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Shelly Andrews Named Principal of James Wood High School

At the May 20 Frederick County School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. George Hummer introduced Shelly Andrews as the new principal of James Wood High School. Andrews, who has served as the assistant principal for the past six years, will take over from Sam Gross, who will retire.

Andrews was thrilled to be named the next principal of James Wood High School. “I was equal parts ecstatic to serve the community I love in this important position and conscious of the great responsibility of it as well,” Andrews said. “I look forward to building on the incredible traditions of James Wood and creating new pathways to help all of our students succeed.”

Andrews brings a wealth of experience to her new role. She spent 13 years teaching social sciences at Sherando High School before transitioning to the role of assistant principal at James Wood Middle School for three years. Her journey then led her to James Wood High School, where she has served as the assistant principal for the past six years. Andrews holds a bachelor of science degree in history with a minor in political science from Shenandoah University, a master of teaching from the University of Virginia, and a certificate in educational leadership and administration from George Washington University.

Andrews has two sons, William and Ivan, and a partner, Sam, who always supports her and her career. She considers herself fortunate to have them in her corner. When she is not at school, she enjoys being outside and spending time on her farm.

Andrews is eager to connect with the James Wood community in her new role. To facilitate this, she has set up an engagement calendar with 20-minute appointments on July 8, from 1-3 p.m., July 15, from 5-7 p.m. and July 22, from 8-10 a.m. These appointments are open to all members of the school community. To sign up, please call the school at 540 667-5226.