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Mount Vernon Leadership Team

 Peter Balas, Principal

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Peter Balas, Principal

Mr. Balas was appointed principal of Mount Vernon Community School in May 2012. As principal, he is leading the transformation efforts to improve learning and student achievement. Mr. Balas, originally from New York, began his teaching career as a social studies teacher at Minnie Howard School in 2001. In 2007, Mr. Balas was appointed Academy Principal and later the first Executive Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at T.C. Williams High School. Throughout his career, he has gained experience in curriculum and instruction both educationally and professionally which he plans to apply to his time at MVCS.

 James Bermudez, Assistant Principal

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James Bermudez, Assistant Principal

Mr. Bermudez comes to Mount Vernon Community School with 19 years of teaching experience. Originally from Connecticut, Mr. Bermudez began his teaching career in New Hampshire. From here, he and his wife began teaching internationally. Mr. Bermudez taught at the American School of Tampico, in Tampico, Mexico for one year. He then became an educator at the MISR Language School in Cairo, Egypt, right next to the Pyramids. After returning to the United States, Mr. Bermudez enrolled at George Mason University to earn his Master's degree in Public Policy. He then began teaching at Glasgow Middle School in Fairfax County. After many roles in educational leadership, Mr. Bermudez became an intern administrator at both Mount Vernon High School and later at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. More recently, Mr. Bermudez was the Vice Principal at the Parklawn Elementary Summer School program and the Dean of Students at Mount Vernon High School.

 

 Liza Burrell-Aldana, Assistant Principal

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Liza Burrell-Aldana, Assistant Principal

Ms. Burrell-Aldana joins MVCS with 19 years of experience. Ms. Burrell-Aldana, a native of Colombia, graduated from Universidad del Valle in Cali, with a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages. She immigrated to the United States in 2002 and has completed a Master of Arts in teaching at the School for International Training in Brattleboro, VT. She is a certified teacher of English language learners and earned a graduate degree in Education Leadership from George Mason University. She has years of experience in teaching in dual language programs on the Spanish side, and is bilingual. She was most recently a lead teacher in the Spanish Language Arts department at Claremont Immersion Elementary School, followed by two years as the Instructional Lead Teacher and Testing Coordinator at Francis Scott Key Spanish Immersion School, both dual language schools in neighboring Arlington. Ms. Burrell-Aldana is the administrator for first, third and fifth grades.

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