Louisa Welch re­turns to Bay­side as prin­ci­pal

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GRA­SONVILLE — Join­ing Bay­side Ele­men­tary this school year as prin­ci­pal is Louisa Welch. Welch was most re­cently at Kent Is­land High School as as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal and aca­demic dean and Queen Anne’s County High School’s aca­demic dean for the past year, but she spent 10 years as a teacher spe­cial­ist at BES be­gin­ning in 2002, be­fore be­com­ing as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal of the Cam­pus School.

Welch is re­plac­ing Lawrence Dunn, who has been trans­ferred to Centreville Mid­dle School to serve as prin­ci­pal.

“I am ex­cited to be back here at Bay­side,” said Welch, “It feels like com­ing home. It is nice to be able to work with a lot of the same staff and Bay­side is just a great place to be.”

Welch said she is most ex­cited to be back in an ele­men­tary school.

“My heart will al­ways be in an ele­men­tary school class­room,” said Welch.

Her area of ex­per­tise is in ele­men­tary ed­u­ca­tion, but Welch says she thor­oughly en­joyed and learned a lot dur­ing her time in the up­per schools.

“Be­ing in the high schools, I now have a bet­ter sense of where th­ese stu­dents need to be and what they need to ul­ti­mately ac­com­plish,” she said.

Welch, a Queen Anne’s County na­tive, grad­u­ated from Queen Anne’s County High School and Sal­is­bury Univer­sity, be­fore be­gin­ning her ed­u­ca­tion ca­reer at Greens­boro Ele­men­tary teach­ing kinder­garten and sec­ond grade for four years and then com­ing to QACPS to teach at Centreville Ele­men­tary. Af­ter CES, Welch was a read­ing spe­cial­ist at Sudlersville Mid­dle School.

Welch said her fa­vorite sub­ject is sci­ence, and her fa­vorite sports team is the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles. She has twins, a boy and a girl, who are fresh­men this year at Queen Anne’s County High School, and a Welsh ter­rier named Jack­son.

Welch wel­comed stu­dents and par­ents for an in­for­mal meet and greet on Mon­day, July 31, at BES.

An open house for par­ents and stu­dents to meet their teach­ers will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 31 at BES as well.

PRIN­CI­PAL LOUISA WELCH

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