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With more than a decade of experience in school leadership, Nardos King has developed a reputation as an innovative educator who is committed to her profession. As the Principal of Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Virginia, since 2006, she has become known for her original methods, such as cutting her hair into a mohawk for the 2006-2007 school year. Having challenged students to raise their Standards of Learning (SOL) scores in core areas to 80% or higher, Nardos King took this step in fulfillment of a promise to do so in the event of their success. Innovative methods such as these earned Nardos King the 2008 First Year Principal of the Year award from the Fairfax County Public Schools system. Nardos King has worked with the Fairfax County Public Schools system since 1996, when she joined the district as a Finance Officer. She accepted her first teaching position after a year of study for a Master of Arts in Special Education from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After receiving her degree in 1998, Nardos King continued as a Special Education Teacher at Mount Vernon until 2001. After receiving a second Master’s degree in Education Leadership from George Mason University, she served as a Substitute and Summer School Principal before accepting her current role in 2006. As Principal, Nardos King has dedicated herself to optimizing instruction and encouraging strong relationships between students and staff. She has implemented the SOAR (Students on Academic Rise) and 30/30 Programs at Mount Vernon, both targeted at students struggling to achieve. Ms. King also implemented a schoolwide period during which students can enjoy 30 minutes of time set aside for silent reading and instructional support. Nardos King also focuses on closing the achievement gap between white and minority students at the school. Toward that end, she has founded MVP: Men of Vision and Purpose, a program that involves male African American students in a leadership and academic achievement class, and the Hispanic Parents Council, which encourages engagement of traditionally under-represented families in the education process. She is currently studying for her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Policy, intending to make an even greater impact as a superintendent.

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Ed.D. Candidate

Virginia Tech, Northern Virginia Campus


George Mason University


George Washington University


Virginia State University