FCPS Names New Assistant Superintendent for Special Services

News Release
July 23, 2020

Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) Superintendent Scott S. Brabrand has named Michelle Boyd, who currently serves as executive director of the Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP) in Charlottesville, as the assistant superintendent for the Department of Special Services, effective September 21. She will replace Teresa Johnson, who is retiring.

“Dr. Boyd has extensive experience in education administration including special education, social and emotional learning, student support services, equity, planning and assessment, and multi-tiered systems of support,” said Brabrand. “We are excited to welcome her to our district and look forward to working with her on our leadership team.”


At PREP, Boyd is responsible for all aspects of the regional special education program, which provides support services to students with disabilities in nine public school divisions in western Virginia and a school for K-12 students with emotional disabilities. Among her accomplishments are expanding virtual learning opportunities for high school students and enhancing human resource practices to ensure equity in employee acquisition and retention. From 2007 to 2018, Boyd served in several positions with Richmond Public Schools, including assistant superintendent, responsible for supervising alternative education, exceptional education, Section 504, health services, social work services, psychological services, homebased and homebound instruction, student discipline, multi-tiered systems of support, homeless education, family and community engagement, and alternative education; executive director of exceptional education and student services; director of exceptional education and student services; and coordinator, secondary instruction-exceptional education.


Her experience includes serving as a special education teacher in the Virginia Department of Correctional Education, in Henrico County Public Schools, and in Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools. 


Boyd earned a bachelor’s degree in special education and elementary education at Clarion University (Penn.); a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy at the University of Maryland; and a doctor of education degree in educational policy, planning, and leadership from the College of William and Mary. She completed the Urban Superintendents Academy, a program of the School Superintendents Association; and the National Institute for School Leadership’s Executive Development Program.


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