Principal's Page

Dr. Jamie Virga, Principal  

SLES students unveiling Canal Mural

Welcome to the Seven Locks Elementary School website! I am very excited to be the principal of this wonderful school.  It is an amazing privilege to work with the Seven Locks staff, parents, and community as we strive together to provide all of our students with a vibrant learning environment that is both nurturing and challenging. During 2016-2017, we will increase our efforts to 

Know Each Student. Plan for Each Student. Ensure Learning for Each Student. 

This year, we are also inspiring our work by saying, 

"Imagine What We Can Build Together" 

because we believe that when Seven Locks staff, parents, and community members work in collaboration, we can create a wonderful place for all students to learn.

I have been an educator for over 30 years.  I started my career in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) as a general music teacher at S. Christa McAuliffe Elementary. After 11 years in the classroom, I moved into school administration, serving at Highland Elementary (assistant principal) and Stonegate Elementary (principal intern).  In 1997, I was appointed principal of Viers Mill Elementary School.  Working with a dedicated staff and a support parent community, we were able to achieve high levels of learning for all students.  As a result, Viers Mill was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2005.

I have also served MCPS in several central office leadership positions, including director of the Professional Learning Communities Institute and associate superintendent for organizational development.  For the last five years, I served as lead consulting principal. In this position, I worked as a coach and mentor to first-year principals, principal interns, principals who changed levels, and administrators who needed to improve their performance.  This work gave me the opportunity to work in dozens of MCPS schools throughout the county, including elementary, middle, and high schools.  I am very excited to be back in the school principal role. I look forward to taking all that I have learned and applying it to work here to benefit the students of Seven Locks.

I am a life-long musician and I play piano and guitar.  I have kept my piano skills sharp by accompanying a teen choir for the past ten years.  I occasionally perform with a band, playing keyboards and singing. I love reading, word games, Washington area sports teams, movies, and cooking/grilling food for friends and family. My three children all graduated from MCPS schools. My wife Andrea, who passed away two years ago, was a teacher and special educator in MCPS for over 25 years.  I am committed to making sure our school is a great place for staff to work and an excellent place for students to learn.

I look forward to seeing and talking with all students and parents during this school year.  Please check this website and the Seven Locks PTA website, as well as the Seven Locks Foundation website, for more information about upcoming events and programs. See you soon!!