ACPS Educators in the News

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Principals are quick to say that the key to success in their schools is their staff. Two ACPS assistant principals from Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School are among 11 leaders nationwide who have been singled out as a driving force behind their school’s success. And, Alexandria City High School (ACHS) Teacher Christine Stafford has been chosen as one of 20 educators to participate in the prestigious DC Declaration of Learning program. 

K-12 Dive’s “Inaugural Look at Rising Principals” puts the spotlight on Assistant Principals Dustin Barnes and Tiffany Young at Jefferson-Houston. Their innovative approach to mentorship has had a positive impact on student behavior and has led to better communications between parents and school leadership. Students are excited to see their assistant principals pop into classes to take part in the learning process or engage with them at recess. The presence and participation of this dynamic duo has built trust and connections between the school administration and its students and families. 

Among hundreds of applicants for the DC Declaration of Learning program, ACHS Teacher Christine Stafford has been selected to take part in the year-long teacher-training initiative. The program encourages civic engagement through object-based learning. Stafford successfully completed an intensive week-long professional development training session this summer. She worked one-on-one with an experienced mentor and is prepared to implement the object-based and project-based skills with her students.

ACPS is proud of its staff accomplishments across the division. Leadership skills at every level of the educational process benefit the entire ACPS community.