John retired from the Alexandria City Public Schools in 2009 after a distinguished career as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal at the elementary, middle and high school levels and assistant superintendent. John’s career, which spanned forty years, was highlighted by his twenty-two year tenure as principal of T. C. Williams High School of Remember the Titans movie fame. John was principal during the founding of the Scholarship Fund of Alexandria which has assisted innumerable students with funding for their post-secondary education.
After retirement, John continued his work in Alexandria serving as president/chief executive officer of ACT for Alexandria, Alexandria’s community foundation, retiring in 2017. He currently works as a consultant, mostly in the education arena, while serving on the boards of The Campagna Center and Northern Virginia Community College.
John contends that his most favorite time was as principal at T. C. Williams as he indicates “kids are a lot easier to work with than adults.”