2022 Outstanding Principal, Finalists, and School Recipients

The outstanding principals recognized for 2022

2022 Outstanding Principal 

amy millerAmy Miller
Kilmer Middle School, Region 2

From the moment Amy Miller was named Principal of Kilmer Middle School in 2020, it was clear that building relationships and fostering a culture of belonging is at the core of who she is as a school leader. She immediately connected with each person in the building. Her open-door policy provides a warm and nurturing spirit. She ignites and inspires a new sense of passion and professionalism. Amy enables teachers to teach at their best and students to learn at their utmost. Ms. Miller depends on her team and recognizes how critical teamwork is to teaching and learning. She has high expectations for her staff and students and motivates with affirmation, dialogue, respect, and kindness.

2022 Outstanding Principal Finalist

carlyn floydCarlyn Floyd
Woodson High School, Region 5

A Fairfax native dedicated to giving back to the caring and student-centered school system that opened so many doors for her, Carlyn has made relationships the foundation of her work at Woodson High School. Carlyn has actively changed Cavalier culture to create a healthy balance of academic and social-emotional success, creating a school where every student is valued and forging a common sense of identity as #OneWoodson. Carlyn uses a variety of data to inform comprehensive and creative solutions to challenges. Believing connections through experiences are at the heart of all relationships and learning, she is always available to the anyone in the Woodson community. Families and faculty alike appreciate Carlyn’s collaborative approach as a leader, mentor, teacher, and friend

kim retzer2022 Outstanding Principal Finalist

Kimberly B. Retzer
South Lakes High School, Region 1

Kim has spent most of her years as a member of the FCPS family growing up in the South Lakes pyramid to becoming a teacher, assistant principal, and principal. Under her leadership as principal, South Lakes added the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Program, dual enrollment classes, and the AVID program to increase academic opportunities for all students. She has also been a strong force behind the Back To School Bash pyramid event and a supporter of the SLHS PTSA Food Pantry, believing that the role of school leaders encompasses needs beyond the classroom. She is “proud to be seen in the blue and green” whether during the school day, at an event, or in the community.

kelly sheers2022 Outstanding Principal Finalist

Kelly Sheers
West Springfield Elementary School, Region 4

Kelly is described as the heartbeat of her school. She fosters a community of parents, educators, and staff that is inclusive and collaborative, promotes equity, and shares common values and high standards for all students. Kelly engages parents, teachers, staff, and students and nurtures a robust dialogue. Kelly creates a welcoming and culturally responsive environment for staff, students and families, and strives to provide a high-quality education for all. She empowers teachers to make informed decisions and supports an inclusive environment with opportunities for risk-taking. Under Kelly’s leadership, West Springfield Elementary School has developed a STEAM Lab, implemented Problem-Based Learning, received the Virginia Purple Star Recognition, and is the FCPS U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Nominee for 2021.

ann smith2022 Outstanding Principal Finalist

Ann M. Smith
Key Center, Region 3

Ann is a selfless, optimistic, pragmatic leader who focuses on supporting all stakeholders in her school community. As the assistant principal and now principal of Key Center School, Ann has always supported her staff, leading them to resourcefully teach adapted curriculum content while managing behavioral and medical needs. Her leadership encourages a safe, caring, engaging, and meaningful educational environment. Ann is a hands-on leader who relies on her training to personally assist during behavioral crisis events and during medical emergencies. Two parent accolades include: “As the school's main cheerleader, Ann encourages and supports students in the achievement of individualized goals.” and “It has always been clear to me that Ann drives the environment at this place that we love.”

2021 Outstanding Principal School Recipients

  • Aldrin Elementary School
    • Shane Wolfe
  • Bailey's Upper Elementary School for the Arts & Sciences
    • Marie Lemmon
  • Bull Run Elementary School
    • Jason Pensler
  • Cameron Elementary School
    • Eric Johnson
  • Cherry Run Elementary School
    • Mark Bibbee
  • Chesterbrook Elementary School
    • Stacy Kirkpatrick
  • Colin Powell Elementary School
    • Jamie Luerssen
  • Daniels Run Elementary School
    • Christopher Smith
  • Deer Park Elementary School
    • Robert D'Amato
  • Flint Hill Elementary School
    • Jennifer Hertzberg
  • Fort Hunt Elementary School
    • Tim Slayter
  • Franklin Middle School
    • Dustin Wright
  • Garfield Elementary School
    • April Cage
  • Halley Elementary School
    • Kerry Peerman
  • Holmes Middle School
    • Margaret Barnes
  • Hughes Middle School
    • Aimee Monticchio
  • Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts & Sciences
    • Emily Cope
  • Hutchison Elementary School
    • Sarah Aiello
  • Justice High School
    • Tiffany Narcisse
  • Kent Gardens Elementary School
    • Holly McGuigan
  • Lake Anne Elementary School
    • Jill Stewart
  • Lemon Road Elementary School
    • Ashley Castillo
  • Madison High School
    • Greg Hood
  • Marshall High School
    • Jeffrey Litz
  • North Springfield Elementary School
    • Chad McRae
  • Pine Spring Elementary School
    • Nicole Yacubovich
  • Poplar Tree Elementary School
    • Susan Andujar
  • Twain Middle School
    • Chuck Miller
  • Union Mill Elementary School
    • Kathleen Case
  • Waynewood Elementary School
    • Katie Cachine
  • West Potomac High School
    • Tanganyika Millard
  • Woodburn Elementary School
    • Katy Richman




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