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.