John Banbury became the executive principal for Region 1 in April 2017 after serving as the principal of Oakton High School in Region 1 for thirteen years. As an executive principal, Dr. Banbury supports the Herndon, Langley, Madison, Oakton, and South Lakes pyramids by collaborating with school leaders in the work of innovation and improvement.
In 1993 Banbury began his career in education as a social studies teacher at West Potomac High School. After serving as an assistant principal at W.T. Woodson High School and Frost Middle School, he became the principal of Oakton High School in 2004. Committed to preparing all students for postsecondary success in a rapidly changing world, Dr. Banbury established a culture of innovation through the work of professional learning communities and fostered progressive practices including student exhibitions, presentations of learning, and project-based learning.
Dr. Banbury earned his master’s degree in social studies education in 1993 and his doctorate in curriculum and instruction in 1998, both from The George Washington University. He teaches courses in education leadership and teacher preparation as an adjunct professor at George Mason University and The George Washington University. He has served in advisory roles for The George Washington University, the Virginia Department of Education, and the Virginia House Committee on Education.