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November 14, 2017

David Graham named director of administration

Marshall Middle Principal David Graham has worked at the school for more than 17 years. He will assume his new position in 2018.
Marshall Middle School’s principal, David Graham, will fill the newly established position as Fauquier public school’s executive director of administration and planning.

Mr. Graham, 49, will oversee the school system's transportation, nutrition, and construction and facilities.

He will start his new job once a replacement principal is hired at Marshall Middle.

The Fauquier County School Board approved his appointment Monday night.

Mr. Graham will earn $115,000 annually in the new position.

The Markham native has worked at Marshall Middle School for more than 17 years — four and a half as principal, nine as assistant principal and four as a special education teacher.

“Anytime you begin a new journey, there is excitement about what lies ahead,” Mr. Graham said. “It is interesting that I’ve been in the [school] building my whole career. What’s it like outside of the building?”

Mr. Graham’s entire career has been in Fauquier County.

He graduated from Fauquier High School in 1986 and holds a bachelor’s degree in parks administration with a minor in education.

He also holds a master’s degree in education from Shenandoah University.

Mr. Graham came to Fauquier High School right out of college where he served as a special education teacher and football/baseball coach for 10 years.

“Bittersweet is a word used too often, but it really is,” Mr. Graham said. “Marshall’s been my life for a long time, and it’s been a good time.

“It’s a wonderful place. It’s a good team of people to be with, a great group of people,” he said, noting that two teachers, Rhonda Hendricks and Lucy Diercks, who taught him when he was a middle schooler, still teach at Marshall.

“They were my teachers then, and I’m still learning from them,” Mr. Graham said. “I’ve never really been completely away from Marshall. My mom was a substitute teacher there just about every day, and my dad was the principal there for 10 years.”

The Philadelphia native has lived in Fauquier County since he was three years old. At that time his father, David Graham Sr., left an eight-year run as a professional football player with the Philadelphia Eagles to become a guidance counselor, coach and then principal of Fauquier High School. He also worked as principal of Marshall Middle.

Mr. Graham’s wife Mendy, a long-time Fauquier County educator, has taught at Coleman Elementary for 25 years.

The Grahams have two sons: David III, who is a freshman at Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, W.Va.; and Marshall, who is currently a sixth-grade student at Marshall Middle.

“In life, timing comes at different stages. I certainly will miss the students — with my own being one of them,” Mr. Graham said.

Mr. Graham looks forward to “meeting new people” and “to serving the school division in a different capacity.”

“A combination of things interested me about this position,” he said, and in taking on his new responsibilities.

Superintendent David Jeck said Mr. Graham brings a unique and wide-ranging skill set to the position.

“We are very fortunate to not only have a tremendously successful building leader, but someone with a unique understanding and expertise in areas such as transportation, maintenance, school safety, and problem solving in general,” Dr. Jeck said.

It will likely be early 2018 before Mr. Graham transitions to the new position because the school system is searching for two new middle school principals — Auburn and now Marshall, according to Dr. Jeck.
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Stacie Griffin · November 14, 2017 at 12:26 pm
Congratulations Mr. Graham! We are so happy for you and this exciting opportunity. I am secretly sad for the children at MMS who will miss your kindness and leadership, but now the entire county will benefit! Thank you for everything you have done for MMS and the impact that you have made on so many teachers and students.
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