The Loudoun County School Board recently gave the final green light to hire two new assistant superintendents.
Sharon Willoughby has been named the school system’s assistant superintendent for Business and Financial Services and Asia Jones is the new assistant superintendent of Pupil Services. Both began their new roles this week.
Willoughby has served as the school system’s budget director since 2015. Prior to that, she worked for the city of Yuma, AZ, serving 10 years as a budget coordinator and four years as budget manager. She also worked as a controller for the Yuma Regional Medical Center. In an article posted at lcps.org, she said that having had a student in the school system (her youngest graduated last month) makes her work in the budgeting office personal for her.
“It helps ground what I do. When I attend events in my parent role… seeing what my son’s working with or the environment in his classroom, I always have my budget hat on,” she said. “The little things he might just, off the cuff, share with me; I have this other filter that kicks in at the same time.”
Jones started her career in education as a special education teacher in Lunenburg County, VA. She later worked in school administration in Roanoke, VA, serving as an assistant principal at Hurt Park Elementary, a principal at Oakland Intermediate School, a principal at Breckinridge Middle School, and an executive director for student support services. Since 2013, she’s served as Loudoun County Public Schools’ director of Human Resources and Talent Development. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Longwood College and a doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech.
School Board member Beth Huck (At Large) worked with Jones on the School Board’s human resources committee. “I saw just how dynamic and thoughtful and professional you are,” she told her from the dais at last week’s board meeting. “I have full confidence that you’ll bring those same qualities with you in your new role as assistant superintendent.”