Lyles-Crouch Leadership Team
Phone: 703-706-4430 ext. 303
Degrees and Certifications:
Dr. Patricia Zissios, Principal
Dr. Patricia Zissios joined ACPS as the principal of Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy in July 2004. Prior to coming to Alexandria, Dr. Zissios had been an educator in Prince William County Schools and an administrator in Fairfax County Schools for a combined total of over thirty years. She has taught elementary students in grades K-6 as well as adults, the latter as a part-time faculty member in the graduate program for Educational Administration and Supervision at George Mason University.
Originally from Hempstead, New York, Dr. Zissios traveled extensively as a child while her father served in the United States Air Force. She spent seven years (two tours) in Germany, the longest posting aside from the six years the family was stationed in San Antonio, Texas. Her father retired from the USAF to Arlington, Virginia where she attended and graduated from Wakefield High School. Dr. Zissios earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Longwood University in Elementary Education with a minor in German. Both her Masters and Ph.D. degrees are in Administration and Supervision, with a minor in Public Policy, from George Mason University. In addition, she holds a current Division Superintendent’s license from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Dr. Zissios’ community outreach and collaborative style have been the foundation of her leadership successes. While with the Fairfax County Public Schools, she was instrumental in the development of the Greater Springfield Community Partnership and the founding of the Crestwood Family Center, an on-site school social service support system for at-risk families. These endeavors earned her recognition as the Springfield Citizen of the Year and she was the recipient of the Northern Virginia Leadership Award for Public Service. She also established the Core Knowledge academic program at Crestwood Elementary, leading the school out of an improvement status to one of high academic achievement. Because of the school’s success, Dr. Zissios was named the American Legion Educator of the Year, was the first runner up for the Virginia National Distinguished Principal of the Year, and was a finalist for the Robert Spillane Leadership Award for FCPS.
At Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, Dr. Zissios, with the support of the community and the dedication of the staff, has implemented the Core Knowledge program. Core Knowledge is an extremely rigorous curriculum that is content-rich, coherent, cumulative, and context specific. Under her leadership, LCTA underwent a rigorous vetting process to be named a Core Knowledge School of Distinction. Of the over 1200 Core Knowledge schools worldwide, only eight schools have achieved that designation. In addition, her community outreach efforts have helped Lyles-Crouch to become a National School of Character and a Virginia Naturally site (for environmental stewardship).
While in ACPS, Dr. Zissios has received the Washington Post Distinguished Leadership Award, was named the ACPS Principal of the Year, and has been recognized by the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals with both the School Bell Award and the Don Lacey Award of Excellence in Leadership.
Degrees and Certifications:
Ms. Linda Ricks, Assistant Principal
Ms. Ricks is thrilled to be the Assistant Principal at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy. She has been an educator for 25 years; 18 years in Alexandria and 7 in Suffolk, Virginia. Ms. Ricks has taught a variety of grades including kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd and 5th. She has spent the last 7 years as a literacy coach in ACPS. She has a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an endorsement in Administration and Supervision. Ms. Ricks has a love for children and is passionate about ensuring high levels of academic achievement for all of our students. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.