Dr. Tripp Di NicolaAssistant Principal
Education:Shenandoah UniversityEd.D. in Organizational Leadership (2013)National Board Certified Teacher (World Languages Other Than English: French)Conferred in November 2011West Virginia UniversityMaster of Arts in Educational Leadership Studies (2001)Shippensburg UniversityBachelor of Arts: French and Secondary Education (1996)Middlebury College: The Japanese SchoolJapanese Language Certificate of Completion (1996)
My name is Tripp Di Nicola, one of the assistant principals here at Riverside, home of the amazing RAM FAM! This is my twenty-third year in education...and it still hard for me to believe how fast these years have flown by!Prior to my arrival at Riverside upon its opening in 2015, I served as a French and etymology teacher at Broad Run High School from 2007-2015, as well as the Department Chair of World Languages from 2011-2015. I am also the Riverside High School National Honor Society advocate, having previously served as a chapter adviser at Broad Run and at Musselman High School in Berkeley County, WV.I began my teaching career in December 1996 as a French and Spanish teacher at Waynesboro Area Senior High School in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Shortly thereafter, I was offered a position teaching in my native Berkeley County, West Virginia, where I taught French, Japanese, Spanish, and computer applications for five years. I also served as an assistant principal at Musselman High School in Inwood during my final year in West Virginia.
I arrived in Loudoun County Public Schools in the fall of 2002 as a member of the charter staff at River Bend Middle School in Sterling. I taught French and Spanish to 8th graders as well as Introduction to Foreign Languages to 7th graders. I subsequently became sixth grade dean in January 2003, moving to 8th grade in the same role the following fall. I opened Smart's Mill Middle School as one of its charter assistant principals in the fall of 2004 and then moved to the Loudoun County Administrative Building in the fall of 2006 as the district's first foreign language specialist.Aside from middle and high school public school experience, I have taught at the university level in the evening hours. I was an original staff member at Shepherd University's Community and Technical Center as an adjunct instructor of Japanese from 2000-2004. From 2006-2011, I taught a graduate level course in foreign language pedagogy at Shenandoah University and the University of Virginia. From 2005-2011, I also worked with students in French as an adjunct at George Mason University. I currently teach courses in curriculum and instruction for the career switcher program at Shenandoah University.Learning languages has always been a passion of mine...and teaching them has been an even more amazing experience! I was selected to be an AP French Language Exam reader in January of 2010. I was able to perform this role for the College Board again in the springs of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. I worked with Kathleen McDermott of Dominion High School as LCPS Curricular Co-Leaders for French Language and Culture from the summer of 2012 through 2015. In November 2013, I presented effective techniques in common assessment practices at the national level with other LCPS colleagues at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Expo in Orlando, Florida. I presented again in the fall of 2016 with former students from Broad Run High School on the concept of using games for effective formative assessment in the modern languages classroom. I was the chief contact for the Standards of Learning for French for the state of Virginia during the editing process of the state-level expectations in foreign languages in the summer of 2013. Finally, I served as a contributing author for Vista Higher Learning's Themes, a textbook for AP French Language and Culture students.In recent years, I was deeply honored to receive the 2014 American Association of Teachers of French ISE Language Matters Award as well as the Broad Run High School Triple I (Innovate-Instruct-Impact) on two occasions (2009, 2015).I am currently collaborating with other district leaders on the new Loudoun County Public Schools Student Advisory Planning Team, a county-wide organization of students from all LCPS high schools whose aim is to collaboratively create effective advisory activities that engage school populations to promote a healthy, growth mindset among all.In my free time, I love to run, hike, play the piano, write music, read, learn languages, and spend time with my family and friends.I am super excited about our fourth year at Riverside High School....and I am continually inspired by our faculty, staff, students, and community members! Rock on, RAMS!