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Meaghan Brill Named FCPS Deputy Superintendent

July 10, 2023

Fauquier County Public Schools has named Ms. Meaghan Brill as its new deputy superintendent. Dr. Major Warner, division superintendent, announced her appointment during the Fauquier County School Board meeting on July 10. Effective July 11, Brill, 39, will fill the position Dr. Warner held for the past six years.

Dr. Warner said of the newly named deputy superintendent, “Ms. Brill brings to her new position a diverse background, as a classroom teacher, department chair, assistant principal, and for the past six years as the principal of Kettle Run High School. From the beginning of the interview process, Ms. Brill established herself as a visionary leader sharing forward-thinking goals and strategies for supporting struggling learners, supporting teachers in their growth around Tier 1 instruction, and working with principals to strengthen school improvement and intervention processes.”

Brill was thrilled to learn she had been selected for the position. “I do not take the responsibilities of the position lightly and will work each day to ensure that our students have what is needed to be successful and reach their potential while supporting all staff,” she said. 

Ms. Brill will bring seventeen years of experience to her new position, including the past six years as the principal of Kettle Run High School.  Before her principalship, Ms. Brill was the assistant principal at Kettle Run from 2013-2017.  Previously, she served as the agricultural education teacher and career and technical education department chair since the school opened in 2008. Prior to her time at Kettle Run, Brill taught agricultural education at Fauquier High School from 2006 to 2008.

As an educator, Ms. Brill has found great joy in making connections with students. She believes building relationships and allowing students to see the value of what they are learning and how it relates to their everyday lives is critical. 

“I always took great pride in the accomplishments of my students and enjoyed watching them succeed,” she said. “For students, staff, and the community to be so involved in our school is truly a joy, and I know it is that way throughout the division. Fauquier County is a special place, and I am proud to live and work in this community.”    

As deputy superintendent, Ms. Brill will serve as the school division’s chief academic officer and, among many responsibilities, will provide mentorship and support to principals. From high to middle to elementary, Ms. Brill has earned the respect of her principal colleagues at every level. 

“Mrs. Brill is a dynamic and knowledgeable educator with an extensive background in instructional practices,” said Kraig Kelican, principal of Fauquier High School.  “Her vision and passion for student success make her an excellent fit as our deputy superintendent.”


“Mrs. Brill is a passionate advocate for students, a strong supporter of families, and a highly knowledgeable instructional leader,” said Cristy Thorpe, principal of C. Hunter Ritchie Elementary School. “Her leadership strengths have served our local school community well, and I look forward to working with her in her new role serving our entire FCPS school community.”

Matt Yonkey, principal of Auburn Middle School, agrees. “There is no doubt that Mrs. Brill will assist Dr. Warner to catapult Fauquier County Public Schools through the next chapter.  The positivity and confidence Mrs. Brill embodies will serve as a beacon to benefit our students, staff and community, and she will be in direct alignment with the vision of our superintendent.” 

In her new role, Ms. Brill is most looking forward to learning more about our school division and supporting FCPS students, staff and families. “I am excited to work with and learn about our elementary and middle schools while continuing to grow with the division as we enter a new chapter with Dr. Warner as superintendent,” she said.  

Brill decided to become an educator because of a few phenomenal teachers who motivated and encouraged her to work hard and pursue her interests. Their investment in her and her life helped her accomplish so much. 

“In high school, my involvement in different clubs and organizations and participation in sports gave me a greater purpose,” Brill said. “The teachers who invested in me helped me recognize my potential. As an educator, it was always my hope that I did the same for my students.” 

Brill is currently finishing her educational doctorate from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where she is majoring in educational leadership and policy studies. All of the degrees she holds are from Virginia Tech, including a master of arts in educational leadership and policy studies, a bachelor of science in agricultural and extension education and an associate of agriculture in agricultural business.

Ms. Brill and her husband, Mark, live in Warrenton. She enjoys running, traveling and spending time with friends and her extended family in her free time.

FCPS will immediately begin the search for the next principal of Kettle Run High School.