School Board Chairman Jon Buttram
Jon Buttram is serving his seventh term on the School Board and first term as Chairman.
He has been active as member, vice-chairman and legislative liaison for the school board. In addition, he has provided leadership as the chairman of the Northeastern Region of the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) and in support of the most recent School Bond Referendum Committee. He has been active in city schools through multiple PTAs, as an instructor for after school activities (Hands-on-Science), as a high school science fair judge, and Odyssey of the Mind coach and judge.
He has also been active in a number of city and community organizations, holding office with the Park and Recreation Advisory Board and the Southeast Fairfax Citizens Association (SEFCA), as well as serving on the Elementary School Consolidation Task Force and two Southeast Fairfax Traffic Calming Task Forces. He also has served with the ad hoc committee for the disposition of Green Acres, whose purpose was to seek an appropriate community-oriented disposition for the former Green Acres Elementary School.
An engineering consultant for a defense contractor, Buttram holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in engineering management from George Washington University. He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve with the rank of captain.
A resident of Green Acres, Buttram moved to the City of Fairfax in 1990 after serving with the U.S. Navy for nine and a half years. He and his wife Sharon have two children.
School Board Vice Chairman Carolyn Pitches
Carolyn Pitches is serving her fourth term as a Fairfax City School Board member. She has served as Vice Chair of the Fairfax City School Board for three years and is Fairfax City Schools’ representative to the Washington Area Boards of Education.
Ms. Pitches received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education K-8 in 1992 from Virginia Tech and her Master’s degree in Education K-12 in 2002 from George Mason University. For nearly a decade, Mrs. Pitches taught 6th and 8th grade math in the Prince William County Public Schools. For the last nine years, she has been a teacher at Flint Hill School, where she is the Math Specialist for grades 3-4.
In 1997 and 1999, Mrs. Pitches was awarded the Teacher of Excellence Award for Prince William County Public Schools. She also served as co-chair on two Prince William County Public Schools committees: The Substance Abuse Committee (Core Team) and the At Risk Committee, where she planned, designed and wrote grants to provide a program for students in need of additional support.
Ms. Pitches and her husband Justen have lived in the City of Fairfax since 1999. They have two daughters who attend Fairfax City Schools, where she is a classroom volunteer, Education Committee Chair at Providence Elementary and PTA member at the schools.
School Board Member Toby Sorensen
Toby Sorensen serving her fifth term on the School Board and was the Board Chairman from 2014-2016.
Ms. Sorensen has represented the city on the county superintendent’s Business and Community Advisory Council for three years. She is a past PTA president of Fairfax High, Lanier Middle, and Layton Hall (now Daniels Run) Elementary schools. She has served as the Country Club Hills Civic Association treasurer and newsletter editor and is currently a block captain. She was also co-chair of the City School Board Facilities Planning Committee and a member of the Fairfax Community Coalition.
She received her undergraduate degree in philosophy from St. Bonaventure University (1972). At the University of Chicago, Ms. Sorensen earned a master’s degree in linguistics and a master’s degree in the humanities. She was a former editor-in-chief with Scholastic Testing Service, an educational test publishing firm near Chicago.
Ms. Sorensen and her husband John, a retired military officer, have lived in Fairfax City since 1990 and have three children.
School Board Member Mitch Sutterfield
Dr. Mitch Sutterfield is serving his fourth term on the City of Fairfax School Board. Dr. Sutterfield has been a resident of Fairfax City since 1964, moving through Fairfax Elementary, Sidney Lanier Middle, and Fairfax High School (1972). After a B.A. and M.A. in English at the College of William and Mary, he received a Ph.D. in English from The George Washington University in 1992.
In 1977, Sutterfield began a 32-year career as a teacher (English) and a coach (football and wrestling) at Fairfax High School, retiring in 2009. He has been inducted into the Fairfax High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
In 2004, he was selected by Rotary International as its Teacher of the Year (among the four schools of Fairfax City). In 2003, he was the Virginia Wrestling Coach of the Year, awarded by the Virginia High School League Coaches’ Association.
Currently, he serves on the Board of the Mosby Woods Community Association. Before joining the School Board, he was its representative to the Fairfax County Superintendent’s Business and Community Advisory Council. This season will be his 39th as a freshman football coach and 40th as a wrestling coach (24 years as head coach). Since his retirement from the classroom in 2009, he has been a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools.
School Board Member Bob Reinsel
Bob Reinsel is serving his second term on the City of Fairfax School Board. Mr. Reinsel has deep roots in the City of Fairfax where he lived from 1969 to 1993. He attended Westmore Elementary, Sidney Lanier Middle and graduated from Fairfax High School (1985). He holds a Bachelor of Science from Radford University (1989). Mr. Reinsel and his family returned to the city in 2006 so his children could benefit from the outstanding educational opportunities available in the City of Fairfax schools.
Mr. Reinsel has served the Fairfax community in several recent roles:
· Mosby Woods Community Association, President
· City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Advisory Board: Member, Appointed
· City of Fairfax Steering Committee for the Parks and Recreation Strategic Master Plan: Member, Appointed
In his work with Neustar, Inc., Mr. Reinsel has earned a reputation as a leader in information technology business management. He also has significant consulting and business analytics experience with higher education and public sector clients across the US and in 172 other countries.