Mr. Case

Mr. Alex Case




Alexander B. Case was appointed principal of West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia in December 2013. He previously served the school community as a social studies teacher, student government sponsor, Advanced Placement (AP) program coordinator, assistant director of student activities, middle and high school administrator, and summer school principal. Mr. Case’s Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) career began as yearbook sponsor at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. His administrative career began at Sandburg Middle School before he returned to WPHS as assistant principal in 2010.

Mr. Case is passionate about ensuring a rigorous and engaging learning experience for all West Potomac students, enhancing school systems that support unparalleled student success, and deepening the school’s sense of community. At the division-level, Mr. Case lends his voice to the secondary literacy initiative and is a member of the Best Practices for Teaching and Learning (BP4TL) Extended Team. Since 2012 he has taught administrators district-wide as a certified local trainer for the Just ASK Leading the Learning instructional supervision program. He also serves on the FCPS Grading and Assessment Committee and was a high school principal representative to the Superintendent’s FY2017 Budget Task Force.

An FCPS student grades K-12, Mr. Case is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield. His first career was in federal 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 and holds a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. He was named an Outstanding Principal by the Fairfax County Federation of Teachers in 2015, was recipient of the West Potomac Class of 2008’s faculty award, and was FCPS First Year Teacher of the Year at the start of his career.

Assistant Principals
Mrs. Faz

Ms. Maria Faz

Administrator for students H-Mb
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 Cat-G
Supervises Advanced Academics & Science.



Drew Hamlin was named assistant principal at West Potomac High School in February 2014.

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 MC-Rod
Special Education.



Michelle Lyttle was appointed assistant principal at West Potomac High School in July 2014.

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 Roe-Z 
Supervises Mathematics & World Lanuguages.



Janice Monroe has been an Assistant Principal at West Potomac since 2004.

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. Jessica Statz

Administrator for students A-Cas
Supervises Social Studies, Visual Arts, & Performing Arts.


West Potomac Academy Administrator
Mrs. Bowdring

Ms. Kathy Bowdring

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



Ms. Bowdring holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Mary Washington College and an M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Old Dominion University. She is a veteran of FCPS, having  taught all levels of chemistry, and was science department chair at both  West Potomac and Langley High Schools.  Ms. Bowdring received her administrative certification through the LEAD Fairfax Accelerated Certification Cohort (ACC). She has been an AP exam reader, was named a Fulbright fellow involving travel to China and Korea, was recipient of grants from Hach Scientific Foundation, Smithsonian, and Virginia Space Consortium, and was recognized as a past Teacher of the Year by the McLean Chamber of Commerce. Prior to teaching, Ms. Bowdring worked in the chemical, plastics, and pharmaceutical industries.

Director of Student Services
Mr. McMahon

Mr. Kevin McMahon

Director of Student Services
Supervises School Counseling, College & Career Center, Parent Center, & Clinical Staff.



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.

Officer Israel LaTorre

Student Resource Officer