and School Psychology at UVA, I started at CASTL in 2012 as a Mental Health Consultant and Implementation Support Specialist for the Looking to Objectively Observe Kids (LOOK) project. While on LOOK, I learned the value of teachers observing their own practice via video and consultants recommending strategies linked to children’s assessment data. From 2015-2019, I worked on a pilot program called VPI+ where I provided training and consultation to PreK coaches and school leaders around Virginia and grew my understanding of Virginia’s early childhood landscape.

Since 2018, my work supporting quality improvement for leaders and teachers continued and expanded on the Advancing Effective Interactions & Instruction (AEII) initiative. In 2020, facing the pandemic, I co-developed a new virtual coaching model focused on equitable social-emotional instruction (AEII coaching). The AEII coaching model has grown with the support of the Virginia legislature and Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) with statewide implementation starting in 2021 and continuing in 2022-23.

Most recently (2021-current), I co-developed a new Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (ECMHC) pilot, in partnership with the Infant & Toddler Specialist Network (ITSN) and the VDOE. We aim to promote children’s wellbeing, prevent exclusionary discipline, and provide teachers and families the resources and supports they need to meet children’s needs. Our work is to develop the most effective, efficient, and scalable model we can — amidst the continued pandemic, the strained early childhood workforce, and persistent inequities faced by children and families as well as teachers. This feels like my most challenging and important work to date.

Across my work, I intentionally focus on collaboration, continuous improvement, and reflective practice. This includes uncovering biases, striving to use and promote a strengths-based lens, and centering equity for our teams and the people we serve. I believe my development as an inclusive leader is never complete. I strive to learn more and do better, embracing constructive feedback and discomfort along the way.


Early Childhood Education in Virginia

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