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Megan McLaughlin, School Principal

Education: B.A. Secondary Education and Literature from American University; M.S. Gifted Education from Johns Hopkins University, Certificate in Administration from Hood College.

During her first 17 years in MCPS, Ms. McLaughlin was an English Teacher in five different middle schools. In 2005, Ms. McLaughlin helped open Loiederman as a 7th Grade English teacher and Team Leader. She enjoys working at a creative and performing arts school because she believes that the arts have an invaluable impact on the confidence and creativity of students. Ms. McLaughlin loves being able to watch Loiederman students shine in the classroom and on the stage.


Ashton Pontious, Assistant Principal/Magnet Coordinator, Grade 6 Administrator

Education: B.S. Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology from Salisbury University; M.S. Teacher Leadership with a focus in Mathematics from the University of Maryland and an Administration Certificate from McDaniel College. 

Ms. Pontious has served in the Wheaton cluster all 13 years of her MCPS career.  She started off as an Elementary teacher at Harmony Hills Elementary.  Ms. Pontious continued on to Parkland Magnet Middle School where was a Mathematics teacher, Alternative Programs teacher and later became the Assistant Principal. She is very excited to continue on with her career at Loiederman. She is eager to see all the students succeed when given the opportunity to explore the arts that they are passionate about.


Sherman Ellegood, Principal Intern, Grade 7 Administrator

Education: B.S. in Accounting from Morgan State University; Dual M.S. in Educational Leadership and Curriculum and Instruction and current Doctoral Student at the American College of Education in Educational Leadership.  Before joining Loiederman, Mr. Ellegood worked 16 years in the field of Education, serving 11 years in the classroom (Math, Special Education, & Behavior Intervention) and five years in Administration.  Most recently, Mr. Ellegood served as Assistant Principal at Paint Branch High School (one year) and Largo High School (four years).  Mr. Ellegood’s career has been focused on strengthening students' abilities academically and socially by building strong relationships with students, families, staff, and community members.  

Having played several instruments at middle school, high school, and collegiate levels, Mr. Ellegood has an appreciation for how the arts can impact the academic core subjects.  Mr. Ellegood is excited to join the Loiederman family and eager to positively impact the success of our scholars.  


Aaron Barnett, Assistant Principal, Grade 8 Administrator 

Education: B.A. Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Maryland, College Park; Master of Arts in Teaching from American University; Certificate in Administration from Hood College. 

Aaron Barnett has worked in MCPS for 13 years.  He spent time as a Social Studies teacher and team leader at Shady Grove Middle School and then as a Social Studies resource teacher at Roberto Clemente Middle School.  He moved to central office as a Social Studies instructional specialist and then spent the last four years at Takoma Park Middle School as an Assistant Principal before joining the Loiederman community. 

Mr. Barnett is excited to join this wonderful school community with a focus on the arts.  He played trombone from middle school through college and was part of the marching band, pit orchestra and many other ensembles, so he understands the power of the arts to enrich and transform lives.  Mr. Barnett is looking forward to meeting all of the students, teachers and community members!