Greetings to the students, families, and friends of the Countryside community! My name is Neil Kraus. I am excited to be the Dean at Countryside for the 2019-2020 school year and to continue the school's vision to have a warm and caring enviornment while challenging and celebrating each student for their talents. I have been in Loudoun County Public Schools for the past eight years. I am beginning my 3rd year as Dean, before coming to Countryside I previously taught at Belmont Ridge Middle School as well as Trailside Middle School. I am an advocate for a student centered education with a emphasis on the use of technology, team collaboration, and project based learning.
I completed my undergraduate work from 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
Countryside Elementary School