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The City of Fairfax School Board selected Dr. Phyllis Pajardo as their

Photo of Dr. Phyllis Pajardo

Photo of Dr. Phyllis Pajardo

finalist for the Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools. The Board will hold a special board meeting on Monday, August 7, 2017 to publicly vote for Dr. Pajardo, who is expected to begin her four-year term as superintendent the following day.

The superintendent position was made available in May when Dr. Peter Noonan stepped down to lead Falls Church City Public Schools. Ann Monday, former City of Fairfax Superintendent with experience assisting schools boards with superintendent searches, was hired as Interim Superintendent. The City of Fairfax School board sought community input from city residents, school staff and administrators, parents and City of Fairfax leadership. The board conducted interviews in June and made a final decision in mid-July.

“The City of Fairfax School Board is excited that Dr. Pajardo has accepted our offer to lead our schools,” said Jon Buttram, City of Fairfax School Board Chairman.  “Dr. Pajardo’s intellect, creative spirit and vast knowledge of our schools will ensure continued excellence and success.  Her strong commitment to serving our students, our schools and our community is unquestionable.  We look forward to working with Dr. Pajardo in her new role as Superintendent as we continue the board’s endeavors to expand advanced academics, STEM and innovative practices in our schools.”

Dr. Pajardo is currently Assistant Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools and previously held a number of leadership roles in Fairfax County Public Schools including Cluster Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources. Dr. Pajardo has worked in public education for over 30 years.

“I am very excited and deeply humbled to be named the finalist for the City of Fairfax Superintendent,” said Dr. Pajardo. “I greatly respect and admire the leadership of recent past City Schools’ Superintendents [George] Stepp, Monday, and Noonan. I look forward to building upon the City Schools’ past work and partnering with the City of Fairfax School Board, the Mayor and City Council, our principals and school staffs as well as each school’s community, and my colleagues in Fairfax County Public Schools, to develop new pathways to successfully serve our students and the city.”

Lanier’s Kirsten Buchner Named Finalist for FCPS Hourly Employee

The City of Fairfax congratulates Ms. Kirsten Buchner of Lanier Middle School for being named a finalist for FCPS Employee of the Year.

Photo of Ms. Buchner

Photo of Ms. Buchner

Kirsten is a master at coordinating resources and services to assist the at-risk families at Lanier Middle School. She coordinates free dental and health care for students in need, arranges food and clothing donations and helps families apply for assistance so that students don’t go hungry or cold. She has initiated projects such as the Family Reunification Group, a six-week support program for students who immigrate to the area to live with parents they barely know, and a Café Latino night where parents can meet with school administrators and counselors and where they are encouraged to become involved in the Lanier community. Because Kirsten is a dedicated student advocate, students know they have an ally who will help them over any hurdle that impedes their success.

Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts Welcomes Andrea Heininge as Director

Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts is proud to

Fairfax Academy Director Andrea Heininge

Fairfax Academy Director Andrea Heininge

announce Andrea Heininge will be the new Director. Current Director Diego Wilson will retire from FCPS after 32 years in education.

Ms. Heininge has been with the Academy as the dance instructor since 2008. Beyond building the flagship FCPS dance program & directing exciting dance performances every year, she has played a number of key instructional & leadership roles inside and outside Fairfax HS.

She has been an assistant principal for FCPS summer enrichment programs the past two years, has represented the Academy on the high school’s Instructional Council this year and was acting administrator of the Academy.

Andrea has sponsored the high school’s chapter of the National Honor Society, chaired the high school’s FAC, and coached the high school dance team. She has also represented FHS on the FCPS Grading & Reporting committee the past two years and served as a Great Beginnings Coach for new art, music and theatre teachers in FCPS.

City of Fairfax Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Pajardo to give keynote at VASS conference

Photo of Dr. Phyllis Pajardo

Photo of Dr. Phyllis Pajardo

City of Fairfax Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Pajardo will give the keynote address at the 90th Annual Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals Growth Summit on June 28th in Portsmouth, Virginia. The title of the speech is “The Principal Influence: A Framework for Developing Leadership Capacity in Principals.”  Dr. Pajardo is the co-author of the book “The Principal Influence”.

Dr. Pajardo began as an elementary classroom teacher in 1981 and held a number of leadership positions throughout FCPS during her 34 year career. Dr. Pajardo became a consulting teacher, assistant principal, principal, staff developer, project manager, cluster director, and cluster assistant superintendent.

Dr. Pajardo was the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources for FCPS where she was responsible for recruiting, hiring and developing a diverse workforce for the district.

Dr. Pajardo earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Virginia (U.Va.) and her master’s in education from George Mason University (GMU). She completed her doctorate in education from U.Va. in 2009. She completed the executive leadership program for educators through the Curry School of Education and the Darden School of Business at U.Va.  She serves as an adjunct faculty member in leadership preparation/development for GMU, UVA, and Virginia Tech as well as ASCD and  has given presentations at national, state, and local conferences.

City of Fairfax School Board Awards 2017 Janice Miller Scholarship to Kinza Mahmood

Photo of 2017 scholarship recipient Kinza Mahmood with school board members.

Photo of 2017 scholarship recipient Kinza Mahmood with school board members.

Kinza Mahmood was recognized as the 2017 Janice Miller Scholarship winner. Kinza will attend the University of Maryland, College Park next year to study Food and Biological Sciences. Kinza took many AP courses at FHS, was active in student government, UNICEF and volunteered throughout the community. Kinza was praised by Principal Goldfarb and her teachers for being kind, hardworking and for her passion to help others.

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