Heidi Haggerty Wagner is the principal of Alexandria City Public Schools Early Childhood Center. She has worked in many diverse roles in education including 6 years as a principal of a PK-Grade 5 Title I elementary school in NE Washington, DC and 20 years in Arlington Virginia Public Schools in a variety of roles including special education, curriculum, and instruction, and special projects leadership. She created and led collaborative systems within central offices and schools to eliminate silos and promote the design and implementation of Tier I, II, and III English Language Arts instruction from K- 8th Grade. Ms. Haggerty Wagner is a nationally certified leader for SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) and embraces equity-focused school leadership that attempts to uncover the interconnected ways in which marginalization takes place, in order to help achieve racial equity within schools, the division, and our community.
Ms. Haggerty Wagner has earned a BA in Psychology and an M.ED in Special Education: Curriculum and Instruction and an M.ED in Educational Leadership. She has taught as an adjunct professor for George Mason University including creating a new course, "Teaching Reading to Struggling Readers." Currently, Ms. Haggerty Wagner is nearing completion of a Harvard University Certificate in Early Learning Leadership (December 2020).
Ms. Haggerty Wagner shares a multigenerational home with her father and teenage daughter, and their much loved dog, Blue. She's grateful for the joyful opportunity to lead the Early Childhood Center!
Ms. McCabe has been teaching since 2004, including preschool through 5th grade, and most recently has been a second-grade teacher and team leader at John Adams Elementary School. Prior to her teaching career, she worked for the national non-profit Break Away, an organization focused on social justice, collaboration, and leadership. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University and her graduate degree in Educational Leadership from Old Dominion University. Her greatest professional passion is creating equitable, high-achieving, and collaborative learning spaces that nurture young children as they grow intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally. She is thrilled to be joining the ECC staff as we carry out our mission to welcome and affirm families, celebrate the rich diversity within our community, and empower our youngest students as they grow and learn.