City Schools Staff

Jeff Platenberg, Superintendent

Jeff Platenberg was the assistant superintendent for facilities and transportation services for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Prior to joining FCPS, he was the assistant superintendent for support services with Loudoun County Public Schools, assistant superintendent for accountability and information communication technologies for Lexington County School District One in Lexington, S.C., and deputy superintendent of support services for Savannah-Chatham County (Ga.) Public Schools. Platenberg has also provided services to the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Schools.

 

Platenberg is a licensed general contractor, certified educational facility planner by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International, registered school business official by the Virginia Association of School Business Officials, and registered school business administrator by the Association of School Business Officials International.


Platenberg was a fellow in the Institute for Educational Leadership, (IEL) Education Policy Fellowship and completed the School Leader Executive Institute, Center for Creative Leadership program. He has served on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Climate, Energy, and Environment Policy Committee (CEEPC), and currently serves on the Fairfax County Economic Advisory Commission, the Successful Children and Youth Policy Team (SCYPT), and the Fairfax County Revitalization Committee Building Repositioning work group.

 

Platenberg received the Outstanding Performance Awards from the Richland County School District One Chairman and Fairfax County Public Schools. He was also selected as the 2012 Association of School Business Officials International Eagle award recipient, the 2013 Education Week Leader to Learn From, and the 2015 Bammy Award Recipient for 'What is Right in Education.”

 

Platenberg earned an academic certification in educational facility planning from San Diego State University, a master's of human resource development from Webster University, and a bachelor of public administration from George Mason University. He has been a presenter at state, national, and international conferences, and has also presented at TED Talks.

 

Watch the video welcoming Jeff Platenberg to the City of Fairfax here

 

Dan Phillips, Assistant to the Superintendent
 

Dan Phillips brings over 35 years of experience as an educator and administrator to the City of Fairfax Schools with his beginnings at the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Youth Coordinator and Summer Recreation Supervisor.

 

Dan began his educational career as a sixth-grade teacher at Daniels Run Elementary School and was named assistant principal in 2011. He later moved to Providence Elementary School as assistant principal and then principal in 2016.  At Providence ES, Dan oversaw one of the largest elementary schools in the county. During his tenure, Dan managed Title 1 funding budgets and finances to maximize fiscal resources over while supporting the school’s and division’s mission and goals. Dan also facilitated the application, development, and implementation of Local Level IV Advanced Academic Program.

 

Dan earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master's degree in education administration from James Madison University. He resides in the City of Fairfax with his wife Tu, an educator, and their two sons who both graduated from city schools.

1 Susan Wiczalkowski,
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Clerk to the School Board
A native of Northern Virginia, Susan graduated advanced studies from Prince William County Schools. She received her Associates in Applied Sciences from Northern Virginia Community College.
 
Susan began her career with the City of Fairfax in 1993 serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Fire Chief in the City’s Fire Department. She received Outstanding Performance Recognition on two separate occasions and also received the Fire Department’s Employee of the Year. In 2008, she was promoted to an Accounting Specialist in the City’s Finance Department. Susan joined the City of Fairfax Schools team in 2010.
 
1Carrie Dorsey, Communications and Community Relations Director
After graduating from the University of California at Davis and earning her teaching credential from Sacramento State, Carrie began her career as a middle school history teacher in the Bay Area. After five years of teaching, Carrie joined a technology startup in San Francisco and remained in marketing and public relations.
 
Carrie joined the City of Fairfax in 2011 and is happy to combine both her previous careers in communications and education.