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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.

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.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

We are not meant to resolve all contradictions, but to live with them and rise above them.”

– William Blake

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

– Leo Jozef Suenens

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

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

– Edward Bulwer Lytton

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

Look at everything as though you were
seeing it either for the first or last time.
Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.”

– Betty Smith

Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them!”

– Madam C.J. Walker

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

– Buddha

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

– Annie Dillard

A man without a smiling face
 should not open a shop.”

– Chinese Proverb

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

– Henry David Thoreau

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

– Leonard Cohen

When you are asked if you can do a job, tell ‘em, ‘Certainly I can!’ Then get busy and find out how to do it.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, ‘Make Me Feel Important.’ Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

– Mary Kay Ash

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

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

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

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

– Robert Frost

Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity.”

– Ray Bradbury

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

– Charles Darwin

By your stumbling the world is perfected.”

– Sri Aurobindo

As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

– Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

– Christopher Robin to Pooh

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

– Arthur Rubinstein

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

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

– T.S. Eliott

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

– Maureen Cook

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

– Groucho Marx

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

– Winston Churchill

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

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

– Michelle Sedas

Don’t follow, lead. Don’t copy, create. Don’t start, finish. Don’t sit still, move. Don’t fit in, stand out. Don’t sit quietly, speak up. (Not all the time, sure, but more often.)”

– Seth Godin

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

– Goldie Hawn

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

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

– John Lennon

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott