Fairfax County Public Schools Superintendent Karen Garza has announced the new executive principals assigned to the five new regions under the new administrative organization structure put into place earlier this month.
Garza has named Jay Pearson the executive principal for Region 2, which covers the Annandale, Stuart, Falls Church, McLean, and Marshall high school pyramids plus Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Pearson has served as principal at Marshall High School since 2005 and had been an assistant principal at Edison High School.
Executive principals are new positions. According to Garza, “they will support the regional assistant superintendents in providing leadership, direction, support, counseling, coaching, and assistance to principals.” They will also respond to parent and community groups’ issues and concerns.
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.
This position supports the regional assistant superintendent 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. Only two of the regions have an executive principal for school improvement.
The new organizational structure divides schools into five regions, each one headed by an an assistant superintendent. Fabio Zuluaga was named assistant superintendent for Region 2 earlier this month. Before, there were eight clusters.