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Mrs. Carrie Simms

Welcome to JML!  I am thrilled to be the principal at a school where there is parent support, fantastic students and teachers dedicated to building relationships and promoting student achievement!


The 2016-2017 school year begins my nineteenth year in Loudoun County. I received my Bachelor of Science degree from Trenton State College in New Jersey in elementary education/English, and began my career teaching 7th and 8th grade at my former middle school in Freehold, NJ. I then moved to Baltimore and taught 8th grade English at Thurgood Marshall #171. After a year, I kept moving south, where I found a home teaching in Loudoun County, and I have been here ever since! I taught 7th and 8th grade at Sterling Middle School before opening Mercer as a charter staff member in 2004 in the English department.  Last year was my first year as the principal of Lunsford, and I have enjoyed getting to know the school community.


I earned my master's degree in education leadership from George Mason University in 2006, and accepted a dean's position at Mercer that same year. I was a dean at Mercer for five years, and enjoyed beginning the middle school years with sixth graders, watching them grow socially, physically, and intellectually as we moved from year to year together. As an assistant principal there from 2011-2015, I coordinated SOL testing, served as the special education contact, and implemented intervention strategies for struggling students.


In my spare time, I love to watch my daughter’s competitive gymnastics meets, and am always in training for various distance races ranging from 5k’s to marathons.


I encourage the entire Lion community to take advantage of everything Lunsford has to offer. My door is always open to hear your questions and concerns.

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