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Mr. Mark Hayden

Assistant Principal

Mr. Hayden, Assistant Principal

Dear Sully Community,

My name is Mark Hayden and I am the Assistant Principal of Sully Elementary School. It is both an honor and privilege to be a member of the team of students, parents, faculty, and staff that collectively form the Sully Learning Community. Sully provides students with a dynamic learning experience, and I take pride in contributing to the combined efforts of the other members of Sully’s team to continue making learning fun and effective.

I am beginning my second year with Sully Elementary School and Loudoun County Public Schools, and was previously in Alexandria City Public Schools, where I spent three spectacular years as an Associate Principal at Francis C. Hammond Middle School. Before becoming an administrator, I enjoyed working with students and other members of the learning community for six years as an English Teacher at Grace E. Metz Middle School in Manassas City Public Schools. This is my eleventh year in Public Education, and I am excited about working with such an amazing group of students, parents, teachers, and staff!

Before joining Public Education, I honorably served four years as a United States Marine in Quantico Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA. In the Marine Corps, I worked to develop the leadership capacity of students through volunteering to be an instructor at the annual JROTC Leadership Camp in Baltimore, MD.

All of my professional education is from George Mason University, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Master of Education in Education Leadership. I enjoyed my learning experiences at George Mason, and am continuing my education by pursuing doctoral studies in George Mason’s Education Leadership Ph.D. program.

As I have discovered, education is a key that opens many doors to both opportunity and success. It is with joy and enthusiasm that I work with the other members of Sully’s Learning Community to ensure that each and every student receives this key to unlock the doors of their own potential. I am glad to be a part of the amazing community here at Sully, and look forward to working with you throughout the year!


Take care,

Mark Hayden, M.Ed.
Assistant Principal
Sully Elementary School


Mr. Hayden's Reading Selections for the 2015-2016 School Year

  • Leading for Learning: How to Transform Schools into Learning Organizations

    by Phillip Schlechty Year Published: 2009 Educational Leadership

    An action plan that empowers educational leaders with the knowledge of how to transform schools, often immersed in bureaucracy, into dynamic learning organizations by identifying key aspects of change, including viewing schools as social organizations.

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  • The Speed of Trust

    by Stephen M.R. Covey Year Published: 2006 Educational Leadership/Personal Development

    A detailed account of the 5 Levels of Trust, including Credibilty.  An account of the transformational power that Trust can have when deliberately developed in the workplace.  

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  • Deliberate Optimism

    by Debbie silver, Jack Berckemeyer, Judith Baenen Year Published: 2015 Education, Inspiration, Teacher Belief Systems

    Reclaiming the joy in education by taking explicit actions to establish a school culture centered on the development of a realistic, positive, and optimistic learning environment for students and teachers.

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  • Unlimited Power

    by Tony Robbins Year Published: 1986 Inspirational, Belief Systems

    The new science of personal achievement.  Maximizing the effectiveness of one's interactions with others and creating meaningful opportunities to identify, establish, and accomplish personal goals.

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  • Teach Like a Pirate

    by Dave Burgess Year Published: 2012 Education and Belief System

    An action plan for designing student work that focusses on creating meaningful learning experiences for students by designing highly engaging work, as well as techniques to maintaining high levels of enthusiasm when delivering such lessons to students.  

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  • Engaging Students

    by Phillip Schlechty Year Published: 2011 Education and Belief Systems

    The next level of working on the work.  How to develop a school culture that focusses on the development of explicit teaching philosophies about the essentialness of student work designed to enhance student engagement, as well as step by step stratgies for establishing a school culture where such work is the norm.

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  • Working on the Work

    by Phillip Schlechty Year Published: 2002 Education and Teacher Belief Systems

    An action plan and framework for teachers, principals, and superintendents to develop a school culture centered on developing engaging student work and learning experiences for students.

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