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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.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.”

– Arthur Rubinstein

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

The journey is the reward.”

– Greg Norman

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

The man who acquires the ability to take full possession of his own mind may take possession of anything else to which he is justly entitled.”

– Andrew Carnegie

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

Spend the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.”

– Annie Dillard

Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

I may not be able to change what takes place, but I can always choose to change my thinking.”

– Michelle Sedas

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly,
 what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A warrior cannot complain or regret anything. His life is an endless challenge, and challenges cannot possibly be good or bad. Challenges are simply challenges.”

– Carlos Castaneda

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

– James Madison

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Death is to lose the earth you know, for greater knowing; to lose the life you have, for greater life; to leave the friends you loved, for greater loving; to find a land more kind than home, more large than earth.”

– Thomas Wolfe

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

A person who learns to juggle six balls will be more skilled than the person who never tries to juggle more than three.”

– Marilyn vos Savant

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

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

– Charles R. Swindoll

Running that first shop taught me business is not financial science; it’s about trading.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

Remove those ‘I want you to like me’ stickers from your forehead
and, instead, place them where they truly will do the most good—on your mirror.”

– Susan Jeffers

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

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

– T.S. Eliot

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

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

– T.S. Eliot

Are you willing to help other people succeed even when it’s not a requirement of your job to be of assistance?”

– Steven Schussler

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

– Mary Oliver

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

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

To find what you seek in the road of life, leave no stone unturned.”

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, ‘What’s in it for me?’”

– Brian Tracy

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

– Dalai Lama