Principal Selection Process

Sent on Behalf of Douglas A. Tyson, Assistant Superintendent, Region 1

Dear Oakton High School Parents and Community Members:

This is a follow-up to the KIT message sent on December 20, 2017. We are beginning the search for a new principal for Oakton High School. An important step in this procedure is to inform parents and community members about the principal selection process. Therefore, all of Oakton High School parents and community members are invited to attend an important meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 6 p.m. at Oakton High School. We certainly hope that you will be able to attend this meeting.

Another critical component to the process is your written input. We invite you to offer your individual, written input (preferably via email) regarding the skills, experience, and leadership characteristics needed for Oakton High School. You might also address any challenges or issues that a new principal will need to address. Input is confidential and will not be discussed at the meeting. We welcome your input now, upon receipt of this letter, and are hopeful that many of you will share your thoughts. Please e-mail your responses to or mail your suggestions to Linda Peace at Human Resources, Suite 1114, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042-1203 by Friday, January 26, 2018. Suggestions for input are located at the bottom following this message.

I look forward to working closely with Oakton High School parents, students, staff, and community members during the principal selection process.

Douglas A. Tyson
Assistant Superintendent of Region 1







Fairfax County Public Schools mission is to provide creative, knowledgeable, and talented leadership to ensure student success. To determine the best match for the leadership needs at your school, parent and staff perspectives will be used to screen candidate resumes and develop interview questions. Please provide input detailing the skills, experiences, and leadership characteristics needed at your school. Include challenges and issues that the new principal will need to address. Principal professional skills include instructional leadership, school climate, human resources, organizational management, and communication and community relations.

Please e-mail your input to  or mail to: 

Linda Peace
Suite 1114
Gatehouse Administration Center
8115 Gatehouse Road
Falls Church, VA   22042-1203