Hilda J. Barbour gets new principal

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — A new principal has been selected to fill the void at Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School when Joey Waters steps down from the position after 15 years.

Peter Muhlenberg Middle School principal Mandy Roller will take the reins from Waters come the beginning of next school year.

Roller is looking forward to the new position and thinks Hilda J. Barbour will be a good fit because she is impressed with Warren County Schools' direction regarding instruction.

Before setting any goals for her time at Hilda J. Barbour, Roller would like to spend time with the staff, students and parents.

"When we do establish goals, it will be a team decision and a team effort," she said.

Getting to know those staff members, students and parents is the aspect of the new job about which Roller is most excited.

"I have loved the people I've met to this point. Hilda J. Barbour has a stellar reputation and Iím thrilled to be joining the staff," she said.

She has spent the majority of her career at the elementary level and is "looking forward to getting back to the sheer joy that comes with this age group."

Roller started her career in 1994 as a sixth-grade teacher at Signal Knob Middle School, where she taught math, reading and writing 4 years. She then was a Gifted Resource teacher four years, a reading specialist 4 years, and a literacy/instructional coach 5 years.

Her passion is literacy, which she will be able to apply at the new job since it is critical for the elementary age group.

Her first administrative job came as Signal Knobís assistant principal, where she worked four years. She then served as Peter Muhlenbergís principal for the last two years.

"I'm quite fortunate to be doing something I love. I get to work with kids each day, I get to learn new things each day, and have fun while Iím doing it. It doesnít get much better than that," Roller said.

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