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Mark Marchinetti Named New Principal at Pearson Elementary School

At the May 13 Fauquier County School Board meeting, Superintendent Dr. David Jeck introduced Mark Marchinetti, 40, as the new principal of Pearson Elementary School effective July 1. After serving as assistant principal at Southeastern Alternative School since 2014, Marchinetti will take over from current Pearson Principal Wendy Wilcox, who announced in February that she would be retiring.

“I was very excited and honored to have been selected to serve the students, staff, and families of Pearson Elementary School,” Mr. Marchinetti said. “I look forward to building relationships with the Pearson community and learning everything I can.”

As principal, he hopes to continue to challenge people to step out of their comfort zones, take risks, and teach with passion.

Dr. David Jeck, division superintendent, believes Marchinetti is the perfect match for Pearson Elementary.

“You cannot walk away from any interaction with Mr. Marchinetti and not be impressed by his energy and desire to help all students become the best that they can be,” said Jeck. “His affect is contagious. I am looking forward to seeing the great things he’s going to do for Pearson Elementary School. Mark is the real deal.”

Marchinetti earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Montclair State University in 2001, and a master’s in teaching from Monmouth University in 2006. In 2013, he earned a certificate in educational leadership from George Mason University.

In addition to his role as assistant principal at Southeastern, Marchinetti served as the principal of Fauquier County Summer School beginning in 2015. He also worked in Prince William County as an administrative intern and as a middle school teacher. He started his teaching career at Buck Lodge Middle School in Prince George’s County, Maryland in 2006.  

Reflecting on his years as assistant principal at Southeastern, Marchinetti says he is most proud of the positive relationships that he built.

“Seeing first-hand how Project-Based Learning at Southeastern Alternative School can have such a positive impact on students was something amazing to be a part of,” he said. “To be able to be a part of the positive culture and to be a part of the community-building process where kids feel safe to learn and to be themselves is something that warms my heart.”        

Soon after 9/11, Marchinetti enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves and was deployed to Camp Slayer, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. While in Iraq, he began to acquire a passion for teaching, and he decided to pursue a career in education.

When asked about what motivates him or his ‘why,’ Marchinetti answered, “My why has always been to care about our kids, love our kids, and to teach with heart and passion.”

Marchinetti and his wife Melba have three sons, 17-year-old Marco, 6-year-old Nicolas, and 4-year-old Ronan. In his spare time, Marchinetti enjoys being with family, fishing, landscaping, and spending time outdoors.