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Middleburg Charter School names first principal

With an opening date of this fall, the Middleburg Community Charter School has announced its first principal.

The MCCS Board of Directors announced the appointment of Dr. Barbara Smith to lead the school in its first year.

A principal with experience in a charter school environment, Smith met all the requirements the board had set forth at the beginning of the hiring process.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled,” stated Board President, David Quanbeck. “Dr. Smith brings all of the characteristics we need to address the challenges of a new charter school: leadership, experience and enthusiasm.”

Smith, originally from Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, holds a PhD in curriculum from the University of Toronto. She is a former principal at the The William E. Doar Public Charter School for the Performing Arts, a Washington, D.C. charter school.

The elementary charter school plans to adapt the Leonardo Da Vinci Project, a project-based, interdisciplinary curriculum modeled after a program first developed at Barcroft Elementary School in Arlington County. Dr. Smith will guide teachers in developing work plans and tailoring the curriculum to the needs of the attending students.

As an educator, she has taught and embraced various leadership roles in public, private, international, independent, and charter schools in Canada, the United States and Belgium. She has been a teacher educator at the University of Toronto, University of Saskatchewan and McGill University. She has published extensively, writing about innovative and exceptional practices in education.

“Helping build a charter school from the ground up is an educator’s dream,” Smith said. “I am so impressed with the grass-roots community effort that made this charter school possible. I am eager to join the Middleburg Charter management team.”

MCCS will begin the 2014-2015 school year Aug. 4.


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