Stafford County Schools has selected Daria Groover, principal of Hampton Oaks Elementary School as the 2013 Principal of the Year. Groover joined Stafford County Schools as Hampton Oaks’ principal in 2006 following a distinguished career as a teacher, assistant principal and principal in other school districts in Maryland, California and northern Virginia.
Groover’s selection as Principal of the Year was based on her demonstration of creativity and innovation and her positive, can-do attitude which fostered a stress-free environment for staff to explore their own creativity in innovative ways. Groover promotes collaboration between the school and community, the key to providing a safe, positive, enriched and engaging school environment. She has led Hampton Oaks Elementary, a Title-target school, to successfully meet all annual measurable objectives during the 2011-2012 school year. She is a district trainer for The Skillful Teacher program and has served as a member of the professional growth system committee revising the teacher evaluation system.