Welcome, Principal Lorenzi!

By Rebecca Baenig, Assistant Superintendent, Region 5
Spotlight
January 19, 2021

Dear Cub Run Elementary Community,

The Region 5 Leadership Team is pleased to announce that Mrs. Natalie Lorenzi has been named the new principal for Cub Run Elementary School.

Mrs. Lorenzi brings a wealth of knowledge and varied experiences to this position, having served as a dedicated educator for more than 26 years, including 19 years in Fairfax County Public Schools. Mrs. Lorenzi has served as a classroom teacher (of multiple grade levels) and as an ESOL Specialist at Hutchison ES and Glen Forest ES.  During this time, Ms. Lorenzi founded the Climbing to College program which introduces post-secondary options to students living in poverty.  From 2011-2018, Ms. Lorenzi served as the Library Media Specialist at Glen Forest ES, Mantua ES, and Lake Braddock Secondary School.  During this time, she developed and facilitated professional learning on diversity in curriculum and literature, with an emphasis on closing achievement gaps through student engagement.  Her workshops on this topic were attended by principals, administrators, literacy leaders, librarians, and central office staff throughout the division.   

Ms. Lorenzi began her administrative career as an interim assistant principal at Canterbury Woods ES and an ESY administrative intern at Parklawn ES.  In March of 2018, Ms. Lorenzi was promoted to serve as an assistant principal at Greenbriar East ES where she has proven to be a talented, caring, and highly effective administrator.  Most recently, Mrs. Lorenzi served as the acting principal at Greenbriar East Elementary School with great success. During her tenure as the assistant principal at Greenbriar East Elementary School, she introduced a co-teaching model that increased ESOL and special education students’ opportunities for inclusion, resulting in increased student achievement scores on countywide assessments. Mrs. Lorenzi is trained in Restorative Justice practices and coordinated the first Restorative Justice circle process at Greenbriar East Elementary.  She has also served as the school’s Equity Lead, developing and delivering staff professional development on cultural proficiency, with a focus on equity and access for all students.

Natalie’s current supervisor, Principal Dave Pietzman, shared the following regarding Natalie’s strengths as a leader: “Natalie cares so much about the people around her. Her outstanding professionalism is front and center when working with colleagues, students, and families. She will champion each member of the Cub Run community. Her ability to connect and build relationships makes her the perfect leader in the challenging times we face. She has done so much in her career as a teacher, librarian, author, and assistant principal to create a learning environment that works for all students. I can’t wait to see what she accomplishes in next her next role as principal! Natalie is an awesome person, and she will be an awesome principal!”

Ms. Lorenzi has a proven track record as a highly effective leader in multiple positions throughout her career.  She is considered a hands-on leader who likes to be present and engaged in school activities.  Her friendly, warm, and caring demeanor will be a great asset to the Cub Run community during this period of transition. 

Ms. Lorenzi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Teaching from the University of Virginia. She is also a graduate of the Accelerated Certification Cohort XII for Administration in Fairfax County Public Schools from the University of Virginia.