Administration

Principal
Mr. Alex Case

Mr. Alex Case

Principal

703.718.2504
abcase@fcps.edu

Bio

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
Mr. Hamlin

Mr. Drew Hamlin

Administrator for students Lew-Red 
Supervises  Social Studies, Special Education and works closely with the junior class (Class of 2015)

703.718.2668
mahamlin@fcps.edu

Mrs. Faz

Ms. Maria Faz

Administrator for students Du-Lev
Supervises English, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Library/Media Center and works closely with the senior class (Class of 2014.

703.718.2610
mdfaz@fcps.edu

Bio

Maria Faz was appointed assistant principal in July 2013. Her current supervisory responsibilities include the WPHS Special Education Department and students in grades 9-12 whose last names fall between the letters Ds through Lev. Ms. Faz is also administrator for the senior class (Class of 2014).

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.

Ms. Monroe

Ms. Janice Monroe

Administrator for students Ree-Z 
Supervises ScienceWorld LanguagesAVID Program and works closely with the sophomore class (Class of 2016).

703.718.2514 
jmonroe@fcps.edu

Bio

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, and students in grades 9-12 whose last names fall between the letters Ree through Z. Ms. Monroe is also administrator for the freshmen class (Class of 2016).

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 Am-Dr
Supervises Math and works closely with the freshmen class (Class of 2017.

703.718.2512
lamoore2@fcps.edu

Bio

Laura Moore was appointed assistant principal in July 2013. Her current supervisory responsibilities include the WPHS Math Department and students in grades 9-12 whose last names fall between the letters Am through Dr. Ms. Moore is also administrator for the freshmen class (Class of 2017).

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
Mr. Engley

Mr. Aaron Engley , WP Academy Principal

Administrator for Students A-Al
Supervises Visual Arts, Performing Arts,  West Potomac Academy and Career & Technical Education

703.718.2751
amengley@fcps.edu

Bio

Also in his second tour of service to the West Potomac High School community, Aaron Engley was a West Potomac Academy teacher before returning in 2006 to his current role as Academy Administrator. Mr. Engley’s current supervisory responsibilities include both the health and human service and communication and arts programs of the West Potomac Academy. He also supervises the high school Career and Technical Education Department, which is comprised of courses in Business, Marketing, Family and Consumer Sciences, and the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program. Besides all academy students, Mr. Engley is administrator for West Potomac High School students in grades 9-12 whose last names fall between the letters A and Al.

Mr. Engley began his education and administrative career in special education. He was administrator of the S. John Davis Career Center at Marshall High School from 2004 to 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Engley was acting administrator of the Earl L. Pulley Career Center at West Potomac High School. Mr. Engley joined FCPS as a special education teacher at Lanier Middle School in 1996. From 1998 to 2001, he taught special education and coordinated an alternative school program which was housed at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield. Mr. Engley also served as the varsity boys’ lacrosse coach at Robert E. Lee High School from 1996-2001. Mr. Engley came to West Potomac in 2001 as the special education teacher on the West Potomac Academy support team. As a teacher and administrator, Mr. Engley has been particularly adept at forging community partnerships and identifying new opportunities for student engagement in learning. Under his leadership, industry certification tests are at an all-time high and the West Potomac academy has grown to the second largest academy in Fairfax County schools.

Mr. Engley holds a B.A. in special education from Greensboro College. His master’s degree is in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Director of Student Services
Mr. McMahon

Mr. Kevin McMahon

Director of Student Services
Supervises School Counseling.

703.718.2553
kjmcmahon@fcps.edu

Director of Student Activities
Mr. Helmick

Mr. Aaron Helmick

Supervises Health & Physical Education and Extracurricular Activities

703.718.2561
abhelmick@fcps.edu

Bio

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.