Interim Superintendent Lois Berlin
The superintendent is the chief executive officer for the school division. The superintendent's mission is to ensure that:
- every child in every classroom receives the highest quality education and instruction
- safe and secure learning and working environments are available for all students and employees
- the Alexandria City Public School system attracts and retains the best possible employees
- all employees are properly trained through ongoing staff and professional development to stay informed of current educational trends and to develop new skills in their areas of expertise
- state of the art technology is readily accessible to all students and staff
- parent and community involvement in the educational process of our students is properly and continuously promoted and encouraged
- all Alexandria City Public Schools are fully accredited
Dr. Lois F. Berlin
A 40-year veteran educator, Dr. Berlin has extensive experience in fiscal management, strategic planning, policy development, program development, curriculum and instruction, professional development, special education and facilities planning and construction.
She comes to ACPS after a six-year retirement from the position of Superintendent of Falls Church City Public Schools (FCCPS) where she served for seven years. Prior to joining FCCPS, Dr. Berlin spent 24 years in Alexandria City Public Schools as a teacher, assistant principal (Cora Kelly), principal (Jefferson-Houston and George Mason) and associate superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.
Her career includes five years teaching in Aberdeen, Scotland in a residential setting at the Rudolph Steiner School for Special Needs Children. Since retirement, Dr. Berlin has coached principals in Fairfax County Public Schools and the District of Columbia Public Schools. She has also served executive director of the Washington Area School Study Council (WASSC), whose membership includes superintendents from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
In addition to working in public schools as a teacher and administrator, Dr. Berlin has held adjunct faculty positions at The George Washington University and Virginia Tech. She is co-author of "Sexuality and the Schools: Handling the Critical Issues," which provides guidance to school personnel on the handling of harassment and bullying.
Her numerous awards and recognitions include the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence in Education, the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, the Phi Delta Kappa Key Award, and the highest award presented by the Education Law Association, the McGhehey Award.
Dr. Berlin holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Virginia Tech, a master's degree in early childhood/special education from The George Washington University, and a doctorate degree in education with a concentration in educational administration and leadership from Virginia Tech.