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.