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For Immediate Release: June 16, 2011

New Swanson Middle School Principal NamedNew Swanson Principal Bridget Loft
The Arlington School Board appointed Bridget Loft as principal of Swanson Middle School at tonight’s meeting. Loft is currently an assistant principal at Wakefield High School, and was assistant principal at Swanson from 2006-10. Her appointment begins July 1.

“Having been the assistant principal at Swanson, Bridget has the experience and tools necessary to build upon its current success,” said Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy. “She has a proven ability to educate a diverse student population.”

Loft has a master’s degree in educational leadership from George Mason University and also earned a master’s in secondary social studies education from the University of Virginia (UVA). She received a Bachelor of Arts in history from UVA.

Loft began her teaching career at Wakefield High School in 1992. In 1998, she taught at Miami Coral Park High School in Miami, Fla., for a year before returning to Wakefield where she remained until 2006.

As assistant principal at Wakefield, loft developed and managed four summits in which more than 350 students met in small groups with faculty facilitators to brainstorm strategies to help them achieve academic success. She also led development and coordination of the Freshman Success Academy, an academic support program for ninth graders who earn two or more D’s or E’s per quarter.

Loft also coordinated the SOL remediation program schedule and monitored the use of $25,000 in SOL grant money.

For more information, call 703-228-6004.

Last Modified on June 16, 2011