Former Tucker Elementary School principal lands bigger school leadership role in ACPS

Acting Executive Director of School Leadership Rene Paschal (image via ACPS)

There’s a new man in charge of guiding school leadership in Alexandria City Public Schools.

The new acting executive director of school leadership is Rene Paschal, formerly acting executive director of human resources since October 2022.

He should be a familiar face for those in the Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School community: he was the principal of the school from 2011 to 2022. He was awarded the National Distinguished Principal Award by the Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals (VAESP) in 2022 and was the ACPS Principal of the Year in 2019.

As acting executive director of school leadership, Paschal will be working closely with school principals on professional learning, executive coaching and training, and is in charge of maintaining a cohesive set of standard operating procedures across schools and leadership teams.

“I am truly overjoyed to welcome Rene Paschal to the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership as Acting Executive Director of School Leadership. As a well-respected principal at Samuel Tucker Elementary School, Rene was a beacon of inspiration, guiding students toward success, mentoring principals and fostering a culture of excellence,” Chief Academic Officer Dr. Pierrette Finney said in a release. “As he ascends to the role of acting executive director of school leadership, his light will shine even brighter, illuminating a path for our ACPS school leaders to follow in his unwavering commitment to educational leadership and excellence.”