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    Greetings to the students, families, and friends of the Horizon community! My name is Neil Kraus. I am honored to be back for year two as the Principal at Horizon for the 2023-2024 school year and to continue the school's vision to have a warm and caring environment while challenging and celebrating each student for their talents. 

    I have been in Loudoun County Public Schools for the past twelve years. I formerly was Dean and Assistant Principal at Countryside, and I previously taught at Belmont Ridge Middle School as well as Trailside Middle School. I am an advocate for a student-centered education with an emphasis on the use of technology, team collaboration, and project-based learning. 

    I completed my undergraduate work at East Stroudsburg University in Health and Physical Education, and then completed my Master's degree at George Mason University. In my free time I enjoy exploring the gorgeous DC Metropolitan Area with my wife Melissa and our three children (Kayden, Preston, and Oakleigh). You can find us outdoors enjoying sports, nature, history, and trying the amazing food! 

    Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I am looking forward to a magnificent year!

    Mr. Neil Kraus

    Neil.Kraus@lcps.org