Greetings Red Wings! I am absolutely thrilled to serve as the principal here at Cardinal Ridge Elementary, an amazing school community! I look forward to an InCREdible year of learning, exploring, interacting with all our families, serving collaboratively with our community, to ensure a spirit of excellence abounds in our work for and with our Red Wings!
As an educator with over 25 years of experience, I am enthusiastic about this year, as my fifth year serving as an elementary school principal and my first year serving as principal at Cardinal Ridge. I had the wonderful pleasure of serving as principal of Rolling Ridge Elementary for four years, prior to coming to serve at Cardinal Ridge. My career in education began in Chesterfield County Public Schools (near Richmond, VA) where I taught students in junior kindergarten, kindergarten, and fifth grades. After ten years of experience there, I worked two years as a fifth grade teacher in Prince George County, Virginia. I returned to Chesterfield County Public Schools and was fortunate to share several leadership experiences outside the classroom to include the following: two years as summer school principal, two years as a Beginning Teacher Advisor, and one year as a Communities In Schools (CIS) Site Coordinator. I also had quite a unique opportunity in serving one year as assistant principal in Petersburg City Public Schools at the elementary school I attended as a student! I joined Loudoun County Public Schools in July 2011, as the assistant principal at Guilford Elementary, and I was honored to serve the students and faculty there for three years.
My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Virginia State University; Master of Arts in Education: Curriculum and Instruction, from Central Michigan University; and a Post-Master’s Endorsement in Educational Leadership: Administration and Supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my wonderful family: my husband, a pastor in the Sterling Community, our son, who is a high school sophomore in LCPS, and daughter, an LCPS graduate, who is beginning her third year of college!
As principal, my goal is to connect with all our students, parents, teachers, staff, and the Cardinal Ridge Community, to ensure a positive and productive year of learning for all. At Cardinal Ridge, we encourage our students to be critical thinkers, collaborators, creators, effective communicators, and to they can SOAR as Red Wings! Parents, we invite you to join, serve, volunteer, and support our PTO and a variety of family and school-wide events throughout the year. Together, we can become more energized by the unlimited possibilities our students will be able to achieve this school year and beyond! Let's go Team Cardinal Ridge! Let's go Red Wings!
Lottie M. Spurlock