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October 18, 2017

Principal Kadilak retiring from Auburn Middle

Mr. Kadilak has held administrative positions at Auburn Middle for 13 years.
Steve Kadilak, principal of Auburn Middle School for nine years, announced his retirement this week with “a mixture of sadness and excitement.”

Mr. Kadilak will retire Jan. 2, 2018.

He earned $99,501 annually.

“I have enjoyed a fulfilling career as an educator in Fauquier County for 23 years,” Kadilak said. “As many people know, I joke about having a ‘middle school mind’ and truly this has enabled me to appreciate and share a special connection with our students throughout that time.”

Mr. Kadilak has been at Auburn since the school first opened in fall 2004 — first as assistant principal for four years and then as principal for just shy of a decade.

He credited others with his success and the successes the school has enjoyed.

“The successes I’ve achieved are, in large part, a result of the talented and supportive teachers, aides, parents, and students whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with throughout my career,” Mr. Kadilak said. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t also acknowledge the noteworthy support of Dr. (David) Jeck and the school board office staff.”

Superintendent David Jeck said Mr. Kadilak has done “a marvelous job” leading Auburn Middle School.

“He is an extraordinary administrator,” Dr. Jeck said, “but, more than that, he is an exceptional human being. He treats his students and teachers with respect and great care. Steve has actually encouraged me many times. I’d describe him as an inspirational leader.”

The affable principal said he is proud of what has been accomplished at Auburn.

“We have articulated a vision and practice for our community that ensures a positive learning experience and environment: ‘Trust, Care, Believe, and Belong.’ Our foundation is strong and ready for new leadership,” he said.

Mr. Kadilak has a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Monmouth University, a masters in education from George Mason University and a masters in school administration from Shenandoah University.

Before entering the field of education he spent eight years as group vice president for First American Bank in McLean, and five years as owner of Club Fun Gymnastics in Warrenton.

He began his career with the Fauquier school system as a substitute teacher in 1993.

In January 1995 he began a nine-year teaching stint at Cedar Lee Middle School working as a special education teacher before moving into general education to teach world geography.

Mr. Kadilak and his wife Kathryn have four children and four grandchildren. They enjoy hiking, bicycling, and as history buffs, visiting historic sites such as Gettysburg and Williamsburg.

When making the announcement of his upcoming retirement, Mr. Kadilak expressed thanks to all who have made his time in education a memorable experience.

“I’ll miss you,” he said, “but I know that Auburn will carry on with the same progressive and innovative approach to education.”

The school system will immediately begin work on filling the principal’s position at Auburn, according to Dr. Jeck.

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