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Ms. Stacie Ahrens-Mininberg
Welcome to The North Star School!
I am delighted to be the first Principal of this very unique, supportive, and inclusive non-traditional Educational Center in Loudoun County Public Schools.
The North Star School is in its first year of operation and affords students unique learning paths for High School Students in Loudoun. As a non-traditional learner myself, I have always been called to a commitment to support learners where they are to get them to where they want to be.
As the North Star School’s Principal, I am committed to ensuring expectations for students and staff that will facilitate the development of knowledgeable, critical thinkers, communicators, collaborators, creators, and contributors.
I have a wide variety of experience in Loudoun as a former teacher of special education in the content areas of science, English, social science and math and in Career and Technical Education (CTE) coursework at Monroe Technology Center (MTC) which are considered non-traditional learning paths. Additionally, I have served as part of the administrative team at MTC as both Placement Coordinator and Assistant Principal.
In 2014, I began as the first administrator of the Virtual Loudoun Program in LCPS, an online learning pathway for students to earn credits which was also considered non-traditional (think pre-pandemic). I worked to grow that program from 147 students in its first school year to over 3,000 when I left in 2019 to become Principal at the Douglass School in Leesburg.
I grew up in Long Island, New York and have an undergraduate degree in Elementary and Special Education which I received from St. Joseph’s College.
I have a Master’s of Education Degree in Instruction. In addition, I have a Master’s Degree in Education Administration. Both of my graduate degrees were obtained through Shenandoah University.
My email box is always open too, so please be sure to contact me anytime!