Louisa Welch returns to Bayside as principal
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