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Two new principals join county school system

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 4:00 am

Westmoreland County Public Schools announced the selection of two new principals beginning in the 2012-2013 school year. Andrea Roane has been named Washington and Lee High School principal and Sandra Herdle will be principal of Washington District Elementary School.

Superintendent Dr. Rebecca Lowry indicated that while the selection process took considerable time, it was well worth it.

“We were able to hire our first choices from the applicant pool,” said Lowry.


Roane was the principal of Essex Intermediate School, where she also served as assistant principal for three years.  She began her educational career as a special education teacher for Virginia Beach Schools in 2004. She is a native of Westmoreland County and graduated from Washington and Lee High School in 1993. Roane received her Bachelor’s of Science in education from Hampton University in 1997 and a Masters in Education from George Washington University in 2002. She currently is a graduate student in Virginia Tech’s Doctoral program in educational leadership and policy studies.

In November 2011, Roane was elected to the school board in District 1. She resigned from the board in July.

Herdle comes from Lancaster County where she was the assistant principal at Lancaster Middle School and the district’s gifted coordinator. She also was responsible for writing Lancaster County’s current technology plan. Herdle


has 17 years of classroom teaching experience.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in education from Mount Union College in Elementary Education in 1988, a Masters of Education in developmental reading from Slippery Rock University in 1990, and a post masters certificate in educational leadership from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008.

Both administrators look forward to working with students, staff, and parents at their respective schools. They share a vision of monitoring the evaluation of student performance and focusing on the three “R’s” of instructional excellence which are rigor, relevance, and relationships. Westmoreland County Public Schools welcomes these outstanding administrators to the district.