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New Loudoun County School Board to be Sworn in January 6
Members of the Loudoun County School Board who will be sworn in January 6 include (front row, from left) Beth Barts, Leesburg District; Atoosa Reaser, Algonkian District; Denise Corbo, At-Large; Leslee King, Broad Run District; Brenda Sheridan, Sterling District; (second row, from left) Jeff Morse, Dulles District; Ian Serotkin, Blue Ridge District; John Beatty, Catoctin District; and Harris Mahedavi, Ashburn District.
The members of Loudoun County’s seventh elected School Board will be sworn in at 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 6.
The board members’ oath of office will be administered by Loudoun County Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens at the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Administrative Offices in Ashburn. The new members’ term of office will last until December 31, 2023.
Following the swearing in, the new board will convene for an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. During this meeting, the board will elect a chair and vice chair and establish a meeting schedule for calendar year 2020.
Among the major tasks the new board will undertake are the review and adoption of its fiscal year 2021 budget. The Superintendent’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2021 Budget will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, January 9. The School Board will hold budget work sessions at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, and Tuesday, January 21.
The new members being sworn in are:
Denise Corbo, At-Large
Denise Corbo is an award-winning educator and national nonprofit leader focusing on children’s literacy. As a former LCPS gifted and talented teacher, she began her career teaching high school vocational education. After receiving an undergraduate degree in business psychology and a master’s degree in education from Marymount University, she taught kindergarten and first grade and served as a technology resource teacher. Corbo holds a National Board Teacher Certification in addition to a gifted and talented and provisional administration endorsement through the University of Virginia.
Atoosa Reaser, Algonkian District
Atoosa Reaser, a Loudoun resident for nearly 20 years, has served as an executive board member for the LCPS Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee, as a classroom volunteer, PTA leader and substitute teacher. As a member of the Virginia State Bar, she practices law part-time. Combining her interest in youth, government and law, Reaser has been qualified by the Virginia Supreme Court as a guardian ad litem (an attorney who represents the best interest of children) and was unanimously appointed by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to a team that administers services for at-risk youth. Reaser lives in the Algonkian District with her husband and son.
Harris Mahedavi, Ashburn District
Harris Mahedavi, his wife, Dr. Sadia Mahedavi, and their two children have lived in Loudoun County for the past eight years. Both their children attend LCPS schools. Mahedavi has a computer science degree from Drexel University. He has been a small-business owner for the past 10 years. Prior to starting his business, Mahedavi worked with the Big 4 consulting companies. He has served as a boys and girls soccer coach with Loudoun Soccer, as a cub master for the local Cub Scouts, as an assistant scout master for the Boy Scouts and as a Loudoun County Family Services Advisory Board member.
Ian Serotkin, Blue Ridge District
Ian Serotkin grew up in New York and earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Illinois and a master of science degree in information systems and technology from Johns Hopkins University. He has lived in the Metropolitan Washington area for the past 17 years and, for the past six years, Aldie and Purcellville, with his wife, Caitlin, and his two children. Ian was a leader in More Recess for Virginians statewide advocacy group, and served for two years on the Board of Directors of the Aldie Heritage Association. He has volunteered as an Odyssey of the Mind coach, judge, and school coordinator since 2014. For the past nine years, Serotkin has worked for PDRI, a private government contractor based in Chantilly.
Leslee King, Broad Run District
Raised in Portsmouth, Front Royal, Richmond and the Metropolitan Washington area, Leslee King is the third child of seven who learned a strong work ethic from her loving parents. She taught sixth, seventh and eighth grades before moving west to support her husband’s career, returning to Virginia in 1986 and delving into the technology field to support her three young children. King tackled many large projects in her career as a technical lead, then moved on to the bigger challenges of monitoring and managing large server and network systems.
John Beatty, Catoctin District
John Beatty was born in Portsmouth and grew up in the Metropolitan Washington area. He lives on a farm between Lovettsville and Waterford with his wife, Katie, and their five children. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor of science degree in computer science and minors in mathematics and business. Beatty has worked at several startups in Northern Virginia, focusing on iOS, Android and Ruby on Rails software development. He is currently the IT Director at a small private school where he also teaches Python and Java to high school students.
Jeff Morse, Dulles District
Jeff Morse is beginning his third term as the Dulles District representative on the school board. He served as the board’s chair for the past four years. He grew up in Vienna, graduated from Virginia Tech and was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Navy, serving on active duty for 20 years, retiring as a commander in 2006. Morse is a lead associate for Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting the federal government in managing and procuring technology and services. Morse lives in South Riding with his wife Karen and their three children.
Beth Barts, Leesburg District
Beth Barts was born into a family of educators and raised on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley. She attended Shepherd University where she received her degree in Library Science. Barts and her husband, Bobby, have been Leesburg residents for 23 years. They have a son who is a freshman at Virginia Tech and an elementary-aged daughter. As a former educator, PTA volunteer and Girl Scout troop leader, Barts has been an advocate for community engagement in education for almost two decades.
Brenda Sheridan, Sterling District
Brenda Sheridan was appointed to the school board in 2011 and has been re-elected to the Sterling seat three times. Sheridan was born and raised in upstate New York and earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Rochester Institute of Technology. She was an LCPS substitute teacher from 2004 to 2011 and was the Forest Grove Elementary 2006-2007 Substitute of the Year. Sheridan works for Perspecta as a security analyst. She has lived in Sterling for 21 years with her husband, Keith, and has two children who attended Forest Grove Elementary, Sterling Middle School and Park View High School.
Loudoun County Public Schools is the third-largest school division in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Established in 1870, LCPS serves more than 83,000 students in 94 facilities. LCPS operates 16 high schools, 16 middle schools, one intermediate school, 59 elementary schools and two educational centers (Academies of Loudoun and Douglass School). Each year, approximately 2,500 new students enroll in LCPS schools, and one to three new school facilities are opened to accommodate them.