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LHS principal announces retirement

Monday, Feb. 24 | By Hannah Dellinger
Liberty High School principal, Roger Lee, announced on Monday that he will retire from his position, effective June 30.

Lee has worked in education for the past 34 years and served as principal at Liberty for the past 12 years.

“Being a high school principal is a lifestyle,” said Lee in a press release. “It’s a 24/7 job.”

Lee was born and raised in Fauquier County and received his education from the public school system. He went to Remington Elementary School (now Pierce Elementary), Taylor Junior High School and graduated from Fauquier High School in 1974.

Lee earned a business administration degree from James Madison University. He played baseball for the school and was named All-American his senior year.

After graduating, Lee signed on to play for the Seattle Mariners and played with the Class A Team in Alexandria for a summer. His professional baseball career ended when he was released at the end of spring training.

Lee then came home to Fauquier County and entered the field of education so that he could coach baseball.

He started out as a business teacher for eight years at Fauquier High School and was able to coach baseball and basketball.

Five years later Lee became an assistant principal at Cedar Lee Junior High School (now Cedar Lee Middle School.)

A year after that, he became the assistant principal of Liberty.

Five years later he worked his way up to the position of assistant to the superintendent. There he oversaw transportation, maintenance, nutrition and discipline.

Lee eventually went back to Fauquier High as an assistant principal for two years and then landed his role as principal of Liberty.

“A principal keeps everything rolling,” said Lee. “Aside from being the instructional leader of the school, I try to make sure we have the right environment for learning, the right environment not only for the students but for the faculty.”

In 2011 Lee was the recipient of The Washington Post’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award.
“I know it sounds cliché, but everything we do really is about the students sooner or later,” Lee said. “It’s fun to see the kids accomplishing things. Seeing things come together for our kids is what motivates me.”

Dr. Sandra Mitchell, associate superintendent for instruction, taught with Lee over the years. She said that she has mixed feelings about his retirement announcement.

“We’ve worked together for a long time,” said Mitchell. “I have mixed feelings about his retirement. I am very happy for him, because I know that he has worked very hard and that he deserves it, but I am somewhat saddened because I’m going to miss him.”

Mitchell went on to say that Lee has been an exceptional principal over the years.

“He has been a great principal,” said Mitchell. “The job of a high school principal is all-consuming and he has lived up to the responsibilities and expectations of that job. We just wish him the best.”
At Monday night’s Fauquier County School Board meeting, the administration expressed surprise about Lee’s retirement.

“It’s a sad thought,” said Sheryl Wolfe, Chairwoman of the School Board.

“It’s a huge loss,” said superintendent of schools, Dr. David Jeck.

Lee said that he has no specific plans at this time for his retirement.

The process for the selection of a new principal for Liberty High School will begin in March.

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