Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader … they set out to make a difference. It’s never about the role – always about the goal.
Terry Dade is a proud product of Fairfax County Public Schools. After graduating from Herndon High School, he went on to earn a bachelor of arts and a master of teaching degree from the University of Virginia. Dade began his teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Albemarle County, and continued serving as an educator in Fairfax County and the District of Columbia.
After teaching, Dade was accepted into the New Leaders for New Schools principal preparation program. While serving as a resident principal in Washington, D.C. he earned a master’s degree in school administration from Trinity University. Upon completion of this program, Dade served as principal of Tyler Elementary School in Washington, D.C., and Graham Road and Dogwood Elementary Schools in Fairfax County.
As the executive principal for school improvement in Region 2, he provided support, direction, and coaching for principals in the 44 schools in that region. He also provided leadership and direction for Project Momentum, a comprehensive school improvement model to support student achievement in 18 schools across the division.
In his role as the assistant superintendent for Region 3, Dade is responsible for ensuring success for all students in the Edison, Hayfield, Lee, Mount Vernon and West Potomac pyramids. He hires and recruits principals for all 45 schools in the region, facilitates school improvement plans, serves as an advocate for all Region 3 schools, and provides leadership development for school administrators and aspiring leaders.