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40 Under 40 Honors 2 Connected with LCPS


The Loudoun Times-Mirror’s annual “40 Under 40” list contains two honorees with connections to Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS).


Ryan Tibbens is an English teacher at Broad Run High School and owns a private tutoring service. The 2019-2020 school year marks Tibbens’ 14th year teaching in Loudoun County and his ninth at Broad Run. He currently teaches Advanced Placement English Language and Composition (AP Lang), English 11 Academic, and Public Speaking. Tibbens is a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society, Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology (charter class at JMU), National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Loudoun Education Association, Virginia Education Association, National Education Association, Virginia Association of Teachers of English, and the National Council of Teachers of English.


Samantha Courtney is the director of development with the Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF). She joined the Foundation in March of 2018 after completing an $8 million campaign with the TJ Partnership Fund in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to fundraising for education nonprofits, Courtney worked for both Wolf Trap Foundation and Americans for the Arts after earning a master’s in arts administration from Florida State University. She has always had a passion for education and is married to a music educator.


Courtney and Tibbens will be recognized at an awards banquet on September 12th.