School Board Appoints Interim Superintendent

Dr. Lois F. Berlin
Photo by ACPS

The Alexandria City School Board has appointed Dr. Lois F. Berlin as interim superintendent for Alexandria City Public Schools while it conducts a nationwide search for a permanent superintendent.

Dr. Berlin served as superintendent of Falls Church City Public Schools from 2004 to 2011 and has a long professional history with ACPS.

As part of her 40-year career as an educator, she was associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction for ACPS, principal of George Mason Elementary School for six years and principal of Jefferson-Houston Elementary School for four years prior to it becoming a pre-K – 8 school. She also served as assistant principal at Cora Kelly School for Math, Science and Technology for four years.

Dr. Berlin is currently the executive director for the Washington Area School Study Council, a group of current and retired superintendents from Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland who meet to discuss topics relevant to their practice. She has also been an executive coach and trainer for principals in the Washington D.C. area.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Berlin join ACPS at this important time to help support the on-going rollout of the ACPS 2020 Strategic Plan while we continue our search for a new superintendent. Dr. Berlin brings 40 years of educational leadership experience to this role, as well as background knowledge of ACPS through her past administrative positions across the school division. We are confident she is the right person to lead ACPS at this time,” said School Board Chair Ramee Gentry.

Dr. Berlin joined ACPS on July 24, allowing overlap time with Superintendent Alvin L. Crawley, who moved on to become a member of the faculty at George Mason University’s College of Education and