Dr. Nardos King is the Principal of Mount Vernon High School in Alexandria, Virginia a part of Fairfax County Public Schools. She is the Chair of the National Alliance of Black School Educators Foundation and a member of the NABSE Board of Directors. She is also the current President of the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators.
Nardos King grew up in Mount Holly, New Jersey and graduated from Rancocas Valley Regional High School, and then from Virginia State University with a B.S. in Business Information Systems. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education from George Washington University and a Masters of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from George Mason University. She is currently working on her Doctorate Degree at Virginia Tech.
Highlights of her leadership at Mount Vernon include the implementation of Major Time, a time built into the master schedule for all students to build relationships with adults, read a book of choice for 30 minutes, and have time to get extra help in their classes. She added the SOAR (Students on academic rise) Program which requires students who are failing a class to follow a mandatory schedule of remediation during Major Time until the failing grade rises to at least a C.
She also created a program for students who were not achieving. This program, called the 30/30 program, provided assistance for 30 struggling sophomores for 30 months in the areas of academics, attendance and discipline. Many of the students graduated on time and went on to lead successful lives.
Nardos has lead her school in becoming a high functioning Professional Learning Community (PLC) by finding time in the master schedule to accommodate common planning periods for all departments to ensure time is given to Collaborative Learning Teams (CLT’s) to meet during the school day to share best practices and make data driven decisions through the use of common assessments. This initiative helped raise in student academic achievement.
She is very proud of a new program she has established at Mount Vernon this year called MVP: Men of Vision and Purpose. This program puts 62 African American young men in a leadership class to develop their leadership skills and raise their academic achievement. The young men are required to wear shirts and ties two days a week. Through this program, Nardos aspires to counter the negative perceptions about the black male student.
In 1988, Nardos married Stan King who is a retired Army Colonel. They are the proud parents of two adult children. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, her book club and participating in community service through her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Nardos is a member of several professional organizations. She has been awarded FCPS’s First Year Principal of the Year and Citizen of the year by three community organizations. She is the co-founder and President of the Donna M. Saunders Foundation for Breast Cancer Education and Support.