Leesburg Elementary School has a new principal.
The Loudoun County School Board officially appointed Shawn Lacey as the school’s principal at its Nov. 27 meeting. He replaces Angie Robinson, who took a job with Fairfax County as a central office administrator dealing with equity.
Lacey is already a familiar face with Leesburg families; he’s served as the school’s assistant principal for the past year and a half. He said in a release posted on the Loudoun County Public Schools website that he’s thankful to already know the “lay of the land” and doesn’t plan on making any major changes.
“I’m not one to come in and clean house…I want to stay focused on our current mission and look for ways we can be better. I’m fortunate. I had the opportunity to work under a great leader in Ms. Robinson…She put some great things in place that I can nurture, nourish and keep them growing,” he said. “Then there are some other things, as a new leader, that I want to see differently. I want to take some different chances and opportunities. I want to get some feedback from the teachers; ‘Hey, we’ve been doing this for the last three or four years, what are your thoughts? How we can change it? What can we do better to serve our students?’ You never know until you try it.”
Lacey started his career in education as a special education teacher in Georgia and Florida. In 2010, he moved to Loudoun County, where he taught special education at Seneca Ridge and Eagle Ridge middle schools for three years. He then served as dean at Eagle Ridge Middle School before taking the assistant principal post at Leesburg Elementary.
“We are very enthusiastic about him making the transition to the principalship of Leesburg Elementary,” Superintendent Eric Williams said at the Nov. 27 meeting.
School Board member Joy Maloney (Broad Run) said she got to know Lacey when he served as the dean at Eagle Ridge Middle School when her daughter attended. “So I know what an excellent educator Mr. Lacey is.”
School Board member Tom Marshall (Leesburg) said he was sad to hear Robinson was leaving. “But I felt much better about losing a great principal when I heard Mr. Lacey would be stepping in. Congratulations, Mr. Lacey.”
Lacey holds a bachelor’s degree from Mercer University in Georgia and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Strayer University.