Those are the things Mark Wertheimer said he is most proud of during his tenure as principal at Hillsboro Charter Academy (HCA), which began in August 2017.
Wertheimer retires as HCA’s principal on June 30.
HCA is one of Loudoun County Public Schools’ two public charter schools. “Empowerment of parents, staff and community to lead the school,” are the things Wertheimer said make HCA unique.
Wertheimer came to Hillsboro after serving eight years as the principal of a charter school in Fort Collins, Colorado. During his tenure at HCA, the school became known for its study of aeronautics and space and its use of technology. Wertheimer said, however, that what he wants his students to remember him for has nothing to do with the heavens. He wants students to recall “that I was wise, passionate, and kind.”
Wertheimer added that the best part of being an educator is “the children, families, and staff.”
Wertheimer spent 15 years as a carpenter before becoming an educator. Working around the house will occupy a large part of his retirement. “My wife, Carla, has the honey-do list!”
Paul Vickers, the former principal of Waterford and Mill Run elementary schools will be HCA’s new principal.