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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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– Benjamin Disraeli

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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

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

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This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

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Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

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

– James Madison

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
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– Oprah Winfrey

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

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

– Joseph Cambell

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

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– Andrew Carnegie

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There is little success where there is little laughter.”

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

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

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

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

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The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

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Passion makes perfect.”

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

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That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

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