Dr. Lisa Chen, assistant superintendent for instruction at Louisa County Public Schools for the past three years, was appointed superintendent of Botetourt County Public Schools in May.
Chen’s last day with LCPS was June 20, and she is excited for the opportunity to take her 23-year career in education to the next level starting July 1.
In her new role, Chen said she looks forward to working with the boards, community members, teachers, administrators and families in Botetourt to ensure that every child has a quality learning experience.
Since arriving in Louisa five years ago, initially as principal at Louisa County Middle School, Chen has developed bonds with school staff, local families and the community. She described her leaving as “bittersweet.”
What is most comforting to Chen is the fact that Botetourt is similar to Louisa County in many ways, including size, and the people there have been warm and welcoming.
Michael Beahm, chairman of the Botetourt County School Board, said that Chen will be a great fit for their division.
“We welcome Dr. Chen to Botetourt County Public Schools,” he said in a press release. “Her passion, leadership, and experience will be a great asset to the division and community.”
Chen has spent the past few weeks wrapping up her workload in Louisa and making sure that everything is in place for her successor, Dr. Amanda Hester, former principal at Spotsylvania High School.
Reflecting on her past five years with LCPS, Chen is pleased with the innovative programs that the school board and board of supervisors have supported in recent years.
She is proud to have been on the ground floor of the development of a top-notch career and technology education program and its related apprenticeship and internship program which places students in jobs.
Another upcoming venture she is excited about is the development of the Little Lions Learning Center, which will provide daycare to the children of school staff, while at the same time educate students who plan to become teachers.
“I’m just going to miss Louisa,” Chen said. “It’s my heart. I’ll always consider this my home.”