Assistant PrincipalMs. Deborah RaganWelcome Back to a wonderful 2019-2020 school year! Mr. Painter, Mrs. Tyson, and I have been working hard to continue to create a "Culture of Care" for all our students and to welcome back all our incredible families and staff.Ms. Ragan has held multiple positions since opening Discovery in 2013 and is delighted to continue to serve our Discovery school community in her new role as Assistant Principal! She believes in cultivating trusting relationships and fostering an environment of respect, deep commitment, and collaboration. She is eager to team up with our dedicated and highly motivated staff, our enthusiastically supportive families, and our impressive and excited students. Ms. Ragan passionately believes that every child can learn and should feel loved, respected, and inspired every day. She is grateful Discovery is home to staff and families who embrace this philosophy.Ms. Ragan is a Minnesotan at heart, but she has lived in several other chilly places including New Hampshire, Utah, and Maine. She has also lived in the not-so-chilly state of Texas, where she earned her B.S. in Elementary Education at the University of Houston with specializations in Early Childhood and Biology. She later received her first Master’s in Initiatives in Education at George Mason University, with an emphasis on math education and character development. She taught first grade in Loudoun County for twelve years, allowing her the privilege to mentor teachers and build Professional Learning Communities. This then inspired her to return to George Mason University to earn her second Master’s in Educational Leadership which led her to the Dean position at Discovery for three years.She has a daughter who graduated with a Psychology degree where she completed research on applied cognition in aeronautics. She currently works as a Data Scientist for a federal contractor and is finishing up her Master's in Data Science at American University. Ms. Ragan also has an angelic black lab/dachshund mix who does not enjoy being left home alone! Ms. Ragan loves to read and her favorite children’s book is whichever one she is currently reading. She enjoys cooking with her daughter and exploring new cuisines.
Ms. Ragan looks forward to another outstanding year at Discovery as we blaze new trails together!
Please feel free to contact her anytime by email at Deborah.Ragan@lcps.org, at school at (571) 252-2370, or follow her on Twitter @AP_Ragan ."Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~