Hunters Woods ES Hires New Principal
Emily Cope, assistant principal at Forest Edge ES, will take over for retiring leader.
Emily Cope, assistant principal at Forest Edge Elementary School, has been hired as the new principal at Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences.
"I am very excited and thrilled to be able to put my art background to good use," said Cope, who was an art teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools for nine years prior to becoming an administrator.
Cope, a Reston resident, holds an Bachelor of Fine Arts degre from Syracuse University and a Master's in administration from University of Virginia.
She has been with FCPS since 1997, first as an art teacher, at Weyanoke and Mantua Elementary Schools, and at Lanier Middle School.
She became an assistant principal in 2006, serving first at Poplar Tree Elementary School and then at Forest Edge.
Cope had been at Forest Edge since the 2008-09 school year.
She begins her new position Aug. 1, replacing Olivia Toatley. Toatley is retiring after 40 years as an educator and 14 at Hunters Woods as a teacher, assistant principal and principal.
"I think Olivia Toatley has done a tremendous job with the school," said Cope. "I feel lucky to follow in her leadership. It will be a privilege."