Helen Nixon

Helen Nixon

Assistant Superintendent Department of Human Resources
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Helen Nixon was named assistant superintendent for Fairfax County Public Schools’ (FCPS) department of human resources in 2018.


“Helen Nixon brings administrative and instructional experience to the Department of Human Resources,” says Brabrand.  “She has helped develop workforce diversity programs, streamlined the hiring and onboarding processes for new employees, and worked with current employees to reinvent the talent acquisition and recruitment programs. She is also a skilled educator and school-based administrator who will provide valuable leadership in emphasizing our strategic focus to develop and maintain a premier workforce. We are happy to welcome her to Fairfax County Public Schools.”


Nixon has served in her current position since July 2015, where she was responsible for designing, building, and refining existing human resources processes to ensure they are as efficient as possible.  By applying cultural and corporate developmental needs and research, she built and delivered training programs and events for employees, including the development and implementation of progressive discipline, investigations, grievance processes, and customer service trainings. Nixon also implemented an employee evaluation program and recognition and engagement efforts to motivate and recognize employee contributions.


Previously, Nixon worked as the assistant to the associate superintendent of human resources and development with Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools, where she was responsible for evaluating the recruitment of applicants and assisting in the hiring process.  She also developed workforce diversity, employee engagement, and recognition solutions.  Nixon served as staffing coordinator in the department of recruitment and staffing before being promoted to assistant to the associate superintendent of human resources and development.


Nixon served as an assistant principal at a middle school in Montgomery County as well as a teacher and staff development coach at another middle school.  She began her teaching career at a private school in Queens, New York.


A graduate of Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in English, Nixon earned a master’s in fine arts from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctorate in education from George Washington University.  She serves as the Howard County Public Schools liaison of the Howard County Chapter of the NAACP and Howard County Public Library System.