Loudoun County, Va. (August 25, 2014) – More than 600 new licensed Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) employees walked the red carpet into their New Employee Orientation on August 15, 2014, at John Champe High School.
Joining them was their fellow new employee, Superintendent Dr. Eric Williams.
“I am a new employee. I started July 1 and it was a real joy to walk down that carpet with you today.” (The new hires were spurred on by the Champe band playing the Michigan fight song, “The Victors,” and the Knight cheerleaders.)
Williams noted the demeanor of those coming down the red carpet – a long-standing LCPS tradition – varied greatly. He saw some people react shyly, some strut their stuff and others affect the “royal wave” made famous by Queen Elizabeth and crowned heads of state. (For his part, Williams showed he fully embraced the red carpet by wearing a tux and walking at the beginning and end of the ceremony.)
Williams said the red-carpet treatment was totally appropriate for the new hires.
“Something is right in the world when it’s not just professional athletes and it’s not just Hollywood stars who are literally getting the red carpet treatment… You all should own your own greatness. There is not a more noble profession than what you have chosen.”
“Education is all about new beginnings,” Loudoun County School Board Chairman Eric Hornberger (Ashburn District) told the new employees. “In a few short weeks, we will welcome more than 73,000 students back to school. It will be an entirely new experience for nearly 10 percent of them as they set foot in one of our 87 schools for the first time.
“As educators, you know the start of a new day or a new lesson can bring discovery for a young mind and an opportunity for building an achievement that can last a lifetime. For most of you, that’s why you entered the field of education; for the new beginnings that happen almost uniquely in this field.”
Some facts about the new licensed employees:
- 63 percent hold a master’s degree;
- 2 percent hold a doctorate;
- Eight have military experience;
- 25 graduated from Maryland colleges and universities;
- Eight graduated from North Carolina colleges and universities;
- 21 graduated from West Virginia colleges and universities;
- 14 graduated from colleges and universities in Washington, D.C.;
- 66 graduated from Pennsylvania colleges and universities;
- 26 are graduates of New York colleges and universities;
- 317 are graduates of Virginia colleges and universities;
- Among the Virginia graduates, 85 came from George Mason University; 64 came from James Madison University; 28 came from the University of Virginia; 21 came from Virginia Tech; 15 came from Radford University; 13 came from Liberty University; 12 came from Longwood University; 12 came from Christopher Newport University; 11 came from Old Dominion University; nine came from Shenandoah University; and seven came from William and Mary.
- 136 graduates from a wide variety of other colleges and universities around the country and around the world, including the University of the Philippines and the University of Zambia.
- 15 percent (94) of our new hires are LCPS graduates.
- This year, there were 15 graduates each from Loudoun County and Stone Bridge high schools, 14 graduates from Loudoun Valley High School, 13 graduates from Broad Run High School, 10 graduates from Potomac Falls High School, eight graduates each from Heritage and Park View high schools, five graduates from Dominion High School, four graduates from Briar Woods High School and two graduates of Freedom High School returning as new employees.
School Board member Jeff Morse (Dulles District) also attended the New Employee Orientation.