Fairfax County Public Schools Names Region 4 Assistant Superintendent

News Release
June 24, 2021

The Fairfax County School Board has approved the appointment of Penny Gros, who currently serves as executive principal for school improvement in Region 2, as the new Assistant Superintendent for Region 4, effective July 1. Gros replaces Jay Pearson, who recently retired.

“Penny has more than 20 years of experience as an educator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels,” said FCPS Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand.  “She is also a military spouse who understands the challenges presented for the many military-connected youth and families who live in Region 4. She expresses a strong belief that every student deserves the access and opportunity to attain the highest quality education possible.”

As Assistant Superintendent for Region 4, Gros will be responsible for student achievement, assessment, and the hiring of principals in the Centreville, Lake Braddock, Robinson, South County and West Springfield pyramids.

Photography of Penny Gros
Penny Gros, Assistant Superintendent, Region 4



Gros began her career in FCPS as an elementary immersion teacher at Ravensworth Elementary School. She taught Spanish at Hayfield Secondary, and was promoted to Assistant Principal of Robinson Secondary and, in 2006, was appointed Principal of Key Middle School. In July 2013, she moved into the role of Principal of Glasgow Middle. In April of 2015, she served as Principal of Justice High School, where more than 2,000 students are from more than 70 countries and speak 50 languages. In November 2018, Gros was appointed to serve as Interim Principal of Lake Braddock Secondary, where she supported the school and community until April 2019.

Gros is currently in the process of earning a doctorate degree in education leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech. She holds a master's degree in education leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech and a bachelor of arts degree in English and Spanish from the University of Virginia.  

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For more information, contact the FCPS Office of Communication and Community Relations at 571-423-1200.