Principal Lance Astorino



Principal Astorino - Family Portrait 


Ranson Elementary School
National Title I Distinguished School ~ WV Title I Distinguished School
WV School of Excellence
"Fired Up to Learn"

Greetings Parents, Guardians, and Families of Ranson Elementary,

My name is Lance Astorino and I am incredibly excited to join the extraordinary staff of Ranson Elementary as your new Principal. I look forward to continuing the strong partnership already in place that provides our students with a rigorous, structured, and engaging educational experience. In addition to being very passionate about education for all students no matter their ability or achievement level, I also have high expectations for myself, students, and staff to assure the best education for your student.  

I strongly believe that parents are the first teacher in every students’ life. It is because of that belief that we will continue to foster a strong home-school community partnership. In addition to a strong community partnership, together we will work to not only guarantee that all our students are challenged academically, but also have access to social and emotional supports, as necessary so that both student and families feel supported, appreciated, and cared for.  

Before joining Ranson Elementary, I was an Assistant Principal at Driswood Elementary School for 3 years. Before coming to Jefferson County, I was a Lead Teacher/Content Specialist in Washington County at a Title I school for 3 years. Additionally, I have 8 years teaching experience in both Berkeley County and Frederick County, Virginia. My academic background includes an Administrative/Supervision Certificate from WVU, Master of Education from WVU, and a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Other than leading great educators, I enjoy spending time with my family.  My wife, a teacher in Berkeley County, and our 2 daughters (ages 10 and 8) keep me busy.  We are either on the soccer field, in the gym for a volleyball game, or on the pool deck cheering on our girls on the weekends.  

During these uncertain times, one thing will remain constant and that is the high-quality education that your student will receive daily, no matter virtually or in person. Additionally, together we will work to achieve that every student finds their way to feel connected, challenged by new learning, and are surrounded by champions to push them to achieve their goals.  

Thank you for this opportunity to serve as only your fourth principal in the history of Ranson. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns, as well as celebrations or ideas you would like to share.  
Mr. Lance Astorino
Principal, Ranson Elementary






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