New Principal Named for Armel Elementary School

For Immediate Release
July 19, 2016
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Stonewall Elementary School Assistant Principal Heather Miller has been named the new principal at Armel Elementary School. Miller succeeds Raegan Rangel who left her role as Armel’s principal on July 1 to become an assistant principal at Millbrook High School. Rangel had served as the principal at Armel Elementary School since 2012. Miller’s position at Stonewall Elementary School is being assumed by Linda Farringer.

Schools Superintendent David Sovine says, “Mrs. Miller has a great deal of experience as both a teacher and administrator at the elementary level which will serve her well as the principal at Armel Elementary. She has been preparing herself to become a principal for a number of years and is looking forward to building upon the good work started by Mrs. Rangel and the staff at Armel in order to help all students achieve at high levels. As a Superintendent, it’s gratifying to have highly capable and qualified candidates within the organization who are prepared to advance their careers and assume roles that present new challenges and opportunities. Being able to promote individuals from within the school division speaks to the strength of our organization and our high quality staff.”

Miller began her teaching career at Dominion Trail Elementary School in Loudoun County. In 2006, she began teaching in Frederick County at Evendale Elementary School and spent three years there before moving to teach at Greenwood Mill Elementary School in 2009. Miller was named the assistant principal at Stonewall Elementary School in 2012.

Miller says, “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to serve as the new principal at Armel Elementary. Although it will be difficult to leave the students, staff and families that I’ve worked with over the past five years at Stonewall, I’m looking forward to working together with Armel’s school community and staff in order to help positively impact students. As I reflect on my career as an educator, I’m thankful for the many colleagues and mentors whom I’ve worked with over the years that have helped prepare me for my new role as a school principal.”

Miller holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from George Mason University. She also received a master’s degree in educational leadership from James Madison University.