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New assistant principal selected for Liberty High School

Wednesday, Jun. 11 | By Fauquier Times Staff
Nick Napolitano, physical education teacher at Aldrin Elementary School in Reston, VA, has been appointed assistant principal at Liberty High School effective July 1; he will replace Liberty Assistant Principal Sam Cox, who was selected last month to be the new principal at Liberty upon the retirement of Roger Lee.

Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Napolitano, 36, earned a bachelor of science in physical education from Ithaca College in 2000 and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University in 2009 followed by a master’s in administration and supervision from George Washington University in 2012. He has taught P.E. for the past 12 years – three at Aldrin and nine at Columbia Elementary in Annandale; while at Columbia, he also coached football and basketball at Thomas Jefferson High School. After receiving his master’s he worked as a clinical supervisor for GMU student teachers for four years and served as principal of a summer school program in 2013. In recent years he has been involved in the creation and implementation of curriculum development projects and has led and facilitated various professional development training programs for colleagues.

Napolitano said he was excited to be selected as the new AP at Liberty.

“I am thrilled about joining a wonderful team of administrators and incredible staff,” he said. “Fauquier County Public Schools and Liberty High School have the same philosophies that I believe in. It is these philosophies that I hope to incorporate at Liberty – collaborative learning where the interests and needs of students come first, and teachers and staff are always looking for the best ways to engage student learning.”

He entered the field of education in the first place because of how instrumental his teachers were in his own life through all levels of school – elementary, middle and high school.

“I wanted to try and have the same impact on students that teachers had on me,” he said.

A husband and father of a two-year-old son, Napolitano said he enjoys spending time with his family and stays active by training for obstacle-course races such as the “Tough Mudder,” a 10-12 mile obstacle race/mud run designed by British Special Forces, which he has completed twice. He also enjoys doing home renovation projects.
Napolitano believes that education is the foundation for who and what children become as adults.

“Education provides us not only with the academic tools we need to be successful,” he said, “but also teaches the social and emotional pieces of life to help us become well-rounded individuals.”

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