Portrait & Bio: City of Fairfax Schools Superintendent Ann Monday

Photo by Steve Barrett Photography
Bio by Hope Katz Gibbs

Educational leader and City of Fairfax resident Ann Monday became Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools on July 1, 2007.

“We are pleased and excited that Mrs. Monday has agreed to become our new Superintendent,” said City School Board Chairman Janice Miller. “Her background and experience are unparalleled, and we know she will be a wonderful leader of our four schools and will continue to work with Fairfax County Public Schools to enrich academic programs for our students.”

Monday retired on June 30 as the Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), a district she has worked in since 1973 when she became a teacher at Kilmer Intermediate School in Vienna. She then served as chairperson of the English department at Chantilly High School from 1976-1980, when she became an administrative aide at Marshall High and subsequently a subschool principal at Lake Braddock High School.

In 1984 she was appointed the assistant principal at Fairfax High until 1987, when she became associate principal at Robinson Secondary School. After a stint as the principal at Longfellow Middle School from 1990-1992, she became the principal at Robinson where she was responsible for managing more than 4,000
students and 300 staff members.

In 2003, Monday was tapped to become Cluster VI Superintendent, and
was responsible for 24 elementary and secondary schools. The following year, she
took on a division-wide leadership position as the FCPS Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, responsible for all instructional programs from pre-K through adult education.

“I am thrilled and honored to become the Superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools,” Monday said. “I will be an active and energetic advocate, and will continue the work Mr. Stepp has done to make the facilities safe, modern, technologically-rich, attractive and welcoming.”

The Primary Duties of the Superintendent

#1. Overseeing the City/County agreement. This includes reviewing the information upon which the annual per student tuition is based and consulting regularly with the County Superintendent and other staff on issues including boundary changes, selection of principals and other topics of special interest or concern to Fairfax City. #2. Making sure that the four school buildings owned by the city—Fairfax High School, Lanier Middle School, Daniels Run Elementary School and Providence Elementary School—have the capacity to meet program and community needs. Throughout the past decade, each of these schools has been renovated under the direction of the City Superintendent’s Office. #3. Providing additional resources to City Schools that support the goals of the community. Examples include additional classroom computers and programs to prepare students for Advanced Placement classes and the SATs. The Superintendent and Board continually review student achievement data for the four schools in the City to make sure that students are achieving well. #4. Providing information about and promotion of City Schools throughout the community. The award-winning City Schools Close-Up newsletter is produced by the superintendent’s staff and mailed to all city residences. As an advocate for children as well as for the City schools, the superintendent participates in activities relevant to public education at the local, regional and state levels.