Outstanding School-based Leader

The FCPS Employee Award recognizing this year's Outstanding Nonschool-based Leader (US-20 and above)

The process of nominating a candidate for the Outstanding School-based Leader award begins through each school's awards liaison. The awards liaison at each school has information about the nomination process and deadlines.

Any FCPS employee or community member can nominate a school-based leader for this award, but employees may not nominate themselves. Eligible candidates must Currently work as a Schedule C or School-based Administrator full-time or part-time employee who has completed at least one contracted year of employment working with FCPS in their current position.

Award Criteria 

Nominees are school-based support employees who:

  • Provide a unique and exceptional contribution to FCPS through their work.
  • Demonstrate outstanding leadership in the workplace and commitment to their field.
  • Strengthen and improve the FCPS working or learning environment through their work. 
  • Foster an environment where diversity in all of its forms is valued and appreciated and demonstrate keeping equity at the center of their work.
  • Contribute to one or more of the following Ignite Goals, in the FCPS Strategic Plan:
    • Student Success
    • Caring Culture
    • Premier Workforce
    • Resource Stewardship 

The Selection Process

All schools will conduct a local nomination process to determine their Outstanding School-based Leader. The Outstanding School-based Leaders from every school then go on to the pyramid level where a Pyramid Outstanding School-based Leader is selected and put forward to the Region level. The Region winners will be the finalists for the overall Fairfax County Public Schools Outstanding School-based Leader.

Awards and Recognition

All school-level honorees will be recognized. The 2021 FCPS Outstanding School-based Leader will be announced at the FCPS Honors event and will receive $4000. In recognition of collaborative teamwork, the FCPS award winners and their colleagues will also receive a celebration at their worksite.

Questions and More Information

Please contact the school's awards liaison with questions or visit the Outstanding Employee Awards web page

HR Connection

Question for Human Resources? Submit it through the HR Connection portal or call 571-423-3000 or 1-800-831-4331.