<bt>For almost all his life, John Banbury wanted to work in education. As the new principal of Oakton High School in Vienna, Banbury looks forward to seeing his dream fulfilled.
"It's an incredible feeling to be here, with the school's tradition of excellence," Banbury said. "I'm just excited to be a part of that."
Banbury started working at Oakton earlier this summer. Prior to Oakton, Banbury was assistant principal at Frost Middle School in Fairfax. Before Frost, he worked at W.T. Woodson, McLean, and West Potomac high schools.
His goals for Oakton this year are to create specific skill sets for each grade level, so that students build upon skills and abilities as they progress through high school, and to develop the 5 percent of students who aren't succeeding at the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs).
To accomplish those two objectives, Banbury hopes to work directly with faculty to help all students, but especially those who are average, to develop their potential.
"Everybody can get better," Banbury said. "I want everybody to step up."
Banbury originally hails from the West Coast. He has a bachelor of arts degree in history from George Mason University, and a M.Ed. and a doctorate in curriculum development from George Washington University. He enjoys fishing and spending time with his wife and their 5-year-old son.
"It's important to me, in dealing with these kids, to find where they're successful. Everybody brings something to the table," Banbury said.