“I’m excited to go back to [DHS], but leaving [Westchester] is really hard,” Lofstrand said recently. “This is my school, and being part of re-opening it was an amazing professional gift.”
Lofstrand was selected as DHS principal after interviewing with four separate panels of students, parents, central office staffers and student leadership team members.
She grew up in Pembroke, New Hampshire, before her family moved to Newnan, Ga., where she graduated from Newnan High. She majored in chemistry at Emory University, graduated in 1996 before beginning a two-year stint in the Peace Corps. From 1996 to 1998 she taught science and English in the southwestern African country of Namibia.
Returning home she got a masters in science education from Georgia State after which she taught science and chemistry at North Springs High from 2000 until coming to Decatur in 2010.