School Board Bios

School Board Chairman Carolyn Pitches

Carolyn PitchesCarolyn Pitches is serving her fifth term as a School Board member and is serving her second year as chairman. She served as vice chairman of the Fairfax City School Board for six years and is currently the Fairfax City Schools representative to the Washington Area Boards of Education. During her tenure as a math teacher in Prince William County Public Schools, she was awarded the Teacher of Excellence Award for Prince William County Public Schools. She also served as co-chair on two Prince William County Public Schools committees: the Substance Abuse Committee (Core Team) and the At Risk Committee, where she planned, designed and wrote grants to provide a program for students in need of additional support. Ms. Pitches is a math specialist at Flint Hill since 2007. She serves on Lanier Middle School’s Advisory Committee and is chair of the Providence Elementary School’s Educational Committee.


School Board Vice Chairman Toby Sorensen
Toby Sorensen is serving her sixth term on the School Board, and was the chairman from 2014-2016. She is currently chairman for the 2019-2020 school board. Sorensen is the current School Board representative to the City's Environmental Sustainability Committee and was the representative to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for five years. She represents the City on the FCPS Comprehensive Planning and Development Committee. She serves as the County Club Hills Civic Association treasurer and as block captain. She is a past PTA president of FHS, LMS and Layton Hall (now Daniels Run ES). 


School Board Member Jon Buttram

Jon ButtramJon Buttram is serving his eighth term on the School Board. He has been active as member, vice-chairman and legislative liaison for the school board.  In addition, he has provided leadership as the chairman of the Northeastern Region of the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) and in support of the most recent School Bond Referendum Committee.  He has been active in city schools through multiple PTAs, as an instructor for after school activities (Hands-on-Science), as a high school science fair judge, and Odyssey of the Mind coach and judge.

He has also been active in a number of city and community organizations, holding office with the Park and Recreation Advisory Board and the Southeast Fairfax Citizens Association (SEFCA), as well as serving on the Elementary School Consolidation Task Force and two Southeast Fairfax Traffic Calming Task Forces. He also has served with the ad hoc committee for the disposition of Green Acres, whose purpose was to seek an appropriate community-oriented disposition for the former Green Acres Elementary School.

An engineering consultant for a defense contractor, Buttram holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a master’s degree in engineering management from George Washington University. He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve with the rank of captain.

A resident of Green Acres, Buttram moved to the City of Fairfax in 1990 after serving with the U.S. Navy for nine and a half years. He and his wife Sharon have two children.

School Board Member Bob Reinsel
Bob ReinselBob Reinsel is serving his third term on the School Board. He lived in the City of Fairfax from 1969 to 1993, then returned to the city in 2006 so his children could benefit from the outstanding educational opportunities available in the City of Fairfax schools. The Fairfax High School graduate serves as president of the Mosby Woods Community Association, and was appointed to the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Mayor’s Committee on Housing, and is Vice President of the Spotlight on the Arts Board of Directors.  He is a senior business operations manager for a global internet information services firm.​

School Board Member Dr. Mitch Sutterfield

Dr. Mitch SutterfieldDr. Mitch Sutterfield is serving his fifth term on the City of Fairfax School Board. Dr. Sutterfield has been a resident of Fairfax City since 1964, moving through Fairfax Elementary, Sidney Lanier Middle, and Fairfax High School (1972). After a B.A. and M.A. in English at the College of William and Mary, he received a Ph.D. in English from The George Washington University in 1992.

In 1977, Sutterfield began a 32-year career as a teacher (English) and a coach (football and wrestling) at Fairfax High School, retiring in 2009. He has been inducted into the Fairfax High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Virginia Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

In 2004, he was selected by Rotary International as its Teacher of the Year (among the four schools of Fairfax City). In 2003, he was the Virginia Wrestling Coach of the Year, awarded by the Virginia High School League Coaches’ Association.

Currently, he serves on the Board of the Mosby Woods Community Association. Before joining the School Board, he was its representative to the Fairfax County Superintendent’s Business and Community Advisory Council. This season will be his 39th as a freshman football coach and 40th as a wrestling coach (24 years as head coach).  Since his retirement from the classroom in 2009, he has been a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools.