Business in Education Partnership Advisory Committee

Business in Education Partnership (BIE)


The Business In Education Partnership Council is the bridge connecting FCCPS and the area business and nonprofit community. BIE seeks to inspire civic involvement by building partnerships and engaging in activities that benefit the community. BIE Partners are committed to helping students become competent, creative and constructive citizens. BIE partners share their knowledge and talents with students and schools in the following ways:
Providing real-world learning experiences; preparing students for the workforce through internships, mentorships and career education; supporting teachers; donating professional services to augment school experiences; serving as school volunteers; offering volunteer opportunities for students; assisting school staff in the review of instructional programs to ensure relevant instruction; assisting and advising in the development and approval of the Annual Career and Technical Education Plan (CTE).

Authority - School Board Policy 5.12 (I-1)

Appoint. Months: May & June
Term: July 1 - June 30 for 2 years - Alternating terms
Composition: At least 12 members area business leaders, CIRT for Career and Technical Education, GMHS Guidance Department representative, GMHS Administrator, BIE Coordinator, a 10-12 grade student who participates in the career and technical education program.
Meetings: Four times per year on  the third Thursday of September, November, Janaury and March, during the school year, 7:45 a.m. - Location rotates among schools and Central Office.

BIE Website

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Four Meetings in 2019-2020 year. All from 7:45 - 9:00 a.m.
September 26, 2019 FCCPS Central Office 
November 21, 2019 Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
January 16, 2020 Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School
March 19, 2020   Mt. Daniel Elementary School

Meeting Agendas

November 21, 2019 
September 26, 2019
March 21, 2019
January 17, 2019
November 15, 2018
September 20, 2018
March 15, 2018
January 18, 2018
November 16, 2017
September 21, 2017

Meeting Minutes:

September 26, 2019
March 21, 2019
January 17, 2019
November 15, 2018
September 20, 2018
May 17, 2018
March 15, 2018
January 18, 2018
November 16, 2017
September 21, 2017

Business & Community Members:

Chair: Cheryl Fischer, Arbonne

Eliot Corwin, Advantage Trainers
Erin Koster, Envision Experience
Alison Miller, Keller Williams Realty Falls Church
Lauren Richards, Sylvan Learning of Falls Church
Ashley Templer, Body Dynamics Inc.
Tania Walker Wirth, The Kensington
Sally D. Cole, Greater Falls Church Chamber of Commerce
Debbie Hiscott, Falls Church Education Foundation

School Representatives:
Marie Baroody (Jessie Thackrey Preschool)
Corinne Wright (Mount Daniel Elementary School)
Paul Swanson (Thomas Jefferson Elementary School)
Rory Dippold (Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School)
Peter Laub (George Mason High School)
Will Snyder (CTE Teacher Leader)
Jeanne Seabridge, Director of Assessment and Accountability
Susan Sinclair, School Social Worker (Liaison for homeless/at-risk youth)
Marybeth Connelly, Community Outreach Director, Staff Liaison
Shawna Russell, School Board Liaison
Grace Tarpgaard (George Mason High School Student)