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ACPS Superintendent Welcomes 21 New Hires as Part of Restructuring

ACPS Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutichings, Jr. (Zebra file photo)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – In a letter dated June 10, addressing parents and guardians of Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) students, as well as the Alexandria community, Superintendent Dr. Gregory C. Hutchings, Jr., Ed.D., welcomed 21 new hires.

“ACPS has welcomed a series of new senior leaders this month who will fulfill the new roles established through the organizational restructuring announced in January 2020,” Hutchings wrote.

The letter indicates that the restructuring, which can be viewed HERE, was developed to streamline the levels of ACPS leadership and to promote accountability and diversity.

There is a new chief of staff, who will take charge of both the Department of Human Resources and the Department of Facilities and Operations. There are also four new executive directors.

The goal of the restructuring, Hutchings wrote, “is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the [school] system.”

It supports goals in the 2025 Strategic Plan: Equity for All.

ACPS School Administrators

Loren Brody
Charles Barrett Elementary School

Penny Hairston
Douglas MacArthur Elementary School

Dr. John McCain
Transformational Head of School
Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 IB School

Dr. Seazante` Oliver
Acting Principal
George Mason Elementary School

ACPS Administration Team

Dr. John Baker
Director of School Psychology
Department of Student Services and Equity

Julia A. Burgos
Chief of School and Community Relations
Department of School and Community Relations

Timothy “Michael” Carson
Director of Employee Engagement and Relations
Department of Human Resources

John Contreras
Director of Safety and Security Services
Department of Facilities and Operations

Emily Dillard
Director of Instructional Technology
Department of Technology Services

John Finnigan
Acting Director of Educational Facilities
Department of Facilities and Operations

Sandra Hardeman
Director of Recruitment and Retention
Department of Human Resources

Dr. Alicia Hart
Acting Executive Director of Facilities and Operations
Department of Facilities and Operations

Kurt Huffman
Executive Director of Community Partnerships and Engagement
Office of Community Relations and Engagement

Dr. Kynai Johnson
Director of School Social Work
Department of Student Services and Equity

Helen Lloyd
Executive Director of Communications
Office of Communications

Dr. Gerald Mann, Jr.
Executive Director of Instructional Support
Department of Teaching, Learning and Leadership

Dyanna McMullen
Acting Director of Procurement
Department of Financial Services

Dr. Elaine McSorley-Gerard
Director of School Health Services
Department of Student Services and Equity

E. Scott Merriman
Director of Pupil Transportation and Fleet Management
Department of Facilities and Operations

Darrell Sampson
Executive Director of Student Support Teams
Department of Student Services and Equity

Dr. Stephen Wilkins
Chief of Staff
Department of Facilities and Operations
Department of Human Resources

Kennetra N. Wood
Executive Director of Equity and Alternative Programs
Department of Student Services and Equity


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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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