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.
🍎✏️ New Teachers, Great Beginnings
Nearly 1,300 new and new-to-FCPS teachers turned out for the annual Great Beginnings Summer Institute (GBSI) at South County High School. Read why they said yes to FCPS.
Central Tutoring: Meeting Student Needs and Watching Students Grow
“The most fulfilling part of tutoring is working with students and watching their growth. All the students I worked with were receptive to receiving extra help and that made the experience very gratifying.”
Orphaned Elephants and African Geography: How One Teacher Spent Her Summer Vacation
Petting baby elephants and learning how they can coexist with humans. That’s a highlight of this summer’s break for Frances Coffey, an AP Human Geography teacher at Chantilly High School.
Welcome Back from Human Resources and Communications
Welcome Back FCPS Staff! Hope you had a great summer. Now, more than ever, we know that two-way communication with our community — especially employees — is invaluable. We’ve been hard at work this summer strategizing how best to engage with one of our most valuable assets; You!
Fourth of July Brings ‘Fulfillment of Joy’ to Graduate and Mentor of Annandale High School
With the support of his Annandale High School community, Mario Villanueva Ramos became a United States citizen last month. In 2007 he arrived in the area from El Salvador, and found the support and opportunities he was seeking for himself and his family. “Becoming a citizen is important to me because it means more opportunities for my whole family; such as a good education for my children and better job opportunities,” he says. “The Fourth of July this year will be a fulfillment of joy for my family because I got my citizenship.”
Former Oakton Theater Teacher Wins Inspiring Teacher Award
The National High School Musical Theatre Awards® (NHSMTA®), otherwise known as the Jimmy Awards®, feature the Inspiring Teacher Award, which this year was awarded to Vanessa Lock Gelinas, former theater director at Oakton High School.
Teaching Is More Than Just a Profession
Learn more about how teaching is a lifelong passion for Jennys McKinney, Spanish teacher at Navy Elementary School.
🏆 Hayfield Secondary Teacher Named Mount Vernon History Teacher of the Year
Ariel Alford, a history teacher from Hayfield Secondary School, has been awarded George Washington’s Mount Vernon 2023 History Teacher of the Year.
Employees Share Graduation Memories
As we work our way through graduation season, FCPS employees share highlights from their own graduation days.
Four FCPS Teachers Named Cox Education Heroes
Four teachers were surprised during Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week with $1,000 grants from Cox Communications to spend on their classroom.
Care, Love, and Compassion Recognized at Laurel Ridge
“Since the start of this school year I have watched these amazing staff members provide an extraordinary level of care and love for a child with severe traumatic stress to ensure he feels safe,” a colleague said about April’s FCPS CARES recipients recognized at Laurel Ridge Elementary School.
“Uncle” Safwat Supports Community Through Translation
After Safwat Azer retired, his pastor asked him to help families who just arrived in their community to enroll their children in schools and obtain national identification cards. Safwat was happy to volunteer to help.
Lake Braddock Orchestra Director receives Virginia House Resolution
Clayton Allen, orchestra director at Lake Braddock, recently received a Virginia House Resolution for his orchestra.