Park View High School Principal Kirk Dolson was named Loudoun County Principal of the Year Award and Round Hill Elementary School teacher Mark Muldowney was named Teacher of the Year. Both were finalists in The Washington Post’s Educators of the Year program.
Dolson has served as Park View’s principal since 2014. Those nominating him for the award wrote that his service to the community goes far beyond that of a principal’s traditional duties.
His fans include School Board Chairwoman Brenda Sheridan.
“He is a nurturing father figure to the young people in his care, regularly visiting the students who reside at the homeless shelter,” she wrote in her nomination letter. “He purchases winter coats for some of these students as well. He is deeply entrenched in the idea that every student can learn, grow and succeed with appropriate supports in place. He was reduced to tears at a Park View graduation ceremony when a student, lacking parent support, a home environment and basic necessities, came up to him, hugged him and thanked him for believing in him. Mr. Dolson had personally mentored this graduate.”
Muldowney teaches fifth grade at Round Hill Elementary School.
In his nomination letter, Principal Andrew Davis noted Muldowney’s effect on Round Hill’s culture beyond the classroom. “He not only empowers his students to succeed and meet any goal set for them, he does the same for his colleagues and teammates.”
“All of the kids in our school know Mr. Muldowney’s name because he is always talking to them in the hallways and in the classrooms,” wrote third-grade teacher Melanie Condon. “He is so full of energy! Mark is a champion for students in need and is always willing to step in as a role model and mentor.”
Muldowney started his LCPS career in 1999 at Sanders Corner Elementary. He came to Round Hill in 2004 as a first-grade teacher and has been a fifth-grade teacher at the school since 2006. He has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the State University of New York at Old Westbury. He studied abroad at St. Patrick’s College, Dublin, Ireland. Before coming to LCPS, Muldowney taught kindergarten and first grade at Lancaster Primary School in Lancaster, PA.