Loudoun County Public Schools announced changes for three high school principals last week.
The Monroe and Stone Bridge communities will swap principals, with Tim Flynn, the principal of Monroe Technology Center in Leesburg, becoming the principal of Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn for the 2018-19 school year. Flynn will take the place of Matthew Wilburn, Stone Bridge’s principal since 2014.
Wilburn has been appointed the director of the Monroe Advanced Technology Academy, which will open for the first time at the Academies of Loudoun in Leesburg this fall.
Flynn first came to LCPS as principal of Belmont Ridge Middle School in 2007 — one of the middle schools that feeds into Stone Bridge. He also served as the school system’s director of instructional services from 2012-2016 before serving as Monroe’s principal.
Wilburn — who also as a sixth-grade teacher at Seneca Ridge Middle School in 2001, an eighth-grade dean at J. Lupton Simpson Middle School in 2002 and an assistant principal at Stone Bridge in 2004 — has a background in science and career and technical education.
Lastly, John Champe High School Principal John Gabriel has been named the principal for Independence High School. Gabriel is no stranger to opening a new school. He has been with Champe in Aldie since 2011, a year before its opening. Gabriel was recognized as the 2017 LCPS Principal of the Year for his role in building the John Champe community.
Independence, the 16th LCPS high school, is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019 in Ashburn, adjacent to Brambleton Middle School. As with Champe, Gabriel will take on the helm a year in advance to plan for the school’s opening.
All three will assume their new positions on July 1.