Ms. Hoover spent the last year as interim principal after former principal Bruce McDaniel transferred to Grace Miller Elementary.
She also spent 2016 as the assistant principal at the Remington elementary school.
“I am really thankful for all of the support that I have received from the Pierce community, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to serve in this capacity,” Mrs. Hoover said. “Pierce has always felt like ‘home’ for me for a variety of reasons.
“Pierce has been a special part of my journey as an educator, I have roots in Remington, and I look forward to serving the school and the Remington community as the principal,” she added.
Ms. Hoover will earn $92,000 annually as principal.
A Fauquier County native, Ms. Hoover graduated from Fauquier High School in 1995. She has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and religious studies from the University of Virginia and a education master’s degree in education for K-8 curriculum and instruction from Arizona State University.
Before becoming the assistant principal at Pierce Elementary, she worked as the school system’s instructional supervisor for second languages and dual language assessment in the office of special education and as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Smith and Pierce Elementary schools.
In 2007 Hoover received The Washington Post’s Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award for Fauquier County.
Superintendent David Jeck surveyed Pierce staff and families prior to Mrs. Hoover’s selection.
“It gives me great pleasure to finally remove the interim tag preceding Principal Hoover’s name,” Dr. Jeck said. “It is truly a pleasure to introduce Laura Hoover as the permanent principal of Pierce Elementary School.”