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Admin Team 2016-17  
 
Katy Garvey, Principal 
Mrs. Garvey is a native of Northern Virginia, growing up in Alexandria.  She attended the University of Virginia, earning both a bachelors and master’s degree.  She then went on to complete her administrative certification at George Mason University.  Before her role as principal at Seneca Ridge, Mrs. Garvey taught Spanish in Fairfax County Public Schools and served as an assistant principal at Dominion High School and J. Michael Lunsford Middle School.  Mrs. Garvey is thrilled to be a Thunderbolt and enjoys building relationships and empowering students to make meaningful contributions to the world.  In her free time, Mrs. Garvey enjoys exercising, sports, and spending time with her husband and two kids.   
 
Brenda Patton, Assistant Principal 
Mrs. Patton is a Midwesterner, who enjoys returning to the family farm in Iowa for holidays and vacations. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Home Economics Education from the University of Northern Iowa and her Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Shenandoah University. Mrs. Patton has served Seneca families since 2012. Previous experience in education includes Assistant Principal at River Bend Middle School, Dean at Eagle Ridge Middle School, and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Sterling Middle School and Fairfax County Public Schools. Mrs. Patton feels privileged to work with the students and staff at Seneca to make each day one of personal growth and development as members of our community. Outside of school, Mrs. Patton enjoys magical family trips to Disney World and supporting her three children in their various explorations.
 
Mitchell Seipt, Assistant Principal 
Mr. Seipt grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania, developing an affinity for the perpetual mediocrity of Philadelphian athletic endeavors and a permanent aversion to all things bovine.  He is an alumnus of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and completed his administrative certification at Shenandoah University. Before starting in his new role at Seneca Ridge, Mr. Seipt taught in Tennessee and Pennsylvania and was a history teacher at Mercer Middle School and J. Michael Lunsford Middle School.  He also served as the 8th grade dean at Stone Hill Middle School.  Mr. and Mrs. Seipt have three children (7, 4, and 3), all of whom prefer Chick-Fil-A to any other food group. 
 
Gregory Randall, 6th Grade Dean 
Mr. Randall is originally from the Alabama Gulf Coast but has lived in many different places, including North Carolina, New York City, and Medellin, Colombia, South America where he taught at an international school. He is married and has a baby named Charlie. After teaching middle school science for 10 years, Mr. Randall decided to study School Administration at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He enjoys being the 6th grade Dean at Seneca Ridge and his favorite part of the job is seeing students active in their classes and enjoying learning.
 
Jennifer Brener, 7th Grade Dean 
Mrs. Brener is excited for another great year at Seneca Ridge! She is a Loudoun County native (Broad Run graduate!) and earned a Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Virginia, a Master's of Teaching in Social Studies Education from the University of Virginia, and a Master's Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from Shenandoah University. Before becoming a Dean, Mrs. Brener taught 7th grade history at Seneca Ridge and served as the Social Studies Subject Area Lead Teacher (SALT). Outside of school, she and her husband like to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities and activities that exist in our area.
 
Sheila Steen, 8th Grade Dean
 Mrs. Steen has a Doctorate degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies earned at The George Washington University.  She earned her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from The College of William and Mary.  She has worked at the middle school level for Loudoun County Public Schools since 2002.  Over the years, she has taught all middle school core content areas and served in several leadership roles.  This year, she is the 8th grade Dean at Seneca Ridge Middle School.  
 
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