Deborah Tyler is currently the interim Director of Operations. She previously served Fairfax County Public Schools as an assistant superintendent, director, principal and teacher.
As director and assistant superintendent of Cluster 4, Tyler worked directly with 27 schools, principals, assistant principals, and teachers to review and assess school improvement plans and was responsible for assessing the effectiveness of instructional programs with regard to federal, state, and local requirements. She was intricately involved in the principal hiring process and observed principals for performance evaluation purposes. Tyler remained in this position during the district reorganization to the Region structure where she expanded her scope of responsibility to 44 schools in Region 3.
Tyler was selected to open and serve as principal of Eagle View Elementary School. Working with a number of FCPS departments, she laid the groundwork to open the new school, which included working with members of the community to select a name for the new school as well as engaging parents in the school community. During the three years Tyler served as principal at Eagle View, she worked with faculty and community members to develop a strategic vision for academic excellence and established professional learning communities. It was also during this tenure that she received the Virginia Association of Elementary Principals’ School Bell award.
Tyler’s first principalship was at Pine Spring Elementary School, where she served for five years. Under her leadership, the school earned a Distinguished Title I School award from the Virginia Department of Education. Tyler also coordinated with the FCPS office of design and construction during renovation of Pine Spring. She received a Milken Family Foundation National Educator award during her tenure as Pine Spring principal.
Tyler began her career in FCPS as a special education teacher at Bucknell Elementary School. She moved to Pine Spring to serve as a special education and general education teacher, assistant principal and principal of the school. She has also worked for and consulted with numerous national educational foundations and associations focused on principal leadership.
A graduate of West Virginia State University, Tyler earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education, then completed a master’s degree in special education at Marshall University. She earned her education administration endorsement from George Mason University.