(Aug. 20, 2013) – As is the custom, new teachers got a red-carpet welcome to Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) on Friday, August 16th, at John Champe High School. With the Knights’ band playing and cheerleaders cheering the new teachers entered the school between walls of cheering principals and administrators for the New Teacher Orientation.
Hiring is not yet complete, but LCPS expects to have between 580 and 600 new licensed personnel (teachers, counselors, speech therapists, librarians) for the 2013-14 school year.
LCPS Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Dr. Kimberly Hough told the new teachers gathered in Champe’s auditorium what their demographic profile looked like.
Sixty-one of the new teachers (11.6 percent) are LCPS graduates. Their numbers break down like this:
- Broad Run High School, 12
- Loudoun Valley High School, 10
- Loudoun County High School, eight
- Potomac Falls High School eight
- Stone Bridge High School, eight
- Dominion High School, four
- Heritage High School, four
- Park View High School, four
- Freedom High School, two
- Briar Woods High School, one
(Hough noted the Champe, Tuscarora and Woodgrove high schools were too new to yet have college graduates. Thus, every LCPS high school eligible has returned alumni to the teaching ranks.)
432 of the new teachers at Champe were females, 92 males.
222 of the new teachers graduated from Virginia institutions of higher learning. The most popular Virginia colleges and universities that new teachers attended were as follows:
- James Madison University, 44
- George Mason, 25
- Virginia Tech, 25
- Radford University, 22
- William and Mary, 17
- University of Virginia, 16
- Shenandoah University, 15
- Longwood University, 11
18 new teachers come from Penn State, which was the most popular out-of-state school. (One new teacher comes to LCPS from the University of Bombay, India.)
Following is a breakdown of where the new teachers received their degree:
- Pennsylvania colleges and universities, 64
- New York colleges and universities, 28
- West Virginia colleges and universities, 21
- North Carolina colleges and universities, 19
- Maryland colleges and universities, 17