Mr. Alex Case

Mr. Alex Case




Alexander B. Case is the principal at West Potomac High School. He has served the West Potomac community for seven years in roles that have included social studies teacher, student government sponsor, Advanced Placement (AP) program coordinator, assistant director of student activities, middle and high school administrator, summer school principal, and acting principal. His Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) career began in 2004 as a yearbook sponsor at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. He started his administrative career in 2009 at Sandburg Middle School before returning to West Potomac.

Mr. Case participated in the LEAD Fairfax Aspiring Principal Cohort in 2012-2013 and currently trains administrators district-wide as a certified local trainer for Just ASK’s Leading the Learning program. He has taught courses in differentiated instruction to FCPS teachers and presented at the Diversity Institute, AP and IB Summits, and Great Beginnings New Teacher Induction Program. In 2008, he partnered with Instructional Services to found the FCPS High School Advanced Academics Leadership Team and has since spoken at regional and national College Board conferences on FCPS and West Potomac’s efforts to ensure a gifted-quality education for every student. Mr. Case was recognized by the West Potomac Class of 2008 with its faculty award and was the FCPS First Year Teacher of the Year at the start of his career.

An FCPS student grades K-12, Mr. Case is a proud graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield. In fact, his first career was in civil service at a 22,000-person defense agency following an internship he started as a high school student. Mr. Case studied political science, history, and secondary education at the University of Mary Washington as an undergraduate, holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia, and is now working towards his doctorate in education at George Mason University.

Assistant Principals
Mrs. Faz

Ms. Maria Faz

Administrator for students Han-Mar
Supervises English & English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).



Maria Faz was appointed assistant principal in July 2013. Her current supervisory responsibilities include the English Department and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).

Prior to her arrival at West Potomac, Ms. Faz served for seven years as an assistant principal at nearby Thomas Edison High School. At Edison, Ms. Faz served was administrator for a variety of curricular areas and programs including the English, English for Speakers of Other Languages and World Languages Departments and the Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program. Ms. Faz also served as an Edison summer school principal and helped direct school improvement planning and SACS CASI reaccreditation review efforts. Prior to that, Ms. Faz was an assistant principal at Glasgow Middle School for five years, where she helped hone her passion for rigorous instruction and literacy across-the-curriculum. As a classroom teacher, Ms. Faz was a World Languages Teacher and Department Chair at Edison High School. She has also taught at the middle and high school levels in Texas, Indiana, and Ohio. Ms. Faz’s curricular area of expertise is Spanish and she remains passionate about Hispanic parent and student outreach.

Ms. Faz holds a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from George Mason University, an M.S. in Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a B.A. and teacher certification from the University of Texas at Austin.

Mr. Hamlin

Mr. Drew Hamlin

Administrator for students Cb-Ham 
Supervises Advanced Academics &  Special Education.



Drew Hamlin was named assistant principal at West Potomac High School in February 2014. He is currently the administrator for subschool two, supervises special education services, and provides instructional leadership for advanced academic programs.

Previously, Mr. Hamlin worked at the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies. He has also served FCPS in a variety of teaching and leadership roles. From 2001 to 2005, he was a special education and social studies teacher at Oakton High School. He then taught social studies at Bryant AIM before joining the West Potomac faculty in 2008. At West Potomac, Mr. Hamlin was a social studies teacher, Advanced Academics Program Coordinator, and Social Studies Department Chair. Administratively, Mr. Hamlin was Advanced Academics Resource Teacher and International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Coordinator for FCPS Instructional Services in 2011-2012 and worked as a project management professional (PMP) in the private sector for two years.

Mr. Hamlin holds a B.A. in History from George Mason University, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Marymount University, and certification in administration and supervision from the George Washington University.  He is currently a doctoral student at George Washington University.

Mrs. Lyttle

Ms. Michelle Lyttle

Administrator for students Mas-Rom
Social Studies, Visual Arts, & Performing Arts.



Michelle Lyttle was appointed assistant principal at West Potomac High School in July 2014. She is administrator for subschool four and supervises the social studies and the arts departments.

Ms. Lyttle has dedicated her entire education career to the local Alexandria area and is excited to come now to her neighborhood school as an administrator. She previously served as special projects administrator at Mount Vernon High School where she shepherded the school improvement plan, supported the mathematics department, coordinated new teacher induction, and helped implement the Model Schools instructional framework across multiple collaborative teams. Ms. Lyttle served as a social studies teacher at Mount Vernon from 2004 to 2013 and was a highly respected coach on the county level for the Great Beginnings program, working with first through third year teachers in multiple content areas.

Ms. Lyttle holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.Ed. in Secondary Education from George Washington University, and her administrative endorsement from the University of Virginia. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher.

Mrs. Monroe

Ms. Janice Monroe

Administrator for students Ron-Z 
Supervises ScienceWorld LanguagesAVID Program.



Janice Monroe has been an Assistant Principal at West Potomac since 2004. Her current supervisory responsibilities include the WPHS Science and World Languages Department, the Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program, the school health room (clinic) and cafeteria.

Ms. Monroe’s education career spans 24 years. She began as an In-School Suspension Program Coordinator in Rowland, North Carolina before going on to serve as an elementary, middle, and high school special educator in three states (North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia). Ms. Monroe joined FCPS in 1990 as an Emotional Disabilities Teacher at the Cedar Lane School. She came to West Potomac High School in 1994, serving as chairperson of both the high-incidence special education program as well as the school’s specialty program for severe intellectual disabilities. Ms. Monroe served as an administrative intern at Bush Hill Elementary School and an Acting Assistant Principal at the Earl L. Pulley Career Center before her appointment as West Potomac Assistant Principal. Ms. Monroe led special education at West Potomac from 2004 to 2010 before assuming responsibilities for English Language Learners and various general education and advanced academic curricula and programs. Ms. Monroe has also served as School Testing Coordinator and was a West Potomac Summer School Principal and Site Director.

