Curry Class Note

Sandra Mitchell

Sandra Mitchell (Ed.D. ’11 Admin & Supv)

retired as associate superintendent for instruction for Fauquier County Public Schools on Jan. 1, 2017. She left FCPS to become a part-time educational leadership instructor and the program administrator for the leadership preparation program for the University of Virginia, Falls Church campus.

Dr. Mitchell served with FCPS for 40 years. She began her career in Fauquier County as an English teacher. In 1992 she was named Teacher of the Year by the regional affiliate of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English. She supervised the English program for the school division for 13 years and served as director of instruction for two years before assuming her role as associate superintendent in 2001. In early 2013 Dr. Mitchell served as the school division’s interim superintendent for four months prior to the arrival of current superintendent, Dr. David Jeck. She is a graduate of Mary Washington College (B.A. in English) and George Mason University (M.Ed. in secondary English education.) and received her doctorate in educational administration from the Curry School of Education. She has authored several publications, is an oft-requested presenter, belongs to several community-related and professional organizations, and has been an adjunct instructor at the University of Virginia, University of Mary Washington and George Mason University.

In October 2013 Dr. Mitchell was the focus of an article, “The Making of a Leader: A Sort of Parable,” by Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson in Education Leadership, the signature publication of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Dr. Mitchell said it was “with mixed emotions” that she tendered her letter regarding retirement. “It has been a joy and privilege to serve Fauquier County as a teacher and administrator,” she wrote to Dr. Jeck. “You are right; there is no better place.” The highly respected administrator said she will always be an advocate and supporter of Fauquier County Public Schools. “[I will be] cheering you and the educators and children in Fauquier on to all that I know FCPS can be,” she wrote.

With Dr. Mitchell at the helm of the school division’s instructional department for the past 15 years, FCPS has made tremendous strides in instructional innovation, student achievement, teacher support and development, and leadership development and training. Among many accomplishments Dr. Mitchell led the development and implementation of a new teacher evaluation system and developed the annual professional development program for 900 certified employees, including an annual conference to showcase best practices.

Courtesy of FCPS News Release.

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