New principals have officially been named for three elementary schools.
This week the Loudoun County School Board approved Robert L. Marple as the new principal of Cedar Lane Elementary School in Ashburn and Shawn M. Lyons as the new principal of both Aldie and Middleburg elementary schools.
Marple will take the helm of Cedar Lane Elementary as James Dallas leaves the school to serve as principal of the new Discovery Elementary School.
“I have such high hopes and aspirations for all the great things we’re going to do together at Cedar Lane," Marple said in a video he filmed for Cedar Lane staff and parents this week. "I am keenly aware that Mr. Dallas was last year’s Principal of the Year, so I have huge shoes to fill.”
Marple said in an email that while he is excited for the next chapter, it is hard to leave the Hamilton community. "I have really enjoyed my time here and it has been a real blessing to work with such wonderful and kind folks. "
As the high-energy principal at Hamilton Elementary School, Marple has earned a reputation for his stunts to encourage students to donate food to Loudoun Interfaith Relief or keep their grades up. He camped out in front of the school last year, and he allowed students to dye to his hair blue—Hamilton’s school color.
School Board member Jennifer Bergel (Catoctin) praised Marple’s leadership at Hamilton. “This school has felt like a home under his leadership, and I think he’s found a home there as well. And he will be sorely missed.”
Marple started his career in education as an adaptive physical education teacher at Blue Ridge Middle School; then as an itinerate physical education teacher at Cool Spring, Hamilton and Leesburg elementary schools. He then served as a dean and teacher at Farmwell Station Middle School, and as assistant principal at Lowes Island Elementary School, Park View High School and Evergreen Mill Elementary School before taking his role as principal at Hamilton Elementary.
Lyons will serve as principal at both Aldie and Middleburg elementary schools—two of the smallest schools in the county—as current principal Karen Roche leaves to serve as the first principal of the new Moorefield Station Elementary School.
He comes into the new role after serving as assistant principal at Pinebrook Elementary School near Aldie. He began his career in education as a fourth-grade assistant teacher at New Canaan Country School in Connecticut. He then taught third, fourth and fifth grade at the Hackley School in New York, before moving to Emerick Elementary School in Purcellville where he taught fourth and fifth grade and worked as an administrative intern. He then served as an administrative intern at Mill Run Elementary School before moving to Pinebrook Elementary.
School Board Chairman Eric Hornberger (Ashburn) congratulated Lyons on the new position, and accepting the challenge of leading two schools. “That can be a difficult task. Good luck.”