Craig H. Gfeller was appointed to serve as the Associate Superintendent for Eastern Elementary Schools on July 1, 2015. Before this appointment he was principal of West Gate Elementary School in Manassas for three years.
Mr. Gfeller led West Gate Elementary from one of the Division’s lower-performing schools to earning “PWCS School of Excellence” status in just two years. He fostered a team approach by creating structures and processes that focused on student achievement and analysis of formative and summative assessment data. This enabled teachers, staff, and parents to help students master required subjects while most were working to learn English as their second language.
At West Gate Elementary, Mr. Gfeller engaged all stakeholders to better meet student needs by creating a Professional Learning Community that focused on collaboration, learning, and results. The school’s culture increasingly emphasized learning for both adults and students, collaboration to achieve common goals, the use of data to make decisions, and a focus on continuous improvement. The changes helped West Gate to close achievement gaps and to make significant gains in student achievement.
Mr. Gfeller holds an Ed.S. in Administration and Supervision from the University of Virginia, and a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and taught and served as a school administrator in Fairfax County, prior to becoming West Gate principal in 2012.