Mr. Olson is thrilled to be back at Salem for a second year as principal. This will be his 15th year in education having taught high school in Pittsburgh and then middle school social studies in Henrico County. Moving from the classroom to administration, he served at Fairfield, Brookland, and Carver Middle Schools. Mr. Olson is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ask him about the University of Pittsburgh or Virginia Commonwealth University as he is an alumnus of both. He is an avid fan of the Steelers and the James River Park System. Finally, he would love to chat with you about what you are reading; some of his favorite authors are Adam Silvera, Neal Schusterman, and Jason Reynolds. He could not be more excited about connecting with each student and family this year.
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.
Dr. Brittany Lopes
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.
Mrs. Davis is enthusiastic about starting her second year at Salem Middle School. Ms. Davis is entering her thirteenth year in education and fifth year in Chesterfield County. Mrs. Davis started her career in New Jersey teaching 1st through 3rd grades. Her family relocated to the Gulf Shores area in Alabama for three years where she taught Pre-K. In 2017, Mrs. Davis and her family relocated to Chesterfield where she began teaching at Winterpock Elementary School. She joined the Seahawk family last year as the Coordinator of Assessment and Remediation. Mrs. Davis earned her Bachelor’s degree in History and Africana Studies from Rutgers University- New Brunswick (RU Rah Rah) and her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Seton Hall University in 2014. She believes it takes the whole village to raise a child and each child has a unique voice that should be heard. Ms. Davis is an avid reader and enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and watching football- Roll Tide!
Dean of Students