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Administration

Nicholas Olson

Nicholas Olson

As the new principal of SMS, I would like to officially welcome you to the 2021-2022 school year. We have endured a recent stretch of history unlike any other, hopefully, you have found some time to enjoy all the joy that normally comes with summer vacation. While last school year was far from normal, we are excited to welcome all students back through our doors for this upcoming year.

I am beyond thrilled and honored to be rejoining the Seahawk team. I know that our community is filled with students, families, teachers, and other members who are committed to the serious business of education. As I have reintroduced myself to the Seahawk community, I have been consistently impressed with the pride and the commitment to excellence. I share these values and am excited to take on the task of helping each student reach their full potential.

This is my fifteenth year in education, over this time I have served as a teacher and administrator in the City of Pittsburgh, Henrico County and most recently as associate principal of G.W. Carver Middle School here in Chesterfield County. Over the course of my career, I have learned that education is a lifelong process and thus, I challenge each member of the extended Seahawk community to never stop learning. To achieve this we will help each student obtain the skills and motivation necessary to be successful on whatever path they choose after leaving the Salem Church nest.

I look forward to learning with you and from you this year. Our team will continue to review and develop the educational program so that we can support the needs of every child, every day at Salem Church Middle School. Together with our flock, the SMS team and your family, will ensure that all students are safe and soaring to greater heights.

Please know that my door is always open to you and, of course, to your child. I look forward to getting to know your family and celebrating the many successes that await us this year.

Sincerely,
Nicholas Olson
nicholas_olson@ccpsnet.net

Photo of the assistant principal!

Dr. Brittany Lopes

Dr. Lopes is excited to begin her sixth year at Salem! This is her eleventh year in education and Chesterfield County. Dr. Lopes began her career as an 8th Grade Civics & Economics teacher at Providence Middle School, before joining the Seahawk community as the Dean of Students, Assistant principal, and now Associate principal. Dr. Lopes earned a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Virginia Tech in 2021. She earned a Master’s degree from the University of Richmond in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education. Dr. Lopes is a former military child who has moved all over the United States. Dr. Lopes has a passion for relationship building and loves kids! She enjoys reading, hanging out with her husband, soccer, brunch with her friends, and traveling. She believes that our lives are enriched by the experiences of others and that we rise by lifting others.

Portrait of Frank Sampson

Frank Sampson

Mr. Sampson is beginning his eighteenth year in education and is excited to return to Salem Middle School for the second year. A native of Shenandoah, VA, Mr. Sampson began his education career as a band director before becoming an administrator.  Prior to coming to Salem, most recently, he was band and orchestra director at J.R. Tucker High School in Henrico and then assistant principal at Fluvanna County High School in Palmyra, VA.  Mr. Sampson received his Bachelor of Arts from James Madison University where he was also a member of the 400-member Marching Royal Dukes.  In 2014, he received his Master’s degree in Education Administration from Central Michigan University.  Mr. Sampson is an avid music-lover and enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and relaxing at the beach. 

Jon Ferguson

Jon Ferguson

Mr. Ferguson is enthusiastically returning for his third year as the Salem Middle School Dean of Students.  Mr. Ferguson is a career switcher that joined the world of education after 10 years of active duty Army service.  Before joining the Salem community, Mr. Ferguson spent the prior five years teaching 7th grade English at Providence Middle School and Carver Middle School.  Mr. Ferguson earned his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Virginia in 2021, as well as his MBA from Ashford University and his Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Niagara University.  He is a family man that spends that vast majority of his free time hauling kids from one athletic field to the next.  Mr. Ferguson is also an avid Buffalo Bills fan, so he’s always prepared to discuss football with students.