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     It is with great excitement that I join the Penguin community as the new Principal of Cool Spring Elementary! As an established and student-centered community, Cool Spring is recognized for its focus on the whole child- striving to support students’ academic, social and emotional growth, as we help our students develop the foundational skills they need to be successful in and out of the classroom, from elementary school and beyond. The skills our students will need for the 21st century are much different than what we as adults may have been exposed to during our educational careers.  With this in mind, I look forward to working with the Cool Spring staff and you to further develop our student centered foundation and partnership focused on helping all of our students experience success, while encouraging our students to have fun while learning. There are many strong tenants in place within the educational program and I firmly believe in a team-oriented, collaborative approach with respect to assessing our current efforts and ultimately taking steps to further enhance our program, as we work to meet the needs of all of our Cool Spring students.

     Considering this team approach, and being new to the Penguin community, I am very much wanting to get to know you and developing a positive, trusting and communicative relationship. An important first step in this process is being able to meet and talk about our students, school and community. I will make every effort to keep the lines of communication open, and invite you to do the same, as we are all here for the same purpose in mind—our students.

     As for a little more about my background, I was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, and of course support the Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. I have worked in Loudoun County Public Schools for thirteen years, first as a special education teacher at Lowes Island Elementary School and then serving as a fifth grade teacher at Countryside Elementary School.  I then became Assistant Principal at Newton-Lee Elementary, helping to open the school, and now Principal at Cool Spring Elementary.  I received my Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Special Education from Duquesne University, as well as a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and certificate in Special Education Leadership from George Mason University.

     In my spare time, I enjoy travelling, am a sports fan and spending time with family and friends. I am truly excited to join the Penguin community and look forward to getting to know and work with our students, staff and families. While we will have opportunities to meet at school events, PTA meetings or Parent Coffee’s, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email.
     Christopher J. Cadwell