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McLean High Picks a New Principal

Parents were notified Thursday afternoon.

Just in the nick of time, has a new principal.

The Fairfax County Public School system announced Ellen Reilly, formerly an assistant principal at Herndon High School and Oakton High School, has stepped into the new role.

Here is a portion of a letter parents received Thursday afternoon from Marty K. Smith, assistant superintendent:

Ms. Reilly is highly active and supportive of fine and performing arts and school athletics. She looks forward to attending plays, concerts, sporting events, and academic competitions. By attending these events, it offers me the time to meet the parents in the community.  By building relationships with parents, I am able to become more effective as a leader who is able to support the students and community of McLean High School. 

Ms. Reilly brings a wealth of educational expertise to McLean High School.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from North Carolina State University, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from George Mason, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Virginia Tech.  In addition, Ms. Reilly has completed professional studies courses in History and American Sign Language at the University of Virginia and American Sign Language at Gallaudet University.

Reilly is replacing , after taking another job within the school system. Jackson, who worked as the McLean High School principal for five years, is now a

Students return to school Tuesday.

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