Monday, June 11, 2012
Deborah Tyler Named Assistant Superintendent of Cluster IV
Deborah Tyler, who most recently served as director and is currently the acting assistant superintendent of Cluster IV, has been named Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) assistant superintendent for Cluster IV, effective July 1. She replaces Scott Brabrand, who left the district in March to become superintendent of Lynchburg City Schools.
“Debi has experience as a teacher, school-based administrator, and central office administrator,” says FCPS Superintendent Jack Dale. “We are fortunate to have a seasoned educator, who also has experience working with Cluster IV schools and administrators, step up to accept the challenge of leading a cluster. We welcome Debi to the FCPS leadership team as assistant superintendent of Cluster IV.”
Tyler has been serving as acting assistant superintendent of Cluster IV since Brabrand’s departure. Prior to that, she served as Cluster IV director beginning in August 2009, where she was responsible for monitoring student achievement for all 27 Cluster IV schools. As director, Tyler worked directly with Cluster IV principals and assistant principals to review and assess school improvement plans and was responsible for assessing the effectiveness of instructional programs with regard to requirements from the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). She was intricately involved in the principal hiring process and observed principals for performance evaluation purposes. Tyler also led and facilitated the Cluster IV Literacy Leaders initiative, which includes reading teachers, instructional coaches, and literacy specialists who, working together, endeavor to close the literacy gap in all Cluster IV schools.
Prior to being named Cluster IV director, Tyler was selected to serve as principal of Eagle View Elementary School, which opened in 2006. Working with the FCPS Departments of Facilities and Transportation Services and Instructional Services, she laid the groundwork to open the new school, which included working with members of the community to select a name for the new school and engage parents in the school community. During the three years Tyler served as principal at Eagle View, she worked with faculty members to develop a strategic vision for academic excellence and established professional learning communities.
Tyler’s first principalship was at Pine Spring Elementary School, where she served from 2001-06. Under her leadership, the school earned a 12-point schoolwide achievement index gain, the largest of all Project Excel schools, as well a Distinguished Title I School award from the Virginia Department of Education. Tyler also coordinated with the FCPS office of design and construction during renovation of Pine Spring. She received a Milken Family Foundation National Educator award during her tenure as Pine Spring principal.
Tyler began her career in FCPS as a special education teacher at Bucknell Elementary School in 1986. She moved to Pine Spring in 1988 to serve as a special education and general education teacher, and was named assistant principal of the school in 1994.
A graduate of West Virginia State College, Tyler earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education, then completed a master’s degree in special education at Marshall University. She earned her education administration endorsement from George Mason University and is currently working on her doctorate in education at Virginia Tech.
Note: For more information, contact Deborah Tyler at 571-423-1140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.