Stella Pekarsky was elected chair of the Fairfax County School Board on July 15, 2021 after serving as vice chair during the 2020-21 school year. She began her School Board term in January 2020.
Pekarsky's professional career began more than 20 years ago as an educator. She taught English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for Fairfax County Public Schools in the Sully District, a career choice inspired by her own experience as a daughter of Greek immigrants and former ESOL student.
As a dedicated community volunteer and education advocate, Pekarsky has served on the executive board of the Fairfax County Council PTA, as PTA president for multiple schools in the Sully District, and as the appointed Sully District representative to the Fairfax County Library Board of Trustees. Pekarsky has also volunteered her time as a member of the Fairfax County Public Schools Student Health Advisory Committee and as an advisory Board member for BRAWS, as well as other local nonprofit Boards and committees.
In 2018, she worked with other parents to champion passage of a Virginia state bill that increased the opportunity for unstructured recreational time for students in schools, aimed at developing teamwork, social skills, and physical fitness.
Pekarsky holds a master’s degree in Multicultural and Multilingual Education and a bachelor’s degree in American Government and Politics, both from George Mason University.
Pekarsky and her husband are co-owners of a local air charter company based in Manassas, Virginia. She is the director of the customer and flight locating services. Pekarsky lives in Centreville with her husband and their six children.
Current term expires 12/31/23
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