Dr. Pajardo will be recognized at the 21st annual Northern Virginia Leadership Awards on Thursday, November 9.
Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Pajardo will be recognized by Leadership Fairfax for their 2017 Educational Leader award. The award recognizes an individual teacher or administrator at the primary or secondary school level who has demonstrated a long-term and consistent pattern of excellent leadership in the educational field.
Dr. Pajardo began as an elementary classroom teacher in 1981 and held a number of leadership positions throughout Fairfax County Public Schools during her 34 year career. Dr. Pajardo became a consulting teacher, assistant principal, principal, staff developer, project manager, cluster director, and cluster assistant superintendent.
From 2011-2015, 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. In 2015, Dr. Pajardo became the Assistant Superintendent for the City of Fairfax Schools and was unanimously named by the City School Board as superintendent in August of 2017.
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.
Founded in 1987 by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Fairfax is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to build a base understanding about our community, educate and inform and to ultimately engage individuals to become agents of positive change in Fairfax County and the Northern Virginia region. For more information, please visit the website.