FCPS Superintendent, Mount Vernon High School Principal Win Virginia PTA Power Partner Award
Dr. Scott S. Brabrand, superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), and Anthony Terrell, principal of Mount Vernon High School, have been named the winners of the 2019 Virginia Parent-Teacher Association’s (PTA) Power Partner Superintendent of the Year and Principal of the Year awards, respectively. The awards are given to one Virginia superintendent, and one elementary and one secondary principal who have shown that a strong family-school partnership is key to student success. Brabrand and Terrell were named the winners of the award for the Northern Virginia region in May. Mount Vernon High School is a Fairfax County public school.
Nominator Jane Miscavage, Fairfax County Council PTA (FCCPTA) president, says that Brabrand’s door is always open and he routinely makes himself available to talk directly with parents. Every FCCPTA meeting begins with a Parent Update and a question and answer period where parents can ask about their topics of choice. She also cited the first-ever FCPS Family Engagement Survey, a year-long effort developed under Brabrand’s leadership that was sent to all parents and caregivers to provide feedback on how schools can best work with parents as an example of his commitment to family and community engagement.
She added that Brabrand has opened new doors for the FCCPTA throughout FCPS. “School leaders who haven’t known or interacted with the Council had a limited view of what the PTA does, and thanks to our increased visibility we are building new relationships with leadership that better help us serve children,” said Miscavage.
Terrell was nominated by the Mount Vernon High School Parent-Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and is described as having “a collaborative leadership style, empowering others to take initiative but being hands-on and commanding when situations require it.” He has helped PTSA membership totals grow by inviting teachers and staff to join, and by allowing the group to speak at faculty meetings and many events planned for parents and the community.
Terrell is regularly on campus after school to support students in their extra-curricular activities, and his support and leadership was instrumental in the planning and success of a PTSA-led science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) event at the school for students, families, and the community.
The Virginia PTA also recognized the Cunningham Park Elementary School PTA with the PTA Family Engagement Award; the Union Mill Elementary School PTA with the Male Engagement Award; and the Hollin Meadows Elementary School PTA with the Diversity and Inclusion Award. These schools, as well as Brabrand and Terrell, will receive their awards on Saturday, July 27, at Westridge Elementary School in Woodbridge, Va.
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