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Assistant Principal David Lee appointed interim principal of Cedar Lee

Friday, May. 30 | By Fauquier Times Staff
Newly appointed interim principal of Cedar Lee, David Lee.
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At a special meeting and work session on May 27, the Fauquier County School Board appointed David Lee, 54, as the one-year interim principal of Cedar Lee Middle School effective July 1, 2014. Mr. Lee, who has been assistant principal at the school for the past 20 years, will replace Steve Parker, who has accepted the position of superintendent of Lancaster County Public Schools.

Mr. Lee, who refers to his school as “my beloved Cedar Lee,” said he looks forward to serving as the interim principal.

“My main goal is to continue to provide our students with a safe and positive learning environment in which they can become successful students and achieve at a high level. I think the biggest challenge for all of us in education is to make our schools relevant for today’s young people,” he said.

Born in Charlottesville and raised in Fork Union and Woodstock, VA, Mr. Lee holds a bachelor of arts in Spanish from Wake Forest University and a master’s in physical education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to Cedar Lee in 1994, he worked two years as the program director at the Boys Club of Patterson, NJ, followed by seven years as a Spanish teacher and football and track coach at James Wood High School in Winchester, VA, and then two years as assistant principal at Warrenton Junior High School. He says simply “Twenty years – whew!” to the fact that he joined Cedar Lee as AP in 1994 and has been there ever since.

Hailing from a family of educators, it was only natural for Mr. Lee to enter the profession. “My Dad was a high school math teacher and football coach, and Mom taught elementary school. I guess it’s in my blood,” he said.
What does he enjoy about being a school administrator?

“Wow, everything!” he said. “The day is never the same: always new and interesting problems to solve, lots of contact with students and parents, and daily opportunities to make a positive impact on a young person’s life.”
Mr. Lee has two children – a son, Mason, 22, who works at a Ducati motorcycle dealership, and a daughter, Marissa, 18, who will enter West Virginia University as a freshman this fall. His hobbies include reading, music, fitness activities and languages.

It was timing that drove Superintendent Dr. David Jeck to recommend an interim principal for school year 2014-2015 at Cedar Lee.

“An exhaustive and quality high school or middle school principal search takes a minimum of six weeks,” he said.

“The problem with conducting that kind of search in mid to late May is that you’re not going to get the kind of quality applicants you would get in February or March.” The superintendent said the school division is fortunate to have someone of David Lee’s caliber available to step up into the principalship position. “I’m really pleased that we have such a consummate professional in David Lee, and we’re very fortunate that that’s the case,” he said.

Moving forward, Dr. Jeck said he feels he owes it to the Cedar Lee community to do “a full-blown principal search” early next spring. As far as an assistant principal for the coming school year, Mr. Lee and Dr. Jeck will select an interim AP in the next few weeks.

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