Ms. Susan A. Ross is principal at Loudoun Valley. Ms. Ross is in her 12th year leading learning at Loudoun Valley High School. Before becoming an administrator, she taught biology and chemistry for twenty years, and is endorsed in gifted education. Ms. Ross taught at Piedmont Virginia Community College; taught, and coached softball for the University of Virginia; and taught and coached in Orange County, Virginia – for a total now of over 35 years of experience in education. With that many years in education you might imagine Ms. Ross having retirement on her mind. Nothing is further from her mind. As a recent cancer survivor, she will tell you enthusiastically that she loves Loudoun Valley - its teachers and staff, the school, the community, students and parents.
Ms. Ross graduated from Carleton College in Northfield Minnesota; and has two masters degrees - one in biomechanics from the University of Virginia and one in educational leadership from George Mason University. She has served as an adjunct faculty member for George Mason University. And she is currently pursuing doctoral studies. She has served as Captain and is a life member of the Madison County rescue squad in Madison Virginia where she lived for over 20 years prior to moving to Loudoun.
Ms. Ross is very excited about a very positive, productive and energetic start to the new year.
"Our new and returning teachers are very excited about a fresh start for the 2016-2017 school year as we enter our 55th year as a high school in our community!
I challenge each of us to find our greatness, as we work to guide our students to find their greatness. This will be our best year ever!
"We have so much going on in our school community! From our global awareness and international initiatives to our school based community service projects, we are a school focused on service, citizenship, integrity, and excellence. Our culture is a culture of learning - learning for everyone including students, teachers, staff, administrators, and parents - whatever it takes.
"We are focusing on gains in learning for each individual student. Collectively these gains continue to contribute to our high performance across the board and serve to earn us high recognition marks as a high school. We strive to ensure that each and every student is learning to his/her full potential.
"We believe in continuous improvement and we work together daily using a collaborative model at Valley. We are proud of our combination of creative innovations and our rich and outstanding academic and extracurricular traditions.
Let's remember that our collaborative conversations collectively define us...so we always work to keep the focus on positive and continuous improvement focused on learning.
"I look forward to another great year of continuing to serve our Valley students, faculty, parents, and community."