ALAS BOARD OF DIRECTORS - DIRECTOR
Dr. Francisco Durán
Chief Academic Officer
Fairfax County Public Schools
Dr. Francisco Durán began his career in the Albuquerque Public Schools while earning his bachelor's degree in education from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Durán went on to earn a master's degree in Educational Administration from San Francisco State University, a master’s degree in Organization and Leadership from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, and a Doctorate in Organization and Leadership from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
Dr. Durán has a diverse background in education, beginning as a special education paraprofessional, teaching Spanish, social studies, language arts and serving as an activities director, athletics director, assistant principal, principal, regional superintendent, and most recently served for three years as superintendent of the Trenton Public Schools. He currently is the Chief Academic Officer of the Fairfax County Public School district, which is the 10th largest school district in the nation and one of the highest performing large school districts in the country.
As an educational leader, Dr. Durán has worked passionately to ensure that all students receive a quality education that will equip them with the skills needed for post-secondary education and employment in today’s ever-changing world. Influenced to become an educator as a result of being impacted by a teacher who saw the talents in him, he was inspired to always challenge others to do their best.
As the first in his family to graduate from college, Dr. Durán knows far too well that education is the key to open the door for possibilities and he continues on in a quest of ensuring that more and more students, teachers, and staff have those same opportunities that were afforded to him.
Dr. Durán is a dedicated, successful, and talented leader who has received a Certificate of Honor and Recognition for Educational Service from the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco and a Distinguished Educator Award from Phi Delta Kappa International, University of Pennsylvania Chapter.