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New principal of Liberty High School announced

Tuesday, May. 13 | By Hannah Dellinger
Sam Cox will begin serving as the new Liberty High School principal on July 1.
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Current Liberty High School Assistant Principal Sam Cox will step into his new role as principal beginning July 1.

Cox’s appointment to the new position was approved at Monday night’s school board meeting. Longtime LHS Principal Roger Lee announced his retirement at the end of February, leaving a vacancy for Cox to fill.

“His enthusiasm, vision for success and understanding of what’s necessary to move Liberty High School to the next level enables Sam Cox to rise to the top,” said Superintendent Dr. David Jeck upon making his recommendation to the school board.

Cox said that he is very excited to be able to move up into the new role as principal and remain at LHS.
“The students of Liberty High School are well behaved, they’re respectful, they’re enthusiastic,” he said. “The teachers are high quality and they’re committed to helping our students be the best that they can be.”
He said that he is fully prepared for the daily challenges that face a high school principal.

“There’s lot of challenges as a high school principal,” said Cox. “Every day is a challenge. One of the most important things is keeping a safe environment, not only physically but emotionally.”

On top of maintaining a safe atmosphere conducive to learning, he said that continuing to provide excellent instruction is another main goal.

“You have got to focus on instruction and engaging students in authentic learning,” he said.

Cox is a Stafford County native with a bachelor of music and a master’s in education and a focus on administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Cox, 45, has worked in the Fauquier County Public School system for over 24 years. He has served as LHS assistant principal for a decade and has worked his way from the classroom, to the role of assistant principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

He began his career in education in 1990 as a music teacher at Marshall Junior High School, now Marshall Middle School, where he remained for four years. During the same time frame he served as a music teacher and band director at Ritchie and Coleman Elementary Schools and was the assistant band director at Fauquier High School.

In 1998 Cox served as the assistant principal of Pierce Elementary for three years.

He then moved to back Marshall Middle as the's school's assistant principal for three years before joining the administrative staff at LHS.

Cox has two children, ages 7 and 10 with his wife, Shannon Cox.

He is a Cub Scouts master and coaches two soccer teams.

STEM learning and twenty-first century learning are important to Cox. He said that he will work to enrich these types of programs for LHS students.

“We have to figure out how to integrate more technology into the curriculum, encourage and provide students the opportunities to take STEM courses,” he said in a press release. “The twenty-first century needs individuals who are of outstanding character, critical thinkers, creative and who can listen and express ideas, work collaboratively and organize and evaluate information. I am committed to nurturing this culture not only at LHS but within our community.”

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