Keyser Elementary to get new principal in July

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — Danelle Sperling will take the reigns as principal of Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary school in July. She is replacing Amy Gubler, who last month was announced as the principal of the new Warren County middle school.

Sperling has spoken with Gubler and the two are planning a meet and greet event at which the schoolís staff can be introduced to the new principal.

Sperling said a key task will be honoring the history of the school, and tuning in to the existing culture. She said she will work to earn the trust and respect of teachers, staff, students, parents and community members.

"LFK's teachers and students have experienced some big transitions over the last two years, and I have big shoes to fill," Sperling said.

Sperling began working in Warren County in 2006, when she served as a special education teacher, co-teaching sixth-grade language arts at Warren County Middle School.

Prior to her arrival in Warren County, Sperling worked primarily with elementary school teachers and students as a nationally board certified music therapist in a suburb of Atlanta. She also served as the program manager of a pre-vocational training program in New Jersey.

Upon completing her post-masterís certificate in educational leadership, Sperling made what she said was a difficult decision to leave Warren County last year to become the assistant principal at Rappahannock County High School.

Sperling said she wanted to return to Warren County because it is her home.

Her daughter Madelyn is a fourth-grader at Ressie Jeffries Elementary School and her 5-year-old Camryn will attend kindergarten in the fall.

Sperling said she was excited for the opportunity to further serve her communityís children in a position of leadership. She also is excited that she will be working with younger children.

"Elementary school is where healthy academic behaviors are practiced, refined, and internalized," she said. "These positive habits will set students on a path to success."

Sperling plans to use her background in special education to continue and expand the education for students in the countyís elementary-level autism program and the Virginia Preschool Initiative.

Sperling said she loves Warren County and fully supports the goals, vision and mission of the school system. She added that the school system has invested a lot in her, in terms of opportunities for experience, professional development and mentoring.

"I am thrilled to be returning to Warren County," Sperling said.

Warren County Schools Superintendent Greg Drescher said he was glad she is returning.

"Previously she worked in Warren County for us and was a much respected special education teacher, and we are very happy to have her rejoin our staff in a leadership position," he said.

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