Portrait of Jay Pearson

Jay Pearson

Executive Principal, Region 2
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Learning. Collaboration. Results.

Pearson currently serves FCPS as Executive Principal for Region 2 where he supports 45 schools and more than 40,000 students.

A 27-year employee of FCPS, Pearson started his career in 1990 as a social studies teacher at Lee High School, then worked briefly at West Potomac High School. From 1992-2004, he taught social studies at Edison High School and served as social studies department chair, International Baccalaureate diploma program coordinator, and assistant principal.

While principal at Marshall High School from 2005-14, the school served as a developing professional learning community to improve student achievement using multiple measures of accountability, including the Virginia SOLs and International Baccalaureate exams. He is a proponent of dispersed leadership where teachers are empowered to work collaboratively with a focus on student learning and results. In 2014, he was named FCPS Principal of the Year and received the Washington Post Distinguished Educator Leadership Award.

Pearson, a native of Alexandria, earned a bachelor's degree in international studies from George Mason University. It was during an assignment as a long-term substitute teacher that he decided to become an educator. He returned to GMU to earn a graduate degree in secondary education, then earned a post-graduate certificate in school administration and leadership from Johns Hopkins University.