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Daniels Run ES Welcomes Chris Smith as Principal

Former LMS Assistant Principal Returns to City of Fairfax Schools; will begin January 7

photo of New DRES Principal Chris Smith

New DRES Principal Chris Smith

The City of Fairfax Schools and Fairfax County Public Schools announced yesterday that Chris Smith will be the new Daniels Run ES principal, beginning January 7, 2019.

Mr. Smith is currently the assistant principal at Brookfield Elementary School. Prior to his role at Brookfield ES, he served as an assistant principal at Lanier Middle School from 2011-2016.  Mr. Smith was a social studies teacher/department chair and a member of School Improvement Plan committee at Centreville High School from 2008-2011.  During this time, he also taught US/VA government and VA/US history for the FCPS online campus during the summer school session.  From 2001-2008 Mr. Smith was a social studies teacher and assistant varsity baseball coach at Herndon High School. Prior to joining Fairfax County Public Schools, Mr. Smith spent three years at Thomas G. Pullen Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Prince George’s County Public Schools as a social studies teacher/department chair.  From 1998-1999 he taught science at Buck Lodge Middle School in Prince George’s County Public Schools.


Smith holds Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership from George Mason University.

The annoucement was made at Daniels Run ES with teachers, FCPS Region 5 leaders along with Dr. Phyllis Pajardo, Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools, Diego Wilson, Assistant Superintendent, Carolyn Pitches, School Board Chairman and School Board member Dr. Mitch Sutterfield.

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