Julio Dejo, after-school program specialist at Lanier Middle School has been named Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) 2013 Support Employee of the Year. The announcement was made at FCPS Honors, a ceremony established to recognize the winners of FCPS employee awards.
Dejo has served as the after-school specialist since 2007 and runs a comprehensive after-school program that is attended by 90 percent of the students. He is known for his interpersonal skills, developing relationships with the students, and learning their names, interests, skills and strengths. His lunchtime conversations with students often result in the development of a new after-school program, as he constantly works toward the goal of finding events and clubs to reach all students.
“When Mr. Dejo was hired as Lanier’s After-School Specialist, he inherited a program that was small, disjointed, and largely ineffectual,” said Dr. Scott Poole, principal of LMS. “Under Mr. Dejo’s leadership, it has grown into one of the largest and most respected After-School programs in FCPS. Whether the program is intramural basketball, Model United Nations, TSA/Lego Robotics or babysitting, Mr. Dejo has created a cycle of programmatic improvement that meets the needs of Lanier’s extremely diverse student body.”