The Hillsboro Charter Academy Board of Directors has appointed veteran educator and Middleburg resident Craig Mueller to lead the public elementary school through the remainder of the school year. Mueller, who has held positions as a middle school assistant principal, high school principal, and Montessori School campus director, served as educational consultant to Middleburg Community Charter School during the 2014-2015 academic year.
“The board of directors is very pleased to bring Craig in to lead our faculty, staff and scholars through the end of this school year,” Board President Rebecca Baldwin Fuller said in an emailed statement. “We are confident he will continue to build upon the strong foundation created by our outstanding team at Hillsboro Charter Academy.”
Mueller replaces Virginia Minshew, a long-time Loudoun principal who served as the school’s temporary, part-time interim principal while Principal Trisha Ybarra-Peters was on a leave of absence. The Hillsboro Charter Academy board has initiated a nationwide search for a permanent principal, who’s expected to be hired before the start of next school year.
Meanwhile, Mueller will step into the position Tuesday, March 21.
Mueller, a Virginia native who grew up in Vienna, holds a master’s degree of education from New Hampshire’s Plymouth State University and a bachelor’s of arts from Capital University in Columbus, OH. He was principal at Mascenic High School in New Hampshire from 2001 to 2010 before becoming campus director at Chantilly’s Boyd Montessori School in October 2011. He has been a member of the Middleburg Community Charter School Board of Directors for three years.
“I heard about the opening at the Hillsboro Charter Academy,” Mueller stated, “so I looked over the charter of the school and was very impressed and found it very ambitious. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with some of the teachers—who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep things going. They are very enthusiastic, dedicated and have great ideas. I felt I could bring some of my experience and I could help them meet their vision and achieve their goals.”