Ricardy Anderson Elected School Board Chair, Stella Pekarsky Elected Vice Chair

News Release
July 09, 2020

The Fairfax County School Board has elected Dr. Ricardy Anderson (Mason District) as chair and Stella Pekarsky (Sully District) as vice chair for a one-year term. The chair and vice chair assumed office at the July 9 School Board meeting; they are elected by School Board members during the Board’s annual organizational meeting. 

Dr. Anderson was elected in November 2019 to represent the Mason District on the Fairfax County School Board and began her term in January 2020. She is an educator, parent, community volunteer, and former Army Reservist. Dr. Anderson has over 23 years of experience in education serving as a teacher and principal in both Elementary and Middle schools. She also served as a central office administrator in the position of Director of Teaching and Learning. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Howard University, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of the Pacific. Dr. Anderson and her husband have lived in the Mason District for over 12 years with their two school-aged children.

Ms. Pekarsky began her term in January 2020. Her professional career began over two decades ago as an educator. She taught ESOL for Fairfax County Public Schools in the Sully District. As a dedicated community volunteer and education advocate, Ms. Pekarsky has served as VP of Outreach for the Fairfax County Council PTA, PTA President for multiple schools in the Sully District, and was an appointed Sully District representative to the Fairfax County Library Board of Trustees. Ms. Pekarsky has also volunteered her time as a member of the Fairfax County Public Schools Student Health Advisory Committee and other local nonprofit Boards and committees. In 2018, working with fellow parent leaders, she worked to champion passage of a Virginia state bill that increased the opportunity for unstructured recreational time for students in schools, aimed at developing teamwork, social skills, and physical fitness. Ms. Pekarsky holds a Master’s degree in Multicultural and Multilingual Education and a Bachelor’s degree in American Government and Politics, both from George Mason University. Ms. Pekarsky lives in Centreville with her husband, Pavel, a violinist in the National Symphony Orchestra, and their six children. 

In addition to the chair and vice chair, members of the Fairfax County School Board, whose terms run from 2020 to 2023, are: Laura Jane Cohen (Springfield District), Karl Frisch (Providence District), Rachna Sizemore Heizer (at-large), Tamara Derenak Kaufax (Lee District), Karen Keys-Gamarra (at-large), Melanie Meren (Hunter Mill District), Megan McLaughlin (Braddock District), Abrar Omeish (at-large), Karen Corbett Sanders (Mount Vernon District), and Elaine Tholen (Dranesville District). 

More information about the Fairfax County School Board is available online.