After 40 years with Loudoun County Public Schools, the assistant superintendent for instruction announced her retirement at the Aug. 13 School Board meeting.
With her retirement, effective June 30, 2014, Sharon Ackerman will become the second senior staff member to retire that summer, with long-time Superintendent Edgar Hatrick retiring the same day as Ackerman.
Hatrick spoke of Ackerman's retirement “with great regret, but also great gratitude.”
Ackerman holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York and master's degree from Virginia Tech. She began teaching in 1967 in Pine Brush, N.Y at Edward J. Russell Elementary School. In 1972, she moved to Northern Virginia, taking a teaching position at Aldie Elementary School. Just one year later, Ackerman became a reading resource coordinator. In 1976, Ackerman began her foray into school administration, taking the assistant principal job at Sully Elementary School and getting appointed principal of Waterford Elementary just one year later. In 1980, she became principal of Sterling Elementary.
In 1985, Ackerman joined the LCPS administration staff as the first director of personnel.
“There was a time when Sharon knew every person we hired,” Hatrick recollected. “Not only did she know them, they knew her.”
Ackerman became the director of elementary education in 1990, and in 1998, was promoted to assistant superintendent for instruction, a position she has held for the last 15 years.
“Much of the instructional success we've had over the past 15 years is due not only to her leadership, but her ability to inspire our principals and teachers and all of us in Loudoun County to do what's best for our children,” Hatrick said.
Like when Hatrick announced his retirement, Ackerman received a standing ovation from the crowd, despite her attempts to quell their applause.
“She has certainly earned a joyful retirement with her husband, and we hope every day will be joyful,” Hatrick said.
New principals take over
Three new principals and a new department head were announced at the Aug. 13 School Board meeting.
Gail Brady is now principal of Sugarland Elementary School in Sterling, effective July 29.
Lance Pace takes over the helm as principal at Forest Grove Elementary, also in Sterling. He officially joined the staff July 11.
Taking over at Stone Hill is Jodi Day, who had previously served as assistant principal of the middle school since 2011. Day formally became principal on Aug. 1.
Additionally, engineer and former U.S. Air Force member Edward “Don” Treanor will join the department of support services as the new director of facilities services.
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