Dr. David Sovine Named Region IV Superintendent of the Year

Dr. David Sovine Named Region IV Superintendent of the Year
Posted on 02/20/2018
DecorativeFor Immediate Release
February 20, 2018
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
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Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent David Sovine has been named the Virginia Department of Education’s Region IV Superintendent of the Year and is one of eight finalists for the Virginia Superintendent of the Year Award. The Virginia Department of Education’s Region IV includes Clarke, Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William, Fauquier, Rappahannock, Culpeper, Orange, Madison, Page, Shenandoah and Warren counties as well as the cities of Winchester, Falls Church, Alexandria, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Sovine was selected as the region’s Superintendent of the Year by his peers in Region IV.

Falls Church City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Peter Noonan says, “Dr. Sovine is one of the most thoughtful and insightful leaders I have had an opportunity to work with. His leadership is quiet, yet strong and serves as a model for aspiring leaders across the Commonwealth. I am proud to be his colleague - he represents us well.”

Fauquier County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. David Jeck says, “Dave Sovine is one of those handful of superintendents around the state who I try to be more like. He is a true gentleman: quiet, determined, powerful, and 100 percent focused on the needs of kids. I have learned a great deal from Dr. Sovine and hope to work alongside him for many years to come. It is hard to put into words the level of respect I, and his colleagues, have for him.”

Sovine says, “It is very humbling to be recognized by your peers for doing work that you are passionate about. While I’m the one being recognized, I share this award with every member of the Frederick County Public Schools’ team including our teachers, administrators, support staff and the School Board. The many successes we have celebrated and the challenges we have overcome during my tenure would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the Board and our staff. Frederick County Public Schools is an outstanding school division that thrives thanks to great students, supportive parents and community partnerships.”

School Board Chairman John Lamanna says, “Dr. Sovine has proven to be an outstanding leader for our school division since assuming the position in 2011. He is passionate about helping prepare students to be successful, engaged citizens and he understands the value of community engagement, partnerships and building relationships with all of the school division’s stakeholders.”

Frederick County Public Schools has celebrated a number of achievements under Sovine’s leadership including:
  • Implementation of full-day kindergarten divisionwide
  • Implementation of the instructional coaching model to support high-quality instruction
  • Implementation of the Virginia Tiered Systems of Supports
  • Implementation of a 1:1 technology initiative equipping all students in grades K-12 with Chromebooks
  • Implementation of a pilot preschool program that’s fully funded by VPI+ grants
  • Expansion of career and technical education offerings and work-based learning opportunities
  • Enhancement of school safety/security systems including buzz-in entry systems at all elementary schools
  • Establishment of Bright Futures-Frederick/Winchester
  • Completion of the Frederick County Public Schools Transportation Center
  • Construction of the replacement Frederick County Middle School
  • Secured funding for construction of a 12th elementary school
  • Purchased land and secured funding for design of a fourth high school
  • Promoted community engagement through use of project advocate groups for new construction projects and the creation of the FCPS 101 Community Engagement Program
Sovine has been an educator for 27 years and served as the Executive Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary Education in Spotsylvania County immediately prior to becoming Frederick County’s Superintendent of Schools. Prior to serving in central office leadership roles, Sovine served as a high school and middle school principal in Chesterfield County. Before becoming a principal, Sovine had leadership and teaching experiences at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

Sovine holds a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia University Institute of Technology, a Master of Education degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Virginia. He is an adjunct professor for James Madison University and has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia.

Sovine is also very involved in a variety of local, state and national organizations and boards including the Virginia Statewide K-12 Education Advisory Council, the Virginia School-University Partnership, the Washington Area School Study Council, AASA (The School Superintendents Association) Governing Board, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents Legislative Committee, the United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley, Bright Futures-Frederick/Winchester, Bright Futures USA, the Winchester Medical Center Foundation, the Frederick County Educational Foundation and the Winchester Rotary Club.