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New Louisa Middle School principal eager to get started

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 9:00 am

Dr. Lisa Chao-Wen Chen will replace Lee Downey as Louisa Middle School principal for the 2014-2015 school year. Downey will move across the parting lot to become the high school's new principal.

Dr. Lisa Chao-Wen Chen will replace Lee Downey as Louisa Middle School principal for the 2014-2015 school year. Downey will move across the parting lot to become the high school’s new principal.

Dr. Lisa Chao-Wen Chen has been hired as the new Louisa County Middle School principal. She visited the school on Friday, May 23 to meet with faculty and  introduce herself before the end of the school year.   She will start on July 1.

“I want to come in my first year and learn as much as I can, and work with this particular school and take a look at how we can continue to build a very positive school culture, how we can implement different programs,” Chen said.

Lee Downey, whom Chen will be replacing as he moves across the parking lot to become principal at Louisa County High School, is pleased with her strong educational background.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for Louisa County Middle School. I think she brings a lot of great strengths to the position that are needed here at the middle school,” Downey said. “I’m really excited to see where she is going to take the school from here.”

Chen is eager to dig in and get to work.

“Everyone that I’ve met thus far here, words just can’t
describe, the people here are genuine, warm, kind,” Chen said. “Mr. Downey and his administrative team have done really, really great work. My goal is just to continue to take it to the next level.”

Currently, Chen is the principal at Pollard Middle School in Needham, Massachusetts, where she has been at the helm for the past three years.  Prior to that she was a principal at Wamsutta Middle School in Attleboro, Massachusetts. She began her 11-year teaching career with the Teach for America program in Texas, a program for 21-year-old ninth graders.

She is looking forward to working corroboratively on a grade six through 12 vision for students in Louisa County. She firmly believes that what is taught at the middle school level helps prepare students for high school, college and beyond.

To read the entire story, see the May 29 edition of The Central Virginian.