Dr. Phyllis Pajardo, Superintendent
Dr. Phyllis Pajardo joined the City of Fairfax Schools as Assistant Superintendent in August 2015 after retiring from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). In August of 2017, Dr. Pajardo was named Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools.
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.
As a cluster director, she assisted with the oversight of 30 schools in the Westfield, Oakton, and South Lakes pyramids. She was later promoted to a cluster assistant superintendent where she was responsible for the instructional, management and administrative oversight of 27 schools in the Marshall, Madison, and Falls Church pyramids.
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.
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.
Diego Wilson, Assistant Superintendent
Diego Wilson joined the City of Fairfax Schools as Assistant Superintendent in August, 2017 with over 30 years experience in education and the private sector.
Diego was the Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts administrator where he grew the student enrollment to over 650 students. Prior to leading the Academy, Diego was a Assistant Principal at Fairfax High School, Sub-School Principal at Hayfield Secondary School, Assistant Principal at Frost Middle School and Luther Jackson Middle School, Acting Administrator of the Marshall High School and Edison High School Academies and nine years as department chair at Thomas Edison High School. Diego was principal of summer school at Luther Jackson Middle School, a program serving approximately 900 students, including children with low incidence special education needs, autism and enrichment courses.
In addition to being a leading within FCPS, Diego also graduated two sons through FCPS. One graduated from Thomas Jefferson HS and the other from W.T. Woodson HS, with both attending Virginia universities. Together, the family enjoys camping, skiing, mountain climbing and many other outdoor activities with his wife Robin, a Frost MS staff member. Born in Ecuador, Diego has lived in Fairfax for over 45 years. “I am excited to serve all the students of the City of Fairfax schools and am particularly eager to help the growing immigrant community in reaching their academic goals.”
Susan Wiczalkowski, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Clerk to the School Board
Susan Wiczalkowski is the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Clerk to the School Board for the City of Fairfax.
A native of Northern Virginia, Susan graduated advanced studies from Prince William County Schools. She received her Associates in Applied Sciences from Northern Virginia Community College.
Susan began her career with the City of Fairfax in 1993 serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Fire Chief in the City’s Fire Department. She received Outstanding Performance Recognition on two separate occasions and also received the Fire Department’s Employee of the Year. In 2008, she was promoted to an Accounting Specialist in the City’s Finance Department. Susan was thrilled to join the City of Fairfax Schools team in 2010.
Carrie Dorsey, Communications Specialist
Carrie Dorsey is the Communications Specialist for the City of Fairfax Schools.
After graduating from the University of California at Davis and earning her teaching credential from Sacramento State, Carrie began her career as a middle school history teacher in the Bay Area. After five years of teaching, Carrie joined a technology startup in San Francisco and remained in tech marketing and public relations for the next ten years.
In 2004 Carrie and her husband moved to Northern Virginia and now have two children in the Fairfax County Public School system. Carrie joined the City of Fairfax in 2011 and is happy to combine both her previous careers in communications and education.