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Ann Monday, Superintendent, City of Fairfax Schools

COLUMN = EDUCATION

Educational leader and City of Fairfax resident Ann Monday became superintendent of the City of Fairfax Schools on July 1, 2007. She 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 sub-school 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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION visit the City of Fairfax Schools website, www.cityoffairfaxschools.org. Or contact Superintendent Ann Monday by email, amonday@fairfaxva.gov.

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– J.G. Holland, novelist

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

Don’t follow your dreams. Chase them.”

– Richard Dumb

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.”

– Bob Dylan

A people who mean to be their Governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

– James Madison

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be…”

– John Lennon

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– Steven Schussler

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

To follow, without halt, one aim: There’s the secret of success.”

– Anna Pavlova

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of inkandescent terror.”

– T.S. Eliott

‎Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way.”

– Booker T. Washington

Letting go of expectations is a ticket to peace. It allows us to ride over every crisis—small or large—like a beach ball on water.”

– Martha Beck

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

– William Butler Yeats

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

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The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

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Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

Your own words are the bricks and mortar
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– Theodore Roosevelt

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Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

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We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

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– Carl Rogers

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Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which obstacles vanish.”

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The journey is the reward.”

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