Advanced Academic Programs Advisory Committee

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School Board Liaison

Tammy Derenak Kaufax

Staff Liaison 

Kirsten Maloney, K-12 Program Coordinator, Department of Instructional Services

Committee Purpose

Va. Code §22.1-18.1—Each school board may appoint, in accordance with the regulations of the Board of Education, a local advisory committee on gifted education. The local advisory committee on gifted education shall annually review the local plan for the education of gifted students, including revisions, and determine the extent to which the plan for the previous year was implemented.

2021-22 Committee Charge

Middle school is a critical transition time between elementary and high school.  AAPAC will study advanced academic opportunities and research-based approaches to Honors coursework at the middle school level and make recommendations to improve talent development and advanced differentiation practices at this level.

2021-22 Membership

The Advanced Academic Programs Advisory Committee consists of members representing School Board members, a student representative, and members nominated by community organizations and school administration.

School Board Member Representatives

Meredith Egwuatu - Keys-Gamarra
Al Bender, At Large - Sizemore Heizer
Camille Burden, At Large - Omeish
TBD, Braddock District
Suzanne Raber, Dranesville District
Kumar Gnanamurthy, Hunter Mill District
Patricia Potter, Lee District
James Andrew Albright, Mason District
Fahima Choudhry, Providence District
Jennifer Rivera, Springfield District
Meg Dombro, Sully District
Amy Chase, Fairfax City School Board
Jason Yi, Student Representative

Organization Representatives

Lisa Bertin, Fairfax County Association for Gifted
Cheryl Napoli, FCCPTA
Maria Posey, League of Women Voters
Larry Bussey, MSAOC
Nancy Holincheck & Holly Glaser, George Mason University
Annamarie Swope and Nancy Trainer, Fairfax Federation of Citizens Associations

FCPS Staff Representatives

Kirsten Maloney, Coordinator, Advanced Academic Programs
Cindy Agner, Elementary School Administrator
Chris Powell, Middle School Administrator
TBD, High School Administrator
Patricia Edwards, Elementary Teacher
Laurence Randolph, Middle School Teacher
Szilvia Oszko, High School Teacher

Meeting Dates

All Advanced Academic Programs Advisory Committee meetings will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  For more information, individuals may call Kirsten Maloney, the staff liaison, at 571-423-4740.

Meeting Date
Location Minutes
October 12, 2021 Leis Center  
November 9, 2021 Leis Center  
December 7, 2021 Leis Center  
January 11, 2022 Leis Center  
February 8, 2022 Leis Center  
March 8, 2022 TBD  
April 12, 2022 TBD  
May 17, 2022 TBD  

Annual Reports