School Board Bios

School Board Chairman Carolyn Pitches

Carolyn Pitches

Carolyn Pitches is serving her sixth term as a School Board member and has been chairman since 2018. She has served as vice chairman of the Fairfax City School Board for six years and is 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 received her BA in elementary education K-8 from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Education K-12 from George Mason University.


School Board Vice Chairman Dr. Mitch Sutterfield

Dr. Mitch Sutterfield

Dr. Mitch Sutterfield is serving his sixth term on the City of Fairfax School Board and first term as Vice Chairman. 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. Since his retirement from the classroom in 2009, he has been a substitute teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools.

School Board Member Toby Sorensen

Toby Sorensen is serving her seventh term on the School Board. She served as chairman from 2014-16 and as vice chairman from 2018-2020. She is the City’s representative to the County School Board’s Comprehensive Planning and Development Committee. She is one of the City’s representatives to the Washington Area Boards of Education. She has been the School Board’s representative to both the City’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Environmental Sustainability Committee. She represented the City on the County Superintendent’s Business and Community Advisory Council for three years. She was also co-chair of the City School Board Facilities Planning Committee and a member of the Fairfax Community Coalition. She is a past PTA president of Fairfax High, Lanier Middle, and Layton Hall (now Daniels Run) Elementary schools. She currently serves as the Country Club Hills Civic Association treasurer and is also a block captain.



School Board Member Jon Buttram

Jon ButtramJon Buttram is serving his ninth 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 Reinsel

Bob Reinsel is serving his fourth term on the City of Fairfax School Board. He has also served the City as president of the Mosby Woods Community Association, on the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the Mayor’s Committee on Housing, and is vice president of the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Board of Directors. 

He grew up in the City of Fairfax, attended Westmore Elementary, Lanier Middle, and graduated from Fairfax High School. He returned to the city in 2006 so his children could benefit from the outstanding educational opportunities available in our schools. Mr. Reinsel is a senior business operations manager for a global internet information services and telecom firm.