Welcome to Our Newest Principals at Ravensworth and Shrevewood ES 8-14-19

School News
August 14, 2019

Erika Aspuria, who currently serves as assistant principal at Lynbrook Elementary, has been named principal of Ravensworth Elementary, effective August 14. She previously served as an assistant principal at Little Run Elementary where she created and implemented Little Run’s Building Leadership Team for age-appropriate, building wide instructional enrichment activities.  Aspuria began her career with FCPS as an English for speakers of other languages teacher at Forestdale Elementary where she taught for eight years and assumed administrative duties as lead teacher of the SOL afterschool remediation program.  In addition, she taught first grade at Beech Tree Elementary. Aspuria earned her bachelor of arts in elementary education at Lenoir-Rhyne University, her masters of arts in teaching English as a second language at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, and the education specialist in educational leadership and policy studies at Virginia Tech.  She holds certifications in Administration and Supervision K-12, Elementary Education K-6, and Teaching English as a Second Language K-12.  

Josh DeSmyter, who currently serves as assistant principal at Freedom Hill Elementary, has been named the new principal of Shrevewood Elementary, effective August 19. DeSmyter served the assistant principal at Franklin Sherman Elementary from 2014-19 and, prior to joining FCPS, he taught elementary school in Washington, D.C., as well as in Detroit, where he was named the Outstanding Teacher of the Year. DeSmyter implemented the Math Workshop model at a large scale during his tenure at Franklin Sherman, and helped establish a local level IV AAP program, infusing the AAP curriculum in grades 3-6 classrooms, leading to increased rigor for all students. He is also a proponent of the Positivity Project. DeSmyter holds a bachelor of arts in elementary education from Spring Arbor University (Michigan) as well as a master of arts in educational leadership from George Mason University.  He also holds an endorsement in Educational Administration and Supervision, PreK-12.