Outstanding Principal Finalists and School-level Recipients

The outstanding principals recognized for 2020

amy goodloe2020 Outstanding Principal Finalist

Amy Goodloe
Rocky Run Middle School, Region 5

"Together WE...” is how Amy Goodloe leads the Rocky Run school community in the spirit of collective efficacy. Amy's positive presence is felt throughout classrooms, hallways, and in the community. Every day, students and staff are welcomed by her bright smile and blue and gold school spirit-inspired outfits. Innovation is a key component of Dr. Goodloe's leadership style. Pioneering the implementation of FCPSOn at the middle school level, securing community resources for a Maker Space, while maintaining the focus on instruction throughout renovation, Amy builds capacity in staff to develop as leaders at RRMS and beyond. Her response to a new idea, “How can I support you to make it a reality?” She models that "Together WE" support students and one another.


Ann Bonitatibus2020 Outstanding Principal Finalist

Ann Bonitatibus
Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Region 2

“We are more than a GPA. We are a GPS, a supportive guide that navigates students to their destination.” This mantra frames Ann’s devotion to TJHSST. Rankings may spur unhealthy competition and create stressors, compromising student wellness. Therefore, with student, staff and parent feedback, TJHSST enlisted in Challenge Success, a network of schools who define success beyond grades and test scores. Ann is proud of the TJ Commitment Wall where pledge certificates from every teacher promise new ways to create engaging lessons, incorporate project-based learning, develop alternative assessments, give students voice and choice, and personally connect with students. PTSA also sponsors Principal’s Book Clubs with Ann and seminars for parents, thus, uniting a healthier and more joyful school community.


LaRonda Peterson2020 Outstanding Principal Finalist

LaRonda Peterson
Bucknell Elementary School, Region 3

A leader among leaders, LaRonda has created a shared vision of excellence and a culture where all means all. She is a master at building relationships and collaborates with staff and families to provide high quality educational experiences in a culturally responsive environment. Teachers have been fully immersed in collective inquiry and action research while closing achievement gaps in English and Math. She empowers staff to be innovative and creative in their practices and to seek out opportunities to enhance their professional knowledge. Bucknell has a robust Professional Development plan, Family Engagement plan, and has become an Add+Vantage Math Recovery Model School. “Under her leadership,” says a teacher, “we know we are in a safe place to do what is best for our students.”


Angela Thompson2020 Outstanding Principal Finalist

Angela Thompson
Newington Forest Elementary School, Region 4

Angela is a conscientious and committed leader who strives to put students first. She enters every decision with a student first mindset and believes that every child must be seen and heard every day. Angela is immensely committed to ensuring students receive highly engaging, quality instruction. Angela encourages staff to have a growth mindset and to celebrate every student success. She places a high value on professional learning and promotes shared leadership in the school. Not only did she lead Newington Forest Elementary through a full building renovation, she has built a culture of collaboration among teachers and staff. Under Angela’s leadership, Newington Forest hosts several family events to engage families in learning together.


2020 Outstanding Principal - School Recipients

  • Bailey's Upper Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences
    • Marie Lemmon
  • Beech Tree Elementary School
    • Karim Daugherty
  • Bonnie Brae Elementary School
    • April Cage
  • Bucknell Elementary School
    • LaRonda Peterson
  • Bush Hill Elementary School
    • Mary Duffy
  • Clermont  Elementary School
    • Roxanne Salata
  • Edison High School
    • Pamela Brumfield
  • Kent Gardens Elementary School
    • Holly S. McGuigan
  • Liberty Middle School
    • Adam Erbrecht
  • McLean High School
    • Ellen Reilly
  • Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School
    • Clint Mitchell
  • Newington Forest Elementary School
    • Angela Thompson
  • Providence Elementary School
    • Dan Phillips
  • Rocky Run Middle School
    • Amy Goodloe
  • Saratoga Elementary School
    • Amy Miller
  • Sleepy Hollow Elementary School
    • Eric Johnson
  • South County High School
    • Gary Morris
  • Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology
    • Ann Bonitatibus
  • Virginia Run Elementary School
    • Elizabeth Bumbrey
  • West Springfield  Elementary School
    • Kelly L. Sheers
  • Westbriar Elementary School
    • Mary Tam

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