School Board Appoints New Claremont Principal The Arlington School Board named Jessica Panfil as the new Principal of Claremont Immersion Elementary School this morning. Panfil currently serves as the APS Early Childhood Education Coordinator. “Jessica demonstrates strong leadership skills and her work record clearly indicates that she knows instruction, cares about students and works to make sure that they experience academic success,” said Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy. “Jessica exhibits the strong interpersonal skills, professionalism, experience and dedication required of a principal. Her perspective on effective instruction, her knowledge and commitment to the Immersion school philosophy, and her work as a principal offer an outstanding and unique set of qualifications that will build on the strengths of Claremont Immersion School.” Panfil earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Columbia College, Columbia University and a master’s in education from the University of Georgia. Fluent in Spanish, Panfil began her career in 1992 where she was a fourth grade bilingual classroom teacher in New York City. In 1995, she served as the parent involvement coordinator for Head Start/Transition Project in Barrow County, Ga. where she helped to improve access to parent education and social services for low-income families. She also created and implemented a comprehensive summer school. From 1997-2000, Panfil taught first grade at the Santa Cruz Cooperative School in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. In 2003, she served as principal and academic coordinator at the Ausangate Bilingual School in Cuzco, Peru. During her time in Peru, Panfil directed and co-founded a dual language immersion school; supervised, trained and recruited a diverse teaching staff; taught Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade, and designed an co-wrote the curriculum. From 2007-08, she was the Director of Programs for School Turnaround, a national leadership development initiative that helps principals and superintendents immediately improve academic achievement at persistently low-performing schools. In 2008, she served as the executive director and principal of Jubilee JumpStart in Washington, D.C. Since 2010, Panfil joined APS as the early childhood education coordinator supervising 36 Pre-K and 18 primary Montessori classrooms across the county. She has provided instructional support for early childhood teachers and assistants and has strengthened the Pre-K instructional program by writing an integrated curriculum and adopting a new math curriculum and assessment in collaboration with teachers. Her appointment begins August 9.