Bio – Phyllis Pajardo

As an ASCD Faculty member, Phyllis Pajardo presents nationally on topics such as leadership and instructional best practices. She currently serves as an assistant superintendent in City of Fairfax (Va.) Schools and is a former assistant superintendent for human resource in Fairfax County (Va.) Public Schools (FCPS), the nation’s 10th largest school district.

During her career in FCPS, Pajardo held a variety of positions such as classroom teacher, consulting teacher, assistant principal, principal, staff developer, and cluster assistant superintendent. As cluster assistant superintendent, Pajardo was responsible for the instructional, management, and administrative oversight of 28 schools. Her major responsibilities included monitoring school improvement and student achievement, mentoring principals and school-based administrators, brokering and advocating services and resources within the district for the Cluster II schools, and acting as a liaison to parents and parent groups.

For four years, Pajardo was also the Learning, Empowering, Assessing, and Developing (LEAD) Fairfax project manager in FCPS. LEAD Fairfax is a leadership development program partially funded by the Wallace Foundation’s Leaders Count Initiative. As project manager, Pajardo was responsible for putting the LEAD Fairfax plan into action, which included coordinating curriculum design, program enhancements, stakeholder engagement, communication, and program evaluation.

Pajardo earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in administration and supervision from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Virginia.