Welcome to our Two Newest Principals at Brookfield Elementary School and Pulley Career Center 7-16-20

School News
July 16, 2020

FCPS announces the appointment of two new principals.

Ellen Mukai, who currently serves as the assistant principal at Saratoga Elementary School, has been named the new principal for Brookfield Elementary School, effective July 20. 

Mukai has served as the assistant principal at Saratoga Elementary School since 2018. Prior to that, Mukai was the manager for the School-Based Technology Specialist Program (Division-Wide) from 2015-2018. From 2013-2015, Mukai was the assistant principal at Forestdale Elementary School. Before serving the Forestdale community, Mukai was the manager for the Best Practices for Teaching and Learning Program (Division-Wide) from 2010-2013. She also served as an instructional technology specialist-elementary (Division-Wide) from 2008-2010, and as a school-based technology specialist at Fairfax Villa Elementary from 2005-2008. Prior to that, Mukai taught fifth grade at Centre Ridge Elementary; third and fourth grades at Canterbury Woods Elementary; and fifth grade at London Towne Elementary. She began her teaching career as an eighth-grade teacher at Hillsville Middle School in Hillsville, Va.

Mukai holds a Bachelor of Science in Family and Childhood Development from Virginia Tech, a Master of Education in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University, and a Postgraduate Professional License, Endorsement in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia. 

Peter Kelly, who currently serves as assistant principal at Lee High School, has been appointed as principal of Pulley Career Center, effective Monday, August 3.  

Kelly brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the principalship having diverse leadership experiences in multiple school settings, each time supervising the special education community. He has served as a positive behavior supports team leader, special education teacher, Special Education Department chair and assistant principal at Lake Braddock Secondary School. Kelly has also served as the extended school Year principal at Key Middle School (2015), Mark Twain Middle School (2017) and Frost Middle School (2018).

Kelly has served as an assistant principal at Lee High School since 2016 where he was the administrator and instructional lead for the Category A and B Special Education Departments. Kelly has worked directly with the FCPS Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program to further the training and retention of ABA skills for students and staff. He also successfully led the for Pathways to Accessing Community Environments (PACE) implementation at Lee High School to promote work readiness skills of Category B, Special Education students giving him a unique understanding of Pulley Career Center students.  

Kelly earned his Bachelor of Arts at James Madison University and his Master of Education in Special Education and Educational Leadership from George Mason University. He holds his Virginia Postgraduate Professional License in Administration & Supervision PreK-12 and Specific Learning Disabilities K-12.