Congratulations, Principal Ragan!

By Fairfax County Public Schools Region 3 Leadership Team
June 23, 2023

Dear Saratoga Elementary School Staff, Parents, and Community:

The Region 3 Leadership Team is pleased to announce that Ms. Abigail Ragan, current assistant principal at Saratoga Elementary School (ES), has been appointed as principal of Saratoga Elementary School, effective Thursday, July 1, 2023.  She brings a wealth of experience to the table, having previously served as both an elementary general education teacher and a special education teacher. Her deep understanding of instructional practices, combined with her administrative expertise, makes her the ideal leader to support the dedicated staff at Saratoga ES and meet the diverse needs of students.

Ms. Ragan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from St. Mary's College, a Master of Education in Special Education K-12 from George Mason University, and an Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership and Policy from Virginia Tech. Her extensive background, knowledge, and experiences leading in both general and special education settings will be invaluable in building upon the progress Saratoga ES has already achieved.

Ms. Ragan is a servant leader who values collaboration and ensures that all voices are heard. Her responsiveness to student and staff needs has made a positive impact at Saratoga ES. Furthermore, Saratoga ES closed achievement gaps in English and math under her tenure and successfully exited Project Momentum status during the previous school year.

Beyond academics, Ms. Ragan has proven her ability to improve programs across multiple domains. She has implemented structures and processes to support teachers working with students with diverse needs, focusing on social-emotional learning and reducing chronic absenteeism. Her implementation of job-embedded professional learning and individual coaching cycles has increased teacher efficacy, resulting in the successful implementation of evidence-based programs and effective specially designed instruction.

Ms. Ragan is a thoughtful, student-focused leader who builds relationships with students and families. She is known for her strong connections with families and collaborative work with the PTA on various initiatives that benefit the entire school community. She believes in consistent, clear communication and actively seeks feedback from staff and families.

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Ragan as the new principal at Saratoga Elementary School!  She is looking forward to working closely with students, families, and staff to continue to grow a warm, safe, nurturing, and inclusive learning environment.

Grace Taylor

Interim Assistant Superintendent, Region 3

Fairfax County Public Schools