Judy Apostolico-Buck, Principal

Judy Apostolico-Buck

Judy Apostolico-Buck, who has touched the lives of countless young people through her visionary leadership as principal of Ashlawn Elementary School and Barcroft Elementary School, was named the 2019 Principal of the Year by Arlington Public Schools. A graduate of James Madison University and the University of Virginia, Judy Apostolico-Buck first worked at Arlington Public Schools as a student-teacher and has spent her entire 32-year career with the school district. She held a variety of positions in Arlington Public Schools, including itinerant resource teacher for gifted students, assistant principal of Taylor Elementary School, and supervisor of early childhood education programs, gaining a wealth of experience that has served her well as a school administrator. From 2010 to 2017, Judy Apostolico-Buck served as principal of Ashlawn Elementary School, which earned numerous accolades and maintained a tradition of academic excellence under her leadership, and in 2017, brought her creative approaches to problem solving, commitment to collaborative leadership, and passion for lifelong learning to Barcroft Elementary School. Ms. Apostolico-Buck strives to build trust and understanding with students and parents, using her knowledge of early childhood development and the importance of treating each student as an individual to create a responsive, supportive classroom environment. In addition to advocating for research-based teaching practices, Ms. Apostolico-Buck facilitates open discussion among faculty and staff members to ensure that teachers have the resources they need to properly support their students.

Marcelo Flores, Assistant Principal

Marcelo Flores is in his first year at Barcroft Elementary School as an Assistant Principal.  He has more than 15 years of experience as an educator.  His experience as Activities Director, Testing Coordinator, School Counselor, Director of Counseling, and Assistant Principal, most at the secondary level and two years at the elementary school level, have provided him with a vast range of knowledge that he intends to bring to Barcroft. He is thrilled to be part of the Barcroft team and looks forward to meeting everyone.