Ms. Monroe holds a B.A. in Psychology and the Administration of Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned an M.A. in Special Education at Fayetteville State University. Most recently, Ms. Monroe completed an Ed.S. in Transitional Special Education and licensure in Administration and Supervision from the George Washington University. She has also done doctoral coursework is currently ABD in Special Education and Leadership at the George Washington University.

Ms. Moore

Ms. Laura Moore

Administrator for students A-Ca
Supervises Math.



Laura Moore was appointed assistant principal in July 2013. Her current supervisory responsibilities include the WPHS Math Department.

Prior to her arrival at West Potomac, Ms. Moore served as Program Manager/Lead Teacher of the Achievement, Integrity, and Maturity (AIM) program at Bryant for two years. She was also Dean of Students at Fairfax High School, Science Department Chair at Irving Middle School, and was an administrative intern at Irving, West Springfield High School, and in Instructional Services. Ms. Moore’s teaching experience ranges from elementary to high school in both mathematics and science. Prior to her arrival in Fairfax County in 2005, Laura taught Algebra 1, AVID, Biology, and AP Biology in Ausbach, Germany for three years. She also taught math and science in Tennessee, Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma, and South Carolina from 1996 to 2002.

Laura holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an M.Ed. from Austin Peay State University in Tennessee, and an M.Ed. in Education Leadership from George Mason University. External from her distinguished education and teaching careers, Laura was also an active duty United States Army Aviation Officer for seven years and then was an Army reservist for 12 years. In 2001, she attended and completed the Command & General Staff College’s military leadership program at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

West Potomac Academy Administrator (Interim)
Mr. Clendaniel

Mr. Bill Clendaniel

West Potomac Academy Administrator
Supervises  West Potomac Academy and Career & Technical Education.



Bill Clendaniel became the interim academy administrator in February 2015. He retired from Fairfax County Public Schools in summer 2008 as the principal of Langley High School. Prior to that he was an assistant principal at Langley after serving as an assistant principal right here at West Potomac High School under Dr. Teressa Caldwell. Mr. Clendaniel has also been the vocational center principal (precursor title to academy administrator) at Edison High School in the early 1990s. Since retirement from FCPS, Mr. Clendaniel has remained quite active, serving as interim principal for two years at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, interim principal of Charlottesville High School in the city of Charlottesville for six months, and back here in FCPS was interim principal of Kilmer and Frost Middle Schools and Hayfield Secondary School this fall.

Director of Student Services
Mr. McMahon

Mr. Kevin McMahon

Director of Student Services
Supervises School Counseling.



Kevin McMahon became Director of Student Services at West Potomac High School in February 2014. He is a motivated and results-oriented counseling leader that supervises all school counselors, the college and career center, and registration and transcript services. Mr. McMahon is also the administrator in charge of the master schedule and supports the Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program.

Mr. McMahon began his counseling career in New Jersey at Hopewell Valley Central High School. He then served as a school counselor at West Potomac from 2008 to 2013 and at South County High School in 2013. Mr. McMahon has led counseling collaborative teams, strengthened the West Potomac Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program as a site team member, and was a West Potomac boys’ basketball coach. On the district level, Mr. McMahon was adviser to the district’s Great Beginnings Counseling Cohort, presented on vertical articulation for attendance support to the Virginia School Counselor Association, and participated in a division task force for the Instructional Resource Professional performance evaluations.

Mr. McMahon is a graduate of the College of New Jersey and the University of Maryland. He holds a B.S. in marketing and an M.A. in School Counseling. Mr. McMahon is a graduate of the 2012-2013 FCPS School Counseling Leadership Cohort.

Director of Student Activities
Mr. Helmick

Mr. Aaron Helmick

Supervises Health & Physical Education and Extracurricular Activities



Aaron Helmick was named the West Potomac High School Director of Student Activities in January 2008. His current supervisory responsibilities include the Health and Physical Education Department and all extracurricular activities, clubs, and athletic programs.

Mr. Helmick began his education career in 1997 as an elementary special education teacher and high school basketball coach in Stokes County, North Carolina. Mr. Helmick moved to Virginia and FCPS in 1999 where he taught special education science (Biology, Chemistry, Geoystems, and Active Physics) at Oakton High School. At Oakton, Mr. Helmick also sponsored the student government association and two classes, coordinated prom and graduation, coached girls’ basketball, and supported an alternative education program housed on the Oakton grounds. Mr. Helmick remained connected to literacy and elementary education by serving as a summer school teacher each summer. He worked at Providence Elementary and Stenwood Elementary before moving into activities administration. Mr. Helmick was first named an Assistant Director of Student Activities at Oakton High School in 2003. He transferred to West Potomac to support for West Potomac Activities Director Jeff Dietze in 2005. He was named the second Director of Student Activities in West Potomac’s history just three years later. 

Mr. Helmick holds a B.S. in Education from Fairmont State College in his native West Virginia. He holds licensure in elementary education (K-6) and specific learning disabilities (K-12) from his work as an undergraduate. Mr. Helmick’s M.Ed. is in Administration and Supervision from George Mason University.


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