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Mrs. Melissa Bugaj
My name is Melissa Bugaj and I am thrilled to be your assistant principal at Legacy Elementary. I grew up near Boston, Massachusetts and have lived in or around Loudoun for 22 years.
I began my career at Hillside Elementary as a general education teacher. I taught 4th and 5th grade there. I then moved to Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland where I taught 2nd, 5th and was the Special Education Chair. I worked on my Masters in Special Education while in Frederick. I returned back to Loudoun County after three years where I worked as a Homebound teacher part-time. I also taught Pre-school and supervised student teachers for Walden University. Once our two children were in school full-time, I became a special education teacher at Loudoun Valley High School. There, I was a co-facilitator for four years in Conceptual Physics, Earth Science, Chemistry, American Sign Language, English 11 and self-contained Reading and Science. I then moved into the Dean of Special Education position at Loudoun Valley and that is where I have been for the past four years. Last summer, I was excited to return to Hillside as the Extended School Year principal.
My educational background includes a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education from Salem State University, a Masters of Special Education from Hood College and Masters in Education Leadership and Administration from George Mason. I am currently working on my doctorate at Virginia Commonwealth University in Educational Leadership.
I can already feel that Legacy is a community working together to achieve academic, social and emotional growth for our students. I am excited to get to know all of you throughout the school year and work together to positively and successfully navigate this journey.
Personally, I am a mom of two tremendous teenagers. My son is a junior in high school and my daughter is in 8th grade. My husband also works in Loudoun County Public Schools. He is the Assistive Technology Specialist. Together as a family we enjoy hiking, cooking, watching movies, playing board games as well as writing and podcasting.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.