Congratulations, Principal Gerstner!

The new principal of Fairfax Villa Elementary School!

January 08, 2019

Dear Fairfax Villa Parents and Community Members,

It is with great excitement that I have accepted an offer to become the next principal at Fairfax Villa Elementary School. I recently served as the assistant principal at Floris Elementary School where I was considered a strong instructional leader, an effective communicator, and a consistently positive presence.  

As an FCPS administrator, I aspire to establish a school culture and educational program conducive to student learning and socialization.  I seek to promote staff professional growth and development while allowing the freedom to take risks. I coordinate efforts with parents and family members to ensure students remain focused and acquire a joy for learning. Putting all of this together results in a supportive learning environment that reinforces the school’s vision and mission.

While there have been several experiences in my career that have prepared me to assume this role, what has driven me to this moment are three core commitments that go hand in hand with our Region 5 goals:

  • To provide high quality tier 1 instruction in all classrooms
  • To develop high-functioning collaborative teams
  • To create a caring community culture  

I am honored to serve as the tenth principal of Fairfax Villa! It is a privilege to be a member of a community where parents, teachers and students care for each other and strive to build relationships that promote academic and social growth. 

I look forward to working alongside you so that we can continue to create exciting and meaningful learning experiences for our students in the years to come.

My best,

Dave Gerstner


Fairfax Villa Elementary School               

@MrGerstner_FCPS (Twitter)