Monroe, Stone Bridge Principals Swap Places

The Loudoun County School Board gave the green light Tuesday night to shuffle three of the school system’s top administrators.

The principals of Monroe Technology Center and Stone Bridge High School are switching places, and John Champe High School Principal John Gabriel has been tapped to lead the new Independence High School.

Timothy Flynn, who has served as Monroe Tech’s principal for the past two years, will take the helm at Stone Bridge High School. Flynn previously served as the school system’s director of instructional services and as principal at Belmont Ridge Middle School, where he was named Loudoun County’s Principal of the Year in 2012.

School Board member Eric Hornberger (Ashburn) commended him for his work at Monroe, especially as he prepared the vocational-technical school for its big transition into the Academies of Loudoun this fall. “We want to express thank you for your great work at Monroe Tech, especially during a time of difficult transition.”

After serving as Stone Bridge’s principal since 2014 and its assistant principal since 2004, Matthew Wilburn will take the lead at Monroe Tech as its director, working under the leadership of Academies of Loudoun Principal Tinell Priddy. The change in leadership for that program comes as the school moves into the Academies of Loudoun, undergoes a name change to Monroe Advanced Technical Academy and program changes, some of which has raised concerns in the community.

“You will be sorely missed by the Stone Bridge community,” Hornberger said. “But your background in science and CTE (career technical education) will become invaluable to the community as a whole with your work at MATA.”

Gabriel, also a recipient of Loudoun County’s Principal of the Year award, said he’s up for opening another brand new school. He was John Champe High School’s first principal when it opened in 2012.

School Board Chairman Jeff Morse (Dulles) told Gabriel there was “panic in the room” when he heard one of his favorite principals may be leaving. “But I’m so glad you’re staying in Loudoun,” he said. “Judging by your work to open Champe speaks volumes for what you did at that school and for those students. I look forward to what you’ll do at Independence.”

Board member Beth Huck (At Large), whose daughter will attend Independence, said Gabriel will be leading a school where many of the students are in their fourth school in four years. “So you’ll have to work hard to make them feel at home, but I know you’re totally up for the job.”

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