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Principal’s journey ends at home

In the fall of 2013, Bob Marple will begin another journey. This one, however, will bring him back to the town he lives in.

An Ashburn resident, Marple is taking over as principal of Cedar Lane Elementary School for the upcoming school year, the Loudoun County School Board recently announced. Previous principal James Dallas will head the new Discovery Elementary, also in Ashburn.

Marple is eager to work near his home, and not just because of an easier commute. “The idea of – not just being close to home – but the idea of being able to give back to a community in which I live,” Marple said.
After playing basketball for Shepherd University, Marple joined the Loudoun school system in 1996 as an elementary school gym teacher.

Soon after, Marple began working on his master's degree in education administration at Shenandoah University.

“I took a couple classes and I fell in love with the idea ‘One day I’d like to be a principal,'” he said.

Marple got his first taste as a school administrator in 2001, acting as a dean at Farmwell Middle School under Ginger Minshew (current principal of Park View). From there, Marple bounced to Lowes Island Elementary as an assistant principal, to Park View (2005) to Evergreen Mills (2006) before finally becoming a principal in 2009 at Hamilton Elementary.

Though parents are excited for Marple's new endeavor, they say they'll miss his energy in Hamilton.

“This school has felt like a home under his leadership,” said School Board member Jennifer Bergel (Catoctin) at a Feb. 12 meeting. “And he will be sorely missed.”

New principal in Aldie, Middleburg

Marple is not the only principal taking on a new assignment.

The School Board also announced Shawn Lyons will be taking over as principal at Aldie and Middleburg elementary schools, as current principal Karen Roche leaves to join the new Moorefield Station Elementary in Ashburn. Because of Middleburg and Aldie's diminutive sizes, they share one principal, who alternates days per school.

Lyons previously served as assistant principal of Pinebrook Elementary in Aldie. Additionally, Lyons has served at Emerick and Mill Run, as well as schools in New York and Connecticut.

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