Outstanding Principal, Finalists, and School Recipients

The outstanding principals recognized at 2018 FCPS Honors

2018 Outstanding Principal

Keesha Jackson-Muir, Braddock Elementary School, Region 2

a photo of Keesha Jackson-MuirKeesha is a focused leader who knows everyone in the Braddock Elementary community by name and need. Her emphasis on life-long learning inspires teachers to push limits. Extra resources support experiences like coding starting in pre-K and a Global STEAM partnership with a school in Guatemala. An advocate for the school’s diversity (students come from 29 countries and speak 32 languages), Keesha expanded minority participation in the Advanced Academic Program. She also implemented two-way immersion in K-5 to increase student literacy in their home language and improve English skills. “Under her guidance,” says a partner, “Braddock Elementary does not back down from a challenge.”



2018 Outstanding Principal Finalist

Mahri Aste, Mosby Woods Elementary School, Region 1

a photo of mahri asteMahri’s unwavering leadership and commitment inspire everyone at Mosby Woods to go the extra mile. Despite overcrowding, teachers say they are willing to instruct large classes in small classrooms because she supports them and encourages them to take risks. When students succeed, Mahri is there to celebrate, applauding at in-class presentations or cheering them on at the local Junior Achievement dinner. She provides similar support to the community, hiring a social worker to advocate for families, personally reaching out to those in need and sponsoring the school’s Walk for the Homeless.“Her dedication is contagious,” says a teacher, “so people are quick to sign up, show up, and help out.”


2018 Outstanding Principal Finalist

Bob D’Amato, Lees Corner Elementary School, Region 5

a photo of bob damatoWhen one of his students lost her hair due to chemotherapy treatment, Bob shaved his head to help build empathy among her classmates. As principal, he seeks to set the tone for a school where the most coveted accomplishment is not a grade, but a “Golden Ticket” to reward students who “get caught” demonstrating positive behavior. Bob has been the driving force behind everything from initiating a STEAM program and supporting a store run by Special Education students, to creating a beautiful outdoor classroom and getting the community running with FunFit Fridays. “Bob,” says a colleague, “will do anything to help the families at Lees Corner feel connected and supported.”


2018 Outstanding Principal Finalist

Dawn Hendrick, Woodlawn Elementary School, Region 3

a photo of dawn hendrickDawn is a master at building relationships and collaborating with staff. Teachers praise her for recognizing their strengths and involving them in decision making. She isn’t afraid to try new things; for example, a recent schoolwide “Cardboard Day,” where students engineered and designed games from recycled materials, was featured on the Red Apple Channel 21. During her seven-year tenure, Woodlawn, which is largely Spanish-speaking and includes many students with emotional disabilities, has gone from the second lowest performing Title 1 school in FCPS to one of the top performing. “Her presence, visibility, and genuine caring,” says a colleague “are clear when you walk into the school.”


2018 Outstanding Principal Finalist

Dave Jagels, Principal, Centreville High School, Region 4

a photo of dave jagelsDave is known for advocating innovation and using nonconventional strategies to deal with at-risk students. After learning that Centreville students had greater social and emotional needs, he trained teachers and introduced a mood meter to help staff and students become more aware of their emotions. Concerns about poor ESOL attendance led Dave to request a fifth assistant principal and to start making home visits to students, which resulted in reduced absences. As an expert in restorative justice, he frequently travels to represent FCPS abroad. Otherwise, he’s a constant presence in the halls of Centreville. “Dave,” says a teacher, “is a proactive force at all levels.”


2018 Outstanding Principal - School Recipients

  • Braddock Elementary School
    • Keesha Jackson-Muir *
  • Bull Run Elementary School
    • Jason Pensler
  • Centreville High School
    • Dave Jagels *
  • Cherry Run Elementary School
    • Mark Bibbee
  • Clermont Elementary School
    • Anne Stokowski
  • Daniels Run Elementary School
    • Adam Erbrecht
  • Gunston Elementary School
    • Jovon Rogers
  • Hunt Valley Elementary School
    • David Fee
  • Hunters Woods Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences
    • Emily Cope
  • Hutchison Elementary School
    • Ray Lonnett
  • Island Creek Elementary School
    • Mike Macrina
  • Kent Gardens Elementary School
    • Holly McGuigan
  • Lane Elementary School
    • Eleanor Contreras
  • Laurel Ridge Elementary School
    • Tonya Wassenberg
  • Lee Elementary School
    • Deirdre Lavery
  • Lees Corner Elementary School
    • Bob D’Amato *
  • Lynbrook Elementary School
    • James Nocco
  • Mantua Elementary School
    • Jan-Marie Fernandez
  • McNair Elementary School
    • Melissa Goddin
  • Mount Vernon Woods Elementary School
    • Clint Mitchell
  • Mosby Woods Elementary School
    • Mahri Aste *
  • Pine Spring Elementary School
    • Armando Peri, Jr.
  • Ravensworth Elementary School
    • Roxanne Salata
  • Sangster Elementary School
    • Lisa Reddel
  • Union Mill Elementary School
    • Kathleen Case
  • West Springfield High School
    • Michael Mukai
  • Woodlawn Elementary School
    • Dawn Hendrick *

* Denotes Region-Level Recipient

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