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Monday, June 23, 2014

FCPS Superintendent Announces New Executive Principals and Executive Principals for School Improvement

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Superintendent Karen K. Garza has announced the new executive principals and executive principals for school improvement assigned to the five new regions in the county as part of an overall organizational realignment. All appointments are effective July 1.
 
The executive principals will support the regional assistant superintendents in providing leadership, direction, support, counseling, coaching and assistance to principals. In addition, the executive principals will act as an advocate for assigned schools engaging the community in the development of individual school programs while responding to parent and community groups’ issues and concerns. The executive principals for school improvement will support the regional assistant superintendents in assessing school needs and effectiveness while collaborating with administrators to develop, plan, and coordinate objectives for school improvement plans and facilitating innovation to improve instructional practices for improved student achievement. 
 
Evangeline Petrich, who has served as director of Cluster 4 since 2012, will be the new executive principal for Region 1 which includes the Langley, Madison, Herndon, South Lakes, and Oakton pyramids.  Previously, Petrich worked for Virginia Beach City Schools for 18 years where she served as a math teacher, instructional technology coordinator and assistant principal before being named principal of Kempsville High School from 2008 until 2012.
 
Jay Pearson, who has served as principal at Marshall High School since 2005, will be the new executive principal for Region 2 which includes the McLean, Marshall, Stuart, Falls Church, and Annandale pyramids, and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Pearson joined FCPS in 1990 as a social studies teacher. He later was named assistant principal at Edison High School in 2002 and became assistant principal at Marshall High School in 2004.
 
Grace Taylor, who has served as director of Cluster 5 since 2013, will be the new executive principal for Region 3 which includes the Edison, Lee, Hayfield, Mount Vernon, and West Potomac pyramids.  Taylor joined FCPS following 10 years with Alexandria City Public Schools where her experience included serving as principal of George Washington Middle School, Minnie Howard Ninth Grade Center, and John Adams Elementary along with two years as principal on assignment for the superintendent’s office.
 
Eric Brent, who has served as principal at Forest Park High School in Prince William County since 2006, will be the new executive principal for Region 4 which includes the Robinson, Lake Braddock, West Springfield, South County, and Centreville pyramids.   Brent joined FCPS in 1987 as a counselor and teacher. He was later named assistant principal at Mt. Vernon High School in 1999, principal at West Potomac High School in 2003 and principal at Mt. Vernon High School in 2004.
 
Rebecca Baenig, who has served as principal at Cunningham Park Elementary School since 2007, will be the executive principal for Region 5 which includes the Woodson, Fairfax, Westfield, and Chantilly pyramids. Baenig joined FCPS in 1999 as a fifth grade teacher at Greenbriar East Elementary School. She was later named assistant principal at Laurel Ridge Elementary School in 2003 and acting principal at Clifton Elementary School in 2007.
 
Terry Dade, who has served as principal at Dogwood Elementary School since 2013, will be the new executive principal for school improvement in Region 2. Dade started with FCPS in 2004 as a fourth and sixth grade teacher at Franconia Elementary School. He was later named resident principal/assistant principal at Brent Elementary School in Washington D.C. in 2007, principal at Tyler Elementary School with District of Columbia Public Schools in 2008 before rejoining FCPS in 2010 as principal at Graham Road Elementary.
 
Mark Greenfelder, who has served as principal at West Springfield High School since 2011, will be the new executive principal for school improvement in Region 3. A graduate of West Springfield High School, Greenfelder joined FCPS in 1992 and was later named assistant principal at Greenbriar East Elementary School in 1997, subschool principal at Robinson Secondary School in 2000 and principal at Thoreau Middle School in 2004. 
 
Earlier this month, Superintendent Garza announced the five regional assistant superintendents: Douglas Tyson for Region 1; Fabio Zuluaga for Region 2; Debi Tyler for Region 3; Angela Atwater for Region 4; and Frances Ivey for Region 5. In addition, Linda Burke was named the new assistant superintendent for region leadership support and Steven Lockard as deputy superintendent. Lockard’s appointment is effective August 1. 
 
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Note:  For more information, contact the FCPS Department of Communications and Community Outreach at 571-423-1200.