Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley has announced the retirement of T. C. Williams High School Principal Suzanne Maxey and plans to conduct a national search to fill the position by July 1.
“In her five years of leading the school, she has done an extraordinary job in increasing student academic achievement and promoting a positive school culture at T.C. Williams. I am very proud of the dedication shown by Principal Maxey in working with our wonderful T.C staff, students and families during her tenure,” said Crawley.
“I want to personally thank Ms. Maxey for fulfilling her five-year commitment to ACPS she made when she took on the principalship. Her leadership has guided T.C. Williams on a path toward greatness and pride, and we will always be grateful for her unwavering focus on excellence,” Crawley added.
In her five years, Maxey has increased student achievement and graduation rates, addressed state accreditation challenges, reduced suspensions, successfully opened the International Academy for English Language Learners, increased the number of minority students taking Advanced Placement courses, empowered students to assume leadership roles in the school, improved the athletic program and led T.C. Williams to become a four-time Blue Ribbon School for the Arts.
“She accomplished these outstanding achievements by good leadership and developing a strong staff,” said School Board Chair Karen Graf. “But perhaps a stronger legacy is that any student who went through the school during her five years knows how much she cared about the future of each and every one of them individually.”
A national search and outreach efforts will begin next week. An online survey and community meetings will be used to determine the qualities most desired in the next principal. Once a leadership profile has been created, candidates will be actively recruited and interviewed. The new principal will be announced sometime in late April and will begin on July 1.
The community can participate in the process by completing an online survey or attending a community meeting, both of which will be publicized on the ACPS website at www.acps.k12.va.us.