Our Dynamic Duo!

Gaby and Judy
Gabriela Rivas and Judy Apostolico-Buck

Judy Apostolico-Buck, Principal

Judy Apostolico-Buck


Gaby Rivas, Assistant Principal

Gaby Rivas

Gabriela “Gaby” Rivas is serving her second year as assistant principal at Barcroft Elementary in Arlington, VA. Before that, Gaby worked at the Arlington Public Schools’ Department of Teaching and Learning, where she served as the ESOL Elementary Specialist for the district’s 23 elementary schools. Gaby designed and facilitated professional development on literacy workshop, math workshop, co-teaching, and instructional coaching at the local, state, and international level. Gaby holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Education from Marymount University, a Reading Specialist post-Master’s from the University of Virginia and a post-Master’s in Administration Leadership from George Washington University. Gaby is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at VA Tech University. Gaby came to the United States when she was 10 years old and learned English as her second language. In fact, Gaby has always loved studying different languages since she was a child. She speaks Spanish fluently and also studied French and Japanese. She lives in Arlington, VA, with her husband and six children. Gaby Rivas loves to learn and credits this to past and current teachers and mentors who inspire her every day.