September 25, 2017
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  • Lorie Barnes, the new principal at Severna Park Elementary School, holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Towson University and a master’s degree in administration from the University of Maryland.
    Aaron Rosa
    Lorie Barnes, the new principal at Severna Park Elementary School, holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Towson University and a master’s degree in administration from the University of Maryland.
  • Lorie Barnes, the new principal at Severna Park Elementary School, is preparing for the upcoming school year. More than 370 students will return after Labor Day weekend.
    Aaron Rosa
    Lorie Barnes, the new principal at Severna Park Elementary School, is preparing for the upcoming school year. More than 370 students will return after Labor Day weekend.

New Administrators Join Local Schools

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August 9, 2017

Summer may bring carefree days for students, but two incoming administrators are taking advantage of every free hour as they prepare for the upcoming academic year.

Lorie Barnes has been hired as the new principal at Severna Park Elementary School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Towson University and a master’s degree in administration from the University of Maryland.

Barnes grew up in a military family with a slightly different dream: flying the venerable F-14 Tomcat fighter jet for the Navy. But after her first solo flight at age 16, she decided to follow the example of her aunt, a teacher.

“Teaching always seemed fun,” said Barnes. “I love motivating kids’ interests.”

Brain- and project-based learning have been Barnes’ favorite approaches to education. She encourages her teachers to consider the amount of natural light in the classroom and the students’ stress levels while focusing on practical application of lessons.

“If the students study trees in a science class, I would like to find a way for them to plant a tree and see those lessons practically,” she said.

Avid Orioles fans, Barnes and her husband, Jeff, held their wedding at Camden Yards three years ago, planning their date around the team’s schedule. The Oriole Bird even made a surprise appearance at their reception.

Barnes loves the outdoors, rock climbing and competing in sprint triathlons. She has spent long hours preparing not only for the school year but also for the arrival of her first baby.

Stacy Herbert, a veteran educator with 19 years of experience and a master’s degree in education from Middle Tennessee State University, assumed the position of vice principal at Magothy River Middle School.

“I love teaching because building a community of learners, thinkers and problem-solvers helps students to develop confidence,” said Herbert. “I believe that if you have confident students, they will have the power to be a catalyst for change.”

Herbert believes in integrating the arts with teaching to foster innovation among students and create effective instructional strategies for educators.

As an assistant principal at Bates Middle School, she received training on how to incorporate visual or musical arts into lesson plans to draw out higher-level concepts from the students.

One of her goals for this school year is to bolster the school’s Enhancing Positive Behavior and Intervention program, a system designed to give positive attention to students who excel in classes.

Struggling students tend to receive the majority of resources and attention, so the program tries to reinforce good behavior and habits by rewarding students with credits at the school store or by giving them special privileges.

Family remains a priority for Herbert despite the long hours at school. She decompresses by cooking, reading, and traveling with her husband, Dewayne, and 3-year-old daughter, Greyson.


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