George Mason Principal Announces Retirement
POSTED: 3:35 p.m. EDT, May 13, 2008
By: FCCPS Communications
George Mason High School Principal Bob Snee announced today that he will retire from the Falls Church City Public Schools at the end of this school year. In August, Snee will begin a new chapter in his educational career by becoming the principal of the Upper School at the Washington International School, a private, K-12 International Baccalaureate school in Washington, D.C.
“While it is with considerable sadness that I end my 28-year career at GMHS in June, it is with real excitement and a sense of personal and professional renewal that I embark on the next phase of my career as an educator in the world of international schools,” Snee wrote in a letter to the GMHS faculty and staff. “I will long treasure my GM experiences with colleagues, students and parents whom I have relied on, respected and cared for so deeply.”
Snee began his career with the Falls Church City Public Schools in 1980 as a Spanish teacher. He served in various other capacities including: curriculum coordinator of foreign languages, sponsor of the AFS/Cultural Exchange Club, coach of the cross country team and assistant coach of the track and field team. He also served on a variety of professional and curricular committees including the GM curriculum committee, the gifted/talented citizens advisory committee and the professional employees advisory committee.
Over the course of his FCCPS career, Snee rose through the school’s leadership ranks, serving as the International Baccalaureate (IB) coordinator, the assistant principal and attained the position of principal in 1992. He also earned international recognition for his leadership work with the International Baccalaureate Organization and for making George Mason High School an IB model school.
In 1990, Snee received the Washington Post Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award, and in 1993, he received the Post’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award, becoming one of only a handful of school administrators to receive both honors from the newspaper. Last year, under Snee’s leadership, George Mason High School was recognized by the Virginia General Assembly on the 25th anniversary of becoming an IB school.
“Bob Snee will be a tough act to follow,” Superintendent Lois Berlin said. “He has accomplished a great deal in his long career with the FCCPS, and we wish him well as he pursues his life-long interest in international education.”
Snee earned his bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania in 1974 and his Masters degree in Spanish Language and Spanish-American Literature from the University of Maryland in 1978.
Snee’s last day with the Falls Church City Public Schools will be June 30, 2008.