Members of the School Board
Willie F. Bailey, Sr. is the Deputy Fire Chief in the Office of the Fire Marshall at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
Mr. Bailey served on the Alexandria City Council from 2016-2019, having retired from the U.S. Army after 21 years of service. The longtime Alexandrian founded Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue in 1998. This non-profit organization supplies thousands of children in Northern Virginia every year with backpacks, school supplies, new coats and gifts during the holiday season. In 2013, he received Alexandria's Living Legends Award.
Mr. Bailey and his five brothers and sisters all attended Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS). He graduated from the former T.C. Williams High School (now known as Alexandria City High School) and attended Northern Virginia Community College where he majored in fire science.
Mr. Bailey is a member of the Board of Trustees for Operation Warm, the largest nonprofit children's coat distributor in the United States. He also serves on numerous local boards and commissions, including Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Educational Opportunities for Alexandrians and Carpenter’s Shelter.
He spent his early childhood in rural Scottsburg, Virginia, before his family moved to Alexandria. Mr. Bailey is the single father of two grown children, who also attended ACPS. He is interested in giving back to the school division that he credits with providing his children with a great head start in life. Mr. Bailey believes that the heart of a community is secured when children and their families come first. His goal is to ensure that every child has the education and opportunity they need to succeed.
A native of Richmond, VA, Jacinta Greene is a proud graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. Born into a family of educators, Ms. Greene learned early and firsthand the importance of a great education and the doors it can open for the future. Ms. Greene moved to Alexandria in 2002 and quickly became involved in community activism by serving as Vice President of the Alexandria Young Democrats and for 5 years served as Chair of Volunteer Coordination for the Alexandria Democratic Committee.
Ms. Greene spent 10 years in corporate America before venturing out on her own as an independent marketing consultant and meeting planner. Her main passion centers around advocacy for disadvantaged women, children and civil rights for all. This passion led her to the Alexandria Commission for Women, where she has served as a commissioner and First Vice Chair for 10 years. Ms. Greene also serves on the board for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Inc.-DC Chapter, a nonprofit organization that raises money for disadvantaged children in the DC Metro area. Other volunteer activities include serving as coordinator for the Ruby Tucker Readers organization, which teaches a love for reading and literacy to underserved children in Alexandria.
In 2018 Ms. Greene was elected to the Alexandria City School Board and takes pride in advocating for a quality and equitable education for all children in her beloved Alexandria, VA. The quote that Ms. Greene centers her life around is, “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."
Dr. Michelle Rief is an experienced college professor and education non-profit executive. She is a parent of three children who attend Alexandria City Public Schools and she has held leadership positions in the Mount Vernon Community School PTA and the Alexandria PTA Council
Dr. Rief was born into a military family and attended public schools in Iowa, California and Florida. She was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Florida State University and later a PhD in African American Studies at Temple University. As a graduate student, she directed a non-profit prison education program that taught life skills to incarcerated individuals, many of whom had dropped out of school. She also served as a resident counselor for high school students attending A Better Chance and Upward Bound. Dr. Rief went on to become a professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York, and later at Northern Virginia Community College teaching history and sociology courses.
Dr. Rief has lived in Alexandria for over 15 years with her husband and three children. She was first elected to the Alexandria School Board in 2018 and currently serves as the School Board liaison to Naomi L. Brooks and Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy. She previously served as the School Board liaison to Alexandria City High School, the Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee and the City of Alexandria’s IT Commission. Dr. Rief also serves on the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Legislative Committee and as the VSBA Northeastern Region vice-chair.
Kelly Carmichael Booz directs the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) PreK-12 digital resources serving over 1.9 million educators on the AFT's Share My Lesson, the AFT's E-Learning professional development platform, and the production and dissemination of PreK-12 publication for the AFT's 1.7 million members.
Originally from Minnesota, Ms. Booz officially settled in Alexandria, VA, in 2010. Ms. Booz previously served on the Alexandria City School Board from 2013-2015. In 2014, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed her to serve on the Virginia Standards of Learning Innovation Committee to evaluate the Virginia accountability and assessment systems. In 2017, she was named to The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce 40 under 40.
She serves on the Board of Directors for Virginia Civics, a nonprofit created to promote constitutional literacy, critical thinking and civic engagement, empowering the next generation of leaders in Virginia. Previously, Ms. Booz served as Director of Civic Education at James Madison’s Montpelier directing the Virginia We the People program and as Manager of Teacher Programs at Alexandria’s Close Up Foundation.
Ms. Booz serves on the Kathy Wilson Foundation board, which seeks free universal developmental screening of Alexandria children five and under. She also serves on the Douglas MacArthur Elementary School Advisory Committee for the school rebuild. She has worked on the Alexandria City Parker-Gray Stadium Initiative to modernize the Stadium for Alexandria.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies at Carleton College in Minnesota. She then earned a Master of Education degree in Social Foundations of Education at the University of Virginia. Ms. Booz also graduated from the Political Leaders Program with the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia.
Ms. Booz believes we are in the midst of a crucial moment for our children due to the impact of COVID-19 and that we must work to ensure long-term learning and social-emotional recovery.
Ms. Booz and her husband Hendrick have two children in ACPS.
Tammy Ignacio was the lead administrator for specialized instruction at Alexandria City High School (ACHS) and retired in 2021 after 30 years of service in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS).
During her time at ACPS, Ms. Ignacio served in a leadership capacity for several years in the Central Office as a chief administrative officer and chief of staff. Early on in her career she was a physical education, health and family life teacher at Francis C. Hammond and Minnie Howard schools. She went on to serve in a leadership capacity at ACHS and then a leadership role at the elementary school level.
Ms. Ignacio attended Fairmont State University and then earned her Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from George Mason University.
Ms. Ignacio found her passion in serving students and families at the secondary level. She looks forward to bringing her ACPS leadership experience to the School Board, building relationships and working with others to achieve academic success for all students.
A Virginia resident for more than 30 years, Ms. Ignacio moved to Alexandria in 1992, having grown up in a small, rural town in West Virginia. It has been important to her to raise children in a strong, culturally diverse community. She and her husband, Victor, are active in the Alexandria community and have five children, three of whom graduated from ACPS.
Ashley Simpson Baird is the founder and principal of Merit Research, Policy, and Evaluation, an educational research company that offers customized, equity-focused services to schools and educational organizations.
She was an English as a Second Language and bilingual education teacher who left the classroom in 2011 to pursue a doctorate degree in order to have a greater impact in the field of education. Her professional work has continued to focus on English learners, but as a parent of a child with special needs, she also has personal experience in that area.
Dr. Simpson Baird co-leads the PTA Family Outreach Committee at her children’s school and has served as a Special Education Advisory Committee member to the ACPS School Board. She has volunteered with Alexandria Community Alliance to help get food and supplies to families during the pandemic. After earning her college degree, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Puna, Potosí, Bolivia.
During college, Dr. Simpson Baird volunteered as a Big Sister for adjudicated youth and worked at an alternative high school, developing an interest in the educational experiences of students for whom school was more challenging, as well as non-traditional, more experiential modes of learning. She first became interested in education in a middle school class called Partners and Friends; half of the class was students learning English and the other half was native English-speaking students to allow for language development and cultural exchange. She credits this class with revealing to her the often-challenging experiences of non-English speaking students in a large public school.
Dr. Simpson Baird earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pennsylvania State University in Letters, Arts, and Sciences, and a dual Master of Arts and Teaching from the School for International Training in English as a Second Language and Spanish. She holds a Doctorate degree in Education from the University of Virginia.
Born in Florida, Dr. Simpson Baird has spent most of her life in Northern Virginia and has lived in Alexandria since 2015. She and her husband Andrew have three children. She enjoys running, biking, hiking and reading.
Meagan L. Alderton is a Special Education program quality specialist at the DC Special Education Cooperative, where she had previously served as director of professional development. Ms. Alderton was first elected to the School Board in 2018, and is the second African American female to be elected to the role of Board Chair in the history of Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), following in the footsteps of Shirley Tyler. She was re-elected as Board chair in 2022.
While on the School Board, Ms. Alderton has served on the Superintendent's Evaluation Committee, to help develop the superintendent evaluation tool and process, as well as on the Educational Design Team for the Connected High School Network. She co-drafted legislation approved by the Virginia General Assembly to bolster pre-licensure preparation for teachers in the areas of crisis prevention and positive behavioral interventions and supports.
Ms. Alderton has led the Alexandria City School Board during the COVID-19 pandemic, working with staff, teachers and community stakeholders through various transitions in the instructional format, including the shift to virtual learning and the process to safely reopen school facilities. She is an advisory board member for EduTutor VA.
Ms. Alderton first joined ACPS in 2005, and served as a Special Education teacher at George Washington Middle School, Francis C. Hammond Middle School and Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School. Previously the director of student support services at Washington Latin Public Charter School, she has provided development and technical support on effectively serving high needs students in urban school settings. Ms. Alderton developed a special education course for the Cooperatives INCLUDE DC Program which provided teachers with graduate credits from Catholic University of America and Trinity University, and has impacted classrooms across the DC Public and Public Charter Sectors. She also taught secondary instructional methods to graduate and undergraduate students at the Catholic University of America.
Ms. Alderton received a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Towson University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Women's Studies from York University in Canada. She lives in Alexandria’s West End with her husband, who has been with ACPS for more than 20 years, and their two children. In her free time, she enjoys strength training and playing the piano.
Abdel-Rahman Elnoubi is an engineering project manager at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and is also a licensed professional engineer.
He served on the Alexandria City Community Criminal Justice Board and the Alexandria City Building Code Board of Appeals, appointed by the City Council. Mr. Elnoubi also has served as a community advocate for police accountability and data transparency, restorative practices to end the disproportionate suspension and discipline of students of color, fair labor laws and workers' rights. In addition, he has served as Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School PTA president and secretary.
Mr. Elnoubi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The City College of New York and holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University. He also graduated from the University of Virginia’s prestigious Sorensen Institute.
Mr. Elnoubi understands the importance of having elected officials who care about the community. As he spent his adolescence in Alexandria, Egypt, he experienced living under a corrupt dictatorship where quality of life is poor, opportunities are scarce and government services are broken due to corruption and absence of government accountability.
Mr. Elnoubi plans to draw from his experiences and listen to families, teachers and community members to ensure success and provide every student with the equal opportunity to thrive, making certain staff and educators are valued and treated fairly.
Born in Chicago to Egyptian immigrant parents, Mr. Elnoubi moved to Alexandria, Virginia, in 2011 to work at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The father of two ACPS students, Mr. Elnoubi and his wife Salma enjoy spending time with family. He also likes to play soccer and tennis as well as roast his own specialty coffee at home.
Christopher Harris is an Environment Safety & Health Engineer. The lifelong Alexandrian served four years as President of the Alexandria Branch of the NAACP. He is a member of the Alexandria Human Rights Commission, serving one year as Vice-Chair. Mr. Harris also is a board member for the Alexandria Seaport Foundation.
Mr. Harris was a Varsity Football coach for T.C. Williams High School (now known as Alexandria City High School) for seven years. He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated. He attended Norfolk State University and National-Louis University, majoring in Business Management and Economics.
Growing up in Old Town, Mr. Harris attended Jefferson-Houston, William Ramsay, George Washington and the former T.C. Williams High School. He has built a strong career in engineering and a prosperous business in the city and believes the degree of success he’s achieved in his life stems from the educational foundation that was laid in the ACPS division.
Mr. Harris has been able to watch his three children graduate from ACPS, then progressing through their college careers. His goal is to make sure all children are afforded the same opportunities that will allow them to be able to chart their own course. He plans to be the strong advocate for children that they need and deserve.
Mr. Harris enjoys spending time with his wife, Angela, and their dog, Trey. His interests also include reading and traveling.