New Principal Named for Evendale Elementary School

New Principal Named for Evendale Elementary School
Posted on 06/16/2020
Dr. Michael DaddarioFor Immediate Release
June 16, 2020
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235


Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent David Sovine has announced that Dr. Michael Daddario has been named the new principal of Evendale Elementary School. Daddario will succeed Elizabeth Mistretta effective July 1. Mistretta is leaving her role as Evendale’s principal to serve as the assistant principal at Jordan Springs Elementary School.

Mistretta says, “While I’m looking forward to the professional challenges associated with opening a new school, it is difficult to leave my Evendale Elementary School family. However, I believe Evendale will benefit from a fresh leadership perspective and my family will benefit from my change in roles as well.”

Daddario says, “I am excited to be a part of Frederick County Public Schools, and especially being named principal of Evendale Elementary School. I am aware of the long-standing tradition of excellence in education at Evendale, and I will work tirelessly to ensure that the tradition continues. I look forward to meeting the staff and students of Evendale and connecting to the greater community. Collaboratively, we will provide every child a world-class education, and an opportunity to achieve their highest potential.”

Sovine says, "We are excited to have Dr. Daddario assume the role of principal at Evendale. He has a great deal of experience as a teacher as well as an administrator at the elementary, middle and high school levels. As a school leader, Dr. Daddario has a record of improving student achievement, establishing a variety of supports for students, integrating technology and project-based learning into instruction, and building strong relationships within the school community in order to best serve students and their families. Dr. Daddario will be an excellent fit at Evendale and will certainly build upon the success the school has enjoyed under Mrs. Mistretta’s leadership.”

Daddario has 18 years of experience as a school administrator. After teaching for five years, he served as an assistant principal at Richmond County Elementary School in Warsaw, Virginia, for five years. In July 2007, Daddario began working in Essex County Public Schools in Tappahannock, Virginia. While there, he served three years as the principal of Tappahannock Elementary School and one year as an assistant principal at Essex High School. From 2011-2013, Daddario served as an assistant principal at Lancaster High School in Lancaster, Virginia. He then served two years as the principal at Lancaster Middle School and has been the principal at Lancaster Primary School for the past five years.

Daddario has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He also has a master’s degree in administration and supervision PreK-12 and a Doctor of Education degree in educational policy, planning and leadership from The College of William and Mary.