Ginger Minshew waited for Park View High School. Although she could have taken on her first job as principal at a brand new school typical of Loudoun County, she wanted an older school that had slipped behind on some measures, one that would be a challenge. She could see its potential.
Park View changed dramatically as that part of Sterling’s population changed, no longer a mostly white, affluent community. Now white students are just a quarter of the school’s population; nearly half the students are Hispanic, 15 percent are Asian, about 10 percent are black. Many are recent immigrants — 15 percent are learning English — and more than half come from low-income families.
It was that mix, all the different cultures and perspectives, that drew her to the job in 2005, Minshew said. And she wanted to be sure it was a welcoming community with high expectations.
She doesn’t talk about what she has accomplished in that time — she’s been honored as statewide principal of the year, for starters — but she loves to talk about what the school community has accomplished, and what it can do in the future. Park View was nationally recognized in 2009 among schools with large low-income populations for its recent track record of strong academic progress.