After graduating from University of Central Florida in 2000 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education, Proudfoot spent fours years teaching and two as an assistant principal in Florida before returning to Baltimore County, where he had lived part-time with his father while growing up.
Since returning, Proudfoot served as an assistant principal at three county elementary schools, most recently at Dundalk Elementary
He admitted last week that he was a little nervous about the extra responsibility that comes with being a principal.
"I think, as a new principal, you're always worried (about) ... the stress and the pressure of being responsible for the entire school," he said. "You don't want to let any student or adult down."
But after a summer spent getting to know the staff and the community, he is ready to get to work.
"I've always enjoyed meeting people and working with people," Proudfoot said. "The majority of my experience has been in Title I schools and I really get a lot of excitement from working with that demographic."
Edmondson Heights meets the criteria of a Title I school in that it receives additional federal funding because of its high percentage of students from low income families. Baltimore County elementary schools qualify for those funds when 54.8 percent or more of students receive free and reduced meals.
"It really takes a team effort with our staff, our students and the parents to make sure we succeed," he said.
With teachers scheduled to return to school on Aug. 19 and students arriving for their first day of classes a week later on Aug. 26, Proudfoot said he is using three words to focus himself and his staff for the new year — equip, empower and engage.
"These are kind of my non-negotiables," he said. "I'm really excited about getting everyone back home, to school.