Loudoun County Public Schools has named Kirk Dolson, principal of Sterling's Park View High School, the division's Principal of the Year.
Dolson has served as principal at PVHS since 2014, according to LCPS officials. He is known among his community for his intentionality with students and for promoting equity among Park View's student body, which includes many first- and second-generation immigrants.
Loudoun County School Board Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan, who represents the Sterling District of LCPS, wrote a letter nominating Dolson.
"He is a nurturing father figure to the young people in his care, regularly visiting the students who reside at the homeless shelter," she wrote.
Sheridan added, "He is deeply entrenched in the idea that every student can learn, grow and succeed with appropriate supports in place."
One student who experienced such support firsthand is Andrea Munoz, a 2019 PVHS graduate who believed "high school wasn't an option anymore" when she began living on her own at age 17.
Munoz said Dolson orchestrated a system by which Munoz took online classes and met with teachers in order to ensure her graduation.
"He didn't give up on me and believed that I wanted to graduate," she said in a prepared statement. "Words can't describe how grateful I am for [Dolson] helping me graduate."
PVHS Student Body President Matthew Chesnutt further commented on Dolson's personable nature.
"He learns students' names, their backgrounds and their stories, because he knows that his job is just as unique as the students he takes care of," Chesnutt said.
Along with naming him Principal of the Year, LCPS has nominated Dolson for The Washington Post's Principal of the Year Award.
A video honoring Dolson can be found at vimeo.com/393782222.