Authenticity Leads to Trust and Respect for School Social Worker
March 3-9 is National School Social Work Week. Social workers in FCPS help to prevent social, emotional, and behavioral factors from affecting a student's ability to perform at their best. Their primary goal is to remove barriers that prevent a student from fulfilling their academic potential. Read about one school social worker.
🚌 Going Above and Beyond: Thank You School Bus Drivers
February 22 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Fairfax County Public Schools employs more than 1,500 drivers and attendants who transport an estimated 131,000 students safely to and from school each day. Drivers spend several hours in the classroom and behind the wheel before they ever pick up students. Because of this extensive training, one school bus driver knew exactly how to respond when the unexpected happened one morning earlier this school year.
Building Relationships and Increasing Safety Every Day: Thank You School Resource Officers
February 15 is School Resource Officer (SRO) Appreciation Day. The SROs who work in Fairfax County public schools are sworn police officers with the Fairfax County Police Department. Thank you, Officer Brian Sehrer at Frost Middle School, and all our SROs, for the work you do in our schools every day.
We 💗 FCPS Families
FCPS is home to many families who have multiple members working for the district. We invited employees to be celebrated this Valentine's Day for their love and dedication not just to each other, but also to FCPS. Read some of their stories in this blog.
Sharing Culture and Wishing Every Young Person Well
Sara Tae has worked in the Family and School Partnerships office for more than 18 years. In her role as a cultural outreach team member, she enjoys supporting families and the community by providing connections and resources. In her cultural outreach role, Sara has led many cultural initiatives and was the inaugural Korean podcaster for the FCPS Multilingual Family Podcast. Learn more about Sara's work — and culture! — in this Employee Blog.
School Counseling Week - Thank You to Our Counselors!
February 5-9 is National School Counseling Week, highlighting school counselors' tremendous impact in helping students achieve academic success and planning for a career. Read about some of our exemplary school counselors.
🎃 🎄 My First Year Episode 4: The Seasons of Learning
Ms. Vivi is back and ready to celebrate the seasons of learning. Watch how Ms. Vivi keeps the magic of the holidays alive in her classroom. Stay tuned for an insightful look into how Ms. Vivi celebrates the holidays and nurtures a passion for learning among her students.
Eleven Schools Receive FCPS School Communications Awards
Fairfax County Public Schools presented 11 schools with awards for outstanding school communications at the School Communicators Conference. The 2023 Awards of Communication Excellence celebrate the creation of excellent website, newsletter, and social media content that informs and engages readers. The winners are examples of the substantial talent that exists among the community of FCPS school communicators.
Once an Atom, Always an Atom: Annandale Graduate Returns as a Teacher
Last August, Sandra Benitez excitedly started her first day of school as a high school teacher. However, some of the usual anxieties were at bay because she was returning to a familiar environment. Four years after graduating from Annandale High School, Sandra returned to the school as a U.S. Government teacher for English Learners.
Offering Students Love, Empathy, and Compassion
FCPS MentorWorks program helps eliminate gaps in opportunity, access, and achievement through mentoring. Every student in FCPS should be able to name an adult in their community they can talk to. MentorWorks is looking for non-school-based staff to offer at least 30 minutes of their time a week to students. Read the stories of two mentors, and consider offering your time.
35 Teachers Earn or Renew Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Thirty-five Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) teachers have achieved or renewed certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
Thank You, Outstanding Principals!
Virginia School Principals Week is Sunday, January 14, to Saturday, January 22. In this blog, read about two of FCPS' outstanding principals!
Middle School Band Director Inspires Students to “Feel the Magic”
When Tiffany Hitz was in high school, she wasn’t sure if she wanted to be a music or math teacher. In the end, a practical decision helped her decide. “As it turns out, there are not a lot of math education scholarships and there are a lot of music scholarships … especially if you play the French horn,” she said. It’s a decision that she doesn’t regret. And she continues to perform as a French horn player.
Bonnie Brae Librarian Inspires Happiness Across the School
Even if they haven’t stepped foot inside the library, visitors to Bonnie Brae Elementary School have probably been positively impacted by the talents of Librarian Lora Lewis. From the entrance of the school to the windows on the main office, the doors that lead to “Scottland Yard,” and the library doors, Lora’s talents are showcased on them all.
Proving Kermit Wrong Every Day, Clausen Gets2Green
In her 12th year of teaching, Rachel is now working for Get2Green as a resource teacher, helping to connect students with teacher-leaders to build sustainability programs and learn about the environment. Learn more about what inspires her.
Librarian of the Year Helps Students Find Their “Authentic Self”
Rachel Grover was named Librarian of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Librarians (VAASL) in November. Read more about what inspired her to become a librarian. Three other FCPS librarians were also honored: Katie Bruechert, Thoreau Middle; Heather Baucum, Crossfield Elementary; and Maura Madigan, North Springfield Elementary.
Honoring Our Veteran-Employees
As we approach Veterans Day on Saturday, November 11, we would like to say a heartfelt “Thank you” to the many FCPS employees who are also military veterans.
Putting Students’ Needs First at Parent-Teacher Conferences
Martha Paz-Espinoza, resource teacher at Willow Oaks, shares what it was like to be an English learner and have to interpret for her father at parent-teacher conferences. She offers a few tips for teachers to help put students first and better partner with parents during conference sessions and meetings.
🔔 My First Year Episode 2: The First Bell
Ms. Vivi is a first-year, third-grade teacher at Shrevewood Elementary School. Get a glimpse of what it's like to be a new teacher at FCPS with the My First Year docu-series. In our second episode, The First Bell, watch how Ms. Vivi fosters a sense of community in her classroom, juggles the tasks that come with being a teacher, all while forging personal connections with her students. Stay tuned for an insightful look into Ms. Vivi's ongoing adventure through her first year of teaching.
Custodians, We Appreciate You!
This custodian appreciation day, we offer thanks to our colleagues in custodial services. NBC4 highlighted two of our recent FCPS Honors winners last week.
Mr. Leonard: Coach, Mentor, and Custodian
Monday, October 2, is National Custodian Appreciation Day. Thanks to our colleagues on the custodial team, we all have a clean, safe place to learn, teach, and work. Fairfax County Public Schools employs more than 1,300 custodians, field custodians, and building supervisors to maintain our more than 28 million square feet of infrastructure.
Teacher Honored by Fred Rogers Institute with Helper Award
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood at Katherine Johnson Middle School. Science Teacher Eric Haapapuro, known as Mr. H by his students, was honored this week by the Fred Rogers Institute with a Helper Award. Inspired by the legacy of Fred Rogers — a children’s television host and icon of the 20th century — the Helper Award recognizes individuals who care for children in their daily and professional lives.
📓 My First Year Episode 1: Lessons in Learning
Ms. Vivi is a first-year, third-grade teacher at Shrevewood Elementary School. Get a glimpse of what it's like to be a first-year teacher at FCPS with the My First Year docu-series. In our debut episode, Lessons in Learning, witness Ms. Vivi as she prepares her classroom and meets some of her students for the very first time. Stay tuned for more episodes filled with heartwarming moments in the classroom and unexpected breakthroughs as we follow Ms. Vivi through her first year of teaching